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Dutch cargo ship adrift off Norway, crew airlifted

Oslo - A Dutch cargo ship was adrift in the Norwegian Sea on Tuesday after all of its crew members were airlifted, with some having to jump into the rough waters to be rescued.

Dutch PM Rutte under pressure despite surviving vote

Den Haag - Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte remained under pressure on Friday despite narrowly surviving a no-confidence vote over his handling of coalition talks in the toughest crisis of his decade in power.

Dutch PM Rutte clings on after political battle

Den Haag - Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte survived one of the biggest political fights of his decade in power Friday, narrowly winning a no-confidence vote over claims he lied about coalition talks.

Trial of Dutch 'most wanted' suspect opens

Den Haag - The Netherlands' former most wanted suspect and 16 other alleged members of a drugs gang dubbed the "Mocro-mafia" went on trial Monday in one of the country's biggest criminal cases.

'Dutchification': guide to election winners and losers

Den Haag - While Dutch PM Mark Rutte's liberal VVD party appears to have won national elections, the vote also brought unprecedented "Dutchification" or fragmentation of parliament.

Dutch PM Rutte eyes new coalition 'by summer'

Den Haag - Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte on Thursday aimed to form a new coalition by the summer after sealing a fourth term in office in coronavirus-dominated elections.

Dutch vote in 'Covid election' as Rutte aims for fourth term

Den Haag - The Netherlands voted on Wednesday in a socially-distanced election that Prime Minister Mark Rutte cast as a choice of the best leader to deal with the coronavirus pandemic.

Dutch vote in Covid-dominated election

Den Haag - The Netherlands began three days of socially-distanced voting Monday in one of the first major tests of a European government's coronavirus policies, with Prime Minister Mark Rutte expected to win another term in office.

Dutch police use water cannon to clear anti-government protesters: AFP

Den Haag - Dutch police used water cannon and mounted officers to clear anti-government protesters in The Hague Sunday, the day before three days of voting starts in national elections, AFP journalists said.

Coronavirus set to dominate Dutch elections

Den Haag - Dutch voters head to the polls next week in the first major test of a European government's coronavirus policies in 2021, with Prime Minister Mark Rutte on course to win a fourth term in office.

Dutch court drops farm kidnap charges against cult father

Den Haag - A Dutch court on Thursday dropped the case against a father who isolated his children in a remote farmhouse for a decade, saying that he was mentally unfit for trial.The 68-year old, identified only as Gerrit Jan van D.

Dutch Covid test centre hit by 'insane' blast

Bovenkarspel - A suspected pipe bomb hit a Dutch coronavirus testing centre on Wednesday, shattering windows but causing no injuries in what officials branded a "cowardly act of destruction".

Dutch farm cult dad unfit for trial: prosecutors

Den Haag - Dutch prosecutors said Thursday they want to drop charges against a father who isolated his children in a remote farmhouse because he is mentally unfit for trial.Gerrit Jan van D.

Dutch court orders government to lift Covid curfew

Den Haag - A Dutch court on Tuesday told the government to immediately lift a nationwide coronavirus curfew that sparked the worst riots in the Netherlands for decades.

Dutch hit by first snowstorm in a decade as Europe shivers

Den Haag - The Netherlands and parts of Germany were blanketed on Sunday by a snowstorm that disrupted planes and trains and put some coronavirus testing on hold.

Dutch court orders Shell to pay Nigerian farmers for oil leaks

Den Haag - A Dutch court on Friday ordered Shell to compensate Nigerian farmers for oil spills that polluted swathes of their land in the Niger Delta.

Dutch riots: who are those branded 'scum'?

Den Haag - The Dutch government has vowed not to bow to those it labelled "scum" and "criminals" after riots against a coronavirus curfew, but who is really responsible for the unrest?

Dutch government says won't bow to curfew riot 'scum'

Den Haag - Cities across the Netherlands were calmer on Tuesday after three nights of rioting against a coronavirus curfew as authorities vowed to crack down on the unrest, blaming "scum" for the looting and arson and deploying a huge police presence on the stree...

Dutch police arrest nearly 200 in new curfew riots

Den Haag - Dutch police arrested at least 184 rioters after protests against a coronavirus curfew turned violent for a third night, police said Tuesday, in the worst unrest to hit the Netherlands in four decades.

Second night of riots in Netherlands over curfew

Den Haag - The Netherlands was hit by a second wave of riots on Monday evening after protesters again went on the rampage in several cities following the introduction of a coronavirus curfew over the weekend.

Kerry 'regrets' US absence from climate fight

Den Haag - New US climate envoy John Kerry said he regretted his country's absence from the fight against climate change under Donald Trump, at a online summit of world leaders on Monday.

Netherlands anti-curfew protests spark clashes with police, looting

Den Haag - Protests against a curfew to curb the spread of Covid-19 in the Netherlands degenerated into clashes with police and looting in cities across the country Sunday, authorities and reports said.

Alleged drug lord dubbed 'Asia's El Chapo' arrested in Amsterdam

Den Haag - The alleged ringleader of Asia's biggest crime syndicate and one of the world's most wanted men has been arrested in the Netherlands, with Australian authorities pushing Sunday for his extradition to face trial.

Dutch MPs grill PM over child benefits scandal

Den Haag - Dutch opposition parties blasted Prime Minister Mark Rutte on Tuesday in the wake of his cabinet's resignation over a harrowing childcare benefit scandal, calling on him to take personal responsibility.

Dutch government quits over child benefits scandal

Den Haag - Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte and his government resigned on Friday over a harrowing scandal that saw thousands of parents wrongly accused of child benefit fraud.

Dutch ban UK flights to stop virus 'mutation'

Den Haag - The Dutch government on Sunday banned all passenger flights from Britain after finding the first case of a new, more infectious coronavirus strain that is circulating in the UK.

Shark kills woman off France's Saint-Martin in Caribbean

Marigot - A woman aged 39 has died of her injuries after she was attacked by a shark while bathing off the French portion of the Caribbean island of Saint-Martin, local officials said Friday.

Dutch 'vegetarian butcher' carves new niche for Unilever

Etten-leur - When ninth-generation Dutch farmer Jaap Korteweg turned vegetarian and set up a shop selling meat-free products over a decade ago, his friends thought he was joking.

Mind's eye: Vision-restoring brain implants spell breakthrough

Washington - Scientists are a step closer to restoring vision for the blind, after building an implant that bypasses the eyes and allows monkeys to perceive artificially induced patterns in their brains.

Climate groups take on Shell in landmark Dutch case

Den Haag - Environmental groups faced off against Shell before a Dutch court Tuesday in a landmark bid to force the oil giant to meet emissions targets in the Paris climate accord.
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File photo: Electric car being charged in Amsterdam.
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Male and female storks happily united once again.
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