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Turkish PM slams 'hypocritical' calls to open borders

Den Haag - Turkish Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu on Wednesday slammed as "hypocritical" calls by some countries urging Ankara to open its borders to Syrian refugees while failing to demand Russia halts punishing air strikes.

More than one million Syrians living under siege: NGOs

Den Haag - More than one million Syrians are living under siege after nearly five years of war, a new NGO report said Tuesday, warning the crisis was "far worse" than UN officials have acknowledged.

Dutch to probe 'civilian deaths' in Iraq air strikes

Den Haag - The Netherlands is probing two incidents in which civilians may have been killed or injured in air strikes against the Islamic State group in Iraq, the government has said.

Hop on down, Miffy the rabbit gets her own museum

Utrecht - To some she's just a plain white bunny, to others she's a prime example of minimalist art. But for six decades Miffy has been delighting young kids around the world, and now she's getting a museum of her own.

Dutch man killed ex-minister 'over euthanasia,' court told

Den Haag - A Dutch man accused of murdering a former health minister has admitted to the killing, saying he was on a "divine mission" because of her role in legalising euthanasia, Dutch media said Thursday.

France and Netherlands seal historic 160 mn euro Rembrandt purchase

Paris - France and the Netherlands signed a historic deal Monday acquiring two large Rembrandt portraits for 160 million euros ($174 million), the French culture ministry announced.

New Bosch painting unveiled on eve of 500th celebrations

Den Haag - Art historians on Monday revealed that a painting stored for decades at an American museum was in fact a work by Dutch master Hieronymus Bosch.

Dutch seeking to return migrants to Turkey, politician says

Den Haag - The Netherlands is working with some EU members on a plan to send migrants back to Turkish soil in exchange for giving asylum to up to 250,000 others already hosted by Turkey, a top Dutch politician said Thursday.

Dutch MP stirs anger in anti-Islam 'pepper spray' rally

Den Haag - Tensions over Europe's migrant crisis bubbled over in a Dutch town Saturday as far-right politician Geert Wilders handed out fake pepper spray, saying women must defend themselves against Muslim men.

Netherlands says 'serious' concerns about Belgium nuclear plants

Doel - The Netherlands has "serious" concerns about neighbouring Belgium's ageing nuclear reactors, the Dutch environment minister said Wednesday during a joint inspection of one plant with her Belgian counterpart.

New riot in Dutch town against refugee centre

Den Haag - Clashes erupted late Monday in a small Dutch town during violent protests against the planned opening of a centre for asylum seekers, Dutch media and officials said.

'Lock up Islamic men in asylum centres' says Dutch MP

Den Haag - Outspoken far-right Dutch politician Geert Wilders Monday called for all Islamic male refugees to be locked up in their asylum centres, saying women needed to be protected on the streets.

Belgium's ageing nuclear plants worry neighbours

Nieuw-namen - As the two cooling towers at Belgium's Doel nuclear power belch thick white steam into a wintry sky, people over the border in the Dutch town of Nieuw-Namen are on edge.

Dutch minister apologises to 'fired' MH17 expert

Den Haag - Dutch Justice Minister Ard van der Steur on Thursday apologised to a pathologist who was fired for showing medical students photos of the victims from the MH17 air disaster, his spokesman said.

MH17 relatives demand release of radar images

Den Haag - Relatives of those killed in the MH17 air disaster Wednesday urged Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte to launch a global campaign to obtain radar images which may help pinpoint who fired a missile at the plane.

Dutch spy services unravel 'myth' of life with IS

Den Haag - Dutch secret services fear as many as 70 Dutch children may be growing up among Islamic State jihadists, warning in a bleak new report about life under such a "totalitarian" regime.

Nations vow better intel sharing to halt terror attacks

Den Haag - Foreign ministers and diplomats from over 50 nations on Monday bowed to calls for greater information sharing to stop extremists slipping across borders to carry out attacks, making concrete pledges to plug dangerous intelligence lapses.

Electric bike revolution spinning profits for Dutch firms

Dieren - On the busy assembly line at Gazelle, one of the top Dutch bike manufacturers, a quiet revolution is taking place: mixed with wheels, brakes and saddles are now batteries and engines.

Dutch 'no' to Kiev-EU accord could trip crisis: Juncker

Den Haag - European Commission chief Jean-Claude Juncker urged Dutch voters Saturday not to oppose an EU cooperation deal with Ukraine, saying such a move "could open the doors to a continental crisis".

Oh my Gouda! Dutch cheeses hit by spate of thefts

Den Haag - Dutch cheese makers have been hit by a spate of top-end cheese thefts, prompting a dairy federation to warn farmers Friday to beef up security around their storerooms.

Warm winter melts Dutch skaters' hopes of legendary canal race

Leeuwarden - Winter is nearing the halfway mark in the Netherlands with record high temperatures, melting fervent Dutch skaters' hopes of gliding over frozen canals or taking part in a near-mythical race last held 19 years ago.

Dutch expert says vindicated by probe into MH17 photos

Den Haag - A Dutch forensics expert who worked on the MH17 air disaster demanded a ministerial apology Tuesday saying a police probe has cleared him of any wrong-doing in showing medical students photos of the dead.

Dutch investigators to study citizen journalism probe into MH17

Den Haag - Dutch prosecutors said they would "seriously study" claims by citizen journalists to have identified Russian soldiers implicated in the crash of flight MH17, shot down over eastern Ukraine in July 2014.

Anne Frank's diary goes online despite rights dispute

Paris - A French academic and an MP published online Friday the famous diary of Anne Frank, despite a dispute with rights holders as to whether the work is now in the public domain.

Three held after fight in Dutch refugee centre

Den Haag - Dutch police said three men were in detention Sunday after a late-night brawl at a refugee centre in the city of Arnhem left four people slightly hurt.

Dutch King urges solidarity in 'turbulent times'

Den Haag - Dutch King Willem-Alexander made a passionate appeal to his people to show solidarity with those in need, saying in a Christmas Day message the country must not give way to fear.

Jail term for man who stormed Dutch TV raised to 40 months

Den Haag - A man who stormed a Dutch national television studio earlier this year brandishing a fake gun and demanding airtime saw his jail term increased to 40 months on Tuesday.

Across Europe, refugees cling to hope in temporary homes

Leeuwarden - Seven-month-old Adam's nights are restless. The din and chatter of 600 other asylum seekers sharing a "camp" in the north of the Netherlands keeps this youngest resident awake, and his parents anxious.

Dutch protesters riot against refugee centre

Den Haag - Dutch police fired warning shots and arrested 14 demonstrators when a protest by hundreds of people against the opening of a refugee centre turned violent, leaving several injured, officials said Thursday.

Dutch PM contrite in parliamentary grilling over deal with druglord

Den Haag - Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte and two of his ministers faced a storm of criticism in parliament Wednesday for their handling of a 15-year-old deal involving a former cabinet member and a notorious drug dealer.
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A farmer in the Netherlands gave his pigs a water slide to keep cool in summer.
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The new Vencer Sarthe
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Parking space for bicycles in the bicycle capital Amsterdam, Netherlands.
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In the spring, cows are released from their winter stables and can once more feast on fresh grass.
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Glow in the dark road, technology
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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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12m Flash Mob in Dam Square, Amsterdam on May 12, 2012
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Tour de France 2010 route
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An empty Netherlands beer bottle.
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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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2 trains collided in Amsterdam on April 21, 2012
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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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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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A farmer in the Netherlands gave his pigs a water slide to keep cool in summer.
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A sign with posters of political candidates in the Netherlands
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A stork elegantly descending towards the nest
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Young girl from the Netherlands.
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