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Swimming with dolphins in virtual reality to aid disabled

Apeldoorn - Swimming with wild dolphins is something most can only dream of, and jumping into pools with captive animals has become increasingly controversial with environmentalists condemning it as cruel.

Art project lights up iconic 85-year-old Dutch dyke

Den Haag - Dutch artists unveiled a design and light show Thursday to highlight one of the country's landmark engineering projects, built more than 80 years ago as part of The Netherlands' famed sea defences.

Tourists taking pictures trampled by elephant in Zambia

Lusaka - A Dutch and a Belgian tourist were trampled to death by an elephant in Zambia as they got too close to the animal when trying to take pictures, police said on Sunday.

Dutch to give storm-hit isles 600 mln euros to rebuild

Den Haag - The Dutch government announced Friday it will release 617 million euros ($720 million) to help rebuild its Caribbean territories devastated by Hurricane Irma in September.

NATO ill-equipped to defend members: Dutch advisory council

Den Haag - NATO is poorly equipped to defend members against aggression amid uncertainty over its unity under US President Donald Trump, which could allow Russia to exploit vulnerabilities, a Dutch advisory body warned Friday.

Appeal in far-right Dutch MP's discrimination case set for May

Den Haag - Firebrand anti-Islam Dutch political Geert Wilders will return to court in May to appeal against his 2016 conviction for discrimination, judges ruled Thursday.But they rejected the defence request for other witnesses to be called.

Dutch launch probe amid Paradise Papers scandal

Den Haag - Dutch officials are opening an investigation into thousands of agreements with foreign businesses after claims two US multinationals managed to save millions in taxes, the government said Wednesday.

Dutch prosecutors demand life for Ethiopian war crimes suspect

Den Haag - In a rare move, Dutch prosecutors Wednesday called for a Dutch-Ethiopian national to be jailed for life for "an atrocious campaign" of war crimes during Ethiopia's "Red Terror" in the 1970s.

Dutch councils aim high in dope growing experiment

Den Haag - Local Dutch councils are queueing up to join a government experiment to grow marijuana which could see its production legally licenced in the Netherlands, the NOS broadcaster said Tuesday.

Dutch man gets four years for plotting terror attack

Den Haag - A Dutchman was sentenced to four years in jail Thursday for preparing a terror attack, following his arrest last year when police discovered an assault rifle and a large amount of fireworks.

Investigation into Dutch military rape and abuse claims

Den Haag - The Dutch defence minister Thursday announced an investigation after soldiers revealed fresh allegations of harassment, abuse, assault and rape in the army.

Dutch Red Cross apologises for failing Jews in WWII

Den Haag - The Dutch Red Cross offered its "deep apologies" Wednesday for failing to do enough to protect and help Jews during World War II, after being sharply criticised by a respected research institute.

Plan to name German train after Anne Frank condemned

Den Haag - Plans by Germany's national rail provider to name a train after Jewish diarist Anne Frank came under fire Monday, with a foundation saying it "caused new pain" to those who experienced deportations.

Ethiopian 'Red Terror' trial opens in Dutch court

Den Haag - A Dutch-Ethiopian national Monday denied committing war crimes during bloody purges in Ethiopia in the late 1970s known as the "Red Terror," denying he ever signed orders to execute political opponents.

Dutch know-how may have gone into arms of mass destruction

Den Haag - The Dutch government has admitted that technology from the Netherlands may have been used to develop weapons of mass destruction in Iran, Pakistan or Syria.

Dutch violin maestro Rieu fights child labour fine

Den Haag - The celebrated violinist Andre Rieu has appealed in court against an "absurdly high" 116,000-euro fine -- issued for allowing children to perform in his show past the legal time limit set by Dutch law, his lawyer said Tuesday.

Two rescued Aleppo tigers settle into new Dutch home

De Beek - Two tigers, rescued traumatised and emaciated from war in Syria, have arrived in a Dutch refuge and are settling into their new, quiet home far from the conflict.

Two tigers rescued from Aleppo find new Dutch home

Den Haag - Two tigers rescued from an abandoned zoo in the war-torn Syrian town of Aleppo are to be given a new home in a Dutch sanctuary, the animal refuge said Friday.

Dutch police foil brazen helicopter prison escape plan

Den Haag - A man was shot dead and several others arrested while allegedly trying to spring a prisoner from jail, in a brazen escape plot that included plans to use a hijacked helicopter, Dutch police said Wednesday"Amsterdam police during an investigation suspec...

Black model in Dove video says ad 'misinterpreted'

London - The black model who appeared in a Dove advert which triggered accusations of racism insisted Wednesday that she was not a victim and that the commercial had been misinterpreted.

