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Dutch govt backs MPs in nixing referendum law

Den Haag - The Dutch government Friday defended a decision by the ruling coalition to vote in favour of scrapping a controversial referendum law -- which in 2016 saw voters reject a EU-Ukraine pact.

Armenian 'genocide': the disputed massacres of 1915-17

Paris - Armenia and Turkey are at odds over whether the World War I massacres and deportations of Armenians by their Ottoman rulers should be described as genocide. Armenians say up to 1.

Turkey raps Dutch diplomat over Armenian 'genocide' vote

Ankara - Turkey on Friday summoned the Dutch charge d'affaires to condemn the vote by lawmakers in the Netherlands to recognise as "genocide" the massacre of Armenians under the Ottoman Empire.

Dutch MPs recognise Armenian 'genocide'

Den Haag - Dutch lawmakers Thursday overwhelmingly voted in favour of recognising the early 1900s massacre of Armenians under the Ottoman Empire as "genocide", in a move likely to worsen already-strained ties with Turkey.

Dutch MPs recognise Armenian 'genocide'

Den Haag - Dutch lawmakers Thursday overwhelmingly voted in favour of recognising the 1915 massacres of Armenians as "genocide", in a move likely to further worsen already-strained ties with Turkey.

EU deputies in Amsterdam amid row over medicines agency move

Amsterdam - Amsterdam was under pressure Thursday as EU deputies visited the site for the new post-Brexit headquarters of the European Medicines Agency, amid concerns over the hotly-contested relocation.

Minister rejects Dutch police 'narco-state' charges

Den Haag - The Dutch justice minister on Wednesday rejected accusations from the country's police union that the Netherlands was showing signs of becoming a narco-state.

French, Dutch teams unveil two newly restored Rembrandts

Amsterdam - Dutch and French art historians on Monday unveiled the surprising results of 18 months of painstaking restoration work on a pair of 17th century portraits by Dutch master Rembrandt.

Moroccan held in Paris over 2015 train attack

Paris - A Moroccan man was arrested in Paris Wednesday on suspicion of helping a jihadist who staged an attack on a high-speed train in 2015, a source close to the inquiry told AFP.

Moroccan arrested in Paris over 2015 train attack

Paris - A Moroccan man was arrested in Paris Wednesday on suspicion of helping a jihadist who tried to massacre passengers on a Paris-bound train from Amsterdam in 2015, a source close to the inquiry told AFP.

Longest-serving Dutch prime minister Ruud Lubbers dies

Den Haag - Ruud Lubbers, the longest-serving prime minister ever of the Netherlands and a former UN high commissioner for refugees, died Wednesday, the Dutch government announced. He was 78.

Dutch shipper slams 'toxic' court case

Rotterdam - A Dutch shipping group blamed for dumping vessels with harmful waste on Turkish and Indian beaches accused prosecutors Wednesday of waging a "populist" campaign against them, based on emotive environmental issues.

In the Netherlands, Saakashvili vows to 'continue fight'

Rotterdam - Former Georgian president Mikheil Saakashvili vowed Wednesday to press on with his fight, as the stateless politician arrived in the Netherlands to join his family after being expelled from Ukraine.

In the Netherlands, Saakashvili vows to 'continue fight'

Rotterdam - Former Georgian president Mikheil Saakashvili vowed to continue his fight Wednesday, as he arrived in the Netherlands after being expelled by Ukraine.

Dutch FM resigns after lying about Putin meeting

Den Haag - New Dutch Foreign Minister Halbe Zijlstra resigned Tuesday, after admitting he had lied about his presence at a meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin.

Dutch agree law to list all citizens as organ donors

Den Haag - The Netherlands approved ground-breaking legislation Tuesday that will in future register all citizens over the age of 18 as potential organ donors -- unless they explicitly opt out.

Dutch shipping bosses in court over 'toxic' ship dumping

Den Haag - Six Dutch shipping company bosses will appear before a Rotterdam court Wednesday accused of deliberately dumping old ships on the beaches of India and Turkey.

Dutch FM resigns after lying about Putin meeting

Den Haag - New Dutch Foreign Minister Halbe Zijlstra resigned Tuesday, after admitting he had lied about his presence at a meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin.

Saakashvili says counting on supporters for Ukraine return

Warsaw - Mikheil Saakashvili, a former Georgian president and current opposition leader in Ukraine, on Tuesday said he was counting on help from his supporters to return to Kiev after being deported to Poland.

Dutch court stubs out smokers' corners in cafes

Den Haag - A Dutch court on Tuesday upheld an appeal by anti-cigarette campaigners and barred the use of public spaces in cafes and bars reserved for smokers.

Unilever threatens to pull ads from 'divisive platforms'

Den Haag - Anglo-Dutch consumer giant Unilever, one of the world's largest advertisers, threatened Monday to snub digital platforms that fail to protect children or help "create division" in society.

Dutch FM to face MPs after lying about Putin meeting

Den Haag - Dutch Foreign Minister Halbe Zijlstra was in hot water Monday after admitting he lied about attending a controversial 2006 meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin.

Is it OK to insult the king? Dutch MPs debate law change

Den Haag - Dutch MPs on Thursday debated scrapping 19th-century laws making it a criminal offence to insult the king, with backers of a draft bill saying they no longer fit a "modern monarchy".

Dutch judges refer British expats case to top EU court

Den Haag - Dutch judges on Wednesday referred a landmark case brought by British expats demanding clarification over their rights as European citizens after Brexit to the EU's top court.

Dutch probe Saint Nicholas death threat

Den Haag - Dutch police are probing a death threat against the actor who plays the beloved children's character Saint Nicholas, and whose traditional blackface sidekick annually sparks a Christmas-time controversy.

In new gamble, far-right Dutch MP Wilders eyes local polls

Den Haag - Dutch voters are gearing up for new elections, with looming municipal polls seen as a gamble for far-right anti-Islam MP Geert Wilders and a test of the staying-power of populist politics.

British expats urge Dutch court to protect rights after Brexit

Amsterdam - Five British plaintiffs are urging a Dutch court to help protect the rights of "the forgotten many" after Brexit, with the tribunal set to rule Wednesday in the landmark case.

British expats urge Dutch court to protect rights after Brexit

Amsterdam - Five British plaintiffs are urging a Dutch court to help protect the rights of "the forgotten many" after Brexit, with the tribunal set to rule Wednesday in the landmark case.

Dutch withdraw ambassador to Turkey as ties sour

Den Haag - The Netherlands announced Monday it was withdrawing its ambassador from Turkey, and will refuse a new envoy from Ankara as diplomatic ties plunged to new lows.

Dutch withdraw ambassador to Turkey as ties sour

Den Haag - The Netherlands announced Monday it was withdrawing its ambassador from Turkey, and will refuse to allow Ankara to post one in the country as diplomatic ties plunge to new lows.
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A farmer in the Netherlands gave his pigs a water slide to keep cool in summer.
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Storks are large birds, looking majestic when overhead in the air.
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Geert Wilders during an interview for the BBC's HardTalk
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Zilla van den Born went on a virtual five-week holiday in southeastern Asia without leaving Amsterdam.
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An empty Netherlands beer bottle.
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One of 60,000 suspension bridges in the Netherlands that allow traffic to pass on both water and road.
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A sign with posters of political candidates in the Netherlands
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World's first bus powered by formic acid.
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