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'The Ocean Cleanup' ship sweeps first Pacific plastic

Oct 05, 2019 - 2:34 PM

The project by The Ocean Cleanup, a Dutch non-profit group, involves a supply ship towing a floating boom that corrals marine plastic with the aim of cleaning half of the Great Pacific Garbage Patch within 5 years

Dutch environmental activist and innovator Boyan Slat attends the presentation and the unveiling of his prototype of The Ocean Cleanup project in Scheveningen on June 22, 2016. The Ocean Cleanup, Slat's innovative Dutch project aiming to gather up the millions of tons of plastic in the oceans' great garbage patches, unveils its prototype on June 22 which will be trialled in the North Sea ahead of its expected deployment in 2020. Remko de Waal / www.anpfoto.nl / ANP / AFP

Dutch Princess Christina dies after cancer battle

Aug 16, 2019 - 7:01 PM

'We are saddened at the death of our dear sister and aunt,' the royal family says in a tweet

PRINCESS CHRISTINA. Princess Christina, the sister of the former Queen of the Netherlands Beatrix, has passed away on August 16, 2019 in The Hague, according to the Dutch Royal House. File photo by Martijn Beekman/ANP/AFP

'Justice for the dead' sought 5 years after MH17 crash

Jul 17, 2019 - 11:53 PM

The remembrance services in the Netherlands and Kuala Lumpur come less than a month after international investigators charged 3 Russians and a Ukrainian with the murder of the 298 people who died

COMMEMORATION. Relatives of passengers who perished aboard flight Malaysia Airlines flight MH17, which was shot down over eastern Ukraine five years ago, listen to a speech during a commemoration ceremony at the Australian High Commission in Kuala Lumpur on July 17, 2019. Photo by Mohd Rasfan/AFP

USA retains World Cup as Rapinoe, Lavelle sink Dutch

Jul 08, 2019 - 7:20 AM

Behind star captain Megan Rapinoe, Team USA turns back the Netherlands to capture a record-setting fourth overall Women's World Cup crown

PHENOMENAL. Team USA celebrates after completing its back-to-back World Cup title bid. Photo by Franck Fife/AFP

Morgan, USA hoping for more celebrations vs Dutch pretenders

Jul 06, 2019 - 4:59 PM

After all the talk on Alex Morgan's tea-sipping goal celebration, Team USA can't wait to put on a show

TEA TIME. Team USA star Alex Morgan says she’s surprised that her goal celebration turned controversial. Photo by Jean-Philippe Ksiazek/AFP

Netherlands to face USA in World Cup final

Jul 04, 2019 - 10:44 AM

An extra-time strike by Jackie Groenen lifts the Netherlands past Sweden in a grueling semifinal showdown

GLORIOUS. Netherlands midfielder Jackie Groenen (left) celebrates with  teammate Lieke Martens. Photo by Franck Fife/AFP

Netherlands reaches 1st women's World Cup semifinal over Italy

Jun 30, 2019 - 10:04 AM

The Netherlands' 1st ever semis berth nails them a slot in the Tokyo 2020 Olympics

61. Vivianne Miedema scores her 61st international goal in only 80 appearances for the Netherlands. Photo from Instagram (@oranjeleeuwinnen)

Dutch probe into huge outage of emergency phone line

Jun 25, 2019 - 4:21 PM

Police, firefighters, and ambulance workers take to the streets so they could be contacted if necessary. The government also issues alternatives to the 112 emergency hotline on social media.

