Minister Ank Bijleveld of Defense thinks that two Russian bombers intercepted by Belgian F-16s just before entering Dutch airspace on Monday, were meant to scare, provoke or test Russia's West-European rivals, she said to the Telegraaf.
Belgian F-16 jets intercepted two Russian bombers over the North Sea on Monday just before the Russian planes entered Dutch airspace, a spokesperson for the Ministry of Defense confirmed to NU.nl. The Russian bombers were heading towards the United Kingdom, AD reports.
One person was killed as the result of a shooting on Socratesstraat in the southern part of Rotterdam around 10:30 p.m. on Friday. Police reported that the victim was struck by several bullets, but found alive by first responders.
He was transported to the hospital in critical condition. The man died in the hospital on Saturday evening.
The police arrested two persons suspected of involvement in a shooting in Maastricht after chasing them into Belgium on Friday morning. According to the police, no one was hurt in the shooting or the chase that followed.
The police responded to Craianstraat in Maastricht around 2:30 a.m. after receiving a report of shots being fired. At the scene responding officers saw a car speeding away and gave chase.
The police found 11 stowaways, including a pregnant woman, in the back of a refrigerated truck on the A67 in Bladel on Thursday evening. The Polish truck driver called the police when he heard voices in his trailer, RTL Nieuws reports.
The stowaways spent two days in the back of the truck. Fortunately, the cooling element was not turned on. All eleven people are adults and were in good health.
A 39-year-old Amsterdam man accused of kidnapping a 16-year-old girl and forcing her to marry him convicted on Thursday. He was sentenced to two years in prison, according to news wire ANP.
The man was acquitted of terrorism related charges, and planning a trip to war-torn Syria.
The teenaged girl is from the small Noord-Brabant village of Heesch. She was missing for several weeks spanning July and August in 2016.
The Belgian intelligence services knew about the perpetrator of a failed attack on a Thalys train between Amsterdam and Paris in 2015 three years before the attack happened, according to the annual report of the Belgian supervisory committee on the intelligence services, Het Parool reports.
Dutch businessman Marcel van Hout was found dead in his home in Neerpelt, Belgium - just across the border near Eindhoven - on Wednesday evening. He was murdered, the police in the Belgian Limburg confirmed to Nieuwsblad.be. The Public Prosecutor is investigating the case.
Van Hout "died an unnatural death, but it is not certain that it was a crime", the 51-year-old Dutch man's lawyer, Bert de Rooij, said to newspaper AD. "It was not suicide, that was clear", the lawyer said.
The court in Brussels convicted 84-year-old Belgian castle lord Marc d. V. G. of sexually abusing a number of teenage boys between 1996 and 2013 and sentenced him to eight years in prison. A number of these abuses happened on his boat on the Wadden sea in the Netherlands, Het Laatste Nieuws reports.
The police raided dozens of address in the south of the Netherlands and in Belgium on Tuesday as part of a major operation against synthetic drugs, called Operation Impact. Five people were arrested, three in Belgium, two in the Netherlands, NOS reports.
The operation involved the police, Public Prosecutor, Tax Authority, Koninklijke Marechaussee and dozens of municipalities. Raids were done in Mariahout, Tilburg, Waspik and Weert, based on information from ongoing investigations and reports to municipalities and hotlines.
The Belgian authorities arrested four persons on Monday in connection with a foiled terrorist attack on a Thalys high speed train between Amsterdam and Paris in August 2015, NU.nl reports.
Belgian police officers raided addresses in Molenbeek, Anderlecht and Laken. Searches were also done in the prisons in Andenne and Marche-en-Famenne. No explosives or weapons were found. Four people were arrested for questioning.
Controversial imam El-Alami Amaouch, who was deported from Belgium last year, is now preaching in The Hague, the Telegraaf reports based on its own research. According to the newspaper, he is spreading his ideals in the neighborhoods of Transvaal and Schilderswijk.
