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Police seize 400 kilos of cocaine in Rotterdam port after tip-off

    Police seize 400 kilos of cocaine in Rotterdam port after tip-offPhoto: Public Prosecution Department

    Customs officials working in Rotterdam’s port have found 400 kilos of cocaine hidden in a container from Panama, the public prosecution department said on Thursday.

    The drugs were hidden in a consignment of tyres destined for a company in Moerdijk and were found following a tip-off.

    The cocaine was packed in 16

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    Italian mafia suspect arrested in central Amsterdam

      Italian mafia suspect arrested in central AmsterdamA police photo showing the arrest

      An Italian national wanted in connection with mafia activities was picked up in Amsterdam at the beginning of this month on a European arrest warrant, police said on Thursday.

      Police had been tipped off that the 33-year-old was living in Amsterdam. The man was arrested on Waterlooplein, next to the city hall and the

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      Green groups head for court over sports pitch crumb rubber pollution

        Green groups head for court over sports pitch crumb rubber pollution

        Dutch environmental organisations have made a formal legal complaint about the use of crumb rubber made from old tyres on sports fields.

        Recycling Network, an umbrella group of green groups, says local authorities, sports clubs and used-tyre firms have committed a criminal offence because heavy metals in the rubber are leaching into the ground.

        The

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        Dutch social workers take terminally-ill Afghan refugee, 10, into care

          Dutch social workers take terminally-ill Afghan refugee, 10, into carePhoto: Depositphotos.com

          A terminally-ill Afghan boy has been removed from his parents’ care at a refugee centre in Emmen and put under social work supervision, the Volkskrant said on Thursday.

          Amir, who is 10, suffers from an incurable metabolic disease and is mentally handicapped. He has been living in refugee centres since 2011 and his family was

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          Dutch court upholds ban on controversial UberPop service

            Dutch court upholds ban on controversial UberPop service Taxi service UberPop is to remain banned in the Netherlands but the company’s UberX service does meet Dutch taxi legislation, judges said on Thursday.

            Uber stopped its controversial Uberpop service in the Netherlands in November 2015 after it was branded illegal by the Dutch courts and the company was handed down several fines. Uberpop allows

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            Driving schools are failing, not enough new drivers are passing first time

              Driving schools are failing, not enough new drivers are passing first time

              Fewer than half of learner drivers in the Netherlands pass their test first time and that is not enough, according to driving examination bureau CBR.

              The CBR, together with motoring organisation Bovag and various driving school associations, has written to the transport ministry calling for better standards for driving schools and instructors, the T

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              It’s officially autumn but there’s a warm, sunny weekend ahead

                It’s officially autumn but there’s a warm, sunny weekend ahead While there many be lights showers in western parts of the Netherlands on Friday, the weekend will be warm with sunny spells, weather forecasters say.

                The temperature is set to hit 19 degrees on Saturday, as warmer southern air blows into the country. And the warm sunny weather will continue into next week, according to the latest KNMI forecast.

                Sun

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                Dutch prosecutors reach $274m deal with Telia in Uzbek corruption case

                  Dutch prosecutors reach $274m deal with Telia in Uzbek corruption casePhoto: Despositphotos.com

                  Three Rotterdam based subsidiaries of Swedish telecom giant Telia have agreed to pay $274m in an out of court settlement for bribing government officials and keeping inaccurate books and records.

                  The fine relates to the company’s efforts to gain access to the Uzbek telecom market and thereafter, during which officials paid b

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