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Crime scene
Dec 4 '17 12:30

The body of a 30-year-old man from Newcastle was found in the water of the Afrikahaven in Amsterdam on Sunday evening. The British man has been in the Noordzeekanaal on November 19th, Het Parool reports.

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Nov 28 '17 08:01

Human rights organization Amnesty International is calling on Nigeria, the Netherlands, and the United Kingdom to launch a criminal investigation into Shell and the possibility that company officials tacitly encouraged the Nigerian military government in Ogoniland to commit atrocities in the 1990s, including rapes, murders, acts of torture, and the burning of villages. 

European Commission
Nov 20 '17 18:58

A nail-biting lottery is how Amsterdam is now officially the next home of the European Medicines Agency (EMA). Roughly 900 jobs will move to Amsterdam, with staffers needing to choose between staying in the UK or making the move to the Netherlands. 

The European Union's EMA will formally leave London, United Kingdom beginning in March 2019 because of the impending Brexit.

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Nov 20 '17 08:29

A man from Newcastle in England is feared drowned after he fell from a party boat on the Noordzee canal just outside Amsterdam around 00:30 a.m. on Sunday. Emergency services searched the canal for hours, but eventually had to halt the search without success, local safety office Veiligheidsregio Zaanstreek-Waterland said on Twitter.

The man went overboard near Westzaan. The captain of the ship threw a life jacket to him, but the man disappeared under water, according to newspaper AD. 

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Nov 6 '17 09:01

Ferry company Stena Line installed cameras on the driveways to its ferry to England in an attempt to easier spot stowaways trying to sneak to England by climbing onto the axes of trucks, AD reports. 

According to the company, this measure is not only for preventing people illegally crossing to the United Kingdom, but also for safety. So far there have been no accidents involving a stowaway on the axis of a truck. "But it's life threatening", Marcel van der Vlugt of Stena said to newspaper AD. "What if you fall from the axis? Then you're under the truck."

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Oct 12 '17 15:30

If the United Kingdom leaves the European Union without a trade treaty, a so-called hard Brexit, the cost to the Netherlands can amount to some 4 thousand euros per working Dutchman, economists at Rabobank calculated on Thursday, NU.nl reports.

Reining Transport
Sep 25 '17 14:20

Dutch transport company Reining Transport decided to stop all trips to England due to stowaways. According to the company, people trying to sneak onto trucks at Calais are becoming increasing aggressive, and drivers are no longer safe, the Telegraaf reports.

According to Reining director Gerrit Hes, his drivers are threatened with sticks and stones. "I'm not waiting for the first death or serious injury", he said to the Telegraaf, referring to a Polish trucker being killed in a crash caused by undocumented migrants in Ethiopia over the summer. They blocked the road with logs. 

Parsons Green tube station in London
Sep 19 '17 09:45

One of the suspects arrested in connection with a terrorist attack on the Parsons Green tube station in London on Friday, has family living in Noord-Brabant, according to Arabic journalist Jenan Moussa, who spoke with the family. She posted their conversation on Twitter.

The suspect in question is 21-year-old Yahyah Farroukh, AD reports. He was arrested on Saturday night, after a homemade bomb went off on Parsons Green on Friday, injuring 29 people. A second arrested suspect, an 18-year-old Iraqi boy, lived in the same foster home as Farroukh in the United Kingdom.

Board and part of a gun on the Rooswijk, which sank on the Goodwin Sands in 1740
Aug 18 '17 09:42

A team of Dutch and British maritime archaeologists are working on excavating Dutch ship , which sank on the Goodwin Sands off the coast of Kent in 1740. This is the largest ever excavation of a Dutch East India Company shipwreck, BBC reports.

Aug 11 '17 15:30

Dutch harbors with ferries to England are increasingly faced with Albanians trying to secretly cross to the United Kingdom, according to the Volkskrant. Over the past few months, hundreds of Albanian stowaways were caught in IJmuiden, Hoek van Holland, Europoort and Vlissingen. 

While the number of caught stowaways is comparable to last year - 440 in the first half of this year - the proportion of Albanians among them is increasing steadily, especially in Hoek van Holland and Europoort. In those two ports 92 percent of the caught stowaways were Albanian. 

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Jul 18 '17 08:23

Dutch nationals in the U.K. considering taking British citizenship in order to avoid complications after the Brexit, must be aware that they will lose their Netherlands passport due to existing limits on dual nationality, Prime Minister Mark Rutte said, according to The Guardian.

TU Eindhoven and BAM team up to 3D print a bicycle bridge, 15 Jun 2017
Jun 20 '17 16:45

The Netherlands is Europe's fourth most innovative country, according to the European Commissions' European Innovation Scoreboard for 2016. Sweden took first place, like in 2015, followed by Denmark and Finland. The United Kingdom makes up the top 5, NU.nl reports.

