39 Dutch who were on cruise ship Westerdam arrived at Schiphol Airport on Friday morning. Their plane, a chartered flight arranged by shipping company Holland America Line for 268 people on board the Westerdam, landed at 6:30 a.m. at the Amsterdam airport, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs confirmed to NU.nl.
A large quantity of heroin was found hidden on board a ship in Rotterdam just before the end of the year, authorities at the port said. Police and Customs officers discovered some 439 kilograms of the narcotic hidden below a shipment of talc stone during a routine check.
The cargo was still inside a sea container on the ship when it was inspected, police said. Authorities seized and destroyed and destroyed the drugs.
No arrests were announced in the case, police disclosed on Friday. The investigation is still ongoing.
The Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs adjusted its travel advice for India due to increasing tensions in the country. The government advises Dutch not to travel to Kashmir, and to only visit the cities of Srinagar and Jammu if absolutely necessary.
KLM must adjust its routes for almost all flights to Asia because Pakistan closed its airspace to commercial flights due to increased tensions with India. KLM passengers traveling to and from Asian destinations will have to take longer travel times into account as long as the airspace is closed, KLM said, NU.nl reports.
The lawyer who represented Asia Bibi, a Christian woman recently acquitted of blasphemy in Pakistan after spending eight years on death row, fled from Pakistan to the Netherlands. He has been sheltered by the Foundation for Assistance to Persecuted Christians since Saturday. According to the lawyer, Saif-ul-Malook, he did not want to leave Pakistan, but the UN urged him to as he is the target of death threats, NOS reprots.
PVV leader Geert Wilders decided to cancel a planned cartoon competition featuring Islamic religious figure prophet Mohammed, due to threats made against him, he said on Twitter.
On Wednesday an Islamic party in Pakistan, TLP, called on the government to expel the Dutch ambassador to the country, in reaction to PVV leader Geert Wilders' plans to hold a cartoon competition about the Islam religious figure Mohammed, NU.nl reports.
Pakistan summoned the Netherlands' envoy to the country to express their dissatisfaction about a Prophet Mohammed cartoon contest organized by anti-Islam PVV leader Geert Wilders. "Deep concern was conveyed about this willful and malicious attempt to put Islam in a bad light", the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Islamabad said, RTL Nieuws reports.
There are indications that Dutch technology was used in weapons of mass destruction or missile programs of Iran, Pakistan and Syria, departing Ministers Lilianne Ploumen for Foreign Trade, Bert Koenders of Foreign Affairs and Klaas Dijkhoff of Defense wrote to the Tweede Kamer, ANP reports.
The Netherlands is an interesting "supermarket" for countries that want to make weapons of mass destruction, director Onno Eichelsheim of military intelligence service MIVD said in an interview with ANP. According to him, the Dutch intelligence services annually block a "significant number of attempts" of "countries of concerns" trying to acquire knowledge or materials for such weapons from the Netherlands.
Dutch companies were involved in large scale VAT fraud, the proceeds of which were used to finance terrorism, according to television program Zembla based on its own investigation.
According to Zembla, using the trade of so-called CO2 certificates, the "biggest VAT fraud in history" was committed. The compulsory VAT on the certificates was not paid. Between 2008 and 2011 this amounted to between 5 billion and 10 billion euros in unpaid VAT.
The Dutch Ambassador to Pakistan, Marcel de Vink, is on his way back to the Netherlands, to recover after being wounded in a helicopter crash on Friday.
The Taliban in Pakistan claims to have shot down the helicopter that crashed in the northern part of Pakistan earlier today. The Pakistan military refutes the claim, stating that the crash was caused by a technical fault on the helicopter.
The Dutch ambassador to Pakistan was injured in a helicopter crash that killed two pilots and four foreigners, among them the ambassadors to Pakistan from the Philippines, Domingo D. Lucenario Jr., and Norway, Leif H. Larsen. The wives of both the Indonesian and Malaysian ambassadors were also killed, according to a representative of the Pakistani military.
Producers of Homeland will not shoot next season's episodes in Amsterdam despite a city push to bring the hit American television show to the capital city. Production will take place in Berlin instead, entertainment website Deadline confirmed.
The four Dutch jihadists who were added to the national terrorist list by Minister Bert Koenders of Foreign Affairs today, have been identified as Anis Z., Soufiane Z., Maher H. and Thijs B., RTL reports. All four of these jihadists' assets have been frozen.
Terrorist suspect Sabir K. will not be extradited to the United States, the court in The Hague ruled today. This is the second time that his extradition has been prohibited by the court.
Pakistan stunned the the critics by knocking Netherlands out of the Hero Hockey Champions Trophy in the quarter final on Thursday. Netherlands lost 2-4.
Terrorist suspect Sabir K. was arrested last week Thursday to be extradited to the United States. But the court decided on Tuesday to set him free again.
According to a study into illegal organ trafficking by Eramsus MC in Rotterdam, organ trafficking also happens in the Netherlands.
The Dutch radical Islam group Hizb ut Tahrir should be banned from operating in The Netherlands. This was said by CDA-leader Sybrand Buma in the television program Pauw on Wednesday night.
Amsterdam has risen 13 spots to become the 39th most expensive city in the world to live for expats. This according to the Cost of Living Survey 2014 from the HR-company Mercer on Thursday.
MP Joël Voordewind sadly noted at the appearance of the Christian persecution rankings by Open Doors, that in the past year the persecution of Christians has again increased worldwide.
An Indian drama about a Sikh family trying to hide their identity and create a new life for themselves during the 1947 Partition of India is slated to kick off the International Film Festival Rotterdam (IFFR), the festival announced.