An exceptionally bright fireball was spotted in the skies all across the Netherlands on Thursday night. Dozens of people in the Netherlands as well as Belgium reported seeing the bright streak of light around 9:00 p.m. It was very likely a meteor, though that can not be said with absolute certainty yet, Felix Bettonvil of Leiden Observatory said to AD.
The countries participating in the criminal investigation into the MH17 disaster, confirmed their support and cooperation to that investigation and the prosecution of those responsible on paper. The Foreign Affairs Ministers of the five countries in the Joint investigation team - Netherlands, Australia, Belgium, Malaysia and Ukraine - signed the agreements they made on this front on the sidelines of the UN General Assembly in New York on Wednesday.
Two suspects were arrested in Breda on Monday after the authorities intercepted 3,800 kilograms of cocaine in the port of Antwerp. The suspects are a 56-year-old man from Oosterhout and a 39-year-old man from Roosendaal, the Dutch police said in a statement.
The cocaine was found in a sea container during a customs check at the port of Antwerp over the weekend. The drugs were hidden among a load of bananas from Columbia. According to the police, the cocaine has a street value of 100 million euros.
A prisoner who escaped in Antwerp in July, was arrested in Amsterdam on Thursday. Belgium requested that he be extradited, AT5 reports.
According to the broadcaster, the man in question was one of two arrested for stealing expensive jewelry from homes in Belgium. Both suspects managed to escape police custody when they were set to appear in court. They attacked a police officer in front of the court and took off, still wearing their handcuffs.
Drug gangs recruited teenagers from schools and youth institutions in Rotterdam on a large scale, the Public Prosecutor announced on Tuesday. The teenagers were used as "runners', delivering drugs from Rotterdam to various addresses in Belgium. Dozens of teenagers from Rotterdam-Zuid have been arrested in Belgium, NOS reports
Dutch truckers are facing major problems with the new toll registration system Belgium implemented last last year, the Dutch organization for transport and logistics TLN said to broadcaster NOS. Hundreds of truckers received fines because the the toll registration box installed in their trucks doesn't work properly, according to TLN.
An investigation in a Nispen barn in connection with missing Belgian Jelle Leemans, yielded nothing, the police revealed on Monday afternoon. Leemans went missing in November 2013, NU.nl reports.
The police investigated the barn, in which building materials are stored, based on a tip received. Earlier on Monday the police told NU.nl that the current owner of the barn is not a suspect and is cooperating in the investigation.
The police are investigating in a barn on Essenseweg in Nispen in connection with the disappearance of Jelle Leemans. The then 27-year-old Belgian man disappeared in in 2013. The investigation was launched based on a tip that the missing man may be found there, the police confirmed to NU.nl.
"It's a barn in which building materials are stored. We do not think the current owner has anything to do with the case", the police spokesperson said to the newspaper. "It was a targeted tip that we are taking very seriously. But whether it will lead to anything, we do not know yet."
A tip the Dutch food safety authority NVWA received about the use of toxic fipronil on Dutch poultry farms in November last year, specifically mentioned Barneveld pest control company ChickFriend, Public Health Minister Edith Schippers confirmed in a letter to parliament, ANP reports.
The Dutch theme parks and zoos are doing very well, especially thanks to foreign tourists, according to a report by ABN Amro economists. Tourists are attracted to the quality of the theme parks, easily available accommodation and the relatively low entrance prices, the researchers conclude, AD reports.
The researchers predict a 3 percent increase in the number of visitors this year, should the current weather predictions hold, and a 2.5 percent increase next year. Foreign tourists, especially from Germany and Belgium, account for a significant part of this growth.
The European Commission wants to organize a summit type meeting for EU food safety minsters about the crisis surrounding eggs being contaminated with toxic insecticide fipronil, EU Commissioner Vytenis Andriukaitis said in a statement. He wants this meeting to put an end to the infighting and accusations, RTL Nieuws reports.
The Dutch and Belgian authorities are raiding several addresses in both countries on Thursday as part of the investigation into fipronil contamination at numerous poultry farms and their eggs. This is a joint action from the Dutch and Belgian authorities, a spokesperson for the Dutch Public Prosecutor said to the Telegraaf, though she would not say exactly where the raids are done.