An online petition launched a week ago calling for the French government to drop plans to close its Institut Français in Amsterdam reached 2,340 signatures by Thursday at 2:30 p.m. The institute is shutting down as France is selling the building it has owned on the Vijzelgracht since 1966
Police in the Netherlands evacuated part of the Leiden Centraal train station Tuesday night after a passenger on a train approaching the station overheard a suspicious telephone conversation about weapons. The passenger, praised by police for being attentive, called emergency services line 1-1-2, with authorities then ordering the train halted at a Leiden platform, police said.
Behavioral problems and mental health conditions may play a role in the radicalization of young Dutch jihadists, according to a report by the International Center for Counterterrorism in The Hague, which was published on Friday.
A woman with expertise in children’s issues, special education and refugee rights is at the top of a list of candidates to replace outgoing child advocate Marc Dullaert in the Netherlands. Margrite Kalverboer, a professor at the Groningen University is expected to replace Dullaert, whose appointment was not renewed.
The public prosecution office in the Netherlands demanded that Bart van U. serve an eight-year prison sentence and mandatory psychiatric treatment for the murders of his sister, Lois, and former health minister Els Borst. In its closing argument, the prosecution pushed for two manslaughter convictions instead of murder, saying that Van U. “was of a greatly diminished mental capacity” at the time of the crimes.
At least six people in Gorinchem were injured Friday afternoon after a portion of the Bogerd community center caved in, leaving a pile of debris inside the building. Emergency service personnel responded in droves to the incident, with a team from local breaking news website Zuid-Holland Zuid Actueel witnessing at least ten ambulances, a helicopter rescue unit, and a large police and fire department presence. Another air ambulance and a police helicopter was also dispatched to the region.
Over twenty years after the end of the war in the Balkans, Bosnian Serb leader Radovan Karadžić was sentenced to 40 years imprisonment for his role in the 1995 Srebrenica Massacre. Also referred to as a case of genocide, roughly 8,400 Muslims were slaughtered in the Srebrenica region during July 1995, with most of the victims being men or boys.
A three-year-old girl was critically injured on Wednesday after a dog attacked her and her mother while they were out for a walk. The toddler was bitten repeatedly in the attack, while her mother’s arm was injured.
A federal court in New York sentenced two former Rabobank employees to prison for their roles in manipulating the Libor, an estimated interest rate that serves as a benchmark for financial lenders around the world. The Dutch banks’s former finance executive, Anthony Allen, was handed a two-year prison sentence, with trader Anthony Conti being sent to prison for a year.
A group of about 40 students fell ill at a Hague school after a swim lesson. Five students and two teachers were transported to an area hospital
An alert issued by Netherlands asylum authority COA forbidding young asylum-seeking women and girls from visiting a Rotterdam church originated in an unsubstantiated internal memo, the church’s lawyer asserted on Monday. The ban, revealed in January, suggested there were several instances of minors sexual abused at the Eritrean community church.
For the second time in a week, Feyenoord goalkeeper Kenneth Vermeer will file an official complaint and request police to investigate threats made against him. Spectators at a darts competition in Newcastle, England, and broadcast live in the Netherlands on RTL 7, were seen holding signs stating, “Kenneth must hang!” and “Vermeer NSB,” possibly meant to liken Vermeer to a Nazi collaborator.
Paul McCartney is widely expected to headline and close the 2016 edition of music festival Pinkpop. Just days later, American rock legend Bruce Springsteen is set to perform in Den Haag.
A 63-year-old grandfather acting as a babysitter was found guilty by a court in Den Haag for sexually abusing at least seven children including his own grandchildren. The court sentenced him to eight years in prison, without the possibility of early release.
A Rotterdam teacher was suspended pending an investigation into academic fraud at a primary school in the Heijplaat neighborhood of Rotterdam. The teacher allegedly gave students at De Klaver an extra chance when they answered questions incorrectly, said Kees Terdu, the chairman of the school’s parent organization.
A spirit of celebration was on display at the newly-completed Den Haag Centraal train station on Monday. The station, capable of handling 270,000 passengers daily, officially re-opened after several years of construction work.
Birds of prey in the Netherlands will be trained to hunt down and take out enemy unmanned flying devices, police announced on Sunday. The authorities released video of a successful demonstration from Friday, saying a final decision on continuing the program will be made over the next few months.
Seven people were arrested by Sunday morning after a group of likely Feyenoord fans showed up outside the home of team midfielder Marko Vejinovic and shouted death threats at him. One of those arrested already confessed, , according to De Telegraaf.
Six people were arrested in the Netherlands and Belgium in connection with 310 kilograms of high-grade cocaine discovered at a port in Denmark last summer. Four of those arrested were caught in Rotterdam this past December, the public prosecutor’s office in the Netherlands confirmed exclusively to the NL Times.
Several reports of a terrorist threat in Amsterdam had investigative services in the city on high alert Thursday morning, Mayor Eberhard van der Laan told the General Affairs committee at City Hall. The nature of the threat was not disclosed, but the response to the threat was "scaled down" later in the day, a city council spokesman confirmed to the NL Times.
Blues and Jazz pioneers including The Roots, Buddy Guy and the Branford Marsalis Quartet featuring Kurt Elling are among the first group of musicians confirmed for the 2016 edition of the North Sea Jazz Festival, organizers announced on Wednesday. The annual three-day event will also feature fusion jazz keyboardist Chick Corea, who plans to celebrate his 75th birthday with his performance.
The British School in the Hague was evacuated Tuesday morning after a bomb threat against the institution was made, police said. The threat was made shortly before 8 a.m., leading students to be kept at a nearby staging area a spokesman told the NL Times.
A tram operator in the Hague made the surprising discovery of a bag filled with more than 330 Staatsloterij lottery tickets. The driver found the bag thrust into his hands while navigating his Line 17 route near the Kalvermarkt-Stadhuis stop, according to newspaper AD.
Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte implored on asylum seekers to conform to the Dutch way of life if they want to make the Netherlands their home. On this their can be “no compromise,” he said at the press conference following his weekly cabinet meeting.