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Jul 13 '18 15:00

A 34-year-old Dutch tourist died after being beaten up by a group of five young people near Palma on the Spanish island of Mallorca. The Spanish police are investigating this as a murder and are looking for the perpetrators, ANP reports.

The Dutch tourist was attacked and beaten unconscious near a petrol station to the north of the city's airport at around 5:00 a.m. on Friday. Emergency workers rushed the victim to the Academic Hospital Son Espases, where the he died of his injuries. 

Crystal Meth rock
Jul 5 '18 13:40

Two Dutch men were caught trying to smuggle 15 kilograms of raw materials for crystal meth to the Spanish island of Ibiza. They were arrested. The Spanish police released a video of the drug bust.

Swimming pool
Jul 3 '18 12:50

A 4-year-old boy from the Netherlands drowned in a hotel's swimming pool on Ibiza on Monday. Attempts to resuscitate the child were unsuccessful. The boy's family is receiving psychological aid, AD reports.

The incident happened at the Marble Stella Maris hotel in San Antonio. A lifeguard saw the child at the bottom of one of the pools at around 2:30 p.m. He dove the boy out of the water and started resuscitation. Emergency services took over from him. Emergency workers tried to revive the child for 45 minutes, but it was to no avail.  

Thalys attack
Feb 15 '18 08:43

The French and Spanish police arrested a 36-year-old man from Morocco in Paris on Wednesday morning. He is suspected of involvement in a from Amsterdam to Paris in August 2015, ANP reports.

The suspect lives in Spain and was on his way to Belgium, the Spanish Ministry of Home Affairs announced.

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Jan 5 '18 14:18

A man from Venezuela was arrested in the Dominican Republic under suspicion of involvement in the murder of two Dutch citizens from Amsterdam last year.

According to the Dominican Republic's police the arrested man's name is Carlos José Gascon González alias El Gocho (the pig). He is supposedly the leader of a criminal group active in the Caribbean, South America, the USA and Europe. According to newspaper AD he was captured on Dec. 29 in the neighborhood of Piantini in Santo Doming, the capital city.

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Jan 1 '18 11:40

A Transavia flight from Seville, Spain to Amsterdam on Thursday evening was evacuated shortly before takeoff after passengers heard a man say 'suspicious slogans' on board. This included the words 'Allahu Akbar', the Telegraaf reports. 

Holiday resorts in Taurito on Gran Canaria
Dec 18 '17 07:18

The Spanish police are investigating the death of a Dutch woman on the island of Gran Canaria, one of the Spanish Canary Islands. The woman was found dead next to the swimming pool of a vacation villa on Sunday morning, the Telegraaf reports.

The villa is located in Taurito, a tourist town on the southwest coast of the island. Emergency services responded to the villa around 10:15 a.m. The woman's partner, an Irish man, was taken in for questioning, but quickly released again. 

Tweede Kamer
Dec 1 '17 08:03

The VVD, D66 and PvdA want clarification from the government on exactly what role the Netherlands played in the case against former Transavia pilot Julio Poch. After years in custody, the Argentinian-Dutch man was acquitted on Wednesday of involvement in so-called "death flights" during the military dictatorship in Argentina between 1976 and 1983, ANP reports.

Thalys attack
Nov 27 '17 08:53

The Belgian intelligence services knew about the perpetrator of a in 2015 three years before the attack happened, according to the annual report of the Belgian supervisory committee on the intelligence services, Het Parool reports.

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Nov 16 '17 17:10

A 23-year-old man from Vleuten was sentenced to 5 years in prison for raping a then 12-year-old girl on a train between Zwolle and Nijmegen in 2015. He also has to pay 10 thousand euros in compensation to the girl. The sentence is higher than the two years the Public Prosecutor demanded, ANP reports.

Adam V.B agreed to meet the girl on May 6th, 2015. He lured into a train, pushed her into the train's toilet and forced her to perform sexual acts under threat of a knife. He then left the child on the train with no money and no phone.

New Piet costume for Amsterdam's Sinterklaas parade, Nov 2017
Nov 10 '17 12:30

New  parade have sparked a new critique from activists in the Netherlands. The organizing committee, SSIA, dropped the decades-old Zwarte Piet costume because of its apparent connections to the 17th century child slave trade, replacing it instead with costumes inspired by Spanish nobility in the 16th century.

New Piet costumes for Amsterdam's Sinterklaas parade, Nov 2017
Nov 7 '17 12:30

The roughly 400 Pieten helping Sinterklaas in Amsterdam's celebration this year, will be decked out in brand new, specially designed suits, the foundation responsible for the Amsterdam Sinterklaas celebration, SSIA, announced on Monday night. The new costumes were specifically designed to remove all references to slavery from the controversial character, discovered in examinations of the history behind the Zwarte Piet costume.