EU elections shift to Ireland as populist forces gather elsewhere

May 24, 2019 - 11:08 AM

Around the continent, where most EU member states vote on Sunday, May 26, pro-European leaders are scrambling to mobilize their supporters to resist the populist surge

EU ELECTIONS. People leave and arrive at a polling station for the European Parliament elections at Bannside Presbyterian Church in Banbridge Co Down, northern Ireland, on May 23, 2019. Photo by Paul Faith/AFP

Suspects held across Europe as crime gang smashed – Europol

May 22, 2019 - 5:08 PM

The operation codenamed 'Icebreaker,' which took place last week, led to the arrest of the 48-year-old Lithuanian ringleader in Spain and other suspects in Poland, Lithuania, Spain and Britain, Europol says

Russia to pay $3M in Greenpeace ship settlement

May 18, 2019 - 11:30 AM

The settlement, reached after the Dutch dragged Moscow to various courts, was reached after talks between Dutch Foreign Minister Stef Blok and Russian counterpart Sergei Lavrov

ARCTIC SUNRISE. In this file photo taken on February 22, 2005, Greenpeace ship the "Arctic Sunrise" arrives to the Canary Islands.  Photo by Samuel Aranda / AFP

Doctors unveil first child blast wound manual

May 16, 2019 - 5:02 PM

The guide is put together by British aid agency Save the Children and experts at Imperial College London at the request of Syrian medics working in the bloody 8-year civil war

Dutch doctor 'fathered 49 children' in IVF scandal

Apr 13, 2019 - 10:14 AM

Results of DNA tests "showed that 49 children in the case are direct descendants of the late Karbaat," Defense for Children say in a statement

GRANTED. Parents and donor children react after the ruling in the case in which they demanded that the DNA of sperm doctor Jan Karbaat be compared with their DNA, in order to obtain the ultimate certainty that he was indeed their biological father, on February 13, 2019 in Rotterdam. Photo by Bas Czerwinski / ANP / AFP

Australia and Netherlands in talks with Russia over downed Malaysia jet

Mar 27, 2019 - 6:53 PM

Five countries – Australia, Belgium, Malaysia, the Netherlands and Ukraine – continue to investigate the downing of flight MH17 over Ukraine

MH17. A picture taken on July 17, 2014 shows wreckages of the Malaysian airliner carrying 295 people from Amsterdam to Kuala Lumpur after it crashed, near the town of Shaktarsk, in rebel-held east Ukraine. File photo by Dominique Faget / AFP

Terror suspect confesses to deadly Netherlands attack – prosecutors

Mar 22, 2019 - 11:25 PM

Gokmen Tanis, 37, says he acted alone in the March 18 attack which killed 3 people and left 7 people injured

AFTERMATH. A passenger in a tram looks at flowers displayed near the scene of the fatal shooting at 24 Oktoberplein (October square), in Utrecht, on March 19, 2019, the day after 3 people were shot dead and several were injured in a shooting on a tram. Photo by John Thys/AFP

Dutch tram gunman to be charged with 'terrorist' killings

Mar 21, 2019 - 7:17 PM

Three people were killed and 7 others wounded after the shooting rampage on a tram in the central Dutch city

TRAM SHOOTING. Police forces walk near a tram at the 24 Oktoberplace in Utrecht, on March 18, 2019 where a shooting took place. File photo by Robin van Lonkhuijsen / ANP / AFP

Letter points to terror motive in Dutch tram attack

Mar 19, 2019 - 7:32 PM

(UPDATED) Police are questioning Turkish-born main suspect Gokmen Tanis, 37, and two other men over the rampage

A DAY AFTER. A passenger in a tram looks at flowers displayed near the scene of the fatal shooting at 24 Oktoberplein (October square), in Utrecht, on March 19, 2019, the day after 3 people were shot dead and several were injured in a shooting on a tram. Photo by John Thys/AFP

Sony to shift UK HQ to avoid Brexit disruption

Jan 23, 2019 - 1:18 PM

Sony, however, will not move personnel and operations from the existing UK company to the Netherlands

SONY. A man walks past the logo of Japan's Sony at an entrance to the company's headquarters in Tokyo on January 23, 2019. Photo by Kazuhiro Nogi/AFP)


Brexit could wilt huge Dutch flower trade

Dec 14, 2018 - 10:34 PM

Britain is the third largest market for the Netherlands' flower export business, after Germany and France, accounting for 850 million euros

BREXIT DEAL. A worker walks through flowers in the Royal FloraHolland Aalsmeer, the largest trading and distribution centre for plants and flowers in the world, in Aalsmeer on December 11, 2018.  Photo by Emmanuel Dunand/AFP

