An extensive aid program is ready for the two Dutch orphans, aged 2 and 4 years, who were brought back to the Netherlands from a refugee camp in Syria, radicalization expert Annebregt Dijkman said to newspaper AD. The two young children's parents died in Syria. Their mother, Karenia J. from Zwolle, died due to an illness. And their father, a Belgian jihadist, was killed, according to the newspaper.
Stormy weather caused a lot of problems in the eastern parts of the Netherlands on Sunday. Streets in multiple towns flooded and a lightning strike brought train traffic between Zwolle and Olst to a halt. Lightning strikes also caused a number of small fires, RTL Nieuws reports.
Meteorological institute KNMI issued a code yellow warning for the eastern half of the Netherlands on Sunday, warning of lightning strikes and large amounts of rainfall. Some places also faced large hailstones.
The Dutch government is preparing more housing and counseling for victims of human trafficking, Minister Hugo de Jonge of Public Health, Welfare and Sports announced. A total of 36 new reception centers will be opened in five municipalities this year.
A 20-year-old man from Groningen was arrested during a routine traffic check on the A28 near Zwolle after the police found 67 kilograms of cannabis and 69 packets of hashish in the trunk of his car. According to the police, the drugs have a street value of over 500 thousand euros.
Two hand grenades that exploded on Hanselaarmate in Zwolle on Tuesday morning, seem to be aimed at Rob Kooistra, owner of Zwolle nightclub Bruut. In October last year, a hand grenade was also tied to the door of his club. The man believes the hand grenades are intended to ensure that his club can't reopen. "I'm not a bad guy", Kooistra said to De Stentor. "I can't do anything about this and I find it regrettable that there are people who have a negative opinion about this."
Two explosions in Zwolle on Tuesday morning seem to be aimed at Bob Kooistra, owner of night club Bruut where a hand grenade was tied to the door last year. The explosions happened at his parents' home. Kooistra's father is a detective with the police. And Kooistra himself regularly stays at his parents' home, local residents told De Stentor.
The police are investigating an explosion in Zwolle early on Tuesday morning. Part of Hanselaarmate is closed down for this investigation, NU.nl reports.
Many residents reported hearing two loud bangs at around 4:30 a.m. At least two cars were damaged.
It is not yet clear what happened, the police said to the newspaper.
Karenia J. from Zwolle died in a Syrian prison camp from illness and malnutrition two weeks ago. As the Belgian man she married in the ISIS caliphate also died, presumably on the battlefield, their two young children are now orphans. They are being taken cared for in the area, though exactly what this entails is unclear, AD reports.
Two men, aged 21 and 24, were sentenced to 137 days in prison for a fake attack on Zwolle rapper Makka. The two threatened Makka on the street with a firearm, but it later turned out that the attack was faked and arranged by the rapper himself, NOS reports.
Heavily-armed police in the Netherlands stormed onto a stopped passenger train to capture two men sitting in the train car. It was one of three separate incidents in two hours taking place at or near the Zwolle train station, which led to the arrests of five people in total.
A Dutch pre-teen is winning high praise around the Netherlands for racing around the country to play the piano in a fundraising effort. Bas Schipper set a record by playing all the pianos located at 16 different train stations in 18 hours and 10 minutes, breaking the previous record set by Ernesto Dennis by 75 minutes.
In doing so, he managed to raise €61,835 for diabetes research, as of Monday afternoon. The total far exceeded the goal the boy set.
Homosexual couples who want to have a child through a surrogate mother can do so at Dutch clinics from next year, according to a survey by television program De Monitor. Until now that has been impossible in the Netherlands due to strict regulations, newspaper AD reports.
At least two Dutch clinics will start offering surrogacy to gay couples next year - MC Kinderwens in Leiderdorp and Nij Geertgen clinic in Elsendorp. In Leiderdorp the surrogate mother must also donate the egg. In Elsendorp the surrogate and egg donor may be different people.
