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The Dutch security service AIVD does not have to publicise the number of phone and internet taps it sets up a year, judges in The Hague said on Thursday.
A care home in Langeraar near Leiden has launched an investigation after a woman suffering from dementia was found dead in a ditch several kilometres away.
Four out of 10 people with Dutch health insurance would be better off increasing their own risk payments to the maximum, according to researchers at Erasmus University.

Amsterdam presses ahead with new sea lock system
Amsterdam city officials want to invest €105m in building a new sea lock system at IJmuiden, replacing the current complex which dates from 1929.

Jihad suspect wants electronic tagging device removed
A man who has been electronically tagged to stop him going to Syria to fight with Islamic State militia is campaigning to have the tag removed.

Give locals more say over their communities, Labour MP says
A Labour MP is working on proposals which would give local communities more control over their own neighbourhoods, allowing them, for example, to organise their own rubbish collection services.

Unilever sales fall 2% in third quarter, poor European summer blamed
Anglo-Dutch food to detergent group Unilever saw sales fall 2% to €12.2bn in the third quarter of this year, as the poor European summer had a impact on ice cream sales.

Road worker killed by lorry, major traffic chaos on A12
A serious accident on the A12 motorway at Woerden has cost one road worker his life and brought chaos to the roads around Rotterdam and The Hague.

Public prosecutor, consumer authority both investigate IT fraud
The Dutch consumers authority ACM has written to 50 of the country’s biggest IT companies asking them for information about price agreements and other illegal activities, the NRC said on Wednesday.

Man arrested with 600 kilos of fireworks in his van
A 22-year-old man was arrested in Enschede on Tuesday evening after border officials discovered he had 600 kilos of fireworks in his van.

Tour de France starts in Utrecht with a 14 km individual race
Next year's Tour de France cycle race will start in the Dutch city of Utrecht with a 13.7 kilometre individual time trial, the event's organisers said on Wednesday.

Hydrogen cyanide gas released in blaze at scrap metal dealer
A fire at a scrap metal dealers in Kampen has led to the release of highly toxic hydrogen cyanide gas and locals have been warned to keep their doors and windows closed.

No extra inspections despite blanket bar and café smoking ban
Government inspectors will not carry out extra checks on Dutch bars and cafes despite the introduction of a total ban on smoking from Wednesday, the Telegraaf reports.

Dutch soldiers use Facebook to track down fake veterans
A group of Dutch army veterans have set up a special Facebook page to out people they say are pretending to have served in the Dutch armed forces.

Ajax struggle against Barcelona in Champions League tie
Amsterdam football club Ajax lost 3-1 away in their Champions League tie against Spanish side Barcelona on Wednesday evening.

3,000 chickens die in farm fire
Some 3,000 chickens have been killed in a fire at a farm in Udenhout in Noord-Brabant, not far from Tilburg.

Bad summer weather hits Heineken beer sales
Bad weather this summer led to Heineken selling less beer in Europe, the Dutch brewing group said in a trading update on Wednesday.

City dwellers will become increasingly lonely and overweight
Half the residents of The Hague will be either overweight or lonely by 2020, according to new research by the city’s health board.

Storm causes localised flooding in Rotterdam but little damage
A number of streets and canal sides in and around Rotterdam were flooded on Tuesday evening due to the autumn storm, website nu.nl reports.

Four people still in hospital after monster truck crash
Four people who were injured when a monster truck ploughed into the crowd at a show in the small town of Haaksbergen remain in hospital, over three weeks after the incident.

Coastal provinces take action ahead of Tuesday night's storm
Winds of up to storm force nine are expected to batter coastal parts of the Netherlands on Tuesday evening, as the tail end of hurricane Gonzalo hits mainland Europe.

A hard line or drugs testing? MPs divided over ADE drug deaths
Politicians are calling for action following the death of three people in what is thought to be drug related incidents at this year’s Amsterdam Dance Event.

Scary clown Halloween poster angers parents
Some parents in Zoetermeer are calling on the local shopkeepers association to remove posters for a Halloween parade featuring a scary clown with an evil grin because he is frightening their children.

Nearly one in three Dutch secondary schools are going digital
Dutch secondary schools are switching to digital teaching aids and in three out of 10 schools, pupils work on a laptop or tablet in at least some lessons, Trouw reports on Tuesday.

More traffic jams in August
There was an increase in the number of traffic jams on the Dutch roads between May and the end of August, ending months of decline, transport minister Melanie Schultz has told parliament.

Consumers buy more clothes, household goods in August
Dutch consumers increased their spending by 1.5% in August this year, compared with the year earlier period, the national statistics office CBS said on Tuesday.




 
 
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Fight radicalisation but stay cool (and tolerant)
photo Eberhard van der Laan
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