Belgium

Child with teddy bear
Jan 20 '20 14:30

Holland's Got Talent finalist Lars de R. along with four other men are on trial in Belgium this week for making and distributing child pornography. The Dutch man is suspected of sharing files of child pornography he made in India with his Belgian "child porn club", RTL Nieuws reports.

Feyenoord flag
Jan 16 '20 14:39

One Feyenoord fan went the extra mile to show his dedication to his favorite football club. He had his now-ex give birth in Belgium, so that he could name his son Feyenoord, the father said on Qmusic on Wednesday.

Armin van Buuren
Jan 15 '20 13:40

Dutch music is still going strong as an export product. In 2018, a total of 216 million euros were made by exporting music abroad, up from 201 million the year before, according to figures from Buma Cultuur, which annually charts the export value of Dutch music, NOS reports.

The amount of 216 million euros comes from 174 million euros from performances abroad, 29 million euros from rights, and 13 million euros from recordings. Buma Cultuur investigated 1,319 artists. 963 of them were active abroad, in 82 countries. 

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Jan 10 '20 14:20

A car with Dutch license plates was overturned on the A12 highway near the Belgian village of Zandvliet sometime during the night between Thursday and Friday. The two people in the car died in the crash. Sadly, the crashed car was only noticed after daybreak, RTL Nieuws reports.

"We suspect that [the victims] are Dutch, but that remains to be seen", a spokesperson for the local police said to RTL Nieuws. Police are still confirming their identities. 

Migrants rescued from English Channel
Dec 30 '19 14:13

A fisherman from Urk in Flevoland saved 21 people attempting to cross the English Channel on Sunday night. Among them were a six-week-old baby, and two toddlers, according to several Dutch media reports, though one French authority said a total of 19 migrants were rescued, including 16 men, one woman, and two children.

Royal Palace, Dam Square, Amsterdam after Paris Attacks
Dec 27 '19 18:04

Schiphol Airport is believed to have been targeted in a planned terrorist attack that was to take place simultaneously as the Nov. 13, 2015 attacks in Paris. Investigators made the assertion in a 561-page indictment produced by French authorities examining the coordinated assaults that left 130 people dead, according to Belgian newspaper De Standard.

Ridouan Taghi with a sketch aged to show what he may look like today
Dec 20 '19 16:30

Six people arrested on Monday over ties to alleged crime boss Ridouan Taghi were released from custody this week. Five of them, reportedly including Taghi’s sister, were set free on Thursday.

Dutch flag sketch
Dec 20 '19 08:20

Video entertainment firms operating in the Netherlands will be required to invest at least three percent of their total revenue generated in the Netherlands in the production and co-production of Dutch films, series, animated video and documentaries in a new proposal put forward by Minister Ingrid van Engelshoven. The plan affects all cinemas, streaming services and broadcasters operating in the Netherlands, and matches similar regulations in neighboring countries Belgium, France and Germany, according to the Ministry of Education, Culture and Science.

Eurostar train
Dec 17 '19 16:50

Dutch national railway NS said it plans to work with Eurostar to run five high-speed trains daily between Amsterdam and London, with a stop in Rotterdam. The increase would mean the train service could conceivably handle up to 4,500 passengers per day in either direction.

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Dec 9 '19 13:40

Police in the Netherlands announced on Monday the arrest of a 25-year-old Rotterdam man in connection with the discovery of 2,019 kilograms of cocaine at the Port of Antwerp in Belgium. The arrest took place weeks ago on November 27 after the cocaine was found in a sea container by Belgian customs officials, Dutch police said.

The cocaine was found in a shipment of fertilizer that originated in Colombia. The container was destined for the Netherlands.

Jail
Dec 6 '19 17:50

A Dutch prisoner is suspected of cutting his cellmate's throat in the St. Gilles prison in Brussels on Thursday. The body was discovered when the Dutch man was brought back to his cell after a session with the prison psychiatrist, AD reports.

The victim was an Algerian man who was convicted of a crime, but declared unaccountable due to his mental state. The Dutch man also has a history of psychiatric problems and is in custody awaiting his trial for theft, according to the newspaper. 

Firearms seized in the investigation into the "Godfather of Brabant" Martien R. and his family, November 2019
Nov 26 '19 15:30

On Monday the police made four more arrests in the investigation into the organized crime family in Noord-Brabant allegedly run by Martien R. That means that a total of seven suspects are now in custody, including Martien R. himself.

MDMA seized in Operation Parazonium - the dismantling of a major Netherlands to Australia drug trafficking network, 5 Nov 2019
Nov 22 '19 07:36

Early this month the Dutch and Australian police dismantled a large drug network responsible for trafficking MDMA from the Netherlands to Australia. A total of 850 kilograms of MDMA powder and 550 liters of MDMA oil were seized - enough to make more than 15 million ecstasy pills, according to the Australian Federal Police. The Dutch police arrested eight suspects. One suspect was arrested in Australia.

