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Amsterdam is one of 13 cities picked to host Uefa's 2020 European football championships and will stage three group and one round of 16 games in the Arena stadium.  
Amsterdam city council plans to withdraw the licence of one of the city's biggest brothel owners because he does not do enough to discourage human trafficking.
This weekend, the southern cities of Arnhem and Nijmegen will commemorate Operation Market Garden, the biggest airborne operation of World War II, which took place 70 years ago.

Three Dutch pension funds to start offering mortgages
Three Dutch pension funds are to start offering mortgages, investing a combined €2bn in the housing market.

MH17 research team return home; area still dangerous, says PM
The 30-strong extra research team dispatched to Ukraine last week to help with the investigation into the downing of Malaysian Airways flight MH17 is returning home because it is too dangerous to visit the crash site.

Man who threw toddler over balcony is jailed for 10 years
A 39-year-old man who threw a toddler off the sixth floor of a block of flats in Amsterdam's Zuidoost district has been jailed for 10 years.

Win for PSV, loss for Feyenoord in Europa League kick-off
There were mixed fortunes for the two Dutch football clubs taking part in this season's Europa League competition.

Daycare company boss quits after criticism over bankruptcy bonuses
The chief executive of childcare group Smallsteps, at the centre of a dispute over its ‘bankruptcy’ earlier this year, has resigned, the NRC says on Friday.

IS tweet civil servant resigns from Labour party
A Dutch civil servant who tweeted that the Islamic State is a zionist plot has resigned her membership of the Dutch labour party PvdA.

Armed robberies on shops drop to record low
The number of armed robberies on Dutch retail premises fell by 21% in the first eight months of this year to a record low of 232, according to Dutch retail council figures.

Police figures show 4% drop in recorded crime, more bikes stolen
The latest police crime statistics show a 4% drop in recorded crime in the Netherlands, with fewer armed robberies, burglaries and muggings taking place in the first six months of this year.

AZ without a coach as Alex Pastoor leaves
Alex Pastoor, who was supposed to take over as head coach from Marco van Basten at AZ, is leaving the Alkmaar-based club.

Ajax kick off Champions League campaign with Paris Saint-Germain draw
Amsterdam football club Ajax kicked off their Champions League campaign on Thursday night with a draw against French side Paris Saint-Germain.

Luxury accommodation 'too expensive' for ordinary students
A plethora of new initiatives are under way in Amsterdam to provide housing for students, but most are too expensive for the average student, the Parool reports.

Amsterdam wants to house fewer refugees
Amsterdam city council has made a plea to be allowed to house fewer refugees with residency permits because of the acute shortage of housing in the city.

Geert Wilders misused our statistics, researchers say
Researchers from two separate institutes have distanced themselves from the way Geert Wilders has used their reports to score politicial points about Dutch Muslims.

Media magnate John de Mol puts Talpa up for sale
Dutch media magnate John de Mol has put his new entertainment group Talpa up for sale and several potential buyers have already registered their interest, the Financieele Dagblad says on Thursday.

Dutch to supply F-16 fighter jets in fight against IS: Trouw
The Netherlands will provide F-16 fighter jets to the international alliance taking shape to combat the Islamic State militia, Trouw reports on Thursday, quoting confidential sources.

Radicalisation, spending on defence and pensioners: budget debate
The first of two days of formal debate on the cabinet's 2015 spending plans took place on Wednesday, with opposition MPs queuing up to accuse ministers of showing a lack of ambition and betraying pensioners.

Ricin scare was a false alarm
A leaking package at an Amsterdam postal delivery service on Wednesday did not contain the nerve toxin ricin, officials said in the afternoon.

Amazon in talks with Dutch publishers
Online retail giant Amazon is in talks with a number of Dutch publishers about selling e-books, the NRC says on Wednesday.

Homo, whore, Moroccan and Jew are children's favourite insults
Homo, hoer (whore), Moroccan and Jew are the most often used insults in Dutch playgrounds, according to research by the Dutch academy for media and society.

More delays for Dutch airlines this summer
Dutch airlines were hit by twice as many delays this summer than they were in 2013, with poor weather and technical issues accounting for the bulk of the problems, according to passenger group EUclaim.

Housing market recovery continues, sales up 24% in August
The number of homes changing hands in August was up almost 24% on a year ago, providing further evidence of recovery on the housing market.

Frisian nationalists follow the Scottish referendum closely
Eighteen members of the Frisian nationalist party Fryske Nasjonale Partij headed to Edinburgh on Wednesday to follow the vote in the Scottish referendum, Nos television reports.

Six hospitalised after work accident with highly toxic ricin
Six people working at a parcel delivery service in Amsterdam were hospitalised on Wednesday morning after a package containing the highly dangerous toxin ricin was dropped and a 'small amount' of the chemical released, the Telegraaf reports.

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