Q and A: Judge in PH-China case on why ruling is not 'useless'

Nov 27, 2018 - 10:30 PM

'It's in the interest also of China to be accepted as a good neighbor,' says Judge Stanislaw Pawlak, one of the 5 judges in the Philippines' case against China, on Rappler Talk

TRIBUNAL JUDGE. Stanislaw Pawlak, one of the 5 judges in the Philippines' case against China, attends a South China Sea forum in Makati City on November 23, 2018. Photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

Netherlands hammer Germany to increase pressure on Loew

Oct 14, 2018 - 10:38 AM

Still reeling from a woeful World Cup showing, Germany absorbs a shutout shocker that puts coach Joachim Loew under increasing pressure to resign

STUNNER. Netherlands midfielder Marten de Roon (left) and Germany forward Julian Brandt contest the ball in the Nations League upset that saw the Dutch beat the Germans for the first time in 16 years. Photo by John Thys/AFP

'Major terrorist attack' foiled in Netherlands, 7 arrested

Sep 28, 2018 - 11:45 AM

'Police arrested 7 men on Thursday... suspected of being at a very advanced stage of preparation for a major terrorist attack in the Netherlands,' says the public prosecutor's office

FOILED. Police officers conduct an investigation at the residence of an alleged jihadist in Rotterdam on September 27, 2018. Photo by Robin Utrecht/AFP

Iran summons 3 European diplomats over parade attack – state media

Sep 23, 2018 - 12:01 PM

Diplomats from Denmark, the Netherlands, and Britain are informed of 'Iran's strong protests over their respective countries' hosting of some members of the terrorist group' behind the attack

PARADE ATTACK. An Iranian soldier carries an injured comrade at the scene of an attack on a military parade that was marking the anniversary of the outbreak of its devastating 1980-1988 war with Saddam Hussein's Iraq. Photo by Behrad Ghasemi/ISNA/AF

Dutch rail collision kills 4 children

Sep 20, 2018 - 10:29 PM

A fifth child and the woman driving the vehicle are critically injured in the accident in Oss, a town around 110 kilometers (65 miles) southeast of the capital Amsterdam

CRASH. Members of the emergency services investigate the scene of a train crash on a rail crossing in Oss, The Netherlands, on September 20, 2018 which killed 4 children.  Photo by Vincent Jannik/ANP/AFP

International Criminal Court 'undeterred' after US sanctions threat

Sep 11, 2018 - 9:25 PM

'The ICC, as a court of law, will continue to do its work undeterred, in accordance with those principles and the overarching idea of the rule of law,' the tribunal says in a statement

THE INTERNATIONAL CRIMINAL COURT. A picture taken on November 23, 2015 shows the new building of the International Criminal Court (ICC) in The Hague, The Netherlands. File photo by Martijn Beekman/ANP/AFP

2 U.S. citizens hurt in Dutch knife attack as police probe terror link

Sep 01, 2018 - 7:02 PM

A preliminary investigation reveals that the assailant did not know his victims and that he did not specifically target them – suggesting a random attack

ON ALERT. Security officials stand alert at The Central Railway Station in Amsterdam on August 31, 2018, after two people were hurt in a stabbing incident. Photo by Germain Moyon/AFP

2 hurt in Amsterdam station stabbing, attacker shot by police

Aug 31, 2018 - 8:31 PM

The two wounded people and the knife-wielding suspect are taken to the hospital, Amsterdam police say, although their condition was not revealed

STABBING. Security officials stand alert at The Central Railway Station in Amsterdam on August 31, 2018, after two people were hurt in a stabbing incident. Photo by Germain Moyon/AFP

Tesla held talks with Germany, Netherlands over new factory – report

Jul 31, 2018 - 6:44 PM

Tesla continues to map out potential factories outside the U.S. following its deal with the Shanghai government in early July

MODEL S. A Tesla model S sits parked outside of a new Tesla showroom and service center in Red Hook, Brooklyn on July 5, 2016 in New York City. Photo by Spencer Platt/AFP


Netherlands, Turkey resume full diplomatic ties

Jul 20, 2018 - 8:50 PM

In a joint statement, the two countries say their foreign ministers met on the sidelines of last week's NATO summit in Brussels and 'agreed to normalize the diplomatic relations' between the Netherlands and Turkey.

