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May 17 '17 16:45

National Coordinator for Counterterrorism and Security in the Netherlands, Dick Schoof, is in Brussels for a EU meeting on the United States plans to ban laptops and tablets in hand luggage on flights between Europe and America. It is expected that he will speak out against this measure, RTL Nieuws reports.

The United States already banned electronics larger than a cellphone in the cabins of planes flying from eight Middle Eastern countries to the States. According to the Americans, terrorists have plans to smuggle explosives on board in such devices.

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May 4 '17 09:07

Every month hundreds of suspicious seafaring ships enter Dutch waters without being checked, AD reports based ona data analysis made by maritime information company Winward. The ships change their identification numbers or turn off their GPS systems to hide which ports they came from, according to the newspaper.

"Such actions can be an indication of illegal activity", Ami Daniel, director of Winward, said to the newspaper. 

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Apr 12 '17 14:50

At this stage Ajax sees no reason to take any extra security measures at the Europa League match between the Amsterdam club and Schalke 04 on Thursday, following a targeted attack on Borussia Dortmund in Germany last night, a spokesperson for the club said to AD. "Because the threat level is currently no different than the last few months", he said. 

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Apr 6 '17 10:37

Dutch foreign rebel fighters in the Syrian Civil War that return to the Netherlands pose a risk to the safety of the country, this includes returning children, according to a Terrorist Threat Assessment for the Netherlands published by the National Coordinator for Counterterrorism and Security on Thursday. ISIS won't hesitate to use children to commit terrorist attacks, according to the report, ANP reports.

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Mar 2 '17 09:47

The Dutch government and Dutch companies are very poorly protected against cyber attacks and crime, according to a report by the Rathenau Institute. Current measures against cyber threats are insufficient and strengthening cyber security in the Netherlands should be a higher priority, the report says according to ANP.

The report, titled A never run race was done at the request of the National Coordinator for Counterterrorism and Security and intelligence service AIVD.

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Feb 24 '17 08:07

Faris K., the police officer in the Safety and Security Service, was previously also suspected of integrity violations, newspaper AD reports. Faris K. was investigated for leaking police information while he worked at the Utrecht police, colleagues of the suspected cop told the newspaper. The outcome of that investigation is unclear.

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Feb 15 '17 07:36

The National Coordinator for Counterterrorism and Security Dick Schoof is very concerned about at least 80 children of Dutch jihadists that are growing up in ISIS territory, he said to the Telegraaf on Wednesday. According to him, these kids are at risk of being severely traumatized. And Dutch security forces are seriously concerned that young boys are already a threat to the Netherlands.

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Feb 3 '17 14:55

Dutch mosques were targeted in dozens of incidents over the past year, a clear increase compared to previous years, Dick Schoof, the National Coordinator for Counterterrorism and Security said on Friday. He suggests that extra preventative measures be taken at mosques and at a local level, AD reports.

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Dec 21 '16 07:38

The municipality of Amsterdam decided against placing concrete block traffic barriers to make access more difficult to the Christmas market on the Museumplein. There is currently no reason to do so, the municipality said on Tuesday evening, AT5 reports.

The proposed measure was in response to a on Monday night, killing 12 people and injuring 48 others according to the Guardian. 

Nov 21 '16 16:30

The D66 wants official European safety standards for devices that connect to the so-called internet of things. Devices that do not meet these standards should be banned, parliamenterian Kees Verhoeven said in an interview with NU.nl. He will submit a proposal addressing this to Dutch parliament next week. 

Nov 17 '16 16:00

Both intelligence service AIVD and the National Coordinator for Counterterrorism and Security Dick Schoof contacted Rotterdam Mayor Ahmed Aboutaleb prior to Sinterklaas' arrival in Maassluis on Saturday to warn him about possible clashes between anti-blackface Zwarte Piet activists, right-wing protesters and hooligans, the mayor said in a debate with his city council on Thursday, NOS reports.

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Sep 1 '16 08:01

A court forced the Ministry of Security and Justice to publish more documents on the disaster with flight MH17 thanks to a joint call on the Freedom of Information Act by broadcasters NOS and RTL Nieuws and the Volkskrant. A number of new details were revealed, including that the Dutch government assumed from the first that Russian separatists were behind the downing of the plane.

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Aug 18 '16 12:23

The extra security measures in place in and around Schiphol airport will be reduced in part during the course of Thursday night, the Haarlemmermeer triangle of municipality, police and judiciary decided after consultation with the National Coordinator for Counterterrorism and Security

Aug 11 '16 09:55

Human rights lawyer Nada Kiwanson and her family is living under extra security in their home in the Netherlands after she received numerous death threats because of her work for the International Criminal Court

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Jul 22 '16 08:05

EuroPride may start in Amsterdam on Saturday and continue as planned, the court ruled in a lawsuit brought by local residents worried about disturbances and inconvenience. The court rejected all of the residents' objections

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Jul 18 '16 12:15

The municipality of Amsterdam is working with the judiciary, police and National Coordinator for Counterterrorism and Security to make sure that sufficient security measures are in place for EuroPride 2016.

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Jul 15 '16 16:30

Following the attack in Nice, France on Thursday, the Dutch police are reassessing security around events in the Netherlands to see whether additional measures are necessary, National Police Chief Erik Akerboom said to broadcaster NOS.

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Jul 11 '16 13:29

The terrorism threat level in the Netherlands remains unchanged, according to the National Coordinator for Terrorism and Security Dick Schoof in his periodic Terrorist Threat Assessment Netherlands. There is still a "real" chance of a terrorist attack in the Netherlands, but no concrete evidence that an attack is planned

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Jun 24 '16 09:25

The name of 74 Dutch people are on a "death list" currently circling the internet, according to the Telegraaf. The list was published under the name United Cyber Caliphate, a hacker group claiming to be affiliated with terrorist organization ISIS.

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Jun 16 '16 12:30

The Netherlands' National Coordinator of Counterterrorism and Security has "taken note of" publications by a pro-ISIS group calling for attacks during gay pride events world wide.

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Mar 22 '16 10:46

"Necessary security measures" are being taken on all Dutch airports following attacks in Brussels on Tuesday morning. The Ministerial Committee for Crisis Management is holding an emergency meeting in The Hague on the situation. Prime Minster Mark Rutte as well as Dick Schoof, the national counterterrorism coordinator, will attend the meeting.

Mar 18 '16 16:25

Geert Wilders' lawyer Geert-Jan Knoops called the leak of a legal brief outlining his defense plans "an attack on the process and on Wilders' freedom", during a pre-trial hearing in the hate speech trial against the PVV leader on Friday. Knoops demanded that the trial be called off until the leak was thoroughly investigated

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Mar 17 '16 09:54

New indications point to terrorist organization Islamic State planning more attacks in Europe, according to National Coordinator for Counterterrorism and Security Dick Schoof. But there are currently no concrete indications of an attack being planned in the Netherlands and the threat level therefore remains unchanged at "substantial", he writes in the Terrorist Threat Assessment Netherlands, which was sent to Parliament on Wednesday.

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Mar 15 '16 10:25

There was no concrete plan to attack parliament on Budget Day last year and no extra security measures were taken, the National Coordinator for Counterterrorism and Security said on Tuesday directly refuting a report published earlier in the day by the Telegraaf newspaper.

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