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Power supply restored after cut at Amsterdam Schipol airport

Den Haag - A massive power cut caused chaos in and around the Dutch capital Amsterdam on Friday, including temporarily halting all flights at Schiphol International Airport, an airport spokeswoman and news reports said.

Dutch seek five-year jail term for horsemeat scandal trader

Den Bosch - Dutch prosecutors demanded Tuesday a five-year sentence for a local meat wholesaler suspected of being a key player in Europe's massive 2013 horsemeat scandal.

Dutch visit previously inaccessible MH17 Ukraine crash site

Den Haag - Dutch experts returned to war-ravaged Ukraine on Friday to probe the MH17 crash site, including visiting a location previously considered unsafe because of fighting with pro-Russian separatists.

Dutch vote leaves coalition facing uncertain future

Den Haag - Dutch voters punished premier Mark Rutte's ruling coalition in provincial elections on Wednesday, exit polls said, leaving the Liberal-Labour government facing an uncertain future and scrambling for partners to pass reforms in the Senate.

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.

'Terror owl' trapped in Dutch city

Den Haag - A rogue owl that has terrorised a northern Dutch city for the past year, forcing citizens to arm themselves with umbrellas at night, has finally been caught, officials announced Friday.

Netherlands justice minister resigns over deal with drug trafficker

Den Haag - The Dutch justice minister resigned late Monday in an ongoing scandal over a deal worth millions of guilders (euros) struck by prosecutors with a famous drug trafficker 15 years ago.

Bereaved to view MH17 wreckage at Dutch base

Rijen - The first of around 500 relatives of those killed in the shooting down of Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 over Ukraine visited the wreckage at a Dutch airbase on Tuesday, investigators said.

Dutch, Norwegian convicts angry over 'luxury' cell deal

Den Haag - Dutch prisoners who currently enjoy countryside views and can cook their own food are suing the government over a deal for Norwegian convicts to take over their "luxury" cells.

Ooowl, that hurt! Rogue bird sows terror in Dutch city

Den Haag - The northern Dutch town of Purmerend has advised residents to arm themselves with an umbrella when going out at night after a mysterious spate of bloody rogue owl attacks.

Dutch artists make waves with 'dead animal' art

Den Haag - In a loft in a disused school, Dutch artist Noortje Zijlstra takes a frozen crow carcass from a refrigerator and cuts it open, pursuing her latest "dead animal art" project.

Netherlands cancels visas for controversial imams' visit

Den Haag - Dutch Foreign Minister Bert Koenders on Tuesday nixed visas for three controversial imams planning to visit the Netherlands next month, basing his decision on advice from the country's anti-terror agency.

Teenager who stormed Dutch TV to remain in custody

Den Haag - A Dutch teenager who stormed television studios armed with a fake gun and demanding airtime, will remain in custody for a further 90 days, a court ruled on Thursday.

Image of Russian gay couple wins World Press Photo

Den Haag - An image of a gay couple locked in a tender embrace in Russia won the prestigious World Press Photo award on Thursday, highlighting the plight of sexual minorities in the country.

Dutch team at MH17 crash site recovers more remains

Torez - A Dutch team recovered more body parts Monday at the MH17 crash site in war-torn Ukraine, where 298 were killed when a Malaysia Airlines jetliner crashed in July, officials said.

Man with fake gun interrupts Dutch TV, is overpowered

Den Haag - A man armed with a fake gun disrupted Dutch television on Thursday evening when he forced his way into the building of public broadcaster NOS and demanded airtime before being overpowered by police.

Dutch populist Wilders to be tried for 'fewer Moroccans' vow

Den Haag - Dutch far-right populist lawmaker Geert Wilders is be tried for inciting racial hatred after pledging in March to ensure there were "fewer Moroccans" in the Netherlands, prosecutors said Thursday.

Dutch reject UN call to feed, shelter homeless migrants

Den Haag - The Dutch government on Tuesday rejected a call from UN rights experts to provide thousands of homeless migrants with food and shelter during the bitter north European winter.

