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Dutch MPs moot plan to counter 'baffling' court speak

Den Haag - Progressive Dutch lawmakers Tuesday presented an action plan aimed at untangling notoriously complicated legal jargon and court language used by local judges, said to be "incomprehensible" to parts of the population.

Dutch court says Ryanair pilots' strike can go ahead

Haarlem - A Dutch court told Ryanair pilots in the Netherlands Thursday they could join a wave of strike action planned across Europe, set to plunge thousands of passengers into summer travel misery.

Dutch court says Ryanair pilots' strike can go ahead

Haarlem - A Dutch court told Ryanair pilots in the Netherlands Thursday they could join a wave of strike action planned across Europe, set to plunge thousands of passengers into summer travel misery.

Amsterdam moots new measures to tame red light crowds

Den Haag - Amsterdam is taking new measures to ease tourist pressure on its popular red-light district including compulsory clean-up breaks in streets and monitoring of crowds, the council said Tuesday.

Britain asks chemical watchdog to extend Novichok probe

Den Haag - Britain has asked the world's chemical warfare watchdog to extend its help in probing the death of a British woman allegedly exposed to the Novichok nerve agent, the Hague-based body said Tuesday.

Top orchestra sacks conductor Gatti over abuse charges

Den Haag - The Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, widely regarded as one of the world's leading ensembles, on Thursday sacked its chief conductor, Daniele Gatti, following media allegations of sexual assault.

Amsterdam 'lawless jungle' at night, ombudsman warns

Den Haag - Tourist hotspot Amsterdam turns into a "lawless jungle" after dark with the police powerless to intervene against crime and violence, the city's ombudsman warned in an interview Saturday.

I. Coast's Gbagbo urges war crimes court to acquit him

Den Haag - Former Ivory Coast leader Laurent Gbagbo has urged international judges to acquit him and release him from jail, arguing that the prosecution has failed to prove he committed any crimes.

Scientists seek end to 'unscientific' HIV laws

Amsterdam - AIDS experts called Wednesday for an end to laws that can see HIV-positive people jailed for exposing others to the virus, saying the approach was "unscientific" and worsening the killer epidemic.

Dutch halt Viagra in pregnancy trial after 11 babies die

Den Haag - Dutch doctors and scientists have halted a ground-breaking study into using Viagra to help pregnant women whose babies were not growing properly in the womb after 11 infants died.

Scientists report setbacks in quest for AIDS cure

Amsterdam - Scientists reported setbacks Tuesday in the quest for an AIDS cure, and highlighted concerns about inconclusive evidence linking a promising new HIV drug to birth defects.

Elton John blasts 'bigoted' nations for hampering AIDS fight

Amsterdam - Elton John Tuesday blasted Russia and eastern Europe governments for "discrimination against gays" saying such bigotry was thwarting the fight against AIDS, as scientists announced disappointing results in the quest for a cure.

Elton John and Prince Harry launch bid to 'smash' AIDS stigma

Amsterdam - Elton John joined forces with Britain's Prince Harry to launch a $1.2 billion initiative on Tuesday to "break the cycle" of HIV transmission by targeting young men, among whom infections are on the rise.

UAE ordered by UN court to protect rights of Qataris

Den Haag - The UN's top court Monday ordered the United Arab Emirates to protect the rights of Qatari citizens, wading into a bitter year-long crisis triggered when Gulf countries snapped ties with Doha.

'Dangerous complacency' warnings at world AIDS conference

Amsterdam - A world AIDS assembly opens in Amsterdam on Monday hoping to harness the star power of activists Elton John and Prince Harry to bolster the battle against an epidemic experts warn may yet spiral out of control.

High risk of 'losing control' of AIDS epidemic: experts

Amsterdam - The AIDS epidemic risks resurging and spiralling out of control unless billions of extra dollars are pumped into prevention and treatment, experts warned Sunday on the eve of a major world conference.

Amsterdam's red light district without a condom? 'Not for a million!'

Amsterdam - "If they don't agree to using a condom, I kick them out," says Foxxy Angel, a 47-year-old platinum blonde sexworker, sporting some fearsome tattoos, in Amsterdam's notorious red light district.

Netherlands, Turkey renew diplomatic ties after freeze

Den Haag - Turkey and the Netherlands on Friday ended months of enmity and agreed to restore diplomatic ties snapped last year when two Turkish ministers were barred from a Rotterdam rally, triggering riots.

Netherlands, Turkey resume full diplomatic ties

Den Haag - The Netherlands and Turkey said Friday they were resuming full diplomatic ties for the first time since Dutch officials barred two Turkish ministers from attending an election rally in 2017.

ICC denies damages to kids born after Congo village attack

Den Haag - War crimes judges ruled Thursday that five children born after their parents were victims of a brutal 2003 attack on a Congolese village were not eligible to receive compensation.
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