NS will experiment with high speed intercity trains on the route between Amsterdam and Groningen next year. If the experiment succeeds, the high speed trains may be included in the 2021 timetable. "For example, twice an hour as a rush hour train", NS said, NOS reports.
A person was seriously injured in a "conflict" in a building on Burgemeester van Walsumlaan in Zwolle early on Monday morning, the police said on Twitter. The incident happened in a Salvation Army building, according to news wire ANP.
The victim was rushed to hospital with unknown injuries. A suspect was arrested, the police said.
Exactly what happened is not yet clear. The police are investigating.
The A28 highway between Zwolle and Groningen is closed in both directions at Assen after a major accident involving four trucks. Traffic service ANWB expects that the highway will be closed until at least 4:00 p.m. on Friday. Motorists are advised to seek alternative routes, NU.nl reports.
According to the ANWB, the accident caused havoc on the road. One side of the highway is full of mail, which came out of one of the trucks. The other side is full of beets. Exactly how the accident happened is not yet known.
An object that looks very much like a hand grenade was found tied to the door of the Bruut bar on Voorstraat in Zwolle on Wednesday. The police closed down the area around the cafe and nearby homes were evacuated, NOS reports.
The "possible explosive" was found at around 9:00 a.m. on Wednesday morning, the Zwolle police said on Twitter. Explosive experts were deployed to the scene to investigate. The fire department and an ambulance are also in the area as a precaution.
Activists for road safety placed empty chairs on squares in Zwolle, Nijverdal, Arnhem, Nijmegen and Ede on Wednesday. A total of 65 chairs were placed in Overijssel and 86 in Gelderland. They represented the number of people killed in traffic accidents in the two provinces last year, NOS reports.
The police arrested a 17-year-old boy from Zwolle for suspected involvement in a stabbing incident at a playground on Van Galenstraat in the city. A 35-year-old man was seriously injured in the stabbing on Sunday afternoon, ANP reports.
The perpetrator fled after the stabbing. A trace evidence investigation and statements from witnesses led the police to the teenager. He was arrested at his home during the early hours of Monday morning.
A man was stabbed at a playground on Van Galenstraat in Zwolle on Sunday afternoon. The victim was taken to hospital with unknown injuries. The police are looking for the perpetrator. The victim is the father of a child who was playing at the playground at the time, local residents told RTV Oost.
Witnesses told newspaper AD that the victim made a comment about a joint the perpetrator was smoking. The perpetrator stabbed him four times and ran off.
The number of schools in the Netherlands for pupils between 10 and 14 years old will double in the coming school year. These middle-schools are an experiment intended to help pupils with the transition from primary school to secondary school.
On Tuesday the police recovered seven valuable paintings that were stolen from a resident of Voerendaal. The paintings include works by Mondriaan, Mesdag, Tischbein and V. Kulagina, among others, and are worth hundreds of thousands of euros, the police said in a statement on Thursday. Three suspects were arrested.
A round of drinks on a terrace is again most expensive in Amsterdam, making the Dutch capital the most expensive terrace city in the Netherlands for the fourth year in a row. Like last year, Zwolle's terraces are cheapest, according to the annual terrace study by consultancy firm Van Spronsen & Partners, ANP reports.
Minister Arie Slob of Primary and Secondary Education left the hospital in Zwolle on Tuesday after being admitted last week due to a bacterial infection. Slob underwent two surgeries on Friday and has now recovered sufficiently to continue his treatment at home, his spokesperson said to NU.nl.
The Minister underwent surgery on two spots of infection, one in his right thigh and one in his left wrist. While he is back at home now, he will still need some time to recover fully.
Minister Arie Slob for Primary and Secondary Education was admitted to a hospital in Zwolle on Wednesday due to a bacterial infection, Minister Ingrid van Engelshoven of Education, Culture and Science said to parliament on Thursday, AD reports.
Van Engelshoven is therefore replacing Slob in the parliamentary debate on the debacle surrounding the final exams at VMBO Maastricht. The debate was initially scheduled for Tuesday evening, but couldn't happen because Slob became ill.