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May 6 '15 18:15

Many ABN Amro customers with current accounts will gain access to contactless payment by the end of the year. The bank's 2.3 million debit cards will be replaced throughout 2015, with 2.4 million more replaced next year. The bank is again issuing cards suitable for contactless payment on Wednesday, after dealing with nearly half a million cards already issued that were vulnerable to a security leak.

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Apr 10 '15 14:03

Many foreign drivers who are caught speeding on a speed limit camera simply go unpunished. The system can currently only process licence plates from the Netherlands, Belgium, Germany, France and Switzerland.

Apr 3 '15 13:43

According to Minister Bert Koenders of Foreign Affairs, there has been "important progress" and a "good result" from the negotiations on the Iranian nuclear program between Iran, France, Germany, the United Kingdom, the United States, Russia, China and the European Union.

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Mar 24 '15 19:33

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs confirmed on Tuesday that at least one Dutch victim was flying on Germanwings flight 4U9525 which crashed in the French alps. The plane departed from Barcelona Tuesday morning and was headed towards Dusseldorf.

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Mar 17 '15 10:54

A number of artworks, including works by Rembrandt, are going up for sale in France, the Art Market Monitor reports.

Mar 13 '15 08:20

Air France-KLM will not be transferring any jobs from the KLM office in Amstelveen to its own headquarters in Paris. CEO Alexandre de Juniac issued this guarantee during a conversation with State Secretary Wilma Mansveld (Infrastructure) at a summit in Paris, the Volkskrant reports.

Mar 10 '15 15:52

On-demand media content provider Netflix is planning on locating its new series in Amsterdam. The streaming platform company started initial discussions about the filming location with the municipality, Amsterdam film commissioner Simon Brester reveals to the Parool.

Mar 3 '15 08:31

Minister Bert Koenders (Foreign Affairs) called on the international community, including Russia, to fully comply with the Minsk agreement, starting with a complete cease-fire and a withdrawal of heavy equipment in the Ukraine. He did this during a conversation with his Russian colleague Sergey Lavrov.

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Feb 25 '15 17:48

A suspect has been arrested in relation to a fatal shooting that took place in Breda, Noord-Brabant in 2006, the police released.

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Feb 17 '15 17:52

Deputy Prime Minister Lodewijk Asscher was quick to tell Dutch Jews that their presence is valued in the Netherlands following a controversial call by Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu urging European Jews to move to Israel.

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Feb 12 '15 16:27

Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte calls the agreement on the Ukrainian conflict in Minsk an important step but feels that it is still too early to talk about sanction reliefs, he says to NOS.

Feb 11 '15 18:03

This winter season has seen about 900 reports of injury by Dutch skiers, equaling an increase of nine percent from the same period in the 2013-2014 season.

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Feb 11 '15 12:47

Dutch exports of organic agricultural products rose to 928 million euros in 2014. That is an increase of 11 percent compared to 2013. State Secretary Dijksma of Economic Affairs presented the figures today.

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Feb 10 '15 12:00

The Koninklijke Marechaussee on Schiphol arrested a 27 year old man last week on suspicion that he was traveling to Syria to join the armed conflict.

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Feb 3 '15 10:35

The managers of Air France-KLM have unanimously agreed that KLM will keep control of its cash. The airline made this announcement in a press statement.

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Feb 2 '15 12:00

The collective KLM resistance against conscription in Air-France, to alleviate pain in the central group, is causing frustration in Paris, De Telegraaf reports. "The French gamecocks lost face. They lick their wounds and prepare for a final offensive. If it escalates, an unworkable and unmanageable situation threatens."

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Jan 22 '15 15:14

The Central Jewish Board (CJO) is asking synagogue congregations to start a letter-writing campaign to convince the Mayors of their cities to add more security around Jewish sites in the Netherlands. The letter is a response to the attack in Paris and the raid in Verviers, reports NRC. Both France and Belgium have deployed the army to guard the Jewish institutions.

Jan 22 '15 08:30

According to American whistle blower Edward Snowden, mass surveillance is not effective at all. "The problem with mass surveillance is that you're burying people under too much data." Snowden said in an interview with Niewsuur in Moscow.

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Jan 19 '15 08:56

A number of radical Dutch Muslims are on the run after the failed attack in Belgium and the terrorist attack in France. In the Hague alone 11 Muslims have fled. Four of them were arrested in Turkey. They were on their way to Syria.

Jan 16 '15 17:50

For the third time in since late December a PVV party official resigned from the party. Jan Kerkhoff, a provincial parliamentarian in North-Brabant, dropped out of the regional section of PVV because of his dissatisfaction with the party line and his dissatisfaction with party leader Anti-Islamist Geert Wilders.

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Jan 15 '15 08:27

Copies of satirical French newspaper Charlie Hebdo did not arrive in the Netherlands for distribution on Thursday, as previously expected. The cause of the delay is not known.

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Jan 14 '15 16:30

The livelihood of Amsterdam Fashion Week (AFW) is under serious threat, after the city's municipality expressed a reluctance to subsidize the event. As foreign competitors steal more of Dutch talent and audiences, the event's organizer Bart Maussen is contemplating his next move. In an interview with Quote magazine, he revealed that unless more support is provided by the municipality, it is the end of this event in Amsterdam.

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Jan 13 '15 20:09

Rotterdam mayor Ahmed Aboutaleb ruffled feathers when he suggested that Muslims who "do not like it here because humorists you do not like make a newspaper, may I then say you can fuck off.” London mayor Boris Johnson was not amongst those offended.

Jan 13 '15 18:49

The south-eastern Dutch province Limburg is vying for a Tour de France stage in 2016. Putting a stage in the province would be a coup for Dutch cycling, with the 2015 launch of the race also scheduled in the Netherlands.

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