The relationship between the Netherlands and Morocco must improve, Minister Stef Blok of Foreign Affairs said on Friday, after the Moroccan ambassador to the Netherlands canceled a meeting with State Secretary Ankie Broekers-Knol of Justice and Security at the last minute on Thursday. The canceled meeting emphasizes the importance of improving the two countries' relationship, Blok said, De Gelderlander reports.
State Secretary Ankie Broekers-Knol of Justice and Security is struggling to talk to Morocco about taking back Moroccan nationals whose asylum application in the Netherlands had failed. She wanted to visit the country to discuss this matter, but the Ministry of Foreign Affairs informed her that she "would not speak to the right people", she said to parliament on Thursday, NOS reports.
Amsterdam police investigating an international cocaine ring found 12.8 million euros in cash. Police said the wrapped bundles of paper money was a "record amount", seized over two weeks ago during a search of five homes on September 12.
Seven people were arrested at four of the homes, including two Colombian women and a Colombian man, two Albanian men, a man from Morocco, and another from New Zealand.
An Air Arabia flight to Nador, Morocco had to return to Schiphol airport on Tuesday after its starboard engine caught fire. A passenger recorded flames coming out of the engine. According to Airport Webcams, it is believed that the fire was caused by a bird flying into the engine.
The Airbus A320 departed from Schiphol at around 7:00 p.m. and returned to the airport some 45 minutes later. The plane was vacated and checked over. The inspectors found damage to the right engine.
The news that Morocco is reintroducing military conscription from October 1st has many Dutch-Moroccans worried that they will have to join the North African country's army for a year. But the conscription will probably not affect Moroccans who do not live in the country, according to the foundation for Dutch-Moroccans SMN, AD reports.
Dutch travel agency FlyOrange is filing for bankruptcy. All FlyOrange flights will be canceled in the coming weeks. This involves dozens of flights from Rotterdam The Hague Airport and Brussels to destinations in Morocco. Hundreds of travelers will be affected, RTL Nieuws reports.
FlyOrange director Roy Smit confirmed to RTL that the company is filing for bankruptcy on Friday. "We are debt-free, but we do not have any assets at this moment because of a payment arrears from our partner Aviatrade." Aviatrade carries out flights for FlyOrange.
PvdA politicians Lilianne Ploumen and Kati Piri are cutting their working visit to Morocco short because they were denied access to the coastal cities of Al Hoceima and Nador. They wanted their presence there to express solitary with the Rif protest movement, but the local authorities banned them from entering, NOS reports.
"Our visit was announced two months ago with the national authorities and last night we suddenly heard that this part of our program can not go through", the two Dutch politicians said to the broadcaster.
Dutch-Moroccan man Mahmoud El Hajaji was arrested in the Moroccan city of Tangier on Friday for having "suspicious books" with him. He was released again on Saturday afternoon after seven hours of interrogation, NOS reports.
El Hajaji was in Morocco to visit his sick father. He was arrested while traveling through Tangier on his way back to Europe, because of "suspicious books" he was told. But during the police questioning, it turned out that his arrest was not about suspicious books at all, according to the broadcaster.
Dozens of flights to and from the Canary Islands had to land at other airports on Sunday due to severe storms on the islands. Heavy rains an winds over 100 kilometers per hour made it impossible for flights to land on or take off from the islands during the afternoon. Many hundreds of Dutch holiday makers were affected, AD reports.
Flightradar24 shows that many flights had to move to Morocco and Faro in Portugal. These detours affected hundreds of Dutch tourists using airlines TUI and Transavia, according to the newspaper.
Seventeen year old Mohammed Bouchikhi, who was killed in a shooting at an Amsterdam community center on Friday, will be laid to rest in Morocco. His family are expected to travel with his body to Morocco at the end of this week, Abdou Menebhi, who is in close contact with the family, said to RTL Nieuws.
According to Menebhi, the family is very sad, angry and feels powerless. The funeral in Morocco is a family tradition, he added.
Dutch trucker Gerard de Rooy had a good start to the ECO Africa Race in Morocco. Despite rocks being thrown through his side window shortly before the finish line, he was still the first trucker to finish, Omroep Brabant reports.
