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Mediterranean countries ramp up efforts to find missing migrants

Den Haag - Mediterranean countries say they have taken a key step towards finding out the fate of thousands of migrants -- many fleeing Syria's war -- who have gone missing while trying to reach Europe.

IS focus on millennial women is worry for future: Europol

Den Haag - The Islamic State group is targeting women from the millennial generation as it seeks new recruits after the fall of its so-called caliphate, the EU's police agency said Friday.

World court rejects UAE claims over Qatar row

Den Haag - The International Court of Justice on Friday denied a request by the United Arab Emirates for special measures against Qatar to relieve a bitter two-year-old crisis.

Investigators to unveil new MH17 findings next week

Den Haag - International investigators probing the downing of flight MH17 said Friday they will reveal fresh findings next week, nearly five years after the Malaysia Airlines plane was shot over Ukraine.

Amsterdam prepares fleet of 'roboats' to collect garbage and more

Amsterdam - Technologists are developing a fleet of 'roboats' to operate along the canals of Amsterdam. Such boats could collect garbage or self-assemble into floating structures, signalling the future of transportation in waterway-rich cities.

Prison unemployment payments leave Dutch red-faced

Den Haag - Dutch authorities have been left red-faced after revelations that hundreds of prisoners collect unemployment benefits behind bars despite the law specifically prohibiting the practice.

New V-shaped airplane will use less fuel than the Airbus A350

A new V-shaped airplane is being developed by TU-Delft and KLM Royal Dutch Airlines. The improved aerodynamic shape and reduced weight will mean the craft uses 20% less fuel than the Airbus A350, which is today’s most advanced aircraft.

Thousands of reptiles rescued in global police op

Den Haag - Police have rescued thousands of live snakes, lizards and geckos and stopped some 20 crocodiles and alligators from becoming high-end fashion products, Europol said Monday, after a coordinated global police operation.

Prosecute top EU officials for migrant deaths, lawyers say

Den Haag - Top European Union and member states' officials should be prosecuted for crimes against humanity over the drownings of thousands of migrants in the Mediterranean Sea, international lawyers said Monday.

Dutch ban Hells Angels biker gang over 'violence'

Den Haag - Dutch judges on Wednesday banned biker club Hells Angels and ordered all its chapters to close in the Netherlands as authorities pursue a clampdown on so-called outlaw motorcycle gangs.

Timmermans: Multilingual Dutchman aiming to be 'face of Europe'

Den Haag - Frans Timmermans, a contender for Europe's top job, is a polyglot former diplomat with a driving ambition to reach the top in Brussels in order to promote the continent on the world stage.

Dutch migration minister resigns over asylum-seeker crime report

Den Haag - The Netherlands' minister for migration, Mark Harbers, resigned Tuesday after a parliamentary outcry over elided data on crimes committed by asylum-seekers, in a bad blow to the government just ahead of European elections.

Netherlands mulls host city for Eurovision 2020

Den Haag - Several Dutch cities threw their hat in the ring Sunday to host Eurovision 2020 after the Netherlands won this year's glitzy song contest with a stirring power ballad about heartache.

Dutch populist Baudet spreads wings in EU vote

Den Haag - Flamboyant Dutch populist Thierry Baudet is set to make major inroads Thursday at European parliamentary elections, in a result that will be closely watched by other eurosceptic parties across the continent.

Russia to pay 2.7 mln in Greenpeace ship settlement

Den Haag - The Netherlands and Russia on Friday settled a long-running dispute over the seizure of Greenpeace's Arctic Sunrise ship during an oil drilling protest in 2013, with Moscow expected to pay 2.7 million euros ($3 million) in compensation.

Global $100 mln cybercrime gang busted

Den Haag - US and European police said Thursday they have smashed a huge international cybercrime network that used Russian malware to steal $100 million (89 million euros) from tens of thousands of victims worldwide.

Dutch probe China's Huawei for possible spying: report

Den Haag - Dutch intelligence services are investigating Huawei for possibly spying for the Chinese government by leaving a "back door" to data of customers of major telecoms firms, a report said Thursday.

Hague judge takes over Serb witness tampering case

Den Haag - A UN judge on Tuesday took over a witness tampering case involving lawyers for radical Serb nationalist Vojislav Seselj, who was convicted of crimes against humanity, saying witnesses feared for their lives if the case goes to trial in Belgrade.

Britain, NZ failing on children's rights: global survey

Den Haag - Britain and New Zealand are failing on children's rights, scoring lower than war-torn Syria and North Korea relative to their wealth in rankings released Tuesday by a children's group.

Dutch queen planned to swap Nazis for Belgian king

Den Haag - Former Dutch queen Wilhelmina tried to broker a deal through the Vatican to help senior Nazis flee Europe in exchange for the release of Belgium's King Leopold III, according to a report Tuesday.
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