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Sex workers give red light to leaving famed Amsterdam district

Amsterdam - Bathed in red neon light, hundreds of prostitutes ply their trade from behind windows in the narrow canalside streets of Amsterdam – and that's how they want it to stay.

Is it curtains for Amsterdam's red light district?

Den Haag - Amsterdam's mayor on Wednesday proposed drawing curtains over the notorious glass-fronted booths where sex workers ply their trade, as part of an overhaul of the city's famed red-light district.

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.

Wiebe Wakker talks accomplishing world tour in his electric car Special

Dutch adventurer Wiebe Wakker chatted with Digital Journal about completing a world tour from the Netherlands to Australia in his electric car in three years. He also shared insights on how technology has impacted the automotive industry.

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.

Amsterdam community reels as beloved son shot dead

Den Haag - An Amsterdam working-class area is in mourning after a teenager known for his volunteer work was shot dead in "cold blood", the latest victim of street violence in the soft-drug tolerant city.

Madrid, Catalan separatists spar over failed bid for EU agency

Madrid - Spain's central government and Catalan separatists traded the blame Monday after Barcelona failed to be picked to host the European Medicines Agency, which is leaving London after Britain's decision to exit the EU.

Popular Amsterdam mayor dies after lung cancer battle

Den Haag - Amsterdam's popular mayor Eberhard van der Laan, widely seen as the embodiment of the Dutch capital's reputation for tolerance, has died of lung cancer aged 62, the city announced Friday.

Amsterdam to beef up security after Barcelona attacks

Den Haag - Amsterdam is beefing up its security measures following the deadly Barcelona terror attacks two weeks ago, including looking at shortening queues at major attractions, the city's mayor said Thursday.

Armin van Buuren has biggest solo show ever in Amsterdam

World renowned DJ and producer Armin van Buuren has a major reason to be proud. He had his largest solo show ever in Amsterdam.

World’s first self-driving boats to be launched in Amsterdam

The Hague - As self-driving cars slowly become a reality, the world will soon see driverless floating vessels as the next big thing in transportation.

Photo Essay: Architectural highlights of Amsterdam Special

Amsterdam - Amsterdam is a beautiful city with impressive buildings, a concentric network of canals, and friendly people. Digital Journal presents the key things to see in a day.

Masked men attacking Amsterdam Uber drivers with brass knuckles

Masked men are attacking Uber drivers in the Dutch capital of Amsterdam. Groups armed with brass knuckles and hammers are targeting drivers of the car-booking service, De Telegraaf reports.

Police question man after Twitter bot makes death threats

Amsterdam - Twitter user Jeffry van der Goot found himself being questioned by police after his Twitter bot wrote some interesting, if ominous tweets that appeared to be death threats.

Armin van Buuren and Dash Berlin to play at Heineken Music Hall

World renowned DJs and electronic dance music (EDM) producers Armin van Buuren and Dash Berlin have been added to the line-up for "Armada Night."

Airline uses beagle to help passengers find lost luggage

If you ever fly with KLM and are in the Schiphol airport in Amsterdam, a beagle may help you find any luggage you might lose, as a video that has gone viral shows.

Dutch artist fakes five-week trip through southeast Asia

Amsterdam - In an effort to show how much we manipulate situations on the social media, Zilla van den Born from Amsterdam pretended to take a five-week trip away in southeast Asia, all the while keeping her friends on Facebook updated with photos of her great trip.

Dutch authorities aim to restrict influx of migrant workers

Amsterdam - Amsterdam, the constitutional capital of Holland, may be viewed as a liberal city, due to its previously lax laws on pot-smoking, but like so many other European countries, Holland is tightening its rules regarding migrant workers.

Miley Cyrus allegedly smokes weed at MTV event in Amsterdam

Amsterdam - Pop icon Miley Cyrus, who raised eyebrows earlier this year after a raunchy performance at the American MTV Video Music Awards, has done something else to draw the ire of parent groups. Cyrus allegedly smoked marijuana at an MTV event in Amsterdam.

Amsterdam sees closure of 'pot-cafes' as next step to prohibition

The Netherlands is unique in its policy on marijuana possession. While it is considered an illegal drug, having 5 grams or less on your person is not a criminal offense. Visitors to Amsterdam's coffee shops may find this law doesn't apply to them anymore.

Documentary details corruption in 'Putin's Games'

The International Documentary Film Festival, held in Amsterdam, opened Nov. 20th for its 26th run. With almost 300 entries from around the world, films often tell poignant and powerful stories. One of those stories this year is titled "Putin's Games."

Amsterdam alcoholics paid with beer to clean up streets

Amsterdam - In what might seem at first glance to be a little counteractive, the Rainbow Foundation in Amsterdam is now paying local chronic alcoholics with beer for keeping the streets of the city clean.

