Italy

Raganello gorge in Italy
Aug 21 '18 09:21

At least 11 hikers were killed in a sudden flood in the southern Italian region of Calabria. They were in the Raganello gorge when a river overflowed due to heavy rainfall. Local reports say that one Dutch was injured, NOS reports.

Many of the hikers were dragged along by the strong currents. The victims include at least four men and four women. Two people are still missing. 23 people were brought to safety, of whom seven were taken to hospital.

Swimming pool
Jul 26 '18 11:30

The 3-year-old son of Deventer Statesman Zafer Aydogdu drowned in a swimming pool in Italy on Sunday. The family was holidaying in the Italian region of Tuscany. The boy was rushed to a hospital, where he passed away, De Stentor reports.

Koen van Keulen
Jul 24 '18 08:26

The Italian police believe that 17-year-old Koen van Keulen from Soest died in a fatal accident at Lake Garda. His family saw camera footage that confirm this conclusion, a spokesperson for the family said to RTL Nieuws.

RHWW rescue dogs
Jul 24 '18 07:38

The Dutch rescue dogs team that went to Italy with 12 sniffer dogs to s on Sunday, will remain in the country for the time being to help search for a missing Italian girl. The Italian authorities asked the Dutch for help, foundation RHWW said on Twitter.

Koen van Keulen
Jul 23 '18 13:00

A body was found during the in Italy. It is not yet known if it is the missing teenager from Soest, RTV Utrecht reports.

The body was found in a ditch along a main road on Monday morning, according to the broadcaster. 

Koen van Keulen
Jul 23 '18 07:50

A 17-year-old boy from Soest disappeared in Italy during the early hours of Friday morning. The local authorities and some 200 volunteers searched for Koen van Keulen the whole weekend, but so far to no avail. On Sunday evening search dogs from the Netherlands joined the search, NOS reports.

MH17 wreckage
Jul 16 '18 08:25

The Ministers of Foreign Affairs of the G7 countries called on Russia to provide clarification on the downing of Malaysia Airlines flight MH17. According to the G7, evidence from international investigations that MH17 was shot down by a Russian army BUK missile is "convincing, significant and deeply troubling", RTL Nieuws reports.

Mark Rutte
Jun 22 '18 14:50

Prime Minister Mark Rutte will be attending an informal European Union summit on migration on Sunday. This summit is intended to remove the irritations among various heads of government about the European migration policy, Rutte said in parliament. "It will be complicated", the Dutch Prime Minister said, NU.nl reports.

800px-Boat_People_at_Sicily_in_the_Mediterranean_Sea
Jun 22 '18 08:54

Italy refused to allow rescue ship Lifeline to dock after it picked up a few hundred asylum seekers on the Mediterranean Sea, off the coast of Libya. "Go to the Netherlands with those people", Deputy Prime Minister Matteo Salvini said, RTL Nieuws reports.

Spark building in Sloterdijk in Amsterdam
Mar 16 '18 09:08

European Parliament approved the, on the condition that the authorities report on the progress of the construction of the new EMA office on Zuidas every quarter, ANP reports.

European Medicines Agency in London
Feb 23 '18 16:00

The of the European Medication Agency from London to Amsterdam continued during a so-called fact-finding mission which took place in Amsterdam on Thursday.

arrestatieteam-at
Feb 9 '18 09:25

An Italian fugitive was arrested by the Amsterdam- and Italian police on the KNSM island on Thursday afternoon. According to the police, there is an international arrest warrant for the man, who still has to serve seven years in prison in Italy.

The man was arrested on Venetiehof around 4:00 p.m., according to NU.nl. The Amsterdam police deployed a SWAT team for the arrest. He will soon be extradited to Italy, a spokesperson for the police said to the newspaper.

Spark building in Sloterdijk in Amsterdam
Jan 30 '18 10:01

Italy plans to urge European institutions to reconsider the decision to move the European Medicines Agency from London to Amsterdam due to the Brexit, AD reports based on sources around the Italian government in Rome. 

