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Russia dismisses Netherlands court award over Greenpeace ship

Moscow - Russia on Thursday dismissed an international court ruling it must pay the Netherlands 5.4 million euros ($6.25 million) for the 2013 seizure of Greenpeace's Arctic Sunrise ship.

Court orders Russia to pay Dutch 5.4 mln euros for Greenpeace ship

Den Haag - Russia must pay 5.4 million euros ($6.25 million) in damages to the Netherlands for the 2013 seizure of Greenpeace's Arctic Sunrise ship during an oil drilling protest, international judges revealed Tuesday.

Ukraine wants Russia held to account over MH17 downing

Kiev - Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko on Monday insisted Russia must be held to account over the downing of Malaysia Airlines flight MH17, three years on from the tragedy that killed 298 people.

On third MH17 anniversary, families unveil 'living memorial'

Vijfhuizen - Three years after Flight MH17 was shot down by a missile over war-torn Ukraine, nearly 2,000 relatives gathered Monday to unveil a "living memorial" to their loved ones.

On third MH17 anniversary, families to unveil 'living memorial'

Den Haag - Three years after Flight MH17 was shot down by a missile over war-torn Ukraine, more than 2,000 relatives gather Monday to unveil a "living memorial" to their loved ones.

Angry Dutch take govt to court over gas field quakes

Den Haag - Angry Dutch residents dragged the government to the country's highest court Thursday over gas extraction in Europe's largest gas field, which has triggered damaging tremors in the area for years.

MH17 lawyer tells Putin to 'make amends' over crash

Sydney - Russian President Vladimir Putin must "make amends" for those killed on a Malaysia Airlines jet shot down over Ukraine, the lawyer representing victims said Wednesday ahead of the third anniversary of the disaster.

Dutch project tests floating cities to seek more space

Den Haag - Dutch researchers unveiled Tuesday a model of what could become within two decades a floating mega-island to be used as a creative solution for accommodating housing, ports, farms or parks.

Boogie Woogie, Baby!: Dutch infants take a shine to Mondrian

Den Haag - Ever wondered which artist is most preferred by babies? If it's up to the organisers of a tour for parents with small children in the Netherlands on Tuesday, the works of abstract artist Piet Mondrian win hands down.

Netherlands says Turkish deputy PM visit 'undesirable'

Den Haag - The Dutch government on Friday expressed opposition to plans by Turkey's Deputy Prime Minister Tugrul Turkes to visit The Netherlands to address a gathering marking last year's failed military coup.

Dutch bank ABN Amro stubs out tobacco industry

Den Haag - The Netherlands' third-largest bank ABN Amro said Wednesday that it is ratcheting up its battle against smoking and will no longer extend credit to clients in the tobacco industry.

Trial of any MH17 suspects to be held in Dutch court

Den Haag - The trials of any suspects arrested in the shooting down of Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 over war-torn eastern Ukraine will be held in the Netherlands, Dutch officials announced Wednesday.

Wanted Dutch-Moroccan held in extradition row: report

Den Haag - A Dutch-Moroccan national at the centre of a diplomatic row between the two countries was arrested Thursday as Rabat pushes for his extradition, Dutch media reported.

MH17 team hopes emotional videos will bring new leads

Den Haag - International investigators and relatives of victims of flight MH17, shot down over eastern Ukraine almost three years ago, renewed efforts Wednesday to push the probe forward, issuing videos appealing for witnesses.

Modi jets into Netherlands, 'India's gateway to Europe'

Den Haag - Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi jetted into The Netherlands for a one-day working visit Tuesday to boost ties between the major trading partners.

Dutch state found partly liable for Srebrenica deaths

Den Haag - A Dutch court ruled Tuesday that the state was partly to blame for the deaths of hundreds of Muslims in Srebrenica, as the 1995 genocide cast another shadow over the country two decades on.

Dutch Srebrenica peacekeepers to sue state for damages

Den Haag - More than 200 Dutch former UN peacekeepers are suing the government for damages for sending them to defend the Bosnian enclave of Srebrenica in 1995, after the defence minister called it a "mission impossible.

Dutch scientists fete rare meteorite find

Den Haag - Dutch scientists on Monday celebrated the discovery of only the sixth meteorite found in recent history in The Netherlands, which at 4.5-billion years old may hold clues to the birth of our solar system.

