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Dutch activists lose bid to ban blackface Christmas character

Den Haag - A Dutch court Wednesday slapped down a bid by an anti-discrimination group to ban the "racist characteristics" of a traditional Christmas-time blackface character, whose appearance sparks a yearly controversy.

Dutch pulls several Pakistan embassy staff over threats: FM

Den Haag - The Netherlands said Monday it has pulled several embassy staff members from Pakistan over persistent threats, reportedly from Islamists angry over anti-Islam tweets by the far-right politician Geert Wilders.

Dutch doctor faces first euthanasia prosecution

Den Haag - Dutch authorities are prosecuting a doctor for euthanising an elderly woman with dementia in the first case of its kind since the practice was legalised in 2002, officials said Friday.

UN faces calls for stronger action to end Yemen war

New York - Three countries at the UN Security Council on Wednesday blocked a statement calling for an end to the war in Yemen and instead demanded a full-fledged resolution be adopted to bring warring sides to the negotiating table.

'Threats' to Dutch envoy in Pakistan over Wilders tweets

Den Haag - The Netherlands said Tuesday that its ambassador to Pakistan has faced "threats", reportedly from Islamists angry over anti-Islam tweets by the far-right politician Geert Wilders.

Blasphemy lawyer made to leave Pakistan 'against my wishes'

Den Haag - The Pakistani lawyer who saved a Christian woman convicted of blasphemy from death row said Monday that the UN and EU made him leave the country "against my wishes" because he was a "prime target.

Pakistan blasphemy lawyer says EU, UN made him leave 'against my wishes'

Den Haag - The Pakistani lawyer who saved a Christian woman convicted of blasphemy from death row said Monday that the UN and EU made him leave the country "against my wishes" because his life was at risk.

Dutch Nazi art probe rejects Kandinsky claim

Den Haag - The heirs of a Jewish art collector have lost their bid to reclaim a prized Kandinsky painting sold to Amsterdam's famous Stedelijk Museum during World War II, the museum said Friday.

Germany, Netherlands back Niger border force to counter migration

Niamey - Germany and the Netherlands have pledged to fund special forces in Niger to control its border and prevent illegal migration, the EU's security mission in the country said Thursday.

Dutch bid final farewell to ex-PM Wim Kok

Den Haag - The Netherlands on Saturday paid its last respects to former prime minister Wim Kok, much admired for his inclusive style of politics, but who was forced to resign in 2002 over the Srebrenica massacre.

Dutch join G7-led push to rid oceans of plastics

Ottawa - Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte announced his country's endorsement of a G7-led initiative to rid the oceans of plastics, during a visit to Ottawa on Thursday.

New weapons drawn in global TB fight

Den Haag - From a revolutionary way of testing children for tuberculosis to a cure for a previously untreatable strain, scientists from across the globe launched a fresh broadside Thursday against the world's deadliest infectious disease.

Spain's police seize massive cocaine haul in banana cargo

Madrid - Spanish police said Thursday they had seized over six tonnes of cocaine hidden in a shipment of bananas and arrested 16 suspects, some of them wanted in the Netherlands.

New TB test could save hundreds of thousands of children: scientists

Den Haag - Scientists on Thursday unveiled a revolutionary way of screening children for tuberculosis, which they say will prevent hundreds of thousands each year from contracting the world's deadliest infectious disease.

Dutch king bemoans 'shadow of uncertainty' of Brexit

London - The Dutch king on Tuesday bemoaned the "shadow of uncertainty" hanging over tens of thousands of Dutch and UK expatriates ahead of Britain's split from the EU in March.

Former Dutch PM who resigned over Srebrenica dies

Den Haag - Dutch politicians on Sunday paid tribute to former Labour Party prime minister Wim Kok, who resigned in 2002 following a scathing report into the Srebrenica massacre in Bosnia.

Chinese premier urges protection of free trade as US spat grows

Den Haag - Chinese premier Li Keqiang on Monday called for free trade to be protected, as political tensions and a trade war with the United States escalated.

Juncker's right-hand man joins race for EU top job

Den Haag - Dutch socialist Frans Timmermans launched a bid on Wednesday to succeed his boss Jean-Claude Juncker as head of the European Commission next year.

Merkel warns 'devil is in detail' on Brexit

Den Haag - German Chancellor Angela Merkel said Wednesday there had been progress on Brexit ahead of a crunch summit but warned that the "devil is in the detail".