Op-Ed: The Ij Hallen – Amsterdam’s biggest flea market

Amsterdam - The Amsterdam flea market takes place once a month across the IJ in Amsterdam Noord, where private (non-commercial) sellers rent a stand and put up for sale everything from clothes to junk to hidden treasures.

Video: Hot air balloon crashes into lake in the Netherlands

Almere - Dramatic video footage shows the moment that a hot air balloon carrying 11 people crashes into a lake near Amsterdam in the Netherlands. Two people were injured.

Photo Essay: Amsterdam, tapestry of old and new architecture Special

Amsterdam - Unlike Hongkong, Montreal and a few other cities, Amsterdam does not have an internationally known and recognized skyline. Instead, the Dutch capital is more like a tapestry where sometimes the architecture is very modern, then again charmingly old.

IMF chief heckled by students at University of Amsterdam (video)

Amsterdam - Christine Lagarde barely got a chance to open her mouth when giving a lecture at the University of Amsterdam, when student hecklers rose up and started a typical Occupy mic check.

Justin Bieber hopes Anne Frank would have been a 'belieber'

Amsterdam - Whilst in the Netherlands, Justin Bieber visited The Anne Frank House in Amsterdam and left behind a controversial message in the visitor's book.

Video: Lioness kills heron at the Artis Royal Zoo, Amsterdam

The video shows a lioness killing a heron that was foolhardy enough to land in the lion enclosure at the Artis Royal Zoo in Amsterdam.

Amsterdam steakhouse boss admits selling horse for 63 years

Amsterdam - The UK food industry has been rocked by a meat scandal. In some cases products labelled as containing 100% beef have instead contained pork or horse. One Dutch steakhouse boss has revealed that he has sold horse as beef for 63 years.

Motorists confused over invisible object prank (Videos)

Amsterdam - A group of Dutch pranksters are causing some confusion among motorists in Amsterdam, filming their perplexed targets and posting the videos on YouTube.
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Old grave in Amsterdam, Netherlands
Shopping in Amsterdam’s colorful and lively markets is a great way to clinch a bargain .
Shopping in Amsterdam’s colorful and lively markets is a great way to clinch a bargain .
Some of the city s canals have been set aside for so-called house-boats where people live throughout...
Some of the city's canals have been set aside for so-called house-boats where people live throughout the year.
The most beautiful spot in Amsterdam to take a photograph.
The most beautiful spot in Amsterdam to take a photograph.
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2theloo is a company offering superior toilet facilities.
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The Anne Frank House is a writer s house and biographical museum.
The Anne Frank House is a writer's house and biographical museum.
The Heineken Experience  located in Amsterdam  is a historic brewery and corporate visitor center fo...
The Heineken Experience, located in Amsterdam, is a historic brewery and corporate visitor center for the internationally distributed Dutch pilsner, Heineken beer.
Examples of Amsterdam s more recent architecture are found in the  Eastern Islands.
Examples of Amsterdam's more recent architecture are found in the 'Eastern Islands.'
Amsterdam  the city that used to be the “gay capital of Europe”
Amsterdam, the city that used to be the “gay capital of Europe”
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Emptied grave, ready to receive a new occupant
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The Night Watch in its original place. Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam
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A so-called  urn-wall  seen at Amsterdam s famous cemetery and crematorium: Zorgvliet
A so-called 'urn-wall' seen at Amsterdam's famous cemetery and crematorium: Zorgvliet
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A well-illuminated street in central Amsterdam, with buildings lit up brightly.
Old and new meet at Museum Square: the venerable Concert Hall not far from the more modern Van Gogh ...
Old and new meet at Museum Square: the venerable Concert Hall not far from the more modern Van Gogh Museum .
A hot air balloon crashed into a lake in Almere near Amsterdam in the Netherlands carrying 11 passen...
A hot air balloon crashed into a lake in Almere near Amsterdam in the Netherlands carrying 11 passengers, 2 of which had minor injuries.
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Oosterpark in Amsterdam, Netherlands
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Autonomous boats are entering Amsterdam’s canals. The ‘roboat’ project — a research collabor...
Autonomous boats are entering Amsterdam’s canals. The ‘roboat’ project — a research collaboration between MIT and AMS, the Amsterdam Institute for Advanced Metropolitan Solutions — seeks to design and test the world's first fleet of autonomous boats in the city of Amsterdam.
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Joints are on the menu at an Amsterdam coffee shop.
Joints are on the menu at an Amsterdam coffee shop.
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Dam square in Amsterdam  a popular tourist hot spot. Many hotels surround the square.
Dam square in Amsterdam, a popular tourist hot spot. Many hotels surround the square.
Amsterdam s passenger terminal for the arriving cruise ships.
Amsterdam's passenger terminal for the arriving cruise ships.

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