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Dutch order kids' playfield closure over noise

Den Haag - Dutch authorities have ordered a primary school football field to close because children using it were too noisy, in a move that has sparked protests and questions in parliament on Wednesday.

World can see museum restore Rembrandt's 'Night Watch'

Amsterdam - Amsterdam's Rijksmuseum on Monday began the biggest ever restoration of Rembrandt's "The Night Watch", building a giant glass case around the famed painting so the world can see the work carried out live.

Dutch crime boss 'the Nose' gets life for five murders

Den Haag - The Netherlands' most notorious gangster was jailed for life on Thursday for ordering the murders of five people, including his best friend who was an accomplice in the famed 1980s kidnapping of a Heineken beer tycoon.

Dutch Heineken kidnapper jailed for life for gangland murders

Den Haag - A Dutch court jailed the country's most notorious gangster for life on Thursday for ordering the "liquidation" of five people, including his accomplice in the 1980s kidnapping of a Heineken beer tycoon.

Is it curtains for Amsterdam's red light district?

Den Haag - Amsterdam's mayor on Wednesday proposed drawing curtains over the notorious glass-fronted booths where sex workers ply their trade, as part of an overhaul of the city's famed red-light district.

Sea-Watch captain: polar scientist-turned rescuer of migrants

Lampedusa - Sea-Watch 3 captain Carola Rackete may be a "pain in the neck" for Italy's anti-immigration interior minister but she is a hero to dozens of migrants rescued from an uncertain fate at sea.

Sea-Watch captain arrested after entering Italy port

Lampedusa - The Sea-Watch 3 ship carrying dozens of rescued migrants forced its way into the Italian port of Lampedusa after a lengthy standoff and its captain has been arrested, the charity running the boat said Saturday.

Hopes of EU deal as Sea-Watch captain fears for migrants

Lampedusa - Five European countries have agreed to take in dozens of migrants saved by the Sea-Watch charity ship, Italy said Friday, signalling the end of a lengthy stand off which the ship's captain described as "incredibly tense".

Dutch roll out fines for mobile-using cyclists

Den Haag - Dutch cyclists will from Monday face a 95-euro ($108) fine for holding a mobile phone while riding their bike, in a bid to cut a growing number of accidents.

Putin says MH17 probe shows 'no proof' of Russia's guilt

Moscow - Russian President Vladimir Putin said on Thursday the international community had failed to provide any evidence that Moscow was behind the downing of Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 in which 298 people died.

Dutch PM says Mahathir MH17 comment 'sows confusion'

Apo - Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte on Thursday slammed his Malaysian counterpart for creating "confusion" by criticising a decision to charge four people over the downing of Malaysia Airlines flight MH17.

Who are the four men charged with downing of MH17?

Moscow - International investigators have charged three Russians and one Ukrainian with murder over the 2014 shooting down of flight MH17 above rebel-held eastern Ukraine in which 298 people were killed.

Pompeo ups pressure on Russia over four MH17 accused

Washington - Moscow must ensure that those charged with murder over the downing of Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 face justice, US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said, after international investigators accused three Russians and a Ukrainian over the disaster.

Investigators to unveil new MH17 findings next week

Den Haag - International investigators probing the downing of flight MH17 said Friday they will reveal fresh findings next week, nearly five years after the Malaysia Airlines plane was shot over Ukraine.

14 French, Dutch children repatriated from Syria

Paris - Twelve children of French jihadists, most of them orphans, were flown home Monday from camps in Syria, along with two Dutch orphans who were handed over to the Netherlands, the foreign ministry said in Paris.

Prison unemployment payments leave Dutch red-faced

Den Haag - Dutch authorities have been left red-faced after revelations that hundreds of prisoners collect unemployment benefits behind bars despite the law specifically prohibiting the practice.

Dutchman held by IS-linked rebels killed in Philippines

Manila - A Dutch birdwatcher held by Islamic State-linked militants was killed Friday during a firefight between his kidnappers and soldiers in the southern Philippines, according to the military, which said he was shot by his captors as he tried to escape.

