Don't go crazy with climate measures, Dutch PM says

Prime Minister Mark Rutte thinks that we should not go too crazy with taking climate measures. "We still have to live a good life", he said in the Ochtend Show to go on Thursday morning, AD reports. "We still have to be able to barbecue."
Submitted by Janene Pieters on April 24, 2019 - 12:40

Fine couples who first enter into religious marriage: Dutch MPs

A legislative proposal submitted by the VVD and GroenLinks wants to fine people who enter into a religious marriage, specifically an Islamic marriage, before they are legally married. By tightening the rules, the parties hope to prevent women being left without options if there is a divorce, NOS reports.
Submitted by Janene Pieters on April 24, 2019 - 11:50

Parliament leader worried by mountain of waiting debates

The Tweede Kamer, the lower house of Dutch parliament, currently has nearly 200 debates that still have to be held. New debates are added to the list almost daily. "I am a bit worried about that", Kamer president Khadija Arib said to RTL Nieuws.
Parliamentarians can request debates on topics that are in the news. "It is also an interaction between MPs and the media", Arib said. "If you request a debate, you as parliamentarian indicate that you think it is very important. A lot of debates are, of course, justified."
Submitted by Janene Pieters on April 24, 2019 - 11:00

Explosion in Zaandijk hotel, police suspect targeted action

There was an explosion in a hotel on Lagedijk in Zaandijk during the early hours of Wednesday morning. No one was injured. The police suspect that this was a targeted action.
At around 2:25 a.m. someone put something down at the hotel, which then exploded, the police said in a statement. The person was dressed in black and fled on a scooter with no license plates after the blast.
Guests of the hotel were evacuated and given accommodation elsewhere in the area. 
Submitted by Janene Pieters on April 24, 2019 - 10:10

LGBTQ interest group wants to ban American preacher from Netherlands

COC Nederland wants the Netherlands to deny entry to American preacher Steven Anderson. The LGBTQ interest group calls on State Secretary Mark Harbers of Justice and Security to ban him from entering the Netherlands, NOS reports.
Submitted by Janene Pieters on April 24, 2019 - 09:19

Fire truck crashes on way to wildfire; five hurt

A fire truck responding to a wildfire between Baarn and Hilversum, crashed in Baarn on Tuesday. The fire truck collided with a passenger car and landed on its side. A total of five people were hurt, RTL Nieuws reports.
There were two people in the passenger car, and four firefighters in the truck. All four firefighters were taken to hospital, a spokesperson for the fire department said to the broadcaster. One of the people in the passenger car was unhurt, the other was also taken to hospital by ambulance.
Submitted by Janene Pieters on April 24, 2019 - 08:26

Human remains found in search for missing Soest woman

The police found human remains during a search in Soest on Tuesday in the investigation into the disappearance of 52-year-old Miranda Zitman. Whether the body is that of the missing woman, is not yet known, NU.nl reports.
Submitted by Janene Pieters on April 24, 2019 - 08:17

Sri Lanka victims commemorated in Amsterdam

Around 50 people gathered in the center of Amsterdam on Tuesday evening to commemorate the victims killed in attacks in Sri Lanka on Sunday. Speeches were held and flowers were left on Dam Square. The Sri Lankan flag was also projected onto the facade of Amsterdam Central Station, NOS reports.
Submitted by Janene Pieters on April 24, 2019 - 08:00

Four killed in crash on Hague highway

Four people died in an accident on the A12 highway near Prins Clausplein in The Hague during the early hours of Wednesday morning. At Ypenburg station, the car carrying the four victims ended up on its side and crashed into a traffic portal, NU.nl reports.
Multiple ambulances as well as a mobile medial team responded to the scene. The A12 was closed in both directions near the Prins Clausplein junction, until around 6:00 a.m. The highway was released after the heavily damaged wreck was removed.
Submitted by Janene Pieters on April 24, 2019 - 07:29

Supreme court approves key witness deals in assassinations trial

The Supreme Court approved agreements the Public Prosecutor made with two key witnesses in the so-called Passage process - a large lawsuit revolving around a total of seven assassinations committed between 1993 and 2006, NU.nl reports.
Submitted by Janene Pieters on April 23, 2019 - 16:10