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Dutch to boost defence spending for more F-35 jets

Den Haag - The Netherlands pledged Friday to boost its defence spending in the coming year to buy more F-35 fighter jets and strengthen its special forces and cyber capabilities, officials said.

Brexit could wilt huge Dutch flower trade

Aalsmeer - Every day from dawn, a fleet of forklift trucks carries crates of roses, tulips, chrysanthemums and 22,000 other flower varieties through the world's biggest flower market.

C.Africa football boss held in France on war crimes charges

Den Haag - France on Wednesday arrested a member of Africa's top footballing body on war crimes charges in the Central African Republic, the International Criminal Court said.

Review: Armin van Buuren and W&W are 'Ready to Rave' with new dance track Special

Electronic music mega-star Armin van Buuren released "Ready to Rave," his new massive collaboration with Dutch dance duo W&W.

ICC members back court, but urge it to speed up work

Den Haag - Countries signed up to the International Criminal Court renewed their backing Wednesday for the embattled global legal body, targeted by the Trump administration, but urged the ICC to speed up its work.

Dozens of mafia suspects held in international sting

Den Haag - Police arrested dozens of suspected mobsters in Europe and South America on Wednesday in a huge international swoop targeting Italy's notorious 'Ndrangheta mafia clan, officials said.

Dutchman, 69, loses legal bid to be 20 years younger

Den Haag - A Dutch court Monday slapped down an attempt by a self-described "young god" just shy of his 70th birthday to slash his age by 20 years to enhance his prospects in life and love.

Dutch church prays 24/7 to shield Armenian family from deportation

Den Haag - A Dutch church has resorted to the power of prayer to stop the deportation of an Armenian family sheltering there, holding round-the-clock religious services for more than a month to keep police at bay, officials said Friday.

Rare Van Gogh photo is of Vincent's brother, say experts

Amsterdam - For decades bright-eyed boy in the photograph was believed to be the legendary artist Vincent Van Gogh at the age of 13.

Chemical arms watchdog to 'review security' for Syria gas probe

Den Haag - The world's chemical watchdog said Monday it was reviewing security ahead of a possible probe into an alleged chemical attack in Syria's regime-held city of Aleppo over the weekend.

C.Africa war crimes suspect 'Rambo' was tortured: lawyer

Den Haag - A former militia leader from the Central African Republic known as "Colonel Rambo" was tortured in detention before his transfer to The Hague on war crimes charges, his lawyer said Friday.

C.Africa ex-militia leader 'Rambo' to appear at ICC

Den Haag - A former militia leader from Central African Republic known as "Colonel Rambo" will for the first time face judges in The Hague Friday on charges of war crimes and crimes against humanity.

Iran failed to declare chemical weapons: US

Den Haag - The United States accused Iran on Thursday of failing to declare a toxic arms programme to the global chemical warfare watchdog, in breach of international agreements.

Increasing lithium-ion battery power with nano-sponge

The use of a nano-porous silicon material has enabled researchers to boost the power of lithium-ion batteries by around 50 percent. This is through improving the uptake of lithium ions within the battery.

The modern artists for whom the ancient Dutch bells toll

Utrecht - When a musical legend dies, a tribute can often be heard ringing out from the most unexpected of places: the tallest church tower in the Netherlands.

Russia warns of split in chemical arms body

Den Haag - Russia warned Tuesday of a split in the world chemical weapons watchdog after Moscow failed to stall the body's new powers to apportion blame for attacks like those in Syria.

Russia, China fail to block chemical arms body's new powers

Den Haag - Russia and China lost an acrimonious bid on Tuesday to stall the global chemical warfare watchdog's new powers to attribute blame for attacks like those in Syria.

World powers clash over chemical arms watchdog's new role

Den Haag - World powers traded accusations of hypocrisy in bitter clashes on Monday over the global toxic weapons watchdog's new ability to attribute blame for attacks like those in Syria and Salisbury.

But is it art? Pranksters plant missing 'Picasso' in Romania

Den Haag - A writer who thought she had found a painting by Pablo Picasso stolen in an infamous art heist six years ago said Sunday she was the victim of a "publicity stunt", Dutch media reported.

Missing 'Picasso' thought found in Romania a hoax: report

Den Haag - A writer who thought she had found a masterpiece by Pablo Picasso stolen in an infamous art heist six years ago said Sunday she was the victim of a "publicity stunt", the NOS Dutch public newscaster reported.
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