The family of terror suspect Zaid Koullis is having a difficult time dealing with their son’s newfound notoriety, the head of an area mosque said Wednesday. The 18-year-old’s father regularly attends the Omar al Farouq mosque in Utrecht.
A new threat issued by a group claiming affiliation with ISIS names Amsterdam amongst several potential high-profile targets. Titled “Lone Wolves”, the Arabic-language piece seems to promote the use of dirty bombs with the statement, “You will feel it when Cesium-131 spreads down the streets and train stations of Russia, Boston, Dallas, Virginia and Amsterdam.”
Two exhibition matches of Dutch football teams last week in Spain might have been fixed games, according to the analyses of a gambling expert and the International Center for Sport Security (ICSS). Most likely the teams, ADO Den Hague and SC Heerenveen, were not aware of the score manipulation, the analysts state.
Dutch people who went abroad for holiday in 2014, gave Austria the best rating. This is according to holiday review site Zoover, based on 2.8 million ratings.
Justice in Spain suspects the Dutch football player Saïd Boutahar and dozens of other players of match fixing.
British budget Airline, EasyJet, is expanding their routes to vacation destinations at a rapid rate. The airline announced on Wednesday that flights from Amsterdam's Schiphol to Ibiza, Spain, Corfu, Greece and Palermo, Italy will be available from June 2015.
Spanish brothers, Juan and Julio C. have confessed to the murder of Dutchman Martin Verfondern, six months after the victim's remains were discovered. Over fours years ago, Martin Verfondern, and his car, suddenly disappeared from the village Santo Alla do Monte in Spain.
Arresting terrorists and bringing them to justice is the only measure that works against all kinds of threats.
From April next year, the Spanish budget airline Vueling will fly between Rotterdam The Hague Airport and its own home base Barcelona four times a week.
According to figures from Statistics Netherlands, on October 1st, 2014, the Netherlands had almost 2.2 thousand residents who are 100 years old or older. This is more than twice as many as on January 1st, 2000.
Tourism in the autumn season remains popular among the Dutch, as 1,3 million people plan to take a few days to themselves. More than 700,000 will remain in the Netherlands, while 600,000 will go abroad, reports NBTC Holland Marketing.
The world's largest cruise ship, the Oasis of the Seas, arrived in Rotterdam on Monday night.
The ship, carrying 5,400 passengers and 1,500 crew members, drew a lot of attention along the route. It docked in Rotterdam to be refurbished.
The Oasis of the Seas is expected to be in the Netherlands for two weeks.
The world's largest cruise ship is heading towards Rotterdam.
Dutch cyclists Annemiek van Vleuten and Anna van der Breggen of the Dutch Rabo Liv team have been brought to hospital Monday morning after crashing their bicycles during the team time trial at the World Cup, the Algemeen Dagblad reports. On Twitter, Van der Breggen has announced that she is unable to take part in the race.
The anti-terrorism units from five different countries, including the Netherlands, have been running practice drills on the Wadden sea how to fight attacks at sea.
According to the Spanish newspaper El Pais, the Dutchman Romano van der Dussen may have been wrongfully imprisoned in a Spanish cell for years.
German foundation Bertelsmann publishes a rank list on Monday of European Union countries based on research into social justice that shows The Netherlands scoring highly in third place after Sweden and Finland, the Algemeen Dagblad reports.
VVD party leader Halbe Zilstra says that this coming year will be the year of truth. The new European Union will have to act. If they don't, the European project will be a thing of the past, Zilstra expects.
E-commerce giant PayPay has announced the introduction postpay to the Netherlands. The service will allow customers to purchase products online, and will withhold funds from being debited from the users account until the product has been delivered.
Users of the Volkskrant newspaper's mobile application were shocked to see an article reporting the death of football legend Johan Cruijff on Tuesday.
With the Dutch summer holiday season expected to kick into gear this weekend, travel association ANWB is predicting heavy traffic around the country. The organisation told newspaper AD they expect people to be disappointed if they plan to leave town tonight thinking they will beat the traffic on Saturday, especially if headed south.
More than 700,000 Dutch opted for a holiday further from home this year which is 100,000 more than previous years. The USA will receive most Dutch tourist with 239,000 people visiting the States and neighboring country Canada will be seeing a lot more Dutch tourists as well this year. Tropical destinations such as Indonesia and the Netherlands Antilles are very high in demand as well.
A price of 800,000 euro per room was paid for the Amstel Hotel in Amterdam which was sold to hotel group Katara Hospitality from Qatar, according to property-website PropertyNL. The five star hotel counts 55 rooms and 24 suites and is located ideally between the financial, cultural and shopping district as it overlooks the Amstel River.