Colombia's ELN rebels free two kidnapped Dutch reporters

Estanzuela - Rebels with Colombia's National Liberation Army (ELN) group have freed two Dutch journalists snatched days ago in the country's northeast, officials said Saturday.

Small Christian party to join talks on forming Dutch govt

Den Haag - Four parties agreed Friday to try to form the next Dutch coalition government, on the 100th day of tortuous stop-start negotiations following March elections.

Offspring in Dutch fertility clinic row can access donor records

Den Haag - Parents and their children conceived through IVF treatment at a discredited Dutch clinic mired in a legal row can now access their records, the country's health minister has ruled.

Dutch coalition talks on the rocks — again

Den Haag - Efforts to revive a bid to forge a four-party Dutch coalition government again ran aground late Monday, almost three months after legislative elections.

Eight hurt as car hits crowd outside Amsterdam station

Den Haag - A car ploughed into a crowd outside Amsterdam central station late Saturday, injuring eight people -- two of them seriously, Dutch police said, adding it appeared to have been an accident.

Accord reached for MH17 relatives to watch victims' final hours

Den Haag - Relatives of those killed when flight MH17 was downed over Ukraine in mid-2014 were given the green light Thursday to view final images of victims as they boarded the ill-fated flight.

Dutch reject Austrian request to prosecute MP Wilders

Den Haag - Dutch prosecutors have rejected an Austrian request to prosecute MP Geert Wilders over alleged inflammatory remarks about Islam during a visit to Vienna two years ago, officials said Wednesday.

Dutch teacher wins 'night at the museum' dream prize

Den Haag - Amsterdam's famous Rijksmuseum this week welcomed its 10-millionth visitor, handing the winner a one-time dream prize: spending a night alone in the company of Rembrandt's masterpiece the "Night Watch"."I've slept two metres (6.

Dutch court allows DNA tests on dead doctor in IVF scandal

Rotterdam - A Dutch court ruled Friday that DNA tests could be carried out on the former director of a fertility clinic suspected of using his own sperm to father about 20 children.

Dutch firebrand MP Wilders probed on remarks in Austria

Den Haag - Dutch investigators are probing firebrand MP Geert Wilders over alleged inflammatory remarks about Islam made in a speech in Austria two years ago, prosecutors said on Friday.

The art of everyday objects growing like mushrooms

Amsterdam - What is nicer after a long day than sinking your feet into comfortable slippers? But one Italian designer is hoping to show that shoes made from mushrooms can be just as cosy.

Dutch MPs hope new mediator will spark coalition talks

Den Haag - Dutch lawmakers appointed a new moderator Tuesday to steer a revived bid to forge a coalition government after tough talks hit an impasse following legislative elections in March.
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Ship and crew installing turbine.
Gemini Wind Park
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Glow in the dark road, technology
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Spring also brings the flowers of which millions are exported all over the world each year.
Spring also brings the flowers of which millions are exported all over the world each year.
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Storks are large birds, looking majestic when overhead in the air.
Located in the North Sea  the Gemini Wind Park off the coast of the Netherlands will generate enough...
Located in the North Sea, the Gemini Wind Park off the coast of the Netherlands will generate enough renewable energy to supply 785,000 households with clean energy.
Gemini Wind Park
Zilla van den Born went on a virtual five-week holiday in southeastern Asia without leaving Amsterda...
Zilla van den Born went on a virtual five-week holiday in southeastern Asia without leaving Amsterdam.
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Cornelis le Mair
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The Market Hall as seen from the Binnenrotte, Rotterdam center.
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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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Male and female storks happily united once again.
Male and female storks happily united once again.
Clock of the Central Station (ca.1890) in Amsterdam  Netherlands.
Clock of the Central Station (ca.1890) in Amsterdam, Netherlands.
Parking space for bicycles in the bicycle capital Amsterdam  Netherlands.
Parking space for bicycles in the bicycle capital Amsterdam, Netherlands.
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Self-Portrait - 'A Portrait of Peace'
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Tim Krul saves a penalty against Costa Rica in the quarter-final of the 2014 World Cup
Tim Krul saves a penalty against Costa Rica in the quarter-final of the 2014 World Cup
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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
Screenshot of Robin Van Persie s header goal during the 2014 World Cup in Brazil
Screenshot of Robin Van Persie's header goal during the 2014 World Cup in Brazil
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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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Glow in the dark road, technology
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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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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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