British NATO troops to show post-Brexit 'commitment'

Hook Of Holland - A convoy of British troops landed in The Netherlands on Wednesday en route to NATO's largest exercise since the Cold War, pledging London's commitment to defend the continent despite Brexit.

Dutch court tells government to slash greenhouse gas

Den Haag - The Dutch government on Tuesday lost a legal appeal against a landmark court ruling which ordered it to slash greenhouse gases by at least 25 percent by 2020.

Dutch expulsion of alleged Russian spies a 'misunderstanding': Moscow

Moscow - Moscow said Monday that four Russians expelled as alleged spies by the Netherlands were on a "routine visit", insisting that the Dutch intelligence operation had failed to provide proof of any hacking plot.

Kremlin says Netherlands has no proof of alleged Russian hacking plot

Moscow - Moscow on Monday said that documents presented by the Netherlands last week alleging that Russian agents attempted to hack into the global chemical watchdog organisation were not proof of Moscow's involvement.

Moscow to summon Dutch envoy over cyber-attack claim: agencies

Moscow - The Russian foreign ministry was to summon the Dutch ambassador on Monday after the Netherlands said it had foiled a cyber attack by Russians, state news agencies reported.

Police hunt owners who abandoned lion cub in Dutch field

Den Haag - Dutch police were on Sunday seeking the owners of a small lion cub found abandoned in a cage in a field outside the central city of Utrecht, police and news reports said.

Russian spy saga shows darker side of Dutch 'city of peace'

Den Haag - The Hague brands itself as the "City of Peace and Justice", but this week the stately seat of the Dutch government also revealed a darker side with the exposure of four alleged Russian spies.

Dutch PM defends decision not to arrest Russian spies

Den Haag - Dutch agents decided not to arrest four Russians accused of plotting a cyber-attack on the world's chemical weapons watchdog because it was "not a criminal inquiry", Prime Minister Mark Rutte said Friday.

France says Russian global hacking claims 'worrying'

Paris - France expressed solidarity with other Western powers Thursday night after they accused Russia of orchestrating a string of global cyber-attacks, denouncing them as "serious and worrying". "The reported facts are serious and worrying.

'No James Bond': Dutch hotel says Russians went quietly

Den Haag - Four alleged Russian spies were arrested by Dutch agents as they walked out of a hotel lift in The Hague without force and with "no James Bond involved", the manager said Thursday.

Chemical weapons watchdog says target of growing cyber activities

Den Haag - The world's chemical weapons watchdog said Thursday it has suffered "increased cyber-related activities" since the start of the year, after a bombshell revelation that it was targeted by Russian intelligence agency hackers.
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Parking space for bicycles in the bicycle capital Amsterdam  Netherlands.
Parking space for bicycles in the bicycle capital Amsterdam, Netherlands.
A typical Dutch produced DAF 2 cylinder car from the 1960s and 1970s
A typical Dutch produced DAF 2 cylinder car from the 1960s and 1970s
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The tulip fields in the Lisse and the Keukenhof area of the Netherlands captured by a GoPro Hero 3 o...
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 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
Oosterpark in Amsterdam, Netherlands
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refugee camp in Netherlands
refugee camp in Netherlands
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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The Korps Commandotroepen is a military counter-terrorism team of the Netherlands Army. In this imag...
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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Cornelis le Mair
Cornelis le Mair
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Jettie Brands from the Netherlands now makes San Francisco her home. She and her beau Ron Viner were...
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
Clock of the Central Station (ca.1890) in Amsterdam  Netherlands.
Clock of the Central Station (ca.1890) in Amsterdam, Netherlands.
Electric car being charged in Amsterdam.
Electric car being charged in Amsterdam.
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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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Young girl from the Netherlands.
Young girl from the Netherlands.
Water is everywhere  and so are sheep and horses.
Water is everywhere, and so are sheep and horses.
A stork elegantly descending towards the nest
A stork elegantly descending towards the nest
Stork on the lookout atop a farm building. Annually  these birds return to their nests in a few sele...
Stork on the lookout atop a farm building. Annually, these birds return to their nests in a few selected villages. Friesland, the Netherlands
Ship and crew installing turbine.
Ship and crew installing turbine.
Gemini Wind Park