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Dutch police arrest terror suspect with gun, fireworks

Den Haag - Rotterdam police have arrested a Dutchman found with a loaded AK-47 Kalashnikov rifle and illegal fireworks who is "suspected of preparing a terrorist crime," prosecutors said Friday.

Dutch firebrand Geert Wilders found guilty of discrimination

Schiphol - Populist anti-Islam Dutch MP Geert Wilders was found guilty on Friday of discrimination against Moroccans, but acquitted of hate speech in a closely-watched trial ahead of next year's key elections.

Wilders faces verdict in Dutch hate speech trial

Den Haag - Populist Dutch MP Geert Wilders will learn his fate Friday when judges hand down their verdict in his closely watched hate speech trial, just over three months ahead of crucial parliamentary elections.

Firebrand Dutch MP Wilders faces verdict in hate speech trial

Den Haag - Dutch judges on Friday hand down their verdict in the closely-watched hate speech trial of populist MP Geert Wilders, with experts saying a conviction will simply embolden the anti-Islam politician ahead of elections next year.

Panama must free Dutch journalist: Transparency International

Panama - A Dutch journalist jailed in Panama on charges of defamation for reporting on alleged corruption should be freed immediately, the anti-corruption watchdog Transparency International said Friday.

Dutch to seek EU nod for freeze on Turkey talks

Den Haag - The Dutch government will seek EU support to temporarily freeze accession talks with Turkey, Prime Minister Mark Rutte said Friday, in a move set to ratchet up tensions between Ankara and Brussels."We are going to see whether there's support in Europe....

Teen eco activist spurs hope at children's peace prize award

Den Haag - Award-winning teen environmental activist Kehkashan Basu said Friday ecologists should "not lose hope" in their battle to fight climate change, despite scepticism from world leaders including US President-elect Donald Trump.

Russia says foreign spies plotted huge cyberattack

Moscow - Russia on Friday said it had uncovered plans by foreign intelligence services to carry out massive cyberattacks this month targeting the country's financial system.

Dutch alcoholic chose euthanasia to end 'unbearable' life

Den Haag - A Dutch long-term alcoholic chose to end his life this year by lethal injection saying he could no longer go on, his brother has revealed in a moving tribute.

Airbnb agrees 60-day limit on Amsterdam home rentals

Den Haag - Amsterdam has reached a pioneering agreement with home rentals website Airbnb to limit the sharing of private homes to 60 days a year, the city and website said Thursday.

Dutch MPs approve partial ban on burqa wearing in public

Den Haag - Dutch MPs on Tuesday voted overwhelmingly to ban the Islamic full-face burqa from some public places such as schools and hospitals, the latest such move in a European country.

Dutch kill 190,000 ducks to contain bird flu outbreak

Den Haag - Dutch officials have culled 190,000 ducks on a central Netherlands farm where inspectors have confirmed the presence of a highly infectuous strain of bird flu, officials and local media said Sunday.

Wilders unapologetic as Dutch hate speech trial ends

Den Haag - Populist Dutch MP Geert Wilders remained unapologetic as his hate speech trial drew to a close on Wednesday, saying "millions of Dutch citizens will be convicted with me" if he is found guilty.

Indonesia agrees to help solve mystery of missing shipwrecks

Jakarta - Indonesia has agreed to work with the Netherlands to investigate the mysterious disappearance of several World War II shipwrecks -- considered war graves -- from the bottom of the Java Sea, the Dutch prime minister said Wednesday.

Dutch king makes first visit to gay community

Den Haag - King Willem-Alexander on Tuesday visited the Netherlands' main gay rights association to mark its 70th anniversary, in what was said to be the first such visit by a Dutch head of state.

Huge interest as Anne Frank poem goes up for auction

Haarlem - A very rare handwritten poem by Jewish diarist Anne Frank goes under the auctioneer's hammer Wednesday, amid a flurry of interest which may push the price well above the 30,000 euros ($32,000) reserve.

Several seriously hurt in Dutch train crash with milk truck

Den Haag - Eighteen people were hurt Friday when a train partly derailed after smashing into a milk tanker in the northeastern Netherlands, police said."Eleven people were taken to hospital.

Dutch police arrest 'confused' man after airport terror tip-off

Rotterdam - Dutch police have arrested a "confused" homeless man suspected of triggering a security sweep at Rotterdam's airport Thursday after an anonymous tip-off about a possible terror threat.

Dutch prosecutors seek 5,000-euro fine for Geert Wilders

Den Haag - Dutch prosecutors demanded a 5,000-euro fine for controversial anti-Islam MP Geert Wilders in his hate-speech trial Thursday, saying he "insulted Moroccans" and sowed discord among citizens.

Experts challenge Van Gogh Museum on 'lost' notebook

Paris - The row over the discovery of a "lost" Vincent Van Gogh notebook took a dramatic new turn Thursday, with experts who back the find demanding a public debate with the Van Gogh Museum, which has dismissed it as a fake.

Indonesia says not to blame for missing WWII shipwrecks

Jakarta - Indonesia refused to take the blame Thursday for the disappearance of at least six British and Dutch World War II shipwrecks -- considered war graves -- that investigators believe could have been salvaged for scrap.

Dutch MP Wilders questioned Moroccans' 'right to exist'

Schiphol - Dutch anti-Islam MP Geert Wilders insulted Moroccans by questioning their very right to exist with hate-filled comments at a rally, his trial heard on Wednesday.

Netherlands steps up measures to fight bird flu

Den Haag - The Netherlands shuttered petting zoos and banned duck hunting as it stepped up measures Monday to stem a bird flu outbreak blamed for killing scores of poultry and more than a thousand wild birds.

Dutch police arrest nearly 200 protesting 'Black Pete'

Den Haag - Dutch police said Saturday they had arrested nearly 200 people protesting against Black Pete, the sidekick of Dutch Saint Nicholas accused of being a racist stereotype.

Vanilla and spice next to bloom in Dutch greenhouses

Bleiswijk - Flowers more exotic than the humble tulip will soon flourish for the first time in Dutch greenhouses after intensive research into growing the capricious vanilla orchid to harvest one of the world's most expensive spices.

Snowden urges action not 'fear' of Trump

Den Haag - Former National Security Agency contractor Edward Snowden has urged people to work together to protect themselves from intrusive government surveillance as Donald Trump prepares to move into the White House.

Moscow accuses Dutch sub of monitoring Med fleet

Moscow - Russia on Wednesday accused a Dutch submarine of trying to monitor its aircraft carrier and escort vessels in the Mediterranean, denouncing such manoeuvres as "dangerous".

New Dutch referendum looms targeting EU-Canada pact

Den Haag - Dutch activists said Saturday they have garnered nearly two-thirds of the signatures needed to force the government to hold a referendum on the new EU-Canada trade pact, in what may prove a fresh setback to the deal.

Dutch court rejects bid to dump judge in MP's hate trial

Den Haag - Dutch judges on Friday threw out a bid by lawyers for anti-Islam MP Geert Wilders to replace one of the judges in his hate speech trial after the defence accused her of bias.

Dutch MP hate speech trial 'far-reaching', court hears

Schiphol - The hate speech trial of Dutch anti-Islam MP Geert Wilders is a "political process" which could have a lasting impact on the Netherlands, a court heard on Thursday.
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