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Dutch far-right party says it will ban mosques, Koran

Den Haag - The political party of Dutch far-right politician Geert Wilders, which is leading polls ahead of parliamentary elections next year, has vowed to close mosques and "ban the Koran" in its manifesto.

Netherlands seeks ban on gas and diesel powered vehicles by 2025

The Dutch government plans on holding a "round-table discussion" on October 13 on whether to ban the sale of diesel and gas-powered vehicles completely by 2025.

Dutch general to report on UN response to South Sudan attacks

New York - A retired Dutch general will lead an independent investigation to establish whether UN peacekeepers failed to protect civilians during heavy fighting in South Sudan's capital last month, the UN announced Tuesday.

MH17 criminal probe out next month, say Dutch prosecutors

Den Haag - Initial results from a criminal probe into the downing of a Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 over war-torn Ukraine two years ago will be revealed next month, Dutch prosecutors said Friday.

Turkey attaches in Greece 'fled to Italy' after coup

Istanbul - Two Turkish military attaches posted in Greece fled to Italy at the weekend following last month's failed coup, Turkey's top diplomat said Thursday, saying Ankara was working to track them down.

Amsterdam boosts security for Gay Pride canal parade

Den Haag - Special forces will be deployed in Amsterdam on Saturday when hundreds of thousands are expected to flock to the annual Gay Pride parade along its famous canals, police said.

Dutch woman who fled IS arrested on return home

Den Haag - A young woman who returned home to the Netherlands with her two children after fleeing Syria has been arrested on suspicion of links to the jihadist Islamic State group, officials said Tuesday.

Security stepped up at Amsterdam airport following threat

Den Haag - Security was stepped up in and around Amsterdam's Schiphol airport on Saturday following a threat, local authorities said in a statement, adding that aviation was unaffected.

Afghan brothers launch new mine-hunting drone

Eindhoven - Former refugees Massoud and Mahmud Hassani stunned the world three years ago with an invention like a dandelion puffball that sought to rid the world of landmines.

Two years on, villagers, relatives mourn MH17 crash

Ukraine - Villagers held a vigil Sunday at the site in eastern Ukraine where Flight MH17 was shot down two years ago, as bereaved relatives marked the anniversary with emotional memorial services.

Dutchman jailed for 30 days for insulting king

Den Haag - A man was on Thursday sentenced to 30 days in prison for insulting the king of the Netherlands on Facebook, prosecutors said, after being convicted of breaking seldom used royal defamation laws.

MH17 families steel for legal fight on second anniversary

Den Haag - The families of the 298 people who died when flight MH17 was downed over Ukraine are steeling themselves for a slew of bitter legal battles, on the eve of the tragedy's second anniversary.

Van Gogh 'suicide gun' on display in Amsterdam

Den Haag - Amsterdam's renowned Van Gogh Museum unveiled a new exhibition Tuesday focusing on Vincent's final 18 months of mental anguish before he shot himself in 1890, including the suspected gun he used in his suicide.

Dutch press Moscow for MH17 radar evidence

Den Haag - Dutch investigators probing who is to blame for the downing of Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 two years ago have pressed Russian authorities to hand over outstanding evidence, officials said Thursday.

Dutch far-right MP to push 'Nexit' despite Brexit woes

Den Haag - Dutch far-right politician Geert Wilders vowed Thursday to press ahead with his hoped-for referendum to leave the EU despite the Brexit turmoil, and to close the Netherlands' borders to Muslim immigrants.

Two Dutch UN troops killed in Mali training accident

Bamako - Two Dutch UN peacekeepers were accidently killed and one seriously wounded Wednesday in an explosion in northwest Mali during a training exercise, the Dutch defence ministry said.

Netherlands rolls out world’s first nationwide IoT network

A long range (LoRa) network for the so-called Internet of Things (IoT) is now available across the Netherlands, making it the first country in the world to implement the IoT system nationwide.

UN approves deal for Italy, Netherlands to share Council seat

New York - The UN General Assembly on Thursday elected Italy to the Security Council under a deal that will see the Netherlands take over the seat in a year.

Dutch petition for Nexit vote gets over 56,000 signatures

Den Haag - Dutch campaigners have gathered more than 56,000 signatures on a petition calling for The Netherlands to hold a referendum on whether to leave the EU, in the wake of the Brexit bombshell.

Dutch court grants Canada extradition in cyberbully case

Den Haag - An Amsterdam court on Tuesday ruled in favour of extraditing a Dutchman to Canada where he is wanted on charges linked to the cyberbullying of a teenager who committed suicide in 2012.