Dutchman held by IS-linked rebels killed in Philippines: army

Manila - A Dutch birdwatcher held by Islamic State-linked militants was killed Friday during a firefight between his kidnappers and soldiers in the southern Philippines, according to the military, which said he was shot by his captors as he tried to escape.

Dutch ban Hells Angels biker gang over 'violence'

Den Haag - Dutch judges on Wednesday banned biker club Hells Angels and ordered all its chapters to close in the Netherlands as authorities pursue a clampdown on so-called outlaw motorcycle gangs.

Dutch migration minister resigns over asylum-seeker crime report

Den Haag - The Netherlands' minister for migration, Mark Harbers, resigned Tuesday after a parliamentary outcry over elided data on crimes committed by asylum-seekers, in a bad blow to the government just ahead of European elections.

Dutch populist Baudet spreads wings in EU vote

Den Haag - Flamboyant Dutch populist Thierry Baudet is set to make major inroads Thursday at European parliamentary elections, in a result that will be closely watched by other eurosceptic parties across the continent.

Russia to pay 2.7 mln in Greenpeace ship settlement

Den Haag - The Netherlands and Russia on Friday settled a long-running dispute over the seizure of Greenpeace's Arctic Sunrise ship during an oil drilling protest in 2013, with Moscow expected to pay 2.7 million euros ($3 million) in compensation.

Dutch probe China's Huawei for possible spying: report

Den Haag - Dutch intelligence services are investigating Huawei for possibly spying for the Chinese government by leaving a "back door" to data of customers of major telecoms firms, a report said Thursday.

Britain, NZ failing on children's rights: global survey

Den Haag - Britain and New Zealand are failing on children's rights, scoring lower than war-torn Syria and North Korea relative to their wealth in rankings released Tuesday by a children's group.

Dutch queen planned to swap Nazis for Belgian king

Den Haag - Former Dutch queen Wilhelmina tried to broker a deal through the Vatican to help senior Nazis flee Europe in exchange for the release of Belgium's King Leopold III, according to a report Tuesday.

Dutch to fly tourists home from Sri Lanka within days

Den Haag - Hundreds of Dutch tourists will be flown home in the coming days from Sri Lanka in the wake of the Easter bombings, according to the guarantee scheme governing Dutch tour operators.

Wiebe Wakker talks accomplishing world tour in his electric car Special

Dutch adventurer Wiebe Wakker chatted with Digital Journal about completing a world tour from the Netherlands to Australia in his electric car in three years. He also shared insights on how technology has impacted the automotive industry.

Stolen Van Goghs due back on display after 16 years

Den Haag - Two Vincent van Gogh masterpieces stolen 16 years ago from the Amsterdam museum dedicated to his works will go back on display this week after extensive restoration, curators said Tuesday.

Madrid skyscraper housing embassies evacuated over false bomb threat

Madrid - A skyscraper in Madrid that houses the British, Dutch, Australian and Canadian embassies was evacuated on Tuesday over a bomb warning that turned out to be false.

Dutch doctor 'fathered 49 children' in IVF scandal

Den Haag - A Dutch doctor at the centre of an IVF scandal fathered at least 49 children, an organisation representing parents and children born through his now-closed clinic said Friday.
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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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Young girl from the Netherlands.
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Tesla Model S charging at a public charging station in Zoutelande, 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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Ship and crew installing turbine.
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Male and female storks happily united once again.
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Oosterpark in Amsterdam, Netherlands
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Water is everywhere, and so are sheep and horses.
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12m Flash Mob in Dam Square, Amsterdam on May 12, 2012
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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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A typical Dutch produced DAF 2 cylinder car from the 1960s and 1970s
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2 trains collided in Amsterdam on April 21, 2012
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Screenshot of Robin Van Persie's header goal during the 2014 World Cup in Brazil
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An empty Netherlands beer bottle.
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