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Jun 12 '18 13:40

Last year there were 339 foreign investments in the Netherlands, compared to 409 in 2016, according to the Barometer on Dutch Investment Climate by accountancy and consultancy firm EY. These investments created over 8,500 jobs last year, ANP reports. 

With 152 foreign investment projects, Amsterdam accounted for 45 percent of all foreign investments in the Netherlands, compared to 40 percent in 2016. The Hague and Rotterdam both counted 42 projects with foreign donors last year.

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Jun 7 '18 14:10

A video of Prime Minister Mark Rutte cleaning up coffee he spilled as the cleaners watch, is being shared worldwide. The video was first shown in Arab media, but has now also spread to various countries in Europe, the United States and India, NOS rpeorts.

On Monday Rutte dropped his cup of coffee when he arrived at the coalition council in The Hague. Instead of leaving the mess to the cleaning ladies, he took the mop himself and cleaned up the coffee. This was recorded by a NOS cameraman.

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Jun 7 '18 08:01

The police arrested a man on Grote Markt in The Hague on Wednesday afternoon. He was walking around with a knife in his hand, calling unintelligible things, a spokesperson for the police confirmed to newspaper AD.

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Jun 6 '18 16:50

British historian Sir Ian Kershaw, internationally renowned for his research on Adolf Hitler and Nazi Geremany, will be one of the participants of festival Crossing Border in The Hague this autumn, NU.nl reports.

The emeritus professor of modern history at the University of Sheffield will be interviewed in public about his latest book Roller Coaster. The book discusses post-war Europe from 1950 to 2017. Roller Coaster will be published in Dutch in August.

Crossing Border is happening from October 30th to November 4th this year. 

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Jun 6 '18 12:50

Hundreds of students throughout the Netherlands have been diagnosed with scabies - a condition that causes itching and rashes - over the past months, infection expert Jan van der Have of public health institute GGD Groningen confirmed to NU.nl on Wednesday.

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Jun 6 '18 07:28

A 3-year-old boy was injured after falling from the window of a third floor apartment on Loosduinsekade in The Hague on Tuesday afternoon. The child was rushed to the Sophia Children's Hospital in Rotterdam under police escort, AD reports.

A trauma helicopter landed at the scene to provide first aid.

How the child fell is not yet clear. The police believe it was an accident, a spokesperson said to the newspaper. 

The boy's current condition is unknown. 

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Jun 5 '18 15:30

Mayor Pauline Krikke banned a barbecue protest planned by anti-Islam Pegida group at the As-Soennah mosque in the city. According to Krikke, the barbecue can lead to "serious disruptions to public order", RTL Nieuws reports.

Pauline Krikke
May 31 '18 09:15

Mayor Pauline Krikke of The Hague is arranging extra security for the Hindu temple in Schilderswijk after the temple was vandalized for the second time in a week.The windows of the temple were broken on Tuesday night. The same thing happened last week, NOS reports.

"I have expressed my support", the Mayor said to the broadcaster. "This vandalism has to stop. I also had extensive consultations with the police and gave the order to place camera surveillance at the temple as quickly as possible. I hope that this will help to bring back calm and restore public order."

Amsterdam
May 30 '18 16:10

Amsterdam has the most to offer of all municipalities in the Netherlands when it comes to culture. Maastricht and Leeuwarden are in second and third place respectively, according to the new Atlas for Municipalities presented in Leeuwarden on Wednesday afternoon, Het Parool reports.

Among the provinces, Groningen has the biggest cultural offering, followed by Zeeland and Noord-Holland. Flevoland is last on the ranking.

Pauline Krikke
May 29 '18 16:50

Mayor Pauline Krikke was personally involved in a controversial real estate deal involving capital building Noordeinde 64/64A - next to Noordeinde Palace, the Telegraaf reports based on documents the newspaper received from The Hague municipality after calling on the Freedom of Information Act.

According to the newspaper, the building was sold for an amount far below appraisal value to well-known handbag designer Omar Munie. He wants to develop luxury apartments and a shop with atelier in the building.

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May 29 '18 13:30

Volkert van der Graaf, the man who murdered populist politician Pim Fortuyn in 2002, no longer has to report to the probation service every six weeks, the court in The Hague ruled on Tuesday. Van der Graaf filed summary proceedings asking the court to lift this obligation abroad, NU.nl reports. 

