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Monday, September 29, 2014


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A 20-year-old man who returned to the Netherlands after spending time in Syria has been remanded in custody until his November trial on terrorist offences.
There were 4,829 official cases of euthanasia in the Netherlands last year, an increase of 15% on 2012, according to the annual report of the regional monitoring committees.
The investigation into the deaths of three people watching a monster truck display in Haaksbergen is likely to take several days, the NRC says on Monday afternoon.
Minister welcome robots but warns of impact on jobs
Social affairs minister Lodewijk Asscher is happy to embrace robot technology but warns it could create extreme inequality.
ING has worst online banking service: survey
ING internet banking clients had to deal with more breakdowns and disruption than any other bank so far this year, according to website
Number of forced marriages much higher than recorded
The number of forced marriages taking place in the Netherlands is higher than recorded, according to research by the Verwey Jonker Institute for tv programme Nieuwsuur.
Tassle thief apology accepted but the king would like it back
A former fireman who admitted stealing a tassle from the Golden Coach sixty years ago has received a letter from king Willem-Alexander accepting his apology.
Dutch entrepreneurs have to deal with 136 corporate definitions
Entrepreneurs have to deal with 136 different definitions and thresholds which determine whether or not they have to comply with certain laws, a government body looking into corporate red tape has found.
Absenteeism rate falls to 3.7% as fewer workers stay off work ill
The Dutch absenteeism rate fell to 3.7% in the second quarter of this year, as fewer workers took time off sick.
SNS changes focus to become a 'no-nonsense' bank
SNS Bank, nationalised by the Dutch government in February 2013 after almost going bust, is to transform itself into a ‘normal retail bank’ with simple services for payments, savings and borrowing.
Traffic chaos around Rotterdam
An accident involving a lorry on the A16 between Rotterdam and Breda has led to long jams and delays around the port city, the ANWB motoring organisation said on Monday morning.
Three killed as monster truck stunt goes wrong
A third person has died following Sunday’s accident involving a monster truck at a show in Haaksbergen, Nos television reports.
Dutch cancel 49 jihadist passports and freeze bank accounts
The Netherlands has cancelled the passports of 49 dual nationals, 41 of whom were planning to head to Syria or Iraq and eight who are already there, the justice ministry confirmed at the weekend.
Burglar calls the police to liberate him from Alkmaar building
A burglar who broke into a building in Alkmaar in the early hours of Friday morning ended up calling the police because he could not work out how to leave, local broadcaster RTV NH said on Friday.
Immigration service will examine Afghan intepreter's case after all
The immigration authority will look into the case of an Afghan man who acted as an intepreter for the Dutch army but is threatened with deportation after all, junior justice minister Fred Teeven said on Friday.
Eye museum to show Hitchcock's concentration camp documentary
A documentary worked on by Alfred Hitchcock and composed almost entirely of footage shot by allied army cameramen in 1945 will be shown at the Eye film museum on Sunday evening.
Ministers pick three offshore wind farm locations, revise earlier plan
Ministers have revised their plans to build nine small offshore wind farms and will focus instead on three main sites closer to the coast.
Cycle shops lobby against end of Dutch company bike scheme
Bicycle shops have started a campaign to keep the tax break that cyclists get if they have a company bike, the Volkskrant reports on Friday.
Dutch growers stop giving boycott fruit and veg to food banks
Dutch markeg gardeners are giving very little in the way of surplus fruit and vegetables to food banks despite the impact of the Russian boycott, BNR radio said on Friday.
A warm but not too sunny weekend ahead
The temperature could be as high as 23 Celsius in places on Sunday, online weather bureau weerplaza says on Friday.
Utrecht's mayor angry over being sidelined during deportation
Utrecht’s mayor Jan van Zanen is angry at the way a Somali man has been removed from a refugee centre in the city without his involvement.
Dutch roads to get even more road signs
Dutch roads will have 14 new traffic signs next year which transport minister Melanie Schultz hopes will clarify the situation on some roads.
KPN revises 'women first' policy to focus on ethnic minorities
Telecoms company KPN has dropped its policy of giving women priority in top jobs and is to focus more on staff from a minority background, jobs market magazine Intermediair says on Friday.
Dutch prime minister tells UN of pain caused by MH17 disaster
Dutch prime minister Mark Rutte has addressed the United Nations general assembly in New York and spoken of the pain caused by the loss of Malaysian Airways flight MH17.
Big four accountants under fire in Holland for poor audit work
Finance minister Jeroen Dijsselbloem has pledged to get tough on the big four accountancy firms after a damning report from the financial services regulator.
Man faces jail if he writes more than two council complaints a month
A man from Dordrecht has been told he will be jailed if he writes more than two letters of complaint to the city council a month.

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