Bitcoin
Dec 19 '17 13:00

The Finance Ministers of France and Germany are calling for the world's top economic powers to debate Bitcoin and cryptocurrency regulation at the G20 summit in Argentina next year. The Netherlands does not form part of the G20 - the 20 largest economies in the world - but was invited to participate in the summit by host country Argentina.

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.

Triathlon
Oct 30 '17 07:48

Lawyer Jan Willem Koeleman from Utrecht died while participating in a triathlon in Italy on Sunday morning. The 54-year-old man became unwell during the swimming leg of the race and drowned, the Telegraaf reports.

Koeleman took part in the half-triathlon of the Forte Village Challenge in southern Sardinia. This involved 1.9 kilometers of swimming, 90 kilometers of cycling and 21 kilometers of running, according to the newspaper.

Feyenoord fans
Sep 26 '17 10:10

Three 21-year-old Feyenoord fans were arrested in Naples during the early hours of Tuesday morning. The Dutch men are accused of throwing stones at police officers, among other things. They are in custody, NU.nl reports.

arrestatieteam-at
Sep 14 '17 09:01

The National Police is establishing a team especially for hunting fugitive members of the Italian mafia, AD reports. This team is in response to criticism from Italy that the Netherlands does not do enough to search for mafia members, allowing mafia leaders to live carefree lives in our country, according to the newspaper.

The Italian mafia is permanently based in the Netherlands and mainly engages in drug trafficking, according to the newspaper. Mafia experts also warn that the mafia is penetrating into sectors of the Dutch economy. 

A Fyra train
Aug 31 '17 12:20

The Fyra trains in NS's failed high speed railway project are getting a new owner, according to newspaper AD. Italian railway company Trenitalia is buying 17 of the 19 trains, train manufacturer AnsaldoBreda confirmed to the newspaper.

According to Italian media, Ternitalia is paying about a third of the price that NS originally paid for the trains. The compensation NS will receive amounts to around 20 million euros, AD calculates. 

KLM_Embraer_190_in_Trondheim
Aug 14 '17 10:30

KLM flight KL941 from Schiphol to Cagliari on Sardinia had to make an unplanned landing in Genoa, Italy on Sunday due to air pressure problems. "Passengers were never in danger", a spokesperson for the Dutch airline said to RTL Nieuws. 

"There was a decompression on board, the air pressure in the cabin changed", the KLM spokesperson said. This triggered the oxygen masks to come down. The pilot took the plane down to a lower air layer and landed at the nearest airport, in Genoa. The decompression was caused by a technical defect.

jail
Aug 7 '17 15:55

Dutch real estate magnate Frank Zweegers was arrested on the Italian island of Capri on Thursday. During a routine check on a number of luxury yachts, the Italian authorities discovered that there was an European arrest warrant against Zweegers, who is wanted in Belgium for bribing a highly placed police officer, the Volkskrant reports.

Alps
Jun 12 '17 13:23

A father and son from Paterswolde in Drenthe were killed in an accident while mountain climbing accident in Italy. The victims are 57 and 20 years old, the Martini Hospital, where the father worked, confirmed to Dagblad van het Noorden.

The accident happened on Friday, while the duo were climbing with a 38-year-old local guide on the mount Becca di Monclair in the Italian Alps. Exactly what happened is still unclear.

The climbers were at a height of around 3,200 meters on the north side of the mountain when the accident happened, NU.nl reports based on Italian media. 

Donald Trump
Jun 2 '17 07:54

The United States is pulling out of the Paris Climate Agreement, president Donald Trump announced in a statement at the White House on Thursday afternoon, local time. The Netherlands deplores this decision, Prime Minister Mark Rutte said in response. Our country and the rest of the world remains committed to battling climate change, he stressed. Foreign Affairs Minister Bert Koenders called Trump's decision a "cardinal error", Environment State Secretary Sharon Dijksma called it a "historic mistake".

Police officer at a train station
May 30 '17 13:00

Three men from Bergen op Zoom were arrested at the Lage Zwaluwe train station last week for trying to smuggle 24 kilograms of cocaine out of the country, the police said in a statement on Tuesday. They are also suspected of money laundering. The cocaine was found in suitcases hidden on a freight train headed for Milan, Italy.

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