Dutch courts do not have the necessary authority to bring kidnapped girl Insiya Hemani back from India, where she currently is with her father, the court in The Hague ruled on Friday, NOS reports.
The mayors of Amsterdam, Rotterdam, Utrecht and The Hague want the government to hurry up and make a decision on banning firecrackers and firework rockets, Hague mayor Pauline Krikke wrote in a letter on behalf of her colleagues.
The letter is addressed to Minister Ferdinand Grapperhaus of Justice and Security and State Secretary Stientje van Veldhoven of Infrastructure and Water Management, NOS reports.
Restaurants, bars and cafes in the Netherlands may no longer have smoking areas, the court in The Hague ruled on Tuesday in a lawsuit filed by non-smokers association Clean Air Nederland (CAN), RTL Nieuws reports.
The Netherlands banned smoking in restaurants and the like in 2008, but added an exception for specially designated smoking areas that must comply to certain rules. The court now ruled that this exception for smoking rooms is contrary to the World Health Organization's rules on combating tobacco use.
The Netherlands is too slow in acting against domestic violence, according to mayor Pauline Krikke of The Hague. "Nationwide there are 50 deaths per year due to domestic violence. In every classroom in the Netherlands there is at least one child that has to deal with child abuse or relational violence between parents", she said to the Volkskrant.
The police fired warning shots while arresting a 36-year-old man in Dordrecht on Sunday evening. He is suspected of falsely reporting a threat to the Turkish embassy in The Hague. No one was injured, AD reports.
Around 7:00 p.m. on Sunday the man called the embassy and said that two people are planning an attack at the embassy, the police said, according to the newspaper. The police decided not to take any risks, and deployed extra security to the embassy while investigators tracked down the person who made the call.
The average wealth of Dutch households increased by almost 10 percent in 2016, Statistics Netherlands reported on Wednesday based on new figures. This is mainly due to increasing house prices. Dutch without their own home did not see a wealth increase in that year, according to the stats office.
Nearly three in five households owned their home in 2016. An owned home formed the largest part of household's assets at 57 percent, followed by savings. Mortgage was also the largest debt item of Dutch households that year, making up 86 percent of the average household's debt.
Toxicological tests will be done on the blood of 39-year-old Paul Selier from The Hague who died after being arrested in Waddinxveen on Friday morning, the Public Prosecutor announced. The Prosecutor wants to determine whether drug- or medicine use can explain the man's "disturbed behavior".
The results of the blood tests will also be taken into account in determining the victim's cause of death.
The government is investing over 300 million euros into expanding the rail network between Den Haag and Rotterdam, the ministry of Infrastructure and Water Management announced on Monday. By 2025 this route will run eight intercity trains and six sprinters per hour, which means a train every five minutes.
An autopsy was scheduled to determine what killed a 39-year-old Den Haag man who appeared to be repeatedly punched when police tried to apprehend him, prosecutors said Friday evening. Paul Selier, a father of two children living in The Hague, was identified in media reports as the victim.
The Dutch police are calling on motorists who drive a car with a 'smart' key to deactivate their 'keyless entry' function following a series of incidents in which cars were broken into in The Hague area. The thieves were able to empty out the cars without having to break open a door or window.
The 'keyless entry' function automatically unlocks the car when its key comes within its vicinity.
A body was found on Scheveningen beach in Den Haag around 9:30 p.m. on Thursday. The identity of the victim is not yet known. The police are investigating, AD reports.
The body was found near the Zuiderstrandtheater parking lot. The police believe the body washed ashore. How the victim died is unclear.
The Mauritshuis museum in The Hague is launching a new study into painting 'Girl with a pearl Earring' by Johannes Vermeer. This research, involving microscopes, X-ray equipment and a special scanner, will happen in a glass workshop in the museum itself. And visitors are welcome to come and watch, the museum announced.
The research will be done by a team of international experts over a course of two weeks, starting on February 26th. Using state-of-the-art techniques, they will try to learn more about the method and materials Vermeer used for this famous work.
A detective in the Den Haag police unit is suspected of leaking police information to criminals for a period spanning around 18 months, according to the Public Prosecutor. The 35-year-old man searched the police systems to find out whether there were investigations into certain suspects, NOS reports.
Drug criminals are getting better and better at hiding their illegal cannabis plantations, according to grid manager Stedin whose been working with the police on discovering such illegal farms. Last year around a thousand illegal cannabis farms were found in three major cities, 22 percent less than the year before. But Stedin is certain that the number of cannabis farms is on the rise, AD reports.
After having to replace Géza Hegedüs as PVV faction leader in Rotterdam, the anti-Islam party now dropped two other names from its municipal elections candidate lists. Prospective city councilor Marie-Louise Kelderman was dropped from the candidate list in Rucphen. And Mohamed Shaief Aziem disappeared from the candidate list for The Hague.
Everyone who took part in the discussion on social media about the Mauritshuis Museum removing its namesake's bust from the foyer over the past days, can visit the museum in The Hague for free on Sunday, January 28th, museum director Emilie Gordenker announced on television program Buitenhof on Sunday.
Two police officers convicted for the fatal arrest of Mitch Henriquez in June 2015 will appeal against the sentence of their trial, AD reports.
There were no major incidents during New Year's celebrations across the Netherlands, according to initial reports from regional emergency services. So far only Rotterdam reports a sharp increase in the number of incidents.
New Year's celebrations with fireworks in the Netherlands generally go hand-in-hand with dozens of firework related injuries, and this year was no exception. The Eye Hospital in Rotterdam already admitted eight people with a total of 10 injured eyes. And dozens of people were admitted to hospital with burns and other firework related injuries.
A cameraman for RTL Nieuws was pelted with dangerous fireworks while reporting in Schilderwsijk in Den Haag on New Year's eve, his employer reports. He was taken to hospital for treatment.
The cameraman's hearing was damaged and he is constantly hearing ringing in his ear, according to the broadcaster. The coming days will show whether the damage is permanent.
The victim reported the incident to the police. The police are looking for witnesses.
At midnight the Netherlands welcomed 2018. Thousands of people attended firework shows in Rotterdam, Amsterdam and The Hague, despite the rainy and windy weather. A few fireworks shows had to be canceled due to the weather conditions, NU.nl reports.
The National Fireworks show on and around the Erasmus Bridge in Rotterdam continued without too many adjustments, according to the newspaper. An estimated 60 thousand people came to watch the fireworks.
Bakkerij Klootwijk on Poolsterstaat in Rotterdam was named the bakery that makes the best oliebollen this year in AD's annual Oliebollen Test. "Even superlatives do not express the taste sufficiently. World class. A deep bow for the bakers team of Klootwijk", the AD testers write about the bakery's oliebollen.
On Wednesday the court in The Hague ruled against Milieudefensie in a lawsuit filed by the environmental group to force the Dutch government to take more measures to reduce air pollution. According to the court, the Dutch State is taking sufficient measures to improve air quality, NU.nl reports.
A 15-year-old girl was stabbed during a conflict in a home in The Hague on Monday evening. The police arrested a 36-year-old man. The girl was taken to hospital by ambulance, the police said on twitter.
The police responded to the home on Roemer Visscherstraat around 6:00 p.m. on Christmas. The girl was found injured inside, the suspect was arrested outside the home.
Exactly what happened, is not yet clear. The police are investigating.
Nothing is known about the extent of the girl's injuries.