A team of Dutch and international led by the Technical University - Eindhoven were putting the finishing touches on a gigantic tower of ice under construction since December 13 in Harbin, China. Dubbed the "Flamenco Ice Tower", the 30-meter tall structure was planned for the city's annual ice festival, and included six illuminated staircases made of transparent ice blocks to allow visitors to explore the shell structure.
The Public Prosecutor released two of four men who were arrested in Rotterdam on terrorism suspicions from custody. The other two men will be arraigned on Thursday, NU.nl reports.
Investigation into a 30-year-old man from Delft and a 23-year-old from Gouda did not reveal any indications of involvement in terrorism, the Prosecutor said. They were released from custody on Wednesday, but remain suspects.
The police arrested four men in Rotterdam on Sunday evening on suspicion of involvement in terrorism, the Public Prosecutor said in a statement on Tuesday. The suspects are three Dutch men and one Swedish man.
A foreign police service informed the Dutch authorities about the 29-year-old Swede's possible involvement in terrorism. He arrived in the Netherlands on a plane from Stockholm on Sunday afternoon. The police kept an eye on him, and arrested him with the three Dutch men early in the evening.
The European Commission is launching an investigation into Ikea's tax construction in the Netherlands. European Commissioner on competition Margrethe Vestager is expected to officially announce the investigation on Tuesday, British newspaper the Financial Times reports.
Three people were arrested in connection with the discovery of 600 kilograms of cocaine in a warehouse. Police said the drugs have an estimated value of 16 million euros.
The cocaine was seized from the building on Vrij Harnasch in Den Hoorn, just west of Delft, Zuid-Holland, at about 2 a.m. on Friday. Authorities took a 50-year-old from Bussum and a 48-year-old man from Den Haag into custody at the time of the operation. Another person from Den Haag, aged 43, was arrested at a home in that city.
One person was seriously injured in an explosion in an apartment on Van Schuijlenburchstraat in Delft on Wednesday morning. The fire department evacuated the apartment building. The victim was rushed to hospital in critical condition, eyewitnesses told AD.
The explosion happened in an empty apartment managed by housing company Vidomes. It was a Vidomes employee who was injured. He was doing work in the apartment when the explosion happened. "A message we are of course incredibly shocked by", the company said, according to the newspaper.
The Nuon Solar Team from Delft won the Bridgestone World Solar Challenge in Australia for the 7th time. The Delft team's Nuna9 solar car crossed the finish line in Adelaide around 6:45 a.m. on Thursday, Dutch time, De Stentor reports.
This was the 14th edition of the official world championship for solar car racing.
Amsterdam has the biggest student housing shortage in the Netherlands, according to an investigation by national student union LSVb. The union concluded that the Dutch capital has 12 thousand fewer student homes or rooms than students, Het Parool reports.
The massive shortage can partly be attributed to strict rental policy in the private sector making it hard for students to find a private home to rent in Amsterdam, combined with a shortage of available corporation housing.
An increasing number of Dutch homes are being bought without a mortgage, according to the Land Registry. Last year almost a third of the apartments sold in the Netherlands were bought in cash, NOS reports.
In the large Dutch cities Amsterdam, Rotterdam and The Hague, about 25 percent of houses were bought without a mortgage. In student cities like Delft, Groningen and Maastricht, 30 percent were bought in cash. Last year mortgage-free buyers spent 8.6 billion euros on homes, 16 percent of the total money spent on mortgages. In 2011 it was 4 billion euros.
Dutch Hyperloop startup HARDT opened its own test facility in Delft on Thursday. Minister Melanie Schultz van Haegen of Infrastructure and Environment unveiled the Hyperloop test tube, the first of its kind in Europe. And while this structure is intended to test Hyperloop facilities at lower speeds, the 30 meter long tube could pave the way for transport at speeds over 1 thousand kilometers per hour, partner BAM said in a press release.
A high speed police chase on the A4 and A13 that reached speeds over 200 kilometers per hour, ended in Delft with the suspects' car on its roof against the railing of a building site. No one was injured. Three suspects were arrested, NU.nl reports.
The police spotted the car just after midnight on the highway. It had stolen number plates. The police signaled the driver to stop. Initially the driver seemed to be following instructions, but then suddenly sped off. The police gave chase.
The police arrested seven men in December for extorting people with sex ads on WhatsApp, the police announced on Tuesday. THe suspects posted sex ads, to which their victims responded on the messaging app. But instead of making an appointment with a sex worker, the victims were informed that their families will be told about their activities if they did not pay an amount of money.
Two time capsules were found during renovations to the Nieuwe Kerk in Delft. They were opened on Thursday. The first contained a list of officers on parchment dated 1834. The second was a short statement on the restoration of the church dated 1924, the Telegraaf reports.
Wilco Maak, head of both the Oude- and Nieuwe Kerk, had the honor of opening the surprise capsules. They were found behind a memorial plate. He was pleased with the find, though did joke that it is "too bad there were no gold coins inside".
Microsoft is teaming up with TU Delft's quantum computing lab QuTech and is setting up a Dutch department for research on quantum computers. Professor Leo Kouwenhoven, founder and leader of QuTech, will work for Microsoft as the director of the new lab, while remaning attached to the university, NU.nl reports.
It is not clear exactly how much money Microsoft is investing in its new Dutch activities, but it is known that Microsoft and QuTech are now connected for 10 years.
A killer clown in Delft got more than he bargained for when trying to scare a 14-year-old boy on Wednesday night. Luc and his little brother were walking the dogs on Theriasstraat when the killer clown approached him. Young Luc decided to send him on his way with a few well aimed punches
Accenture decided to invest 500 thousand euros into the Netherlands' RoboValley, a Delft based "innovation hub" focused on robotics, the two parties announced in a press statement on Monday
Canadian investor Chrysalix Venture Capital is teaming up with robotics center RoboValley in Delft to invest 100 million euros into robotics-startups with the new RoboValley Investment Fund
Construction workers working on the construction of a railway tunnel and parking garage on Phoenixstraat in Delft, recently made a remarkable discovery - an old tin can that used to contain a culinary delicacy: turtle soup, Archaeology Delft announced.
Pupils of the Stanislascollege in Delft are attending school on Tuesday in crop-tops and hot-pants in protest to the new dress code. The school's director sent a letter to parents stating that students and staff members are not allowed to wear "short shorts/skirts and short shirts".
Police in the Netherlands evacuated part of the Leiden Centraal train station Tuesday night after a passenger on a train approaching the station overheard a suspicious telephone conversation about weapons. The passenger, praised by police for being attentive, called emergency services line 1-1-2, with authorities then ordering the train halted at a Leiden platform, police said.
The police seized firearms, ammunition, drugs, money and counterfeit money while searching 19 addresses across the Netherlands on Friday, following the arrest of 23 Hell's Angels and Mongols members in Rotterdam on Thursday.
Behavioral problems and mental health conditions may play a role in the radicalization of young Dutch jihadists, according to a report by the International Center for Counterterrorism in The Hague, which was published on Friday.
Terrorism suspect Mohamed A. was acquitted of preparing for terrorist offenses and financing terrorism by the court in The Hague on Wednesday. According to the court, there is not enough evidence to prove these facts
A recyclable cardboard camping tent designed by three Delft students, is taking European festivals by storms. These tents are now available for festivals in Belgium, France and Spain. And talks are ongoing with Canada and Sweden.