Deal reached on new four-party coalition Dutch govt

Den Haag - The leaders of four Dutch political parties said Monday after an eye-popping 208 days of talks that they had reached a deal for a new coalition government.

Popular Amsterdam mayor dies after lung cancer battle

Den Haag - Amsterdam's popular mayor Eberhard van der Laan, widely seen as the embodiment of the Dutch capital's reputation for tolerance, has died of lung cancer aged 62, the city announced Friday.

Dutch primary school teachers go on mass strike for better wages

Den Haag - Tens of thousands of Dutch primary teachers went on a day's strike Thursday to demand better wages and a reduced workload, closing schools across one of the world's most literate countries.Carrying placards saying "Teachers are furious" and "Pay up!

Dutch defence minister resigns over soldier deaths in Mali

Den Haag - Dutch Defence Minister Jeanine Hennis resigned late Tuesday in the wake of a damning report over the death of two soldiers killed in an accidental mortar explosion in Mali last year.

Dutch website offers US 'antidote' to daily news grind

Amsterdam - A Dutch ad-free news website, which actively seeks contributors' help in its reporting and foregoes breaking news in favour of deeper analysis, is about to expand across the Atlantic.

Dutch school kids must visit Rembrandt, parliament: report

Den Haag - Compulsory viewings of Rembrandt's masterpiece "The Night Watch" and visiting parliament at least once are some plans for schoolchildren to be brought in by the new Dutch government, a newspaper reported Thursday.

Tough Dutch coalition talks harbinger for Germany: experts

Den Haag - Efforts to cobble together a Dutch government are set soon to pass a record 208 days, highlighting the strain of forming a fragile coalition with political partners who sometimes make strange bedfellows.

Panel falls from aircraft, smashes into car in Japan

Toukyo - A panel weighing 4.3 kilograms fell from a plane shortly after take-off from a Japanese airport and smashed the window of a car being driven below, news reports and the airline said Sunday.

Dutch king opens parliament, vows to help Caribbean isles

Den Haag - Dutch King Willem-Alexander Tuesday vowed his nation would stand with hurricane-hit Caribbean islands to help rebuild, as he officially opened parliament even though no government is yet in place.

Dutch troops fail to stop looting after Irma: island leader

Den Haag - The leader of the Dutch side of the island of St. Martin on Monday accused troops deployed from the Netherlands of doing nothing to stop looters in the aftermath of Hurricane Irma, a Dutch newspaper reported.
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An empty Netherlands beer bottle.
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Male and female storks happily united once again.
Male and female storks happily united once again.
Dawn Arnall and her husband Roland Arnall  center  listen to Dutch Prime Minister Jan Peter Balkenen...
Dawn Arnall and her husband Roland Arnall, center, listen to Dutch Prime Minister Jan Peter Balkenende in 2006.
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Clock of the Central Station (ca.1890) in Amsterdam, Netherlands.
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Located in the North Sea  the Gemini Wind Park off the coast of the Netherlands will generate enough...
Located in the North Sea, the Gemini Wind Park off the coast of the Netherlands will generate enough renewable energy to supply 785,000 households with clean energy.
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A hot air balloon crashed into a lake in Almere near Amsterdam in the Netherlands carrying 11 passen...
A hot air balloon crashed into a lake in Almere near Amsterdam in the Netherlands carrying 11 passengers, 2 of which had minor injuries.
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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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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
The agrarian North of the Netherlands is quite empty. You can take extensive walks through the count...
The agrarian North of the Netherlands is quite empty. You can take extensive walks through the countryside amidst cows, channels, churches and open green spaces.
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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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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Spring also brings the flowers of which millions are exported all over the world each year.
Spring also brings the flowers of which millions are exported all over the world each year.
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Snapshot of the H5N1 Mutation at YouTube "Harvard Cell Animation"
One of 60 000 suspension bridges in the Netherlands that allow traffic to pass on both water and roa...
One of 60,000 suspension bridges in the Netherlands that allow traffic to pass on both water and road.
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2 trains collided in Amsterdam on April 21  2012
2 trains collided in Amsterdam on April 21, 2012
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Picture of the national day of mourning in the Netherlands at 23 July 2014  the day on what the firs...
Picture of the national day of mourning in the Netherlands at 23 July 2014, the day on what the first bodies of the Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 disaster returned in the Netherlands. We all mourn when death comes knocking. On this particular occassion, the whole world mourned. CC License: Attrition, no deriv.
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refugee camp in Netherlands
refugee camp in Netherlands