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Missile that downed MH17 came from Russian military: investigators

Utrecht - Investigators probing the 2014 downing of flight MH17 said Thursday for the first time that the missile which brought down the plane over eastern Ukraine came from a Russian military brigade.

Missile that downed MH17 came from Russian military: investigators

Utrecht - Investigators probing the 2014 downing of flight MH17 said Thursday for the first time that the missile which shot down the plane over eastern Ukraine travelled from a Russian military brigade.

Court throws out appeal judges in far-right Dutch MP's case

Den Haag - An Amsterdam court on Friday ordered that three judges hearing an appeal brought by far-right Dutch MP Geert Wilders must step down, in a victory for the firebrand politician.

'Party city' Amsterdam to crack down on tourists

Den Haag - Amsterdam is seeking to contain the flood of tourists swamping the city, with the incoming council proposing a series of tough measures and plans to hike tourism taxes.

Far-right Dutch MP Wilders slams 'witch-hunt' trial

Schiphol - Firebrand Dutch politician Geert Wilders Thursday denounced what he called "a witch-hunt" and clashed with judges after he failed in a bid to postpone his appeal against his conviction for discrimination.

Dutch govt dropping Kaspersky software over spying fears

Den Haag - The Dutch government is phasing out the use of anti-virus software made by Russian firm Kaspersky Lab amid fears of possible spying, despite vehement denials by the Moscow-based cyber security company.

Dutch eye Air France woes fearing headwinds for KLM

Den Haag - Dutch politicians and unions are watching the unfolding crisis at Air France with increasing concern, amid fears the turbulence at the French company will sideswipe its Dutch partner KLM -- another chapter in an already stormy union.

One killed in shooting in Amsterdam

Den Haag - One person was killed and another injured in a shooting in Amsterdam, a major tourist hub, Dutch police said Thursday."There was a shooting on Wednesday evening in the Krootstraat street in the southeast of Amsterdam.

Power cut temporarily shuts Amsterdam's airport

Den Haag - A power cut overnight forced the temporary closure of Amsterdam's Schipol airport, one of Europe's busiest, officials said as they tried to get operations moving again Sunday.

Cybercrime website behind 4 million attacks taken down

Den Haag - A British and Dutch-led operation on Wednesday brought down a website linked to more than four million cyberattacks around the world, with banking giants among the victims, European law enforcement agencies said.

Dutch PM vows to release controversial tax plan memos

Den Haag - Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte pledged Monday to release all memos about a controversial plan to scrap dividend tax amid heavy opposition criticism of the move which will reportedly cost the country 1.4 billion euros.

Sri Lanka beefs up tourist hotspot security after violence

Colombo - Sri Lanka announced Friday it would establish new police posts and step up patrols at popular resorts after a spate of sexual attacks and violence targeting foreign tourists.

Dutch state appeals expats Brexit case

Amsterdam - The Dutch state Thursday appealed a decision by an Amsterdam court to refer a landmark case over Brexit to Europe's top court, as British expats demand clarification of their rights as EU citizens.

'Burning man' image wins AFP top prize at World Press Photo

Amsterdam - Agence France-Presse photographer Ronaldo Schemidt won the prestigious 2018 World Press Photo of the Year Award Thursday with a fiery image of a masked Venezuelan protester which judges said symbolised a country "burning".

Chinese man jailed by Dutch court for smuggling rhino horn

Den Haag - A Dutch court Friday sentenced a Chinese man to a year in jail for smuggling five rhino horns and four other horn objects worth about 500,000 euros ($613,000) in his luggage.

Dutch voters say 'no' to new spy law

Den Haag - Dutch voters narrowly rejected a new law giving security services greater powers to spy on emails and online data, the electoral council announced Thursday, unveiling final referendum results.

Amsterdam airport unveils new 'clean-air' bus fleet

Schiphol - Amsterdam's busy Schiphol airport Wednesday saw the launch of 100 new electric passenger buses, said to be the largest fleet of its kind in Europe, as it pursues clean-air targets.