Qatar Airways Boeing 777 cargo
Nov 15 '19 18:24

Qatar Airways is putting an end to its roughly 40-kilometer cargo flight route between Maastricht-Aachen Airport and the airport in Liège. With a flight time of about 9 minutes, the company had been trying to satisfy the needs of one specific client that required goods to be offloaded at Maastricht.

The controversial flight is served by Boeing 777-200LR, and is a stop along a flight path from Doha to Mexico City, and the return. To Mexico, the flight first lands in Maastricht, then Liège, and on to Mexico then Los Angeles.

Kids looking for candy on Sint Maarten
Nov 11 '19 16:05

Monday evening could prove to be disappointing for kids planning on singing door-to-door in an effort to get candy during the Sint Maarten celebration. Rain was already carpeting much of the country's eastern and northern regions, with more rain expected to drop 5 p.m. to midnight from the coast on through to the German and Belgian borders.

Islamic State, IS, ISIS attack in Iraq, Kurdistan
Nov 11 '19 12:39

A group of six people was being held in connection with raising at least 200 thousand euros in donations, much of which was allegedly distributed to help finance terrorism. Four men were arrested in the Netherlands, and two were taken into custody in Belgium, the Public Prosecution Service (OM) said on Monday.

Donors were duped into thinking the money they contributed was being raised with a goal of "providing assistance to war victims," according to the OM. Instead, much of the money was distributed to ISIS fighters in Turkey and Syria in 2013 and 2014, the prosecution alleged.

800 kilos of cocaine found at the port of Rotterdam in a banana shipment from Ecuador, 16 Oct 2019
Nov 11 '19 10:52

Even with nearly two months left to go in the year, authorities at the Port of Rotterdam this year have already surpassed the record amount of cocaine caught there in 2018, according to an investigation by De Telegraaf. Some 23 thousand kilograms of cocaine was intercepted at the largest port in Europe, a 28 percent increase over the 18 thousand kilograms captured during all of last year.

The Maas river in Venlo, Limburg
Nov 11 '19 07:15

The Maas river in Limburg has been contaminated with a pesticide, making it no longer suitable to serve as a source of drinking water, according to broadcaster 1Limburg. Double the acceptable amount of prosulfocarb was found In the river announced the WML, the publicly owned utility that provides water for over a half million households and businesses in Limburg.

The contamination from the herbicide was first discovered 11 days ago. “We know for sure that this substance comes from Belgium,” said Koen Augustijn, spokesperson for WML, in an interview with the regional broadcaster.

A plane approaches Schiphol Airport
Nov 8 '19 08:30

The Netherlands and eight other European countries are calling on the European Union to implement a tax on air travel. The governments of the nine countries signed a manifesto calling on the European Commission to come up with a proposal on this front, which will be handed to European Commissioner Frans Timmermans.

Eurostar train
Sep 26 '19 16:40

From next year the Eurostar train will run directly between London and Amsterdam and Rotterdam, instead of the current arrangement in which travelers leaving the Netherlands have to change trains and go through passport checks in Brussels.

Ambulance in Rotterdam, Netherlands
Sep 25 '19 18:40

A person believed to be participating in a psychedelic healing session at a home in IJzendijke, Zeeland, died after suffering from health complaints. Authorities are investigating if the use of “hallucinatory products” led to the man’s death.

“This could be the cause of his discomfort, but that is still being investigated by doctors,” police said in a statement.

A 36-year-old man from Terneuzen was taken into custody as a suspect in the man’s death.

A police car in Antwerp, Belgium
Sep 18 '19 16:40

Ten Dutch people on trial in Belgium for using explosions during the robberies of a half-dozen ATMs were convicted and sentenced to up to 13 years in prison on Wednesday. All six cash machine assaults took place around the northern Flemish-speaking area of the country last year, netting the perpetrators some 808 thousand euros, according to VRT.

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Aug 22 '19 15:20

A Dutch woman was killed in a traffic accident in Lavaux-Sainte-Anne, in the south of Belgium, on Wednesday afternoon. Her two daughters were seriously injured and are in critical condition, AD reports.

The accident happened at around 4:45 p.m. The woman's passenger car was hit by a truck at a crossing. According to the local authorities, the woman did not give the truck priority. The truck driver was not speeding and was not under the influence of alcohol.

Belgian police
Jul 23 '19 08:37

Dutch actress Imanuelle Grives was arrested in Belgium over the weekend for possession of drugs. She was taken into custody at the entrance of the Tomorrowland festival near the village of Boom, after the entry check found different types of hard and soft drugs on her. According to the Public Prosecutor, she had more drugs in her possession than could be reasonable for own use, NOS reports.

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