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Netherlands polling voting elections
May 27 '19 17:10

The political composition of the Eerste Kamer, the upper house of Dutch parliament, was made clear on Monday, with both the right wing VVD and far right nationalists FvD holding 12 seats. The ruling coalition parties, CDA, D66, ChristenUnie and Prime Minister Mark Rutte's VVD, kept 32 of their 38 seats.

There are 75 seats in the Eerste Kamer, making 38 the number to reach in order to claim a simple majority.

Thijs H. suspected in three fatal stabbings in The Hague and Heerlen
May 9 '19 00:22

Police released an urgent public appeal at 9:30 p.m. on Wednesday, looking for anyone who can help track down an individual they say is responsible for three fatal stabbings in two incidents separated by over 200 kilometers. By 10:30 p.m., the man was arrested in the southern portion of the Limburg province, police said in an update.

Silfano Junior M. suspected of the murder of Faisal Mssyeh, or "Feis"
May 8 '19 17:15

Authorities arrested a man in connection with the New Year's Day murder of rapper Feis, 32, in Rotterdam. The arrest was made in Kerkrade, Limburg on Wednesday afternoon less than a day after police issued a 15 thousand euro reward for information leading to the capture of prime suspect Silfano Junior M.

Amsterdam trams packed full on a snowy Monday morning, 11 Dec 2017
May 8 '19 16:00

A massive 24-hour strike by public transportation workers was scheduled by trade union FNV. The labor protest will affect the national railway firm NS, as well as public transit in Amsterdam, Rotterdam, and Den Haag, the three biggest cities in the Netherlands, FNV revealed on Wednesday.

The strike is set for May 28, and could include regional transportation workers as well, though that will be announced in the future. The labour union also called on workers in other sectors to strike on May 29.

Jail
Apr 30 '19 17:41

Two Dutch brothers accused of a vicious beating on a waiter in the Czech Republic were convicted in a Prague courtroom on Tuesday. The men were found guilty of assault and disturbing the peace, with Armin N. getting six years in prison and brother Arash getting five.

The prosecutor was pressing a case of attempted murder, demanding up to 18 years behind bars. The prosecution planned to appeal, their office said after the verdict was revealed.

Misja Harcksen threw Dutch baseball's third perfect game in Rotterdam
Apr 15 '19 16:50

Misja Harcksen pitched a perfect game this weekend in a baseball match between Rotterdam-based Curacao Neptunus and Glaskoning Twins from Oosterhout. He retired all 27 Twins batters on Sunday afternoon in a nine-inning game with Neptunus besting the Twins 4-0 in a contest that lasted just two hours and three minutes.

"I'm more than flying right now," he told NL Times. "It was the best feeling I've ever had, when I struck out the last guy right at the end."

Brexit
Mar 21 '19 17:30

The United Kingdom leaving the European Union with no agreements in place would be a hard blow for the Netherlands, according to German think tank Bertelsmann Stiftung. A no-deal Brexit will cost the Netherlands 3.16 billion euros per year, the think tank calculated. That amounts to 186 euros per Dutch person per year, NU.nl reports.

The Brexit happening with agreements in place will be more favorable for the Netherlands. Then the damage will be limited to 1.75 billion euros per year, or 103 euros per Dutch person per year, according to the think tank.

NS train in snow, winter
Jan 29 '19 16:47

Dutch national railway NS will run a reduced schedule on Wednesday morning with forecasted snow expected to fall across much of the country. Up to 3 centimeters of snow is expected across much of the Netherlands.

The limited train schedule is in place so the NS can quickly respond to problems, and provide more accurate travel information, the railway said. Passengers can expect longer travel times and more crowded trains.

Brandweer fire department Volkswagen
Jan 28 '19 00:41

Rescue workers in Den Haag saved a 28-year-old man who had been trapped under the rubble of a collapsed building for nearly eight hours. The person was transported away from the scene just after midnight on Monday, the fire department said. His condition was not revealed, but he was "approachable" and in communication with rescue workers since 6:50 p.m. on Sunday.

detail-afzetlint
Jan 27 '19 18:55

At least nine people were injured in a natural gas explosion at a housing block in The Hague, the fire department said. Emergency crews saved three people from the resultant building collapse, but there was still one person trapped that rescuers knew about.

By 6:50 p.m., the fire department personnel made contact with the trapped person. A plan was being crafted to safely rescue the victim, a 28-year-old man, the fire department confirmed to several media outlets.

Snow in Amsterdam
Jan 22 '19 17:08

There were over 1,635 kilometers of traffic jams across the Netherlands at 5:05 p.m. on Tuesday, just as the evening rush hour got underway, according to travel association ANWB. A snow storm that started on the west coast in the morning was slowly making its way east, and was still expected to hover over the provinces of Friesland, Groningen, Drenthe, Overijssel, Gelderland, Limburg, and parts of Flevoland and Noord-Brabant past 6 p.m.

Faisal Mssyeh, better known as Feis Ecktuh
Jan 3 '19 23:32

Police have released six of the seven suspects taken into custody after the shooting death of rapper Faisal Mssyeh. Better known as Feis Ecktuh, or just "Feis", the 32-year-old was gunned down in Rotterdam early in the morning on New Year's Day.