Dutch police liable for 2011 mall shooting: court

Den Haag - Dutch police were liable for a 2011 mall shooting in which six people were killed as the gunman should never have been granted an gun licence, an appeals court ruled Tuesday.

Britain's post-Brexit passports 'to be made by French'

London - Britain's new, blue, post-EU passports are set to be made by a Paris-based firm, reports said Thursday, in what leading Brexit supporters called a "national humiliation".

Dutch reject law to boost data spying: partial results

Den Haag - Dutch voters appeared Thursday to have narrowly voted against new laws giving security services greater powers to snoop on emails and online data, amid growing global fears about internet privacy.With some 93.

EU digital tax could be post-Brexit windfall: Macron

Den Haag - EU proposals for a digital tax targeting US tech giants could reap rewards for the block and help overcome the hole left by Britain's departure, French President Emmanuel Macron said Wednesday.

Dutch vote in local polls, referendum on spying powers

Den Haag - Dutch voters went to the polls in local elections Wednesday with far-right parties hoping for gains, while all eyes were on a referendum over plans to extend government online spying powers.

Dutch PM warns Macron, Merkel against dictating EU reforms

Berlin - Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte on Friday cautioned Berlin and Paris not to try to push through their ambitious EU reform plans against the will of other member states.

Unilever drops London for post-Brexit Dutch HQ

Den Haag - Anglo-Dutch consumer giant Unilever on Thursday chose The Netherlands over London to host its headquarters, dealing a blow to Britain's efforts to keep multinational companies onside following Brexit.

ING drops big pay hike plan for CEO after protests

Den Haag - Dutch top bank ING said Tuesday it has dropped a plan to massively hike its chief executive's pay package after protests from shareholders, the public and even the prime minister.

Pretty polly or pests? Dutch in a flap over parakeets

Den Haag - To their detractors, they're dirty alien invaders whose incessant chatter ruins Sunday morning lie-ins. To their supporters, they're beautiful, cheerful reminders of warmer climes amid the winter chill.

Power partly restored after massive Amsterdam outage

Den Haag - Power was gradually being restored Friday after Amsterdam's bustling city centre was hit by a major outage, closing down museums and stopping trams, the city's electricity network provider said.

Hundreds of jihadists and children with Dutch ties still in IS territory

Den Haag - Nearly 200 people who joined the jihad in Syria and Iraq as well as at least 175 children have ties to the Netherlands and are still in the strife-torn countries, mostly with the Islamic State group, Dutch authorities said Tuesday.

Dutch MP Wilders under fire after Russia visit

Den Haag - Relatives of victims of the MH17 air disaster demanded an apology Wednesday from far-right Dutch politician Geert Wilders following a visit to the Russian parliament where he expressed "friendship" with Moscow.

Dutch court ends bitter father-son battle over royal title

Den Haag - The Netherland's highest court on Wednesday awarded a royal name and title to the illegitimate son of the Dutch king's cousin, ending a bitter father-son battle that has mesmerised royal watchers.
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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.
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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A sign with posters of political candidates in the Netherlands
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Snapshot of the H5N1 Mutation at YouTube "Harvard Cell Animation"
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Tesla Model S charging at a public charging station in Zoutelande, the Netherlands.
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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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Dawn Arnall and her husband Roland Arnall, center, listen to Dutch Prime Minister Jan Peter Balkenende in 2006.
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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.
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Ship and crew installing turbine.
Gemini Wind Park
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Tour de France 2010 route
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Apartmentcomplex, Woubrugge, the Netherlands
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World s first bus powered by formic acid.
World's first bus powered by formic acid.
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Clock of the Central Station (ca.1890) in Amsterdam, Netherlands.
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.
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Screenshot from "SolaRoad" intro video
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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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Cornelis le Mair
Cornelis le Mair
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A farmer in the Netherlands gave his pigs a water slide to keep cool in summer.
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