Hurricane Ophelia in Ireland, forest fires in Spain and Portugal turn the sun red-orange in the Netherlands, 17 Oct 2017
Oct 17 '17 13:20

Two devastating natural phenomena in Ireland, Spain and Portugal had a beautiful effect on the Netherlands. The effects of Hurricane Ophelia over Ireland and the forest fires in Spain and Portugal, turned the morning sun in the Netherlands into a beautiful fireball red-orange on Tuesday.

Tramuntana mountains on Majorca
Oct 9 '17 16:30

A 47-year-old Dutch man was killed in an accident with a small plane on the Spanish island of Majorca on Sunday. Richard de Nijs took off in good weather on Sunday morning, but quickly found himself in thick clouds in the Tramuntana mountain range, according to newspaper AD. The local authorities believe he crashed into a mountain hidden by the clouds.

The small plane went up in flames after the crash, also causing a small forest fire, according to the newspaper. De Nijs, who had been living in Barcelona for some time, was found dead in the cockpit.

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Aug 25 '17 07:34

A 22-year-old man early on Thursday morning, posted a threat in which he promised an attack during a concert by American band Allah-Las in Rotterdam's Maassilo on Wednesday night, Minister Stef Blok of Security and Justice confirmed to BNR, calling it an"idiotic action".

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Aug 24 '17 10:40

The police arrested a 22-year-old man in Noord-Brabant during the early hours of Thursday morning in connection with a on Wednesday evening. In a statement the police said a Special Interventions team entered the man's home around 2:00 a.m., arrested him and searched the home carefully.

Amserdam Politie 2
Aug 24 '17 07:46

A concert by American band Allah-Las in the Maassilo in Rotterdam on Wednesday night, was canceled after the Spanish police tipped the Dutch authorities off about a potential terrorist threat. A few hundred meters from the Maassilo, the Rotterdam police pulled over a van with Spanish license plates and found gas bottles inside. The driver was arrested, RTL Nieuws reports.

Dick Schoof
Aug 18 '17 15:10

There is no reason to increase the terrorism threat level in the Netherlands following two , National Coordinator for Counterterrorism and Security Dick Schoof said on Friday. The Ministry of Foreign Affairs also sees no reason to adjust the travel advice for Spain, Minister Bert Koenders said to the council of Ministers.

Halbe Zijlstra (Source: Wikimedia/Marjon Zijlstra Fotografie)
Aug 18 '17 13:10

The on Thursday and Friday emphasize the need to hurry with the government formation, VVD leader Halbe Zijlstra said at the start of the formation talks on Friday morning. "A country without a government is really something you should not have for too long, certainly not in this time", he said to newspaper AD.

Zijlstra called the attacks terrible.

The Lambras in Barcelona
Aug 18 '17 08:01

Spain was hit by two terrorist attacks. The first in Barcelona on Thursday afternoon, the second in Cambrils during the early hours of Friday morning. Thirteen people were killed and over 100 others were injured, including three Dutch, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs confirmed. Their condition is not life threatening, NOS reports.

The attack in Barcelona happened around 5:00 p.m. A van drove onto the Ramblas, crashing into dozens of people. Thirteen people were killed and over 100 ended up in hospital, including the three Dutch. The perpetrators fled.

more Dutch opt intercontinental holiday
Aug 8 '17 14:20

Residents of the province of Zeeland spent the least money on vacationing abroad last year, according to data platform Localfocus based on figures from Statistics Netherlands. The average expenditure per Zeeland resident was 697 euros per resident. Noord-Holland residents spent the most money, 902 euros per holiday, NU.nl reports.

Destinations also differed between the two provinces. Zeeland residents preferred to go to Spain. While Noord-Holland residents opted for more expensive holiday countries like Germany and France. 

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Aug 2 '17 16:30

The police arrested two men suspected of involvement in the death of 52-year-old Melvin Arduin. He died a few days after being attacked in De Vaag bar on Straatweg in Rotterdam in February, AD reports.

The suspects were arrested separately. They are 31 and 35 years old, both from Rotterdam. They are facing charges of public violence. A 19-year-old was previously arrested in Spain and extradited to the Netherlands. He is still in custody. 

Elle Custers from Spaubeek, missing in France since 21 Jul 2017
Jul 24 '17 15:30

The Limburg police are working with the French authorities to investigate about a dozen tips about 20-year-old on Friday, the police said on Facebook.

Elle Custers from Spaubeek, missing in France since 21 Jul 2017
Jul 24 '17 07:31

Nijmegen student Elle Custers is missing in France, the Limburg police reported on Sunday. The 20-year-old woman did not arrive at her holiday address over the weekend. Her parents had contact with her for the last time on Friday.

Elle is from Spaubeek in Limburg. According to the police, she traveled from Spain, where she worked as an au pair, to Bordeaux in France by train and bicycle. She contacted her parents from Bordeaux on Friday. She had a train ticket to travel from Bordeaux to Sainte Foy la Grande on Saturday. Whether she made this journey is unclear. 

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