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May 28 '18 13:50

A taxi driver from Schiedam was assaulted by a passenger who refused to pay in Breda during the early hours of Monday morning. A 17-year-old boy from The Hague was arrested. He hit the taxi driver on the head with a firearm. A shot was also fired, but the bullet didn't hit anyone, Omroep Brabant reports.

Homeless
May 25 '18 08:46

Homeless shelters in the four large Dutch cities are overcrowded and the number of homeless people is increasing, according to the courts of audit for Amsterdam, Rotterdam, The Hague and Utrecht. A big reason for this is the shortage of housing, which means that no home can be found where a homeless person can start building a new life, according to the auditors, RTL Nieuws reports.

Air-pollution
May 22 '18 14:40

The Dutch State does not have to take extra measures to comply with the European standards on particulate matter emissions, the court in The Hague ruled on Tuesday. The government does not have to take an extra safety margin into account when, for example, expanding highways or increasing the speed limit, the court ruled, RTL Nieuws reports.

Commemoration for Clay Haime
May 22 '18 14:00

The Segbroek College in The Hague will hold commemoration on Saturday for 15-year-old Clay Haime, who passed away over the weekend. His family says that he died after participating in a social media challenge, AD reports.

On the Segbroek College's website, the school says that Clay died suddenly in a fatal accident, giving no further details. "Friday afternoon Clay went home cheerfully. On Friday night he had a fatal accident. He died of the consequences of this on Saturday", the school said. 

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May 22 '18 11:20

Two people arrested after a on Sunday night, were released from custody. The 56-year-old man that died, may have committed suicide, ANP reports.

The suspects, a 52-year-old woman and a 47-year-old man, were in the home on Mijtensstraat when the shooting happened. The victim was seriously injured, and died in hospital on Monday.

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May 22 '18 07:41

Last week the police arrested over 100 people in a nationwide campaign against so-called 'mobile banditry' - gangs of criminals that travel from place to place to commit crimes. The detainees include shoplifters, baby formula thieves, pickpockets, drug traffickers, identity thieves and even a fake cop, the police said in a statement on Monday night.

The nationwide action was held between Tuesday and Friday last week. Multiple people were arrested at Amsterdam Central Station for pickpocketing, or attempts thereto. 

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May 21 '18 14:40

A 56-year-old man passed away after being seriously injured in a shooting in The Hague on Sunday. Two suspects were arrested, NOS reports.

The shooting happened around 8:50 p.m. in a home on Mijtensstraat. Responding officers found the seriously injured man inside the home. He was rushed to hospital, where he passed away.

The suspects are a 52-year-old woman and a 47-year-old man, according to Omroep West. They were arrested in the home. How they were involved, was not revealed. 

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May 17 '18 08:56

The family of 31-year-old Malek F., who earlier this month, plans to sue mental health institution Parnassia. The family holds the institution responsible for "causing serious bodily harm", the family's lawyer confirmed, NU.nl reports.

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May 16 '18 08:04

In March the police received a warning that 31-year-old Syrian man Malek F., who earlier this month, was planning to commit "a terrorist attack", the Public Prosecutor announced in an update about the case on Tuesday.

Swan in Zuiderpark, The Hague
May 11 '18 14:20

Over the past weeks four swans were found killed in Zuiderpark in The Hague, the police said on Facebook. They're necks were broken. Several swan nests and the eggs in them were also destroyed.

The Zuiderpar police report that the remaining swan nests have now been screened off with fencing as a precaution. The police, along with enforcers and foresters, are also patrolling the area and keeping an eye on the nests.

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May 10 '18 08:52

Anti-Islam movement Pegida is planing to roast pigs on the spit in front of five mosques during Ramadan. The action is planned for mosques in Arnhem, Gouda, Rotterdam, Utrecht and The Hague, during the evening prayer, AD reports.

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May 9 '18 16:40

The municipality of The Hague was justified in withdrawing the passports of two men who were suspected of planning to join jihadist groups in Syria or Iraq in 2015, the Council of State ruled on Wednesday, RTL Nieuws reports.

The court in The Hague previously also ruled that the passport confiscation was justified. The two men appealed.

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May 8 '18 11:10

Rents in the Netherlands free sector continue to rise, especially outside the four large cities. The average rental price in the Netherlands increased by nearly 6 percent compared to a year ago, according to figures rental housing site Pararius released on Tuesday, NOS reports.

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