A possible explosive was found at a cafe on Voorstraat in Zwolle on Tuesday morning. The area around the cafe was cordoned off while explosive remova
Grenade found at Zwolle cafe targeted in 2018; Owner, Cop father attacked in 2019

Grenade found at Zwolle cafe targeted in 2018; Owner, Cop father attacked in 2019

Grenade found at Zwolle cafe targeted in 2018; Owner, Cop father attacked in 2019

Grenade found at Zwolle cafe targeted in 2018; Owner, Cop father attacked in 2019

Grenade found at Zwolle cafe targeted in 2018; Owner, Cop father attacked in 2019

Grenade found at Zwolle cafe targeted in 2018; Owner, Cop father attacked in 2019
Grenade found at Zwolle cafe targeted in 2018; Owner, Cop father attacked in 2019
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A possible explosive was found at a cafe on Voorstraat in Zwolle on Tuesday morning. The area around the cafe was cordoned off while explosive removal experts from the Ministry of Defense investigated and removed the device, the Gelderland police said on Twitter.

According to newspaper De Stentor, the explosive involved was a hand grenade and it was found tied to the door of cafe Bruut. Emergency services responded to the scene at around 8:20 a.m.

This is not the first time Bruut was the target of someone with explosives. The police investigated the cafe and its owners in 2018 and 2019 after first a hand grenade was found hanging on the cafe's door, and later two explosives went off at the home of owner Bob Kooistra's father - a police officer in Zwolle. 

The municipality closed Bruut after the incident with the hand grenade in 2018. Kooistra believes he is being targeted so that his club can't reopen, he said to De Stentor in February 2019. 

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Grenade found at Zwolle cafe targeted in 2018; Owner, Cop father attacked in 2019

Groningen university workers suspected of embezzling €1.2 million

Groningen university workers suspected of embezzling €1.2 million

Three employees of the University of Groningen (RUG) are suspected of embezzling 1.2 million euros in public money from the university and funneling it into their own foundation, the board of the Faculty of Arts announced in a letter that NOS has in its possession. All three employees were affiliated with the Faculty of Arts.

The University suspended the three employees in March lat year after a tip from a European partner about uncertainties regarding the financing of the Network on Humanitarian Action foundation. The foundation is not affiliated with RUG, but was registered at the address of the Faculty of Arts, according to the broadcaster. The foundation was established, without the knowledge of the university, to develop scientific activities for a European university program for students who want to offer assistance in crisis areas. 

RUG hired a private firm to investigate the foundation. That investigation showed that 1.2 million euros in subsidies and tuition never ended up at the university, but disappeared into the foundation, according to the broadcaster. 

The board of the Faculty of Arts said that the three employees put confidence in the university at stake and stressed that they "will do everything in their power" to regain that trust. The letter states that "employment law measures" were taken against the three employees. One of them was dismissed. Charges of subsidy fraud and forgery were also filed with the police. 

Ruling party wants European authority, not airlines to decide on flying over conflict zones

Ruling party wants European authority, not airlines to decide on flying over conflict zones

Government party D66 no longer wants airlines to decide for themselves whether to fly over conflict areas. Instead, the European aviation authority EASA should be in charge of that decision, according to D66 parliamentarians Jan Paternotte and Sjoerd Sjoerdsma. They will submit a motion to this effect during a debate on aviation and conflict zones on January 29th.

"In America, the aviation authority determines when an airspace is unsafe. In Europe, it is up tot he companies themselves. We should not want to leave this to companies that have to make an impossible trade-off between safety and costs," Paternotte said on Twitter. "You must be safe. Whether you board KLM, United Airlines, or Alitalia."

This is a lesson that should have been learned after Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 was shot down over the conflict zone in eastern Ukraine in July 2014, killing all 298 people on board, Paternotte said. The fact that it has not yet been learned, can be seen by Ukraine International Airlines flight PS752 shot down in Iran on January 8th, killing 176 people, he said to NRC. Only hours before that disaster, Iran fired rockets at an American base in Iraq. 

KLM decided to stop flying over Iran and Iraq due to the tensions, but other airlines did not. 

"One of the most important lessons from MH17 was that flying above conflict areas was not properly regulated," parliamentarian Sjoerdsma said to NRC. "That is still not the case. This is the time to change it."

The D66 MPs will raise this matter in parliament on Tuesday, and submit a motion to take the decision of flying over conflict zones out of airlines' hands later this month.