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Amsterdam to repay Jews fined for late rents in WWII

Den Haag - Amsterdam will refund relatives of hundreds of Jews who were fined for being late with their rent during their incarceration in World War II concentration camps, city officials said Friday.

Dutch soldier said to have joined Islamic militants

Den Haag - A Dutch sergeant is believed to have run away to Syria to join Islamic State militants in the first such case involving a serving soldier in the Netherlands, defence officials said Thursday.

Norway takes over Dutch jail to ease crowded prisons

Den Haag - Dutch authorities on Wednesday handed over the keys of a jail in the Netherlands to Norwegian officials, as Oslo gets creative with trying to resolve its problem of prison overcrowding.

Norway sends first convicts to Dutch 'luxury' prison

Oslo - Norway on Tuesday sent a group of convicts to a jail in the Netherlands for the first time because its own prisons are filled to the brim.

Dutch govt to appeal court ruling on slashing greenhouse gases

Den Haag - The Dutch government said Tuesday it would appeal a landmark court ruling ordering it to slash greenhouse gases across the country by 25 percent by 2020.

UN brands Dutch 'Black Pete' a 'vestige of slavery'

Den Haag - The United Nations has called a Dutch character with a black face who appears every Christmas a "vestige of slavery" and said The Netherlands should begin overturning the popular tradition.

Final MH17 report due October 13: Dutch investigators

Den Haag - The final report into the downing of Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 over war-torn eastern Ukraine last year will be released in October 13, Dutch investigators said on Thursday.

Russia must compensate Dutch over Greenpeace ship: court

Den Haag - Russia must compensate the Netherlands over the 2013 seizure of Greenpeace's Arctic Sunrise ship during a protest against Arctic oil drilling, an international court ruled on Monday.

Dutch PM grilled on Greece, beats no-confidence bid

Den Haag - Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte received a grilling Wednesday in parliament for his cabinet's support for debt-ridden Greece's third international bailout, as he fended off a bid for a no-confidence vote on the issue.

Developments since crash of flight MH17 in Ukraine

Den Haag - Investigators probing the crash of Malaysia Airlines flight MH17, shot down in July 2014 in eastern Ukraine, said Tuesday they had identified possible Russian-made BUK missile fragments from eastern Ukraine.

Dutch teenager dies bungee jumping in Spain

Madrid - A 17-year-old Dutch tourist died in a bungee jump from a bridge in northern Spain, officials said Tuesday.The girl plummeted 40 metres (131 feet), landing on a dry river bed, in the town of Cabezon de la Sal in Cantabria.

MH17 probe finds 'probable' Russian missile pieces at crash site

Den Haag - Investigators probing the downing of Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 in eastern Ukraine said Tuesday they had found fragments "probably" from a Russian-made surface-to-air missile at the crash site.

Building cranes topple onto houses in Netherlands

Den Haag - Two large building cranes working on a bridge upgrade in the Netherlands fell over and toppled onto nearby houses and shops on Monday, in a dramatic moment that was captured on camera but caused no major injuries.

Scientists: Ban live salamander imports to stop deadly fungus

Scientists in the U.S. are calling for a ban on the import of live salamanders to save their wild brethren from a deadly fungus that has wiped out their populations in the Netherlands and caused a rapid decline in salamander populations across Europe.

EU 'regrets' Russian veto of UN MH17 resolution

Brussels - The EU said Thursday it regretted as a "setback" a Russian veto of a UN resolution for a tribunal to prosecute those responsible for downing Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 over Ukraine last year.

Russia vetoes UN resolution on MH17 tribunal

New York - Russia vetoed a United Nations Security Council resolution Wednesday that sought to set up a special tribunal to try those responsible for shooting down flight MH17 over Ukraine.

Russia vetoes UN resolution on MH17 tribunal

New York - Russia vetoed a United Nations Security Council resolution Wednesday that sought to set up a special tribunal to try those responsible for shooting down flight MH17 over Ukraine.

Dutch PM appeals to Putin not to veto MH17 vote at UN

Den Haag - Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte on Wednesday made an "urgent" appeal to Russian President Vladimir Putin not to veto a UN Security Council resolution to try those who shot down flight MH17 over Ukraine.

Ban on Dutch flowers 'highly probable': Russian watchdog

Moscow - Dutch flowers represent a sanitary "threat" to Russia and could be banned in the country, its agricultural watchdog said Tuesday, as Moscow's relations with The Hague have reached their nadir.

Islamic group fundraiser faces U.S. terror charges

Washington - An alleged fundraiser for a violent extremist group that supports the so-called Islamic State faced terrorism charges in US court Monday.Irfan Demirtas, also known as Nasrullah, was arrested in January and extradited from Germany on Friday.

Russia submits alternative UN resolution on MH17

New York - Russia on Monday introduced an alternative draft resolution at the UN Security Council in a bid to thwart the creation of a tribunal that would prosecute those responsible for the downing of Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 over rebel-held east Ukraine.

Memorials for MH17 victims as calls grow for justice

Nieuwegein - Relatives of victims of flight MH17 that was shot down over Ukraine a year ago joined emotional memorials on Friday as calls mounted for a UN-backed tribunal to prosecute those responsible for the tragedy.

Britain joins call for MH17 tribunal as relatives mourn dead

Den Haag - Britain on Friday joined a chorus of countries calling for a UN-backed tribunal to prosecute those responsible for downing flight MH17, as relatives remembered their dead in ceremonies on the first anniversary of the disaster.

Families of MH17 victims sue ex-rebel leader for $900 mn

Moscow - Relatives of MH17 crash victims have filed a nearly $900 million suit against a former leader of Ukrainian insurgents over the shooting down of the passenger jet in July last year.

Putin says MH17 tribunal would be counterproductive

Moscow - Russian President Vladimir Putin said Thursday that establishing an international tribunal to prosecute those behind the downing of Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 over rebel-held east Ukraine would be counterproductive.

Srebrenica's ghosts still haunt the Dutch 20 years on

Den Haag - Two decades after the Srebrenica massacre, one burning question still sears the Netherlands's collective consciousness: could Dutch UN peacekeepers have done more to save almost 8,000 Bosnian Muslim men and boys from slaughter?

Russia opposes UN tribunal for MH17 culprits

New York - Russia said Thursday it will oppose a draft UN resolution circulated by Malaysia on establishing an international tribunal to prosecute those behind the downing of Flight MH17 over Ukraine.

Malaysia asks UN to set up MH17 tribunal

New York - Malaysia on Wednesday circulated a draft UN resolution on establishing an international tribunal that it said would guarantee an independent trial for those behind the downing of flight MH17 over Ukraine.

'Silent march' for police victim after Dutch riots

Den Haag - Hundreds of residents of The Hague staged a "silent march" on Saturday afternoon to protest the death of a Caribbean man who died after being forcefully arrested by Dutch police, sparking four days of riots in the city.

Young man who stormed Dutch TV gets 2.5 years in jail

Den Haag - A young Dutchman who stormed national television studios armed with a fake gun and demanding airtime early this year was on Friday handed a two-and-a-half year sentence.Identified only as Tarik Z.
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