A Boeing 777 was shot down by a missile over east Ukraine on July 17, 2014, the Dutch Safety Board announced in their final report into the crash of Malaysia Airlines flight MH17. "Flight MH17 crashed as a result of the detonation of a warhead outside the airplane," tearing off the front portion of the aircraft, the Board concluded.
A 34-year-old woman from Heerhugowaard was shocked upon the discovery of a dead infant wrapped in shopping bags inside her storage shed. The woman, Sandra Popma, suspects that the baby was left there by a homeless friend who was using Popma’s shed for storage.
With a thumbs up from Artis Zoo Director Haig Balian, demolition of one of the oldest structures at the Amsterdam institution began. The old animal cages that houses the big cats stood since the zoo's creation in 1838.
The four largest cities in the Netherlands have officially asked the Tweede Kamer, the lower house of Dutch parliament, to reconsider their budget plans for welfare benefits. Cities are expected to cover any shortfall in benefits payments due to cuts imposed by the national government, which equates to a 25 million euro cutback in benefit payments to Amsterdam residents alone.
Police were called to the Schelde in Heerhugowaard, Noord-Holland, on Thursday afternoon where the body of a baby was found in a bag on the street. The gruesome discovery happened at about 2 p.m.
Four underage boys and one man were arrested for cyberattacks on the internet service providers Ziggo and KPN. The five were interrogated by the police department’s High Tech Crime Team (THTC) throughout Tuesday following the arrest for Distributed Denial-of-Service (DDoS) attacks on both companies.
As the kickoff for the 20th edition of the Amsterdam Dance Event approaches, the City of Amsterdam is asking party-goers to pay particularly close attention to the safe use of narcotics, and the laws regarding drug use in the Netherlands. The information is being distributed in five different languages, and just days after an alert was issued for ecstasy tabs with the ADE logo that carry a dangerously high amount of the substance MDMA.
Journalists that were invited to an event attended by Rwandan President Paul Kagame in Amsterdam have reported being denied access, with some claiming they were attacked by Rwandan security guards. The incident took place on Saturday at the RAI convention center, which was hosting a "Rwanda Day" celebration for nationals from that country living in Europe.
People in the Netherlands who use the roadways to get to work can expect a more challenging commute than normal, as dense fog is expected to blanket a good portion of the country. The provinces of Noord- and Zuid-Holland, Friesland and Gelderland are all covered by a code yellow weather warning issued by the Dutch meteorological agency KNMI.
People in the Netherlands were warned against dangerous ecstasy tablets that have extremely high levels of MDMA in them. The Drug Information and Monitoring System (DIMS) is repeatedly finding the bad drugs across the Netherlands, prompting the Trimbos Institute to issue the nationwide warning.
A thirty-year-old man was arrested for his involvement in two street killings and two attempted assassinations. The man is accused of involvement in the murder of Rinus Moerer (68) in Steenbergen, Noord-Brabant in April 2014, and 44-year-old GGZ mental-health director Rob Zweekhorst, who was shot dead in what investigators maintained was a case of mistaken identity.
Amsterdam mayor Eberhard van der Laan announced his desire to win a nomination for a second six-year term in a letter to city council on Friday. Van der Laan sent the letter after first discussing the situation with the King's Commissioner, a liaison between municipalities and the Dutch cabinet.
Dutch brothel owners must speak at least one common language with the sex workers they rent space to, according to a Thursday ruling handed down by the European Court of Justice. The court made the decision as it is a way to guarantee the safety of the women, reduction of human trafficking, and to help prevent pimping.
Emergency centers for refugees should start offering short, intensive Dutch language lessons to asylum seekers, said Amsterdam D66 party chairman Jan Paternotte. Speaking at city council today, Paternotte told his colleagues that they must inspire area residents to step up and help.
An English cyclist managed to get his head stuck between the narrow bars of a fence after crashing into it while on riding his bike. The accident happened Friday morning just after midnight in Amsterdam while the man was riding on Veemkade along the IJ river.
The fire that reduced Haarlem Mayor Bernt Schneiders’ car to ash in June is being investigated by police who claim that they have evidence connecting the fire to motorcycle gangs. Several weeks before his car caught fire at a gas station, Schneiders made statements to the media welcoming a crackdown on motorcycle gangs and the arrest of Hell's Angels leader, Lysander de R.
An organization that governs 32 public elementary schools in Utrecht says that Sinterklaas celebrations in the schools will no longer include the maligned blackface character Zwarte Piet. "An important principle of public primary education in Utrecht is that everyone is equal," the organization SPO Utrecht stated on Wednesday.
Sources speaking anonymously to newspaper De Telegraaf blame Dutch Minister of Culture, Jet Bussemaker, for not securing a deal that would bring two large Rembrandt portraits to the Netherlands in a 160 million euro deal with the Rothschild family in France. They accuse the minister of speaking bilaterally with her French counterpart about a joint purchase of the paintings in secret and on her own accord.
The construction of the Noord/Zuid line of the Amsterdam subway system will conclude in October 2017 despite the bankruptcies of key technology contractor Imtech and metal construction firm Oskomera, according to city alderman Pieter Litjens. The oft-delayed subway line is not expected to have any further setbacks after an analysis of the remaining risks to the project, Litjens told the Parool.
The first mortal remains and personal belongings of the victims of flight MH17 found after May 1 are to be brought over to the Netherlands from the Ukraine. A Dutch team comprising of military, police and foreign affairs personnel will also collect wreckage that is to be returned.
The Public Prosecutor in the Netherlands ordered a raid on the Dutch offices of taxi and ride share company Uber. The firm is being investigated as a criminal enterprise over its continued use of the alternative taxi service UberPOP.
Roughly 56 percent of the Dutch population believe that the government should not contribute 80 million euros in public funding for the purchase of two Rembrandt paintings, according to results from a weekly poll conducted by Maurice de Hond. At the same time, new reports surfaced this week that the Netherlands are likely to receive only one of the two Rembrandt paintings the government and the Rijksmuseum were scheduled to buy, according to parliamentary sources speaking with the Parool.
Amsterdam football club Ajax booked a 22 million euro profit for the 2014-2015 fiscal year, an increase of about 5.4 million over a year earlier. The football team released its annual figures on Friday, which included a 1.5 percent increase in turnover to 105.4 million euros.
France has committed 80 million euros in a bid to buy one of the two Rembrandt paintings that were conditionally sold to the Rijksmuseum for a combined 160 million. The museum orchestrated the purchase with 80 million euros from the Dutch government with the goal of bringing the marriage portraits of Maerten Soolmans and Oopjen Coppit back to the Netherlands.