Dutch, U.S. authorities investigating needles in airline sandwiches
Delta Air Lines says needles were found in sandwiches on four flights out of Amsterdam.
July 17th, 2012
12:14 PM ET

Dutch, U.S. authorities investigating needles in airline sandwiches

Dutch authorities have joined the FBI in conducting criminal investigations into the discovery of needles in six sandwiches aboard four Delta Air Lines flights from Amsterdam to the United States, a military police spokesman in the Netherlands said Tuesday.

One person was injured when he bit into a sandwich containing a needle, Delta and Dutch officials said.

That passenger, James Tonjes, said he thought the object was a toothpick at first.

"When I pulled it out, then I found out it was a needle," he said Tuesday.

Tonjes said he has been placed on medication to prevent HIV.

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September 1st, 2010
12:48 PM ET

Men arrested on terror charges have been freed

Two Yemeni men arrested at Schiphol International Airport in the Netherlands have been freed, Dutch authorities said Wednesday.

"Given that no evidence has been found to support the initial accusation, there is no reason to hold the men any longer and they are no longer considered suspects," Dutch prosecutors said on their website.

The men were arrested Monday when items in their luggage prompted concerns they were doing a "dry run" for a terror attack.

- CNN's Francesca Church contributed to this report.

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August 31st, 2010
10:40 AM ET

U.S., Dutch authorities diverge on terror arrest

[Updated at 10:40 a.m.] An initial United States investigation into two men arrested at Schiphol International Airport in the Netherlands shows no evidence of terrorism and no indication the men even knew each other, two U.S. officials told CNN Tuesday.

[Posted at 9:54 a.m.] The two men arrested at Schiphol Airport in the Netherlands are being held on suspicion of plotting a terrorist act, Dutch authorities said Tuesday. The men arrived on a flight from Chicago, Illinois.

They are Yemeni citizens who were en route to the Yemeni capital Sanaa, officials said.

An announcement about whether they will be charged will be made "in a few days," authorities said in a statement.

U.S. source: Dutch arrests may have been dry run

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August 31st, 2010
09:19 AM ET

On the Radar: Hurricane Earl, end of Iraq combat mission

Hurricane Earl - After dealing a glancing blow to Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands, Hurricane Earl was heading back out into the open Atlantic on Tuesday, but forecasters warned the large and dangerous storm could have the Carolinas in its sights later this week.

Earl quickly developed into a Category 4 storm Monday, packing winds of 135 mph (215 kph). It also grew large, with hurricane-force winds stretching 70 miles (110 kilometers) from its center and tropical storm-force winds extending outward some 200 miles (325 kilometers).

Maps, projected path | iReport: Is Earl headed toward you?


August 30th, 2010
06:14 PM ET

Dutch arrest two men after flight from U.S.

[Updated at 9:10 p.m.] Luggage with suspicious items that led to the arrests of two passengers of a Chicago-to-Amsterdam flight Monday was checked onto a different flight - one that went from Chicago to Washington's Dulles Airport and was scheduled to go on to Dubai, a law enforcement official confirms.


[Updated at 7:49 p.m.] The two men - passengers on United Flight 908 from Chicago O'Hare to Amsterdam on Sunday night - were arrested Monday at Amsterdam's Schiphol International Airport after "suspicious items" were found in checked baggage, U.S. and Dutch authorities said.

Suspicious items found in luggage associated with the pair "were not deemed to be dangerous in and of themselves, and as we share information with our international partners, Dutch authorities were notified of the suspicious items," the U.S. Department of Homeland Security said. "This matter continues to be under investigation."

One of the men had travelled to Chicago from Birmingham, Alabama, and the other had flown to Chicago from Memphis, Tennessee, a law enforcement official told CNN.

An X-Ray of the checked luggage of the man who had flown from Birmingham showed several cell phones strapped to bottles of medicinal liquid, a law enforcement official said.

The men did not have prohibited items on themselves or in carry-on luggage, a law-enforcement official said. Federal air marshals were on the Chicago-to-Amsterdam flight, that official said.

[Original post] Two men were arrested Monday at Amsterdam's Schiphol International Airport after a flight from the United States, a spokesman for the Dutch Justice Ministry said.

The men were being held at the airport after arriving in the Dutch capital from Chicago, Illinois, Justice Ministry spokesman Martiun Boalhouwer told CNN. Boalhouwer would release no further details of the arrests, saying an investigation was under way.

ABC News, citing U.S. law enforcement officials, reported that the men have been charged in the Netherlands with "preparation of a terrorist attack," and that they had just flown from Chicago, Illinois, to Amsterdam on a United Airlines flight.


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July 11th, 2010
05:09 PM ET

Iniesta's extra-time goal gives Spain its first World Cup

Spain won its first World Cup title on Sunday, defeating the Netherlands 1-0 with an extra-time goal by Andres Iniesta in Johannesburg, South Africa.

The goal in the 116th minute came about seven minutes after the Netherlands went down to 10 men, thanks to a red card given to Dutch defender John Heitinga.

The winning move started with a misdirected cross from Spanish forward Fernando Torres. A Dutch defender tried to clear it, but the ball came to Spain's Cesc Fabregas, who sent it to Iniesta.

Iniesta volleyed it across the body of Dutch goalkeeper Maarten Stekelenburg, who put a hand to the ball but couldn't keep it from going into the net.

The goal capped a physical match that saw 13 yellow cards and Heitinga's red card. Eight of the yellows went to the Dutch.


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