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Amsterdam enforces face masks in crowded places

Amsterdam - Amsterdam and the port of Rotterdam on Wednesday made face masks compulsory in certain busy areas including the Dutch capital's Red Light district, as coronavirus infections showed a worrying spike.

Mark Rutte: Mr Nice Guy becomes Europe's 'Mr No'

Den Haag - Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte cultivates a nice-guy image at home but in Europe he has been dubbed "Mr No" for blocking a deal on a huge coronavirus rescue package.

Mark Rutte, the Dutch PM cycling into EU headwinds

Den Haag - Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte famously likes to cycle to work, but in Europe he is increasingly known for slamming on the brakes.

Netherlands takes Russia to European court over MH17 downing

Den Haag - The Netherlands said on Friday it would take Russia to the European Court of Human Rights for its role in bringing down Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 over Ukraine, killing nearly 300 people.

Hundreds arrested after European police hack crime chat network

Den Haag - Police said Thursday they had arrested more than 800 people across Europe after shutting down an encrypted phone network used by organised crime groups to plot murders and drug deals.

Green light for Amsterdam's red light district after virus shutdown

Amsterdam - Amsterdam's famed red light district reopened on Wednesday after a long coronavirus shutdown, with sex workers and clients having to observe new rules to prevent infection.

Unilever pulls Facebook, Twitter ads in US over 'polarized' election

Den Haag - Consumer giant Unilever, home to brands including Ben and Jerry's and Marmite, said Friday it will stop advertising on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram in the US until the end of 2020 due to the "polarized election period" there.

Unilever to stop advertising on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram in US

Den Haag - Consumer giant Unilever, home to brands including Ben and Jerry's and Marmite, said Friday it will stop advertising on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram in the US until the end of 2020 due to the "polarized election period" there.

Dutch arrest hundreds at virus protest clashes

Den Haag - Dutch police on Sunday charged on horseback and fired water cannon to disperse protesters said to be frustrated with the government's coronavirus policies, arresting hundreds after skirmishes broke out.

Protests in Amsterdam, Dublin over killing of black American

Den Haag - Thousands of protesters rallied in the Dutch and Irish capitals on Monday against the death of a black man during an arrest by police in the United States.

Dutch ban transport of mink after farm workers infected

Den Haag - Dutch authorities on Thursday announced a nationwide ban on the transport of mink after mink farm workers were believed to have contracted coronavirus from the small mammals.

Dutch to reopen restaurants in June, sex clubs stay shut

Den Haag - Dutch restaurants, cafes and museums can reopen with restrictions from June 1 as anti-coronavirus measures ease, but sex clubs must stay closed until September, Prime Minister Mark Rutte said Tuesday.

Dutch gamble on 'intelligent lockdown' to beat coronavirus

Den Haag - The shops are open and families cycle along in the sunny spring weather in the Netherlands, which has opted for what it calls an "intelligent lockdown" to curb the coronavirus pandemic.

French police seize 140,000 black market face masks

Bobigny - French police have seized 140,000 face masks intended for the black market in a record haul since the start of the coronavirus pandemic.

Dutch readying 2-4bn aid package for KLM: minister

Den Haag - The Dutch government plans to prop up KLM during the coronavirus crisis with an aid package worth between two to four billion euros, the finance minister said Friday, shortly after Paris pledged help for partner airline Air France.

Anne Frank's diary more relevant than ever, 75 years on

Amsterdam - A lifetime ago, a Jewish girl confided in her diary as she spent two years in isolation from the outside world in a doomed attempt to escape mortal danger.

Dutch destroy millions of flowers as coronavirus wilts sales

Naaldwijk - It's tulip season in The Netherlands but this year growers are destroying millions of flowers a day, in unprecedented scenes as the coronavirus pandemic has cut demand.

Top Dutch museums close over coronavirus

Den Haag - The Rijksmuseum and Van Gogh museums in the Dutch capital Amsterdam said Thursday they were closing until the end of March to help halt the spread of the deadly coronavirus.

Russian meddling casts 'dark shadow' over MH17 trial: prosecutors

Badhoevedorp - Dutch prosecutors accused Russia on Tuesday of interfering with the probe into the downing of flight MH17 and casting a "dark shadow" over the trial of four suspects in the disaster.

Dutch king apologises for violence during Indonesian independence war

Jakarta - Dutch King Willem-Alexander apologised to Indonesia on Tuesday for "excessive violence" during the former colony's independence struggle in the 1940s.

Victims' names read out in sombre start to MH17 trial

Amsterdam - Bereaved family members listened silently with bowed heads as the names of all 298 victims of Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 were read out on Monday at the start of the trial of four men accused of downing the plane.

Dutch MH17 trial to start without suspects

Amsterdam - The trial of four men accused of murder over the downing of Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 in 2014 opens in the Netherlands on Monday, even though the suspects are still at large.

Dutch trial seeks justice for MH17 families

Den Haag - The Netherlands will put four people on trial next week over the downing of flight MH17 over Ukraine in 2014, giving families hope of justice even if the suspects are not in the dock.

Rare Ethiopian crown, hidden for 21 years in the Netherlands, returns home

Addis Ababa - Ethiopia's government on Thursday assumed custody of a priceless 18th-century crown that a former refugee had kept hidden in his apartment in the Netherlands for two decades.

Coronavirus buffets Air France as 2019 profits dive

Paris - French-Dutch airline Air France-KLM said Thursday the coronavirus has blown a large hole in 2020 earnings to date while separately unveiling lower profits for 2019.

Amsterdam eyes 'erotic centre' as new red light district

Den Haag - Amsterdam is looking at moving part of its red light district indoors to an "erotic" complex where prostitutes no longer beckon customers through street-front windows that often attract rowdy tourists.

Court backs Yukos shareholders against Kremlin in $50 bn case

Den Haag - A Dutch court Tuesday upheld an appeal by shareholders of the dismantled oil giant Yukos in a landmark ruling, boosting their fight in a $50 billion case for compensation.

Netherlands says it rejected Moscow offer for MH17 prosecution

Den Haag - The Netherlands has turned down an offer by Russia to prosecute three men suspected of involvement in the 2014 downing of a passenger jet over eastern Ukraine, the Dutch justice minister said Wednesday.

Dutch govt offers first apology for WWII persecution of Jews

Den Haag - Prime Minister Mark Rutte on Sunday made the Netherlands' first government apology for the war-time persecution of Jews.

Dutch farm dad 'beat bad spirits out of kids'

Den Haag - A Dutchman isolated six of his children in a remote farmhouse from birth and beat them to drive out "bad spirits," prosecutors told a court on Tuesday.Gerrit Jan van D.
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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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Oosterpark in Amsterdam, Netherlands
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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
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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.
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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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Picture of the national day of mourning in the Netherlands at 23 July 2014, the day on what the first bodies of the Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 disaster returned in the Netherlands. We all mourn when death comes knocking. On this particular occassion, the whole world mourned. CC License: Attrition, no deriv.
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Smile, at the Amazone harbour, Port of Rotterdam, Holland 29-Aug-2007. The Port of Rotterdam is Europe's largest port.
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A typical Dutch produced DAF 2 cylinder car from the 1960s and 1970s
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Young girl from the Netherlands.
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A sign with posters of political candidates in the Netherlands
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Screenshot from "SolaRoad" intro video
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Male and female storks happily united once again.
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Clock of the Central Station (ca.1890) in Amsterdam, Netherlands.
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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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The Market Hall as seen from the Binnenrotte, Rotterdam center.
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Parking space for bicycles in the bicycle capital Amsterdam, Netherlands.
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