MH17 wreckage arrives at Dutch base

Dronten - A convoy carrying wreckage from Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 arrived at a Dutch airbase on Tuesday where it will be pieced together as part of a probe into its shooting down over Ukraine.

Amsterdam to sell heroin test kits after tourist deaths

Den Haag - Street teams and "smart shops" in Amsterdam will on Friday start selling heroin test kits after three young British tourists died snorting a drug they thought was cocaine, Dutch media said.

New bird flu case in Netherlands

Den Haag - Dutch authorities reported a new outbreak of bird flu Sunday on a western poultry farm, but could not say if it was the worrying new strain detected elsewhere in the country.

New bird flu case in Germany

Berlin - A worrying new strain of bird flu has been observed for the first time in a wild bird in northern Germany, the agriculture ministry said Saturday.

Dutch teen remanded after mum rescues her from Islamic State militants

Maastricht - A blonde, blue-eyed Dutch 19-year-old who was rescued by her mother after marrying an Islamic State fighter in Syria, was ordered Friday to be detained pending possible terror charges.

N. African militants release video of French, Dutch hostages

Paris - The North African jihadist group Al-Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb released a video Monday purporting to show a French and a Dutch hostage held since November 2011 in the Sahara.

N. African militants release video of French, Dutch hostages

Washington - The North African jihadist group Al-Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb released a video Monday purporting to show a French and a Dutch hostage held since November 2011 in the Sahara.

'Contagious' bird flu outbreaks on Dutch, British farms

Hekendorp - Dutch officials were on Monday checking poultry farms for a highly infectious strain of bird flu following outbreaks of similar strains of the virus in Britain and Germany.

Ninety arrested during 'Black Pete' protests at Dutch kids' fete

Gouda - Dutch police on Saturday arrested 90 people protesting for and against the controversial "Black Pete" figure at the start of the traditional gift-giving festival of Saint Nicholas in the central city of Gouda, officials said.

Netherlands opens solar-powered bike lane

Krommenie - One of the world's most densely-populated countries has unveiled a bike path with an added twist — the stretch features embedded solar panels.

Human remains found at Ukraine's MH17 crash site

Donetsk - Dutch investigators have found more human remains at the crash site of the Malaysia Airlines Boeing shot down over war-torn Ukraine, an official with the separatist authorities in the region said Friday.

Australian convicted in child sex sting using virtual girl

Sydney - An Australian man caught in a global sting which used a virtual girl to trap child sex predators has become the first person convicted from the operation, the child rights group behind it said Wednesday.
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An empty Netherlands beer bottle.
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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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Tim Krul saves a penalty against Costa Rica in the quarter-final of the 2014 World Cup
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refugee camp in Netherlands
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Male and female storks happily united once again.
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12m Flash Mob in Dam Square  Amsterdam on May 12  2012
12m Flash Mob in Dam Square, Amsterdam on May 12, 2012
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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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Stork on the lookout atop a farm building. Annually  these birds return to their nests in a few sele...
Stork on the lookout atop a farm building. Annually, these birds return to their nests in a few selected villages. Friesland, the Netherlands
The agrarian North of the Netherlands is quite empty. You can take extensive walks through the count...
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.
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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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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2 trains collided in Amsterdam on April 21  2012
2 trains collided in Amsterdam on April 21, 2012
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John Lennon and Yoko Ono - Bed-in for Peace - Amsterdam Hilton Hotel - 25 March 1969.
John Lennon and Yoko Ono - Bed-in for Peace - Amsterdam Hilton Hotel - 25 March 1969.
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In the spring  cows are released from their winter stables and can once more feast on fresh grass.
In the spring, cows are released from their winter stables and can once more feast on fresh grass.
Screenshot of Robin Van Persie s header goal during the 2014 World Cup in Brazil
Screenshot of Robin Van Persie's header goal during the 2014 World Cup in Brazil
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The tulip fields in the Lisse and the Keukenhof area of the Netherlands captured by a GoPro Hero 3 o...
The tulip fields in the Lisse and the Keukenhof area of the Netherlands captured by a GoPro Hero 3 on a drone.
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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.