A 22-year-old Dutch man was one of 10 people arrested in Cambodia for spreading photos of "pornographic dancing". They are suspected of spreading pornographic material, which can carry a prison sentence of up to a year in the country. The Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs is trying to make contact with the Cambodian authorities to find out what is going on, AD reports.
An elderly Dutch couple were injured in a fire at a hotel in the Czech capital of Prague on Saturday night. The victims are an 82-year-old man and a 78-year-old woman, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs confirmed. The Dutch embassy is in contact with the couple's traveling companions and stands ready to help where needed, a spokesperson for the Ministry said to RTL Nieuws.
This year Hurricane Irma, the parliamentary elections in March and the government formation that followed, a Dutch comedian mocking Donald Trump, and gay bashing in Arnhem held NL Times the most readers' attention. Here follows the top 10 most read stories on NL Times in 2017, in contrast to our picks for the top stories of the year.
The Spanish police are investigating the death of a Dutch woman on the island of Gran Canaria, one of the Spanish Canary Islands. The woman was found dead next to the swimming pool of a vacation villa on Sunday morning, the Telegraaf reports.
The villa is located in Taurito, a tourist town on the southwest coast of the island. Emergency services responded to the villa around 10:15 a.m. The woman's partner, an Irish man, was taken in for questioning, but quickly released again.
A 64-year-old man from Roermond and a 67-year-old Belgian woman were killed by an elephant in Zambia earlier this month. It happened in a flash, the Dutch man's daughter, who saw it happen, said to De Limburger.
Wim van Griensven was visiting Zambia with his good friend from Belgium Sabine Goossens, his daughter Ellen and her boyfriend Erik. They were staying in the Maramba River Lodge in Livingstone when they saw two elephants around 70 meters away on November 12th. Ellen, her father and Sabine walked closer.
The airport in Bali is reopening today, the Indonesian authorities announced. The Denpasar airport was closed for two days because of poor visibility caused by volcano Agung spewing ash into the air. Despite the airport's reopening, KLM is not resuming its flights yet, RTL Nieuws reports.
The Indonesian authorities closed the international airport on Bali due to an eruption of volcano Agung spewing large amounts of ash on the island. A total of 445 flights were canceled, resulting in 59 thousand travelers stranded on the island, NOS reports.
Four Dutch tourists and their Costa Rican guide were injured when they were caught in a landslide while climbing the Arenal volcano in Costa Rica on Friday. "We heard a strange noise and suddenly saw rocks falling down", 30-year-old Pieter Hoeijmakers said to De Limgurger.
Hoeijmakers broke his arm. The other three Dutch sustained a shifted vertebra in the neck, a broken arm and collar bone, and a head wound respectively. Hoeijmakers and the Dutch man with the head wound are back in their hotel, the other two are still in hospital.
The number of sick or injured Dutch removed from cruise ships and taken to hospital, increased sharply over the past years, according to the Eurocross Alarm Center. The alarm center expects that by the end of the year, this number will be around 135 - a 30 percent increase compared to two years ago. This is especially remarkable as the number of Dutch opting for a holiday on a cruise ship decreased over the past years, NOS reports.
The South African police arrested six suspects over the weekend in what is locally known as the "airport-following" robberies, South African news wire News24 reports. These robberies involve a group of criminals following foreigners from O.R. Tambo International Airport in Johannesburg and robbing them on the way to their hotels.
At least 2,400 Dutch travelers are currently in the areas that will soon face the wrath of Hurricane Irma, according to travel agency TUI, NU.nl reports.
Around 1,600 Dutch are on Cuba and the Dominican Republic. They booked trips through TUI subsidiary Kras. The other 800 are in the American state of Florida.
TUI also has four travelers on Sint Maarten, where Hurricane Irma hit on Wednesday, leaving devastation in its wake. TUI managed to make contact with all four Dutch and they are doing well.
A Dutch tourist was arrested in Portugal on Monday for attempting to rape a 9-year-old girl in a busy E. Leclerc supermarket in the city of Lamego, AD reports.
The suspect is a 35-year-old man who lives in Germany, but has Dutch nationality. He lured the girl to the supermarket's bathroom by pretending to be a shop employee, according to the newspaper. The girl's father noticed that she was gone and searched the store until he heard shouting from the bathrooms. He forced the door and caught the Dutch man red handed, AD reports.
A 46-year-old Dutch tourist was rescued from a ravine in Mae Hong Son in Thailand on Monday night. Rescue workers believe the woman slipped while hiking in the mountains and fell into the six meter deep hole. She sustained injuries to her back, but is doing well under the circumstances, AD reports.
