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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.

Scum housing plan for Amsterdam's extremely anti-social

Amsterdam - Shipping containers will be the new homes for the neighours from hell. Amsterdam is planning to ship off the most anti-social tennants of public housing to supervised scum housing.

Amsterdam mayor lifts cannabis ban on tourists

Amsterdam - Despite a newly enacted Dutch law aimed at reducing the country's drug tourism, Amsterdam's mayor has announced he will allow coffee shops that sell marijuana and hashish to remain open to tourists.

F16s escort plane, officials say 'hijacking' a miscommunication

Amsterdam - Confusion spread across Europe today after Spanish media reported a plane traveling from Málaga to Amsterdam may have been hijacked. The plane was escorted by F16 fighter jets to Schiphol Airport in Amsterdam and was surrounded by police.

Unexploded WWII bomb found at Amsterdam airport

Amsterdam - A section of Schiphol airport, located in Amsterdam, has been closed today after a suspected World War II bomb was found.

Amsterdam ends ban on drinking beer standing

Amsterdam - Amsterdam will soon allow people on terraces to stand and drink their beer once again, according to a municipal spokeswoman.

Amsterdam, Netherlands: 12m flash mob in Dam Square (video)

Amsterdam - Amsterdam did its part in the global 12m movement yesterday by holding a flash mob in Dam Square. Looks like fun was had by all.
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The Port of Amsterdam is the 4th port in Europe, the 38th port in the world and the second port in the Netherlands by metric tons of cargo.
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The old clock at Central Station evokes memories of Venice.
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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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Amsterdam store window displaying various medical cannabis, hemp food and other types of products
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A boat powers down a canal in Amsterdam. Another feature of the city, a bike, is propped up on the edge of the waterway.
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2 trains collided in Amsterdam on April 21, 2012
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Rijksmuseum building in the center of Amsterdam
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Gallery of Honor. Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam
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The most beautiful spot in Amsterdam to take a photograph.
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A well-illuminated street in central Amsterdam, with buildings lit up brightly.
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A so-called 'urn-wall' seen at Amsterdam's famous cemetery and crematorium: Zorgvliet
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The canals of Amsterdam originally served for defense, water management and transport. Today they are mainly used for tourism.
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Amsterdam, the city that used to be the “gay capital of Europe”
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2theloo is a company offering superior toilet facilities.
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Rembrandt monument on Rembrandtplein. Rembrandt Harmenszoon van Rijn was a Dutch painter and etcher.
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A designated area where people can scatter the ashes (white) of their loved ones. Zoergvliet, Amsterdam