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Terror suspects 'close to attack', Dutch prosecutors say

Den Haag - Two terror suspects arrested in June were close to carrying out attacks including at an iconic Rotterdam bridge and in France, Dutch prosecutors revealed Wednesday at the men's first court appearance.

Nappy change: Dutch to turn diapers into furniture

Den Haag - Fed-up with a growing mountain of stinking disposable nappies, a Dutch firm Tuesday started building the country's first recycling plant to turn poo into profit.

New Air France-KLM chief vows to invest half of salary in airline

Paris - Air France-KLM's new boss said Monday that he would invest half of his fixed salary into the company's stock as a gauge of his "confidence" in returning the strike-prone airline to a more solid footing.

Dalai Lama: I knew of sex abuse by Buddhist teachers since 1990s

Den Haag - The Dalai Lama said Saturday that he has known about sexual abuse by Buddhist teachers since the 1990s and that such allegations are "nothing new".

Sex abuse claims rock Dutch Catholic Church

Den Haag - More than half of the Netherlands' senior clerics were involved in covering up sexual assault of children between 1945 and 2010, a press report claimed Saturday, further engulfing the Catholic Church in a global abuse scandal.

Dutch 'expelled two Russian spies over Novichok lab plot'

Den Haag - Dutch intelligence services arrested two alleged Russian spies on suspicion of planning to hack a Swiss laboratory investigating the poisoning of double agent Sergei Skripal, reports and officials said Friday.

Dalai Lama to meet sex abuse victims in The Netherlands

Den Haag - The Dalai Lama will Friday meet a dozen victims of alleged sexual abuse by Buddhist teachers in what is believed to be the first such gathering with Tibet's spiritual leader.

Missing WikiLeaks associate's belongings found in Norway fjord

Oslo - Personal effects belonging to a Dutch WikiLeaks associate who went missing in Norway three weeks ago have been found in a fjord, Norwegian police said Wednesday.

Dutch govt under fire for Syria opposition support

Den Haag - The Dutch government faced a storm of protest from lawmakers Monday after a news report said it supported a Syrian opposition group which Dutch prosecutors had labelled a "terrorist" organisation.

Dutch investigators search for missing WikiLeaks associate in Norway

Oslo - The Norwegian police on Monday said Dutch investigators were helping them search for WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange's associate Arjen Kamphuis, who mysteriously disappeared in northern Norway three weeks ago.

Ban Ki-moon, Bill Gates head climate body

Den Haag - Former UN secretary general Ban Ki-moon and billionaire businessman and philanthropist Bill Gates will head an international commission on climate change to launch next month, the Dutch government said Monday.

'Missing' Armenian children found after Dutch deportation drama

Den Haag - Two Armenian children who disappeared to avoid deportation have been found, police in the Netherlands said Saturday, shortly after the justice ministry announced they would be allowed to stay, the latest twist in a drama that has gripped the country.

France charges Liberia 'ex-militant' for crimes against humanity

Paris - France has detained a suspected former militant commander from Liberia's brutal civil war and charged him with crimes against humanity for alleged atrocities including torture and cannibalism, police said Friday.

Spain hands over suspect in 1998 murder of Dutch boy

Den Haag - A suspect in the brutal killing of a Dutch boy arrived in the Netherlands on Thursday after being handed over by Spain following an extensive manhunt lasting nearly two decades, prosecutors said.

Amsterdam attack suspect said insults to Islam spurred him: Prosecutors

Den Haag - A 19-year-old Afghan man suspected in last week's stabbing of two American tourists at Amsterdam Central Station said Monday was motivated by insults to Islam, prosecutors said Monday.

Afghan teen to appear in court for Amsterdam station attack

Den Haag - A 19-year-old Afghan man who was shot and wounded by Dutch police after allegedly attacking bystanders at Amsterdam's Central Station will briefly appear in court on Monday, police said.The suspect, identified by authorities as "Jawed S.

Two US citizens hurt in Dutch knife attack as police probe terror link

Amsterdam - Two people who were seriously injured in a knife attack at Amsterdam's Central Station are US citizens, the US ambassador said Saturday, as Dutch police probed a possible terror link.

Dutch populist Wilders cancels Prophet Mohammad cartoon contest

Den Haag - Controversial anti-Islam politician Geert Wilders late Thursday said he was cancelling plans to stage a Prophet Mohammad cartoon competition, a scheme that had angered many Muslims particularly in Pakistan.

Security staff calls off strike at Schiphol

Den Haag - Security staff at Amsterdam's busy Schiphol airport have quashed a planned 24-hour strike after reaching a deal with employers, Dutch unions representing the workers said Wednesday.

Schiphol goes to court to stop security staff strike

Den Haag - Amsterdam-Schiphol airport is launching legal proceedings in a bid to halt a 24-hour strike called for next Tuesday which could affect 200,000 passengers, the PNV union said.

Dutch jihadist suspect 'involved' in S.Africa kidnap: reports

Den Haag - A suspected Dutch jihadist is believed to have been involved in the deadly kidnapping of a British couple in South Africa and of contacting a top Islamic State group official, Dutch media reported Monday.

Suspect in 1998 murder of Dutch boy appears in court in Spain

Den Haag - A survival expert wanted over the brutal 1998 rape and killing of a young Dutch boy appeared in court in Spain on Monday after one of the most extensive murder investigations to date in the Netherlands.

Suspect in 1998 murder of Dutch boy arrested in Spain

Den Haag - A suspect in the brutal 1998 killing of a young Dutch boy has been arrested in Spain, police said on Sunday after one of the most extensive murder investigations to date in the Netherlands.

DNA match brings Dutch police closer to solving cold case murder

Den Haag - Dutch detectives said Wednesday they have identified a suspect in the brutal murder of a young boy two decades ago, in a case that has gripped the Netherlands.

Dutch MPs moot plan to counter 'baffling' court speak

Den Haag - Progressive Dutch lawmakers Tuesday presented an action plan aimed at untangling notoriously complicated legal jargon and court language used by local judges, said to be "incomprehensible" to parts of the population.

Ryanair row deepens as European pilots strike

Frankfurt Am Main - Ryanair is bracing for mass travel disruptions on Friday as pilots across Europe begin a coordinated 24-hour strike to push their demands for better pay and conditions at the peak of the busy summer season.

Dutch court says Ryanair pilots' strike can go ahead

Haarlem - A Dutch court told Ryanair pilots in the Netherlands Thursday they could join a wave of strike action planned across Europe, set to plunge thousands of passengers into summer travel misery.

Dutch court says Ryanair pilots' strike can go ahead

Haarlem - A Dutch court told Ryanair pilots in the Netherlands Thursday they could join a wave of strike action planned across Europe, set to plunge thousands of passengers into summer travel misery.

Amsterdam moots new measures to tame red light crowds

Den Haag - Amsterdam is taking new measures to ease tourist pressure on its popular red-light district including compulsory clean-up breaks in streets and monitoring of crowds, the council said Tuesday.

Top orchestra sacks conductor Gatti over abuse charges

Den Haag - The Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, widely regarded as one of the world's leading ensembles, on Thursday sacked its chief conductor, Daniele Gatti, following media allegations of sexual assault.
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Tim Krul saves a penalty against Costa Rica in the quarter-final of the 2014 World Cup
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Male and female storks happily united once again.
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John Lennon and Yoko Ono - Bed-in for Peace - Amsterdam Hilton Hotel - 25 March 1969.
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