His 31-year-old brother received a life-threatening injury during the shooting. Both victims were taken to an area hospital shortly after the incident.

Rotterdam man, probation, Get Out of Jail Free
Jan 2 '19 18:57

A man on probation was apparently prepared for the possibility of returning to the penitentiary when police had a run-in with him in Rotterdam. Police there say that when the man was brought to the station he presented a Monopoly "Get Out of Jail Free" card, asking if he could use the Chance Card just that one time.

It started Tuesday night when police received a report of a man making threats with weapons, and possibly carrying a firearm. Responding officers quickly determined that was not the case, and determined it was an argument between the man and his ex.

Nerdalize frontpage logo
Jan 2 '19 18:41

Young Dutch startup Nerdalize was founded in 2013 with a plan to warm homes using the heat generated from servers, but the innovative company filed for bankruptcy just before the end of the year. The company raised at least 850 thousand euros in a crowdfunding campaign in 2016 after running a pilot program with energy provider Eneco.

The company raised another 750 thousand euros in a second crowdfunding campaign about a year ago, which led to the company winning the Crowdfunding Award last January.

new police uniform 1
Jan 2 '19 13:35

New Year's celebrations took a bizarre turn in Rotterdam late afternoon Tuesday when a bullet pierced the ceiling of a woman's apartment, striking her in the arm. Police arrested the woman's upstairs neighbors, accusing them of firing a gun into their floor.

The incident was called in to police just after 6 p.m. First responders at the Rotterdam-Zuid scene treated the woman, then raided the upstairs apartment.

A 55-year-old woman was arrested along with a man, 45. Police found a firearm and an electroshock weapon.

Faisal Mssyeh, better known as Feis Ecktuh
Jan 2 '19 12:51

An end-of-year spate of violent, dramatic crimes in Rotterdam spilled over into the new year, with the fatal shooting of rap musician Faisal Mssyeh. The 32-year-old, better known as Feis ​Ecktuh or just "Feis", died at a hospital shortly after the 5:15 a.m. incident on Tuesday.

A second person was hurt in the shooting, a 31-year-old man, who was also taken to a hospital, police said. Seven suspects were taken into custody, including four men between the ages of 36 and 45, two women aged 32 and 59, and a 15-year-old girl.

Police uniform
Dec 31 '18 19:40

Another Rotterdam man was arrested on suspicion of involvement in terrorist-related crimes, the Public Prosecutor's office said on Monday. The arrest is not connected to the arrest of four men in Rotterdam over the weekend, suspected of plotting a terrorist act.

Monday's announcement concerns a 24-year-old man who will be interrogated in the coming days. Little was revealed about the suspected plan.

No weapons or explosives were found. In searching his home, several data collection devices were seized.

Netherlands police tactical team
Dec 29 '18 16:06

With New Year's Eve right around the corner, authorities decided to quickly move forward with the arrests of several suspects allegedly preparing a terrorist attack, according to broadcaster NOS. Normally, an investigation into similar suspects could take months, but in this case police were tipped off just days ago, NOS reported.

arrestatieteam-at
Dec 29 '18 11:28

Four people were arrested in Rotterdam on Saturday morning under suspicion of plotting a terrorist attack. Evidence collection was underway at the locations where the suspects were caught, authorities said.

Police did not immediately reveal what the planned attack entailed.

Specialist arrest teams were joined by Rotterdam police in the initial capture. The Public Prosecutor's office is now running the ensuing investigation.

 

Police
Dec 28 '18 13:12

Authorities are searching for a prisoner who hid in a blue trash bag and escaped from the De Schie Penitentiary in Rotterdam on Friday, according to RTV Rijnmond. The escapee was being held for theft, according to the Telegraaf, and he made his prison break around 9:15 a.m.

"We are now sorting that out," a spokesperson told the newspaper when pressed for details of the escape.

Rain in Amsterdam
Dec 27 '18 10:34

Drivers in the Netherlands were neither imagining things nor embellishing in 2018 when they complained about travel times. Dutch highways were far more clogged in 2018 than a year earlier, with traffic jams up nearly 20 percent.

The heavy traffic had an impact on rush hour, but also outside of the daily busy periods, travellers association ANWB revealed on Thursday. The organization made their calculations based on both the frequency and duration of traffic jams.

Adrianaplein shooting in Rotterdam
Dec 27 '18 10:22

Shots were fired back-and-forth in a Boxing Day incident on the Adrianaplein in Rotterdam that left one person seriously injured. Police also say they fired warning shots to take control of the crime scene.

It started at about 4 p.m. on Thursday when an argument broke out between two Rotterdammers, aged 49 and 26, and a 23-year-old resident of the city. The argument escalated between the suspects, two men and a woman, with one saying they were armed.

Dec 21 '18 17:42

Authorities in the Netherlands arrested a 25-year-old man suspected of involvement in the murder of 16-year-old Humeyra Oz. The girl was shot and killed in a bicycle garage at Rotterdam Designcollege on Tuesday.

Dutch coast guard helicopter
Dec 21 '18 13:30

The Dutch coast guard is keeping an eye out for a sailing yacht that asked for help on the North Sea on Thursday night. After searching for the ship for hours and finding nothing on Thursday, the coast guard is no longer actively searching for the yacht, though they will keep a close eye out during the daily flight along the coast, NOS reports.

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