Will the Dutch follow Britain out the door?

Den Haag - Britain's vote to leave the EU has sent shockwaves across the Netherlands, a founding father of the European community, but despite a push by eurosceptics analysts say a "Nexit" referendum is unlikely soon, if ever.

Dutch crops grown on 'Mars' soil found safe to eat

Den Haag - Dutch scientists said Thursday crops of four vegetables and cereals grown on soil similar to that on Mars have been found safe to eat, amid plans for the first manned mission to the planet.

Man electrocuted as heavy storms batter Netherlands

Den Haag - Heavy storms swept the Netherlands Thursday leaving one man dead after he was electrocuted in his flooded cellar where he was growing cannabis, police and media said.

Dutch woman leaves Qatar after adultery conviction

Den Haag - A Dutch woman who was convicted of adultery in Qatar after she reported being raped has left the Gulf and returned home, officials in the Netherlands said on Thursday.

Dutch probe cross-border nuclear safety

Den Haag - The Dutch safety board announced on Wednesday it is launching an investigation into how the Netherlands works with its neighbours to prevent and handle any cross-border nuclear power accidents.

Qatar convicts Dutch tourist who says she was raped

Doha - A Doha court on Monday convicted a Dutch woman of adultery and handed her a one-year suspended sentence after she reported being raped while on holiday in Qatar.

Back to back: Dutch expo reveals art's surprising side

Den Haag - For centuries many have pondered what lies behind the Mona Lisa's enigmatic smile, but it was more of a rhetorical question. Now art lovers can literally discover what the back of Da Vinci's masterpiece looks like.

Swiss fighter crashes in Netherlands ahead of air show

Den Haag - A Swiss fighter crashed and burst into flames in the Netherlands Thursday after hitting another jet during a training session before an air show, officials said.

Raids in Germany, Switzerland in MH17 probe

Den Haag - German and Swiss authorities have carried out raids seizing documents after learning a German private detective had investigated the MH17 air disaster, Dutch officials and media said Tuesday.

MH17 criminal probe results due within months

Den Haag - Initial results from a criminal inquiry into the downing of a Malaysia Airlines flight over war-torn eastern Ukraine nearly two years ago will be available within months, Dutch prosecutors have said.
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Storks are large birds, looking majestic when overhead in the air.
Parking space for bicycles in the bicycle capital Amsterdam  Netherlands.
Parking space for bicycles in the bicycle capital Amsterdam, Netherlands.
Tim Krul saves a penalty against Costa Rica in the quarter-final of the 2014 World Cup
Tim Krul saves a penalty against Costa Rica in the quarter-final of the 2014 World Cup
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2 trains collided in Amsterdam on April 21  2012
2 trains collided in Amsterdam on April 21, 2012
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The agrarian North of the Netherlands is quite empty. You can take extensive walks through the countryside amidst cows, channels, churches and open green spaces.
The Korps Commandotroepen is a military counter-terrorism team of the Netherlands Army. In this imag...
The Korps Commandotroepen is a military counter-terrorism team of the Netherlands Army. In this image the members of the team are being trained in Counter-Terrorism tactics. The team's motto is "Now or Never."
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Water is everywhere  and so are sheep and horses.
Water is everywhere, and so are sheep and horses.
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refugee camp in Netherlands
Zilla van den Born went on a virtual five-week holiday in southeastern Asia without leaving Amsterda...
Zilla van den Born went on a virtual five-week holiday in southeastern Asia without leaving Amsterdam.
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A farmer in the Netherlands gave his pigs a water slide to keep cool in summer.
A farmer in the Netherlands gave his pigs a water slide to keep cool in summer.
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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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Glow in the dark road, technology
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The new Vencer Sarthe
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Snapshot of the H5N1 Mutation at YouTube "Harvard Cell Animation"
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The Market Hall as seen from the Binnenrotte, Rotterdam center.
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Jettie Brands from the Netherlands now makes San Francisco her home. She and her beau Ron Viner were...
Jettie Brands from the Netherlands now makes San Francisco her home. She and her beau Ron Viner were guests at the party at the Consul General's home on Sept. 13, 2011
Spring also brings the flowers of which millions are exported all over the world each year.
Spring also brings the flowers of which millions are exported all over the world each year.
A typical Dutch produced DAF 2 cylinder car from the 1960s and 1970s
A typical Dutch produced DAF 2 cylinder car from the 1960s and 1970s
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One of 60 000 suspension bridges in the Netherlands that allow traffic to pass on both water and roa...
One of 60,000 suspension bridges in the Netherlands that allow traffic to pass on both water and road.