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Bill to fund prenatal Down's Syndrome test fails in parliament; Dutch gov't formation drags on

   SAFFA   September 13, 2017  No Comments

The VVD, CDA, D66 and ChristenUnie – the four parties currently negotiating forming a new Dutch government together – voted against permanently compensating the NIP-test for all pregnant women in the Tweede Kamer on Tuesday, NOS reports. Those four parties together make up a majority in the lower house of…

Tree falls on girl at Enschede school

   SAFFA   September 13, 2017  No Comments

A tree blown over by an autumn storm raging through the Netherlands on Wednesday, landed on a girl at the Stedelijk Lyceum in Enschede-Zuid on Wednesday morning. The girl was taken to hospital. Her condition is unknown, Tubantia reports. The area around the fallen tree was closed off to the…

Justice Min. revokes Dutch nationality of four jihadists

   SAFFA   September 13, 2017  No Comments

Minister Stef Blok of Security and Justice revoked the Dutch nationality of four jihadists. According to him, the four jihadists joined a terrorist organization abroad, NOS reports.  The four jihadists were also declared unwelcome foreigners, which means they can no longer legally return to the Netherlands or to other Schengen…

Japanese bank MUFG confirms move to Amsterdam after Brexit

   SAFFA   September 13, 2017  No Comments

Large Japanese bank Mitsubishi UFJ Financial Group (MUFG) filed a license application to set up a new subsidiary in Amsterdam, so that the financial group can continue to serve customers in the European Union after the Brexit, the bank said in a statement. “The new subsidiary in Amsterdam will ensure that…

At least six killed in Hurricane Irma

   SAFFA   September 7, 2017  No Comments

Hurricane Irma took at least six lives on Saint-Martin, the French part of the island that also includes Sint Maarten, broadcaster Franceinfo reported on behalf of the French government. Thus far no information is available about victims in the Dutch part of the island, the Telegraaf reports.

Videos: Hurricane Irma leaves trail of destruction on Sint Maarten, Saba, Sint Eustatius

   SAFFA   September 7, 2017  No Comments

The Netherlands islands of Sint Maarten, Saba and Sint Eustatius were struck by Hurricane Irma on Wednesday. All three islands were hit hard, but Sint Maarten sustained the most damage. As more and more photos and footage surface from the islands, the extent of the damage is becoming clear. 

Dutch woman murdered in Mexico, partner suspected

   SAFFA   September 7, 2017  No Comments

Dutch woman Olga Kluivers was stabbed to death in Mexico on Tuesday. Her Mexican boyfriend is suspected of the crime. He is on the run, NOS reports. Family members found the 60-year-old woman from Eibergen dead in her home. She owned a bar on the Pacific, in the town of Barra de…

Fourteen lifelike dolls stolen from exclusive Breda sex shop

   SAFFA   September 7, 2017  No Comments

Thieves stole 14 lifelike sex dolls, worth around 25 thousand euros in total, from the showroom of exclusive sex shop MyTenga in Breda last week. “They only left the couches”, shop owner Niels van der Voort said to Omroep Brabant. “All the dolls are gone. Even the old kettle and the…

All eyes on Hurricane Jose after Irma caused "massive destruction": Dutch PM Rutte

   SAFFA   September 7, 2017  No Comments

The Kingdom of the Netherlands was hit hard by Hurricane Irma, Prime Minister Mark Rutte said in a press conference after a crisis meeting about emergency relief for the islands of Sint Maarten, Saba and Sint Eustatius on Thursday morning, reports. The government is very concerned about Hurricane Jose,…

Up to 21 years in prison demanded in 2014 Brabant murder

   SAFFA   September 5, 2017  No Comments

The Public Prosecutor demanded an appellate court order prison sentences of 21, 19, 15 and 13 years against five people suspected of involvement in the murder of Yvon Pfaff in Sint-Michielsgestel in 2014. The demand corresponds to the sentences the court imposed on the suspects last year. The suspects filed the…