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The Dutch government is wasting between €1bn and €5bn a year on failing IT projects, says a parliamentary commission set up to look at a number of headline cases.
A number of Amsterdam museums are unhappy with the poster campaign for this year’s Museum Night on November 1 because they feature naked people photographed by Playboy photographer Govert de Roos.
Fewer asylum seekers will be placed in a holiday park in rural Drenthe than the 1,400 originally planned, officials have decided, after locals complained of being overwhelmed by so many people.
Heat and hygiene issues hit Dutch soldiers in Mali
Living conditions at the Dutch military base in Mali have generated a string of complaints from soldiers, particularly the heat, the NRC said on Wednesday.
Zwarte Piet dolls tied to lamp posts in Rotterdam by ruling party
Hundreds of soft toys representing Zwarte Piet, or Sinterklaas's helper, have been tied to lamp posts in Rotterdam as part of a campaign by local party Leefbaar Rotterdam to keep the December 5 tradition unchanged.
Three Dutch bikers join Kurds fighting IS, won't face charges
Three members of Dutch motorbike gang No Surrender are not committing an offence by helping Kurds fight the Islamic State, the public prosecution department says.
Ryanair hopes to fly from Schiphol airport next year
Budget airline Ryanair hopes to offer flights from Amsterdam’s Schiphol airport by 2015, commercial director Kenny Jacobs said in an interview with the Financieele Dagblad.
Criticism mounts of public transport smart card, MPs call for change
A large majority of MPs want changes to the current public transport smart card system, saying the current OV-chipkaart is traveller unfriendly, the AD reports on Wednesday.
Government opposes special refugee ruling for army interpreters
The cabinet has decided there is to be no new ruling to protect foreigners who act as interpreters for the Dutch army on foreign missions, despite opposition calls for action.
Gains for anti-Islam PVV in latest poll of polls
An opinion poll compiled from four separate polls shows increased support for Geert Wilders anti-Islam PVV, which would take 23 seats if there were a general election tomorrow.
Banks to be named and shamed for bad behaviour: code of conduct
The new commission responsible for supervising good behaviour in the banking sector will be able to name and shame under-performing banks, according to its new chairman.
Celebs launch Piet makeover campaign, Gouda goes for cheese Piets
A group of Dutch celebrities have launched a Facebook page calling for a makeover for Zwarte Piet, Sinterklaas' sidekick usually played by white people in blackface make-up.
End 'legal limbo' for immigrants who can't go home: Council of Europe
Illegal immigrants in the Netherlands are in a legal limbo and urgent action needs to be taken to end the impasse, the Council of Europe’s high commissioner for human rights said on Tuesday.
North west of MH17 crash site not yet searched
The Dutch government admitted on Tuesday that parts of the MH17 crash site in eastern Ukraine have not yet been searched for debris from the crashed Boeing or possessions belonging to those on board.
Police officers suspended in new car tender corruption case
Five police officers suspected of involvement in bribery and corruption in connection with a contract to buy new police cars were suspended on Tuesday afternoon.
Summer temperatures set to return yet again
The temperature in the Netherlands could top 20 Celsius this weekend, various weather sites said on Tuesday.
UN envoy Bert Koenders takes over as Dutch foreign minister
Bert Koenders is to replace Frans Timmermans as foreign minister and will have an official meeting with prime minister Mark Rutte on Friday, according to Dutch media.
Appeal court agrees: no electronic tagging for Fortuyn's killer
The appeal court in The Hague on Tuesday upheld a lower court ruling lifting some of the special parole conditions imposed on the killer of populist politician Pim Fortuyn following his early release from jail.
Brewing heiress fined for late reporting of share transactions
Brewing heiress Charlene de Carvalho-Heineken has been fined €375,000 by the financial services regulator AFM for the late reporting of share transactions in Heineken, the NRC reports.
Dutch government pressures ISPs to remove 'jihadic' web content
Dutch internet companies are coming under pressure from the government to censor comments and place limits on freedom of speech, the Financieele Dagblad said on Tuesday, quoting industry campaigners.
World's biggest cruise ship fined for breaking Dutch employment law
The owners of cruise ship Oasis of the Seas are facing thousands of euros in fines for violations of Dutch employment law, the social affairs and employment inspection agency SZW said on Monday evening.
Banks will 'worry less' about student debts in mortgage requests
Dutch banks will be milder about ‘new style’ student debts when assessing mortgage applications in the future, the Dutch banking association has reportedly agreed with the education ministry.
5,600 Dutch websites involved in 'biggest hack ever'
The theft of user information from 1.2 billion people which first came to light in August also involved 5,600 Dutch websites, according to the National Cyber Security Centre.
Fewer jobs to go in care sector despite cuts, say ministers
Fewer jobs will go in the care sector than originally thought when reforms come into effect next year, according to a report sent to parliament by the health ministry.
Oranje lose to Iceland in football fiasco, calls for Hiddink to go
The Dutch football team were humiliated by Iceland in their European Cup qualifier on Monday night, losing 2-0 in Reykjavík.
Australia overtakes the Netherlands in best pension list
Australia has overtaken the Netherlands in the latest Mercer list of best national pension systems, pushing the Dutch into third place.

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