The Dutch woman spent about an hour and a half at the bottom of the ravine before the rescuers managed to get her out. She was taken to a hospital in Chiang Mai for X-rays and recovery.
A group of 200 Dutch tourists are among thousands stuck on the Portuguese island of Madeira since Saturday. The flight set to bring the Dutch tourists home couldn't take off from Funchal Airport on Saturday due to heavy winds. An airplane sent to pick up the stranded tourists on Monday tried to land three times in vain, a spokesperson for TUI said to the Telegraaf.
Dozens of flights had to be canceled because the planes couldn't land or takeoff due to the weather. A total of around 6 thousand people are stranded on the island.
Most of the Dutch tourists currently spending their holidays in the south of France have experienced little trouble from forest fires raging in the area, tour operators Neckermann Reizen and Vrij Uit said to RTL Nieuws on Wednesday.
Forest fires have been raging in southern France near St Tropez and on Corsica since early this week. But of the tourists who booked holidays through the two companies, none had to be evacuated or had to leave the area prematurely. "Our customers don't notice much about that", a spokesperson said to the broadcaster. "They're enjoying their holiday."
Dozens of Dutch tourists were evacuated from their holiday homes and campsites in southern France on Tuesday due to fierce forest fires in the area. The dry, hot weather and strong winds mean that the fires are spreading quickly, but the French fire department says it has the situation under reasonable control, the Telegraaf reports.
Nijmegen student Elle Custers is missing in France, the Limburg police reported on Sunday. The 20-year-old woman did not arrive at her holiday address over the weekend. Her parents had contact with her for the last time on Friday.
Elle is from Spaubeek in Limburg. According to the police, she traveled from Spain, where she worked as an au pair, to Bordeaux in France by train and bicycle. She contacted her parents from Bordeaux on Friday. She had a train ticket to travel from Bordeaux to Sainte Foy la Grande on Saturday. Whether she made this journey is unclear.
Dutch tourists get into increasingly serious accidents with hired scooters while vacationing abroad, according to Eurocross Assistance.
"The injuries reported to us are more serious than a few years ago. Think of a femur fracture, a pelvic fracture and head injury", Nicole Bootsma, head of the Eurocross emergency medical team, said to news wire ANP. Eurocross Assistance is the Dutch alarm center for helping Dutch who get into trouble abroad.
The Spanish police caught a Dutch hunter trying to sneak the head of a mouflon to the Netherlands in his suitcase from the Alicante airport on Sunday. The Dutch man was fined because he did not have a hunting permit, or permission to shoot the wild sheep, AD reports.
The Australian police released a photo of two men wanted in connection with the sexual assault of a 27-year-old Dutch woman on the Sydney Harbour Bridge late last month. The police only say that the pictured men could "assist with inquiries", so it is not clear whether they are suspects or possible witnesses.
A 39-year-old woman from Maastricht died in Hawaii on Wednesday, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs confirmed. It is believed the woman fell from a cliff while hiking, according to broadcaster NOS.
The woman's body was found in the water near a rocky shore. Jet skiers brought her to the beach. An autopsy revealed that se died in a fall from a great height. The local authorities believe it was an accident.
According to NOS, the victim's name is Ramona van Schendel. The local police found er personal belongings and identification on a hiking trail.
A 33-year-old man from Amsterdam was killed in an avalanche in Lech-Zurs, Austria on Monday, the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs confirmed to ANP after reports from Austrian broadcaster ORF.
The avalanche happened around 12:30 p.m. on Monday. Emergency services were at the scene within minutes, but still too late to help the Dutch an. According to Lech mayor Ludwig Muxel, the man was under a meter and a half of snow when the rescuers freed him.
The Scottish police found the body of a man in a wooded area near the village of Tomich on Thursday afternoon, local time. The body has not yet officially been identified, but the Scottish police already made contact with the family of missing Dutch hiker Cornelius van der Wetering, the Highlands & Islands police department said on Facebook.
A Dutch hiker is missing in the Scottish Highlands. 54-year-old Cornelius Hendrick van der Wetering was last seen the area of Inverness on December 28th. The Scottish police believe that he is hiking and camping through the Highlands and are calling on local residents to keep an eye out for him.
The Dutch man left the guesthouse he was staying in on December 28th. He was last seen in the Tomich area, according to the Highland and Islands Police Division on Facebook. Since then he has been unreachable. A concerned friend contacted the police.