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Dutch PM backs Ukraine-EU accord as key for stability

Den Haag - Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte on Thursday defended an EU cooperation deal with Ukraine as vital for European stability only months before a referendum Dutch eurosceptics have forced on the accord.

MH17 victims to get Dutch memorial at Schiphol

Den Haag - A forest is to be planted in a park close to Amsterdam's Schiphol airport to commemorate the victims of downed flight MH17, the organisation representing victims' families announced Thursday.

Canadian 'dinosaur' discovered in 1845 rebranded as a Dimetrodon

A fossil found in Canada two centuries ago believed to be from a dinosaur has now been found to be a creature called a Dimetrodon. These large beasts actually pre-date dinosaurs by millions and millions of years.

Dutch to work to keep Schengen alive as EU president: Foreign minister

Amsterdam - Europe must work to keep the dream of the passport-free Schengen zone alive, Dutch Foreign Minister Bert Koenders said Wednesday, adding it would be a priority for his country as it takes over the EU presidency.

Dutch, Australian police bust huge child porn ring: Report

Den Haag - Dutch and Australian police with help from the FBI have cracked down on one of the world's largest child pornography websites arresting hundreds of suspects, a Dutch newspaper reported Wednesday.

Hague court begins hearing into South China Sea row

Den Haag - An international tribunal on Tuesday began hearing a case brought by the Philippines over disputed islands in the South China Sea, in an increasingly bitter row with China.

Heart-warming video as 101-year-old B.C. woman plays in snow

The views of a rather simple video posted online Friday are, like the white stuff does in a heavy snowfall, piling up. It's not much on the surface, just a woman playing in snow. What is making it interesting is her age.

Polar bear population being reduced by climate warming in Arctic

A report released yesterday from the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) paints a rather dismal picture for the future of polar bears. The report says their numbers may be dramatically reduced, thanks to global warming.

Dutch police hold three but no link to Paris attacks

Den Haag - Rotterdam police have arrested three Belgian men after finding a suspicious car with a Belgian licence plate, but Friday ruled out a link to the hunt for a key fugitive in the Paris attacks.

Q&A: ICC prosecutor on trying the world's worst crimes

Den Haag - Three years into her nine-year tenure the prosecutor of the world's only permanent war crimes court is battling a growing caseload as she fights "to give victims a voice.

Africa blasts ICC as world crimes court members meet

Den Haag - The African Union blasted the world's only permanent war crimes court Wednesday for its unrelenting focus on the continent, as it called for a case against Kenya's deputy president to be dropped.

Paris attacks suspect held by Dutch police in February over drugs

Den Haag - Salah Abdeslam, a key suspect in last week's terror attacks in Paris, was briefly held and fined in February for possession of cannabis, Dutch police said Wednesday.

Whale watchers: Humpbacks returning to Salish Sea in big numbers

This may be the year of the humpback as one of the world's largest whales is being seen in record numbers in the West Coast's Salish Sea. Whale watchers and marine biologists regularly record sightings of new whales and humpbacks are topping the list.

Tigers, piranhas may join crocodiles as Indonesian prison guards

Jakarta - The recent story about crocodiles being used as guards over drug convicts in Indonesia has a new twist. Those nasty crocodiles may have co-workers alongside them — tigers and piranhas.

France-bound plane evacuated in Amsterdam after 'threats'

Den Haag - A France-bound plane was evacuated to be searched Saturday before departing Amsterdam airport after "threats" against it were posted on Twitter, Dutch police said.

Congo militia leader to go free as ICC cuts term

Den Haag - The International Criminal Court on Friday cut a 12-year prison term imposed on a Congolese militia leader for a brutal village attack, saying he would be freed in January after voicing regret.

Initial ICC probe says no crimes against humanity at Ukraine's Maidan

Den Haag - A preliminary probe suggests Ukraine's security forces used "excessive and indiscriminate" force in the 2014 Maidan protests but are not guilty of crimes against humanity, the International Criminal Court's chief prosecutor said Thursday.

Study finds giving up Facebook can make you happier

Big Facebook user? Do you check your 'wall' daily? If so, according to a study from the independent think-tank 'The Happiness Institute' you might be happier if you shut your account down and give it up altogether.

Top Dutch MPs face probe over phone data leaks

Den Haag - Top Dutch parliamentary officials on Thursday called for a probe into the source of a leak surrounding the sharing of Dutch telephone data with a US intelligence agency.

Dutch populist Wilders seeks halt to 'Islamic invasion'

Den Haag - The best way to deal with Europe's growing refugee crisis is to close national borders to stop an "Islamic invasion", Dutch anti-immigration politician Geert Wilders says.
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