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Jun 12 '17 16:55

The Dutch economy will grow by 2.5 percent this year - the highest growth in a decade, Dutch central bank DNB expects. The economy is doing better in all aspects, but wages are still lagging behind, the bank said in its latest estimate on Monday, NOS reports.

DNB's expectations are rosier than the central planning office CPB's estimates in March. The CPB then predicted economic growth of 2.1 percent. The office is releasing its latest estimates on Wednesday. The Dutch government uses CPB estimates to make its policy.

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Jun 9 '17 14:25

The official outcome of the election in the United Kingdom on Thursday is still unknown. But it is certain that Prime Minister Theresa May's Conservative Party will lose its absolute majority. While anti-Brexit Jeremy Corbyn's Labour party gained ground. What consequences this will hold for the Brexit is unclear. We'll have to wait and see, is what Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte has to say on the matter. 

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May 31 '17 13:55

Dutch man Aweys F. is in custody in London on suspicion of planning for a terrorist attack in the city. The 37-year-old man appeared in court on Wednesday, AD reports.

F. was arrested last week, about to board a flight to Istanbul. The British authorities believe that he was planning to join terrorist organization ISIS in Syria. The 37-year-old man has been living in the United Kingdom since 2013. He was born in Somalia, but has Dutch citizenship. In court he confirmed his name, but would say nothing else, according to the newspaper. 

Eurostar train at St Pancras in London
May 24 '17 09:51

Eurostar plans to have a direct train connection between Amsterdam, Rotterdam and London before Christmas, the tranist company announced The trip between Rotterdam and St. Pancras station will take only 3 hours and 15 minutes, and from Amsterdam to St. Pancras will take 4 hours. There will be no stop at Schiphol for the time being, AD reports.

Dick Schoof
May 24 '17 08:42

The Netherlands terrorism threat level remains high at 4 out of 5 after a believed suicide on Monday, the National Coordinator for Counterterrorism and Security Dick Schoof said on his website. After speaking with the event sector, it was decided that all security measured will be reevaluated, Schoof said on Twitter.

Amsterdam Centraal lit with the Union Jack to show solidarity with victims of the Manchester attack, 23 May 2017
May 24 '17 07:34

The municipality of Amsterdam projected an image of the British flag, the Union Jack, onto Amsterdam Central Station on Tuesday night to show solidarity with the victims of an

"Out of solidarity with the victims of the attack in Manchester, Amsterdam Central Station is lit with the Union Jack", the municipality said on twitter. 

May 2 '17 16:05

The number of stowaways found trying to sneak to England by ferry and boat decreased significantly compared to last year, according to RTV Rijnmond. In the first quarter of 2017 a total of 220 stowaways were detained at Dutch ports, compared to 360 in the same period last year.

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Apr 17 '17 15:51

With Turkish president Recep Tayyip Erdogan claiming a narrow victory in a referendum designed to give his office more power, several politicians in the Netherlands expressed disdain for the vote results. Erdogan opponents in Turkey questioned the veracity of the vote count, with Turkish state media claiming that 70 percent of Turkish passport holders in the Netherlands .

Gavel (Source: Wikimedia/Brian Turner)
Apr 7 '17 16:50

A 27-year-old Amersfoort man was sentenced to 12 years in prison in the United Kingdom for smuggling 939 kilograms of cocaine into the country. Two accomplices, an Irishman and a Briton, were sentenced to 16 years and 14 years respectively by the court in Bristol, AD reports.

The three men were caught on their ship, Bianca, as it sailed into British water in August last year. The authorities found 28 bags of cocaine in the hold. Each bag weighed between 25 and 30 kilograms. The drugs had a street value of some 84 million pounds, or 98 million euros.

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Apr 6 '17 16:40

There is a "very distinct possibility" that Ryanair will have to suspend flights from the United Kingdom for "weeks or months" if the UK and European Union can't make a bilateral international aviation deal well ahead of the Brexit taking effect, Ryanair CEO Neil Sorahan told the Guardian.

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Mar 31 '17 10:10

The Dutch tax authorities' investigative service FIOD received details of 3,800 Dutch with hidden assets and savings in Swiss bank accounts from an anonymous source, AD reports. Based on this information, FIOD launched an international hunt for Dutch tax evaders on Thursday.

According to the Tax Authorities, the details about hidden assets in Swiss bank accounts can be compared to the Panama Papers that leaked last year. All 3,800 Dutch-linked accounts are with one Swiss bank, which the Dutch authorities would not name.

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Mar 23 '17 07:59

A group of school pupils from Bergen op Zoom witnessed a terrorist attack in London on Wednesday afternoon. Five people were killed and around 40 injured when a man crashed his car into pedestrians on Westminster Bridge, crashed into the Westminster Palace gate, got out and stabbed a police officer, the Telegraaf reports.

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