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The government plans to cut the lowest income tax band as part of a €500m package of measures to boost jobs, the NRC said on Friday afternoon.
Justice minister Ivo Opstelten has rejected calls for the government to bring in a new law making it a crime to glorify terrorist violence.
Nationalised bank ABN Amro booked net profit of just €39m in the second quarter of 2014, blaming the cost of the switch to a new pension system for the earnings plunge.

Gambling addict sues Holland Casino for letting him play
A gambling addict from Leerdam is suing the state-owned casino operator Holland Casino for failing to ban him from their premises.

Uberpop drivers threatened with fines in Amsterdam
Several drivers for the alternative taxi service Uberpop have been sent warnings by the transport ministry, saying they face fines of up to €4,200 if they continue to transport people for money, Nos television said on Friday.

Russia disputes Dutch museum's decision to keep Scythian artifacts
The Russian authorities are disputing the decision by Amsterdam’s Allard Pierson Museum to keep a collection of gold artifacts from Ukraine because of the dispute over Crimea.

Almost one in two people own a car in the Netherlands
There are almost eight million cars in the Netherlands, or just under one for every two people, new figures from the national statistics office CBS on Friday show.

Dutch send helmets and bullet-proof vests to Iraqi Kurds
The Netherlands is sending 1,000 helmets and 1,000 bullet-proof vests to help the Kurds in Iraq who are fighting against Islamic State militants in the north.

Free public transport boosts pensioners' well-being
Poor pensioners who make use of their right to free public transport in Amsterdam report feeling happier and have more contact with the outside world, according to a preliminary city council report.

Three draws and one win for Dutch clubs in Europe
There were mixed fortunes for the four Dutch clubs taking part in the final play-offs for the Europa League on Thursday night.

Dietary, stop-smoking advice not part of health insurance: survey
An overwhelming majority of people think help with stopping smoking or losing weight should be taken out of the basic Dutch health insurance package, according to a new survey.

Uefa fines Feyenoord for racist behaviour by fans
European football body UEFA has taken action against Rotterdam football club Feyenoord for racist behaviour by fans during a Champions League match against Besiktas of Turkey in July.

One in four Dutch people use mobile phone apps to do banking
One in four people in the Netherlands use mobile phone apps to make payments and transfer money, the Dutch central bank said on Thursday.

Amsterdammer planning to go to Syria to stay in jail for three months
A 23-year-old man from Amsterdam who was picked up by police for planning to travel to Syria to fight with Muslim rebels has been remanded in custody for three months.

Police arrest 38 for Ajax-Zwolle cup final fireworks trouble
Dutch police have now arrested 38 people in connection with crowd trouble at the Ajax PEC Zwolle KNVB Cup final in April.

Demos banned throughout The Hague residential areas
The Hague's mayor Josiaz van Aartsen has extended a ban on demonstrations in the Schilderswijk district to cover all the city's residential areas after it emerged seven rallies were due to take place on September 20.

Unemployment continues to fall, working population shrinks
The official Dutch unemployment rate fell for the third month in a row in July and now totals 8.2% of the working population, the national statistics office CBS said on Thursday.

House prices rise for fourth month in a row
House prices rose for the fourth month in a row in July, the Dutch land registry office and national statistics office CBS said on Thursday.

Competition hits supermarket group Ahold
Earnings at supermarket group Ahold were pressured by a downturn in sales for some products and strong competition in the Dutch market.

CEO of biggest Dutch builder steps down over losses
The chief executive of the Netherlands’ biggest building company BAM has resigned after the company posted a first half loss of €6.6m.

Electric bike use on the rise
Several government-backed experiments are under way in an effort to get more people to use electric bikes to cycle to work and school, Nos television said on Thursday.

Four Dutch clubs in European football action
Four Dutch football clubs are in European action on Thursday night as the final qualifying rounds for the Europa League take place.

Four Dutch DJs in Forbes highest earners list, Hardwell new entrant
Four Dutchmen grace the latest list of the world’s best DJs compiled by Forbes magazine.

Consumer confidence falters after months of improvement
Dutch consumers were less confident in the economic situation in August after months of steady growth, possibly as a result of the tense political situation on the international level, the national statistics office CBS said on Wednesday.

Five monkeys found as stowaways on ship heading for Rotterdam
Five monkeys have been found on board a container ship heading for Rotterdam port, primate charity Stichting Aap said on Wednesday.

Insurer under fire over compensation for woman unable to work
Insurance company Reaal was discriminatory when it worked out a compensation deal for a woman left unable to work after an accident by assuming she would have children and a part-time job, the Dutch human rights board has ruled.

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