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Court urged to drop 'political trial' against Dutch anti-Islam MP

Schiphol - Lawyers for Dutch far-right MP Geert Wilders on Friday urged judges to drop an upcoming hate speech case against the controversial politician, slamming it as a "political trial".

Bid to prosecute Dutch Srebrenica commanders thrown out

Strasbourg - The European Court of Human Rights on Thursday dismissed a claim that Dutch commanders should be prosecuted for failing to prevent the deaths of three victims of the 1995 Srebrenica massacre.

World’s first self-driving boats to be launched in Amsterdam

The Hague - As self-driving cars slowly become a reality, the world will soon see driverless floating vessels as the next big thing in transportation.

Ukraine hands back stolen Dutch masterpieces

Den Haag - Five stolen 17th and 18th-century masterpieces were handed back to the Netherlands on Friday, foreign ministry officials said, and will soon return to a Dutch museum from where they disappeared 11 years ago.

Ai Weiwei: 'One voice' for refugees in new expo

Amsterdam - Chinese dissident artist Ai Weiwei unveiled on Thursday thousands of mobile phone pictures of refugees at his newest exhibition saying it aimed to speak with "one voice" for those who have fled to Europe's shores.

Dutch court stubs out plan to stop smokers' corner in cafes

Den Haag - A Dutch court Wednesday threw out a case brought by anti-cigarette campaigners seeking to force the government to close down public spaces reserved for smokers in some cafes and bars.

Stolen Dutch masterpieces due back 'soon' from Ukraine

Den Haag - Five stolen 17th and 18th-century masterpieces will soon be returned from the Ukraine to the Dutch museum where they disappeared from more than a decade ago, officials announced on Monday.

Driver killed in Tesla Model S sedan crash in the Netherlands

Another accident involving Tesla, this time in the Netherlands, occurred when a man driving a Model S sedan was killed after his car crashed at high speed into a tree and caught fire.

No tears for Mao: 1976 death an imperial fall

Bejing - The death of Communist China's founding father Mao Zedong 40 years ago this week was akin to the demise of an emperor and helped pave the way for the modern nation, says one of the few Westerners in Beijing at the time.

Dutch to help build Gaza gas pipeline: Israeli PM

Den Haag - The Netherlands will help Israel boost energy and water supplies to Gaza including by building a gas pipeline, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said on Tuesday.

UN rights chief slams 'demagogues' Trump and Wilders

Den Haag - The UN human rights chief launched a scathing attack on populist politicians like Donald Trump and Dutch far-right leader Geert Wilders, calling for action to halt such "demagogues and political fantasists".

Dutch eye Colombia peace deal over guerrilla's future

Den Haag - The Netherlands said Friday it was closely watching the outcome of the Colombian peace deal and how it will affect a notorious Dutch woman guerrilla, wanted by the United States.

Dutch PM Mark Rutte announces third-term candidacy

Den Haag - Prime Minister Mark Rutte announced Friday his candidacy to head the Dutch government for a third succesive term in office, as the countdown moves towards next year's parliamentary polls. "I'm going on.

Dutch far-right party says it will ban mosques, Koran

Den Haag - The political party of Dutch far-right politician Geert Wilders, which is leading polls ahead of parliamentary elections next year, has vowed to close mosques and "ban the Koran" in its manifesto.

Netherlands seeks ban on gas and diesel powered vehicles by 2025

The Dutch government plans on holding a "round-table discussion" on October 13 on whether to ban the sale of diesel and gas-powered vehicles completely by 2025.

Dutch general to report on UN response to South Sudan attacks

New York - A retired Dutch general will lead an independent investigation to establish whether UN peacekeepers failed to protect civilians during heavy fighting in South Sudan's capital last month, the UN announced Tuesday.

MH17 criminal probe out next month, say Dutch prosecutors

Den Haag - Initial results from a criminal probe into the downing of a Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 over war-torn Ukraine two years ago will be revealed next month, Dutch prosecutors said Friday.

Turkey attaches in Greece 'fled to Italy' after coup

Istanbul - Two Turkish military attaches posted in Greece fled to Italy at the weekend following last month's failed coup, Turkey's top diplomat said Thursday, saying Ankara was working to track them down.

Amsterdam boosts security for Gay Pride canal parade

Den Haag - Special forces will be deployed in Amsterdam on Saturday when hundreds of thousands are expected to flock to the annual Gay Pride parade along its famous canals, police said.

Dutch woman who fled IS arrested on return home

Den Haag - A young woman who returned home to the Netherlands with her two children after fleeing Syria has been arrested on suspicion of links to the jihadist Islamic State group, officials said Tuesday.

Security stepped up at Amsterdam airport following threat

Den Haag - Security was stepped up in and around Amsterdam's Schiphol airport on Saturday following a threat, local authorities said in a statement, adding that aviation was unaffected.

Afghan brothers launch new mine-hunting drone

Eindhoven - Former refugees Massoud and Mahmud Hassani stunned the world three years ago with an invention like a dandelion puffball that sought to rid the world of landmines.

Two years on, villagers, relatives mourn MH17 crash

Ukraine - Villagers held a vigil Sunday at the site in eastern Ukraine where Flight MH17 was shot down two years ago, as bereaved relatives marked the anniversary with emotional memorial services.

Dutchman jailed for 30 days for insulting king

Den Haag - A man was on Thursday sentenced to 30 days in prison for insulting the king of the Netherlands on Facebook, prosecutors said, after being convicted of breaking seldom used royal defamation laws.

MH17 families steel for legal fight on second anniversary

Den Haag - The families of the 298 people who died when flight MH17 was downed over Ukraine are steeling themselves for a slew of bitter legal battles, on the eve of the tragedy's second anniversary.

Van Gogh 'suicide gun' on display in Amsterdam

Den Haag - Amsterdam's renowned Van Gogh Museum unveiled a new exhibition Tuesday focusing on Vincent's final 18 months of mental anguish before he shot himself in 1890, including the suspected gun he used in his suicide.

Dutch press Moscow for MH17 radar evidence

Den Haag - Dutch investigators probing who is to blame for the downing of Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 two years ago have pressed Russian authorities to hand over outstanding evidence, officials said Thursday.

Dutch far-right MP to push 'Nexit' despite Brexit woes

Den Haag - Dutch far-right politician Geert Wilders vowed Thursday to press ahead with his hoped-for referendum to leave the EU despite the Brexit turmoil, and to close the Netherlands' borders to Muslim immigrants.

Two Dutch UN troops killed in Mali training accident

Bamako - Two Dutch UN peacekeepers were accidently killed and one seriously wounded Wednesday in an explosion in northwest Mali during a training exercise, the Dutch defence ministry said.

Netherlands rolls out world’s first nationwide IoT network

A long range (LoRa) network for the so-called Internet of Things (IoT) is now available across the Netherlands, making it the first country in the world to implement the IoT system nationwide.
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