"At ten, fifteen kilometers before the finish there was a group of stone throwers. We got a stone through the side window", De Rooy said to the broadcaster. Fortunately nobody was injured. Some others got stones through the windshield."
A new reporting point was established for Dutch-Moroccans to report racial abuse, religious abuse or any form of intimidation and threats. Reports to Rif Alert! can be made by mail or their website, ANP reports.
Many people who demonstrates in the Netherlands against the violation of human rights in the northern Moroccan region of Rif, face threats and intimidation, according to the Rif Alert! action group. The activists call on Dutch-Moroccans to report threats and intimidation, so that something can be done to prevent them.
Dutch-Moroccans gathered on the Schouwburgplein in Rotterdam on Sunday to protest against human rights violations and injustices in the Moroccan Rif region and for the release of political prisoners. An estimated 2 thousand people from the Netherlands and abroad took part in the protest, Bouchra Banhammou of organizing committee Moshen Fikri Nederland said to NU.nl.
The protesters want to show support for the people's movement in the Rif region. PvdA European Parliamentarian Kati Piri and former parliamentarian Ahmed Marcouch spoke at the event.
The United States' plans to ban laptops and tablets in the cabins of flights from Europe, was put on hold after the European Union decided against implementing it in an hours long meeting in Brussels on Wednesday. Other measures are still being considered, BBC reports.
There is a lively trade in stolen goods at the asylum center in Delfzijl, Dagblad van het Noorden reports based on its own research. Both the police and central agency for asylum reception in the Netherlands COA say there is no evidence of this.
According to th newspaper, asylum seekers from safe countries such as Morocco and Algeria often go out to commit robbery and then sell what they stole. The paper writes that it bought sports shoes for about 15 euros, an iPhone 6s for 60 euros and a bottle of Black Label Whiskey for 5 euros.
A massive fire raged in a five-star hotel in Marrakech, Morocco during the early hours of Sunday morning. All guests, including about 10 Dutch, managed to escape safely. No one was injured, NOS reports.
The hour started in the restaurant of the hotel Jardins De La Koutoubia around 1:00 a.m.
The number of adults held in custody by order of Dutch courts fell in 2015 by 3,450 to 39,790. It represents a decline of nearly eight percent on the 2014 prison population, according to Statistics Netherlands (CBS), a reversal after two straight years of slight increases.
Staff memebers working at asylum shelters feel unsafe due to the "antisocial and criminal behavior" of hopeless asylum seekers from North African countries. The situation has become untenable", the works council wrote in a letter to the management of the COA, AD reprots.
The COA is the central agency for the reception of asylum seekers in the Netherlands. AD has a copy of the letter sent to the management in its possession.
Penalties facing gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender people in Morocco are leading to an increase in LGBT asylum requests in the Netherlands. Today two girls age 16 and 17 are in court n Marrakesh for a kiss and cuddle in public, AD reports.
"There are more and more requests from LGBT people from Morocco who ended up in trouble, Sandro Kortekaas, president of Asylum Support, said to the newspaper. Asylum Support is a volunteer organization that supports foreign LGBT people apply for asylum in the Netherlands.
Three Dutch tourists were seriously injured in a stabbing in the Moroccan city of Casablanca on Wednesday morning. The two women and one an were walking near the Hassan II when a mentally disturbed man stabbed them
It's an annoying situation, but the the Moroccan passports with Dutch visas that were stolen last week can do little harm, Minister Bert Koenders of Foreign Affairs said to the Telegraaf on Friday.
71 passports of Moroccan citizens who applied for Dutch visas were stolen in Morocco last week. The theft happened while the passports were being transported by a secure transport courier company
Authorities in Morocco arrested a suspect in connection with the decapitation of Nabil Amzieb, whose severed head was left in front of the Fayrouz shisha lounge in Amsterdam on March 8th.
The Netherlands is launching cultural projects in seven countries as part of the fight against "the ring of instability around Europe", Ministers Bert Koenders of Foreign Affairs and Jet Bussemaker of Culture announced in a letter describing the Culture policy for 2017 - 2020.