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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.
In the Media by Eileen Kersey - 1 comment

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.
In the Media by Tucker Cummings - 2 comments

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.
In the Media by Karen Graham - 10 comments

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."
In the Media by Karen Graham - 2 comments

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.
In the Media by Anne Sewell - 6 comments

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.
In the Media by Dragos Ilca

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.
In the Media by Anne Sewell - 8 comments

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.
Digital Journal Report by R. C. Camphausen - 9 comments

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.
In the Media by Anne Sewell - 8 comments

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.
In the Media by Lesley Lanir - 7 comments

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.
In the Media by JohnThomas Didymus - 2 comments

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.
In the Media by Eileen Kersey - 20 comments

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.
In the Media by Greta McClain

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.
In the Media by Katerina Nikolas - 4 comments

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.
In the Media by Greta McClain

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.
In the Media by Anne Sewell

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.
In the Media by Leigh Goessl - 7 comments

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.
In the Media by Owen Weldon

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.
In the Media by Anne Sewell

Visiting Amsterdam for the pot? Sorry, not for foreigners

Amsterdam - Amsterdam is famous for its "coffee shops" where you can have, well, just a little more than just plain old coffee. But now a judge is upholding a plan to ban foreign tourists from indulging.
In the Media by Anne Sewell - 6 comments

Video: 2 trains collide in Amsterdam ― at least 70 injured

Amsterdam - Dutch media reports that 2 trains have collided in Amsterdam in the Netherlands, injuring at least 70 with more than 50 seriously.
In the Media by Anne Sewell - 1 comment

Passenger trains collide head-on in Amsterdam

A head-on collision between two passenger trains in Amsterdam Saturday has left dozens of passengers injured including approximately 50 serious injuries, according to police.
In the Media by Larry Clifton - 1 comment

After 'baptism' of Anne Frank, Amsterdam honors Holocaust victims

Amsterdam - Over the weekend, a service in Amsterdam honored Holocaust victims and the memory of Dutch protestors who fought against the Nazis.
In the Media by Tucker Cummings

Op-Ed: Netherlands Puts Reef on Reefers

Amsterdam - The Netherlands government wants to institute a ban on marijuana in public coffee shops. Foreigners will no longer be getting high in the lowlands. Are snack-makers in a panic?
In the Media by Kelly Bowlin - 1 comment

Dutch government clamps down on marijuana 'coffee houses'

The Dutch government is moving to restrict cannabis sales at 'coffee houses' nationally and is fully banning tourists from visiting these locations, a move that has been dubbed 'tourism suicide.'
In the Media by Michael Krebs - 1 comment

Toronto EMS win two international championships Special

Toronto - Every day EMS units in Toronto save lives. This year two teams of Toronto EMS Paramedics traveled to international medical competitions. One took home the gold and the other came in second place.
Digital Journal Report by KJ Mullins

Media criticized for silence over Islamic gay bashing

A leading Canadian columnist is taking the media to task for their silence over gay-bashing incidents carried out by Muslims in Amsterdam, once a veritable “anything goes” city where gays used to go about without fear of attack.
In the Media by Andrew John - 3 comments

Tree which inspired Anne Frank comes down

Amsterdam - The chestnut tree that cheered Anne Frank during her period of hiding from the Nazis has toppled over in Amsterdam. The iron which had been supporting the tree also fell.
In the Media by Lynn Curwin - 6 comments

Cities consider ban on 'beer bike' tours Special

Munster - Vehicles for city tours such as multi-person bikes offering free-flowing beer are beginning to irritate both motorists and pedestrians in Germany, leading some cities to consider banning them. While in the U.S. the popularity of the PedalPub increases.
Digital Journal Report by Kim I. Hartman

63 people wounded during stampede in Amsterdam

Amsterdam - Remembrance Day ceremonies in the Netherlands were interrupted today after someone in the crowd yelled "bomb" during two minutes of silence. The chaos resulted in a stampede that saw 63 people wounded, many suffering from broken legs.
In the Media by R. C. Camphausen - 8 comments
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Amsterdam  the city that used to be the “gay capital of Europe”
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Amsterdam, the city that used to be the “gay capital of Europe”
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The most beautiful spot in Amsterdam to take a photograph.
The most beautiful spot in Amsterdam to take a photograph.
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Rijksmuseum building in the center of Amsterdam
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Rijksmuseum building in the center of Amsterdam
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12m Flash Mob in Dam Square  Amsterdam on May 12  2012
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12m Flash Mob in Dam Square, Amsterdam on May 12, 2012
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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.'
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2theloo is a company offering superior toilet facilities.
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Oosterpark in Amsterdam  Netherlands
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Oosterpark in Amsterdam, Netherlands
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" Humans ! "
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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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Amsterdam s passenger terminal for the arriving cruise ships.
Amsterdam's passenger terminal for the arriving cruise ships.
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Amsterdam s major square in front of the Royal palace on May 5  2010
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Amsterdam's major square in front of the Royal palace on May 5, 2010
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Steelman (2011) sculpture by Florentijn Hofman in Amsterdam  Holland
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Steelman (2011) sculpture by Florentijn Hofman in Amsterdam, Holland
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New architecture: NEMO  a technology museum in the form of a half sunken vessel.
New architecture: NEMO, a technology museum in the form of a half sunken vessel.
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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 .
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A hot air balloon crashed into a lake in Almere near Amsterdam in the Netherlands carrying 11 passen...
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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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2theloo is a company offering superior toilet facilities.
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2theloo is a company offering superior toilet facilities.
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Parking space for bicycles in the bicycle capital Amsterdam  Netherlands.
Parking space for bicycles in the bicycle capital Amsterdam, Netherlands.
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2 trains collided in Amsterdam on April 21  2012
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2 trains collided in Amsterdam on April 21, 2012
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The old clock at Central Station evokes memories of Venice.
The old clock at Central Station evokes memories of Venice.
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Replica of an old VOC ship the Dutch used to travel to Japan and Indonesia.
Replica of an old VOC ship the Dutch used to travel to Japan and Indonesia.
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