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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.

Dutch campaigner sees progress in 'Black Pete' fight

Amsterdam - As winter draws in each year, the Netherlands revels in the festive arrival of Saint Nicholas -- but for many it is anything but a cause for celebration.

What a tail: whale sculpture saves runaway Dutch train

Spijkenisse - A runaway Dutch metro train was saved from disaster on Monday after it smashed through a stop barrier but then came to rest on a giant sculpture of a whale's tail.

KLM 3.4bn bailout in crisis as unions refuse paycut plan

Den Haag - The Dutch government on Saturday suspended plans to help beleaguered national carrier KLM with a multi-billion-euro bailout package after unions declined to sign a deal involving a five-year pay-cut plan.

Dutch PM says Erdogan complaint against MP 'unacceptable'

Den Haag - Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte on Tuesday weighed in a growing spat between President Recep Tayyip Erdogan and a Dutch anti-Islam MP, whom the Turkish leader has accused of defamation over a cartoon drawing.

Australia, Netherlands slam Russia withdrawal from MH17 talks

Sydney - Australia on Friday joined the Netherlands in slamming Russia's decision to withdraw from consultations over its involvement in the 2014 downing of flight MH17 over Ukraine, which killed 298 people, mostly Dutch and Australian citizens.

Moscow withdraws from MH17 talks with Netherlands, Australia

Moscow - Russia said Thursday it would withdraw from consultations with the Netherlands and Australia over the MH17 flight shot down over Ukraine in 2014, complaining of "vicious" attempts to pin blame on Moscow.

Dutch PM orders 'partial lockdown' to halt coronavirus surge

Den Haag - The Netherlands will go into "partial lockdown" to curb one of Europe's biggest coronavirus surges, with all bars, cafes and restaurants to close, Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte said Tuesday.

Dutch finally don masks as second wave bites

Den Haag - A rare sight has begun to appear in Dutch cities: people wearing masks.Since the start of the coronavirus pandemic, the famously liberal Netherlands has held out against the strict measures imposed by its European neighbours.

Dutch court convicts Wilders of insulting Moroccans

Den Haag - Dutch judges on Friday upheld Geert Wilders' conviction for collectively insulting Moroccan people at a rally, in what the firebrand far-right leader branded a "political trial" by a "banana republic.

UK quarantine change sparks scramble to return from France

London - British holidaymakers faced a scramble to get home on Friday after the government said it will reimpose a 14-day quarantine for travellers from France and the Netherlands, prompting Paris to quickly announce a "reciprocal measure".

UK adds France, Netherlands to travel quarantine list

London - Britain on Thursday said it will reimpose quarantine for travellers from France and the Netherlands, prompting Paris to quickly announce a "reciprocal measure".

France and Netherlands added to UK travel quarantine list

London - Britain on Thursday said it will reimpose quarantine for travellers from France and the Netherlands following a rise in coronavirus cases in those countries.

Netherlands' Belgian enclave juggles tricky virus rules

There is a small Belgian enclave in the southern Netherlands where respecting two sets of rules to fight coronavirus has become a daily challenge, with international borders criss-crossing streets and even running through shops and homes.

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.
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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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An empty Netherlands beer bottle.
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refugee camp in Netherlands
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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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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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The Market Hall as seen from the Binnenrotte, Rotterdam center.
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Self-Portrait - 'A Portrait of Peace'
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Stork on the lookout atop a farm building. Annually, these birds return to their nests in a few selected villages. Friesland, the Netherlands
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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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Geert Wilders during an interview for the BBC's HardTalk
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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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Storks are large birds, looking majestic when overhead in the air.
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2 trains collided in Amsterdam on April 21, 2012
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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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There are 150 Siemens Wind Power turbines, covering 68 square kilometers in the North Sea off the coast of Netherlands.
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A sign with posters of political candidates in the Netherlands
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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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A typical Dutch produced DAF 2 cylinder car from the 1960s and 1970s
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