#ThewRap: Videos you need to watch this week July 9-15, 2018

Jul 15, 2018 - 10:31 AM

The Hague ruling anniversary, Duterte's 'Sorry God,' and updates on the Thai cave rescue

Del Rosario: PH 'a willing victim' 2 years after Hague ruling

Jul 12, 2018 - 10:36 AM

'Before we can hope for help, we must first demonstrate that we are worth helping,' says former foreign secretary Albert del Rosario on the second anniversary of the Philippines' South China Sea victory

HAGUE RULING. Former Philippine foreign secretary Albert del Rosario speaks in a forum on July 12, 2018, the second anniversary of the Hague ruling on the South China Sea. Photo by Angie de Silva

2 years after winning, Duterte refuses to enforce Hague ruling

Jul 12, 2018 - 9:07 AM

The Philippines marks the second anniversary of its victory against China over the South China Sea, still with an 'inexplicable reluctance' to enforce this ruling

EFFORTS WASTED? This is the Philippine team that flew to The Hague, Netherlands, to defend the merits of the Philippines' case against China in November 2015. Photo courtesy of PCA

[OPINION] Enforce arbitral award for present, future generations

Jul 12, 2018 - 8:57 AM

Since the Duterte administration has chosen to set aside the enforcement of the Award, the task of keeping alive the Award within our country has fallen on people like you and me

Iran threatens to retaliate after Dutch expel 2 diplomats

Jul 08, 2018 - 6:34 PM

Iran foreign ministry says the Dutch ambassador to Tehran was subsequently summoned to express Tehran's 'severe protest' at the expulsion

British PM meets Dutch counterpart in key Brexit week

Jul 03, 2018 - 11:33 PM

Theresa May makes 'the case for an ambitious economic and security partnership with the European Union,' a statement from the British government says

WORKING LUNCH. Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte receives his British counterpart Theresa May for a work lunch at the Catshuis, The Hague, on July 3, 2018. Photo by Koen van Weel/ANP/AFP

Drug gangs may be behind Dutch newspaper attacks – police

Jun 27, 2018 - 7:06 PM

'We will never be silent,' declared the front-page headline of De Telegraaf, above a picture of the burnt-out Volkswagen Caddy van lodged in the charred and twisted facade

ATTACK. Dutch police officers stand by the wreckage of a van after it crashed through the front door of the building housing newspaper De Telegraaf on Basisweg street in Amsterdam, The Netherlands, on June 26, 2018. Photo by Koen van Weel/ANP/AFP

1 dead, 3 injured as van hits pedestrians near Dutch music festival

Jun 18, 2018 - 2:37 PM

The driver flees the scene following the incident at about 4:00 am (0200 GMT) by the Pinkpop Festival in the southern town of Landgraaf, near the German border

Dutch may soon pay workers using pedal-power

Jun 15, 2018 - 9:20 PM

Bicycle-mad Netherlands already counts more than 22 million cycles in a country of 17 million, and it also has tens of thousands of dedicated bicycle paths criss-crossing its flat polders and canals

PEDAL POWER. File photo shows a view of a canal in Amsterdam with a woman on a bicycle. Photo by Aurore Belot/AFP

Court allows NDF consultants to go to Netherlands for June peace talks

Jun 09, 2018 - 4:57 PM

But the court does not lift the standing warrants of arrest against Benito Tiamzon and Adelberto Silva, saying the 'provisional liberty' is for the sole purpose of the travel

President Rodrigo Duterte shakes hands with Benito Tiamzon, political consultant of the National Democratic Front, in a meeting in Malacañan’s State Dining Room on September 26. ACE MORANDANTE/PPD

Multi-nation operation takes down cyber-crime website behind 4 million attacks

Apr 25, 2018 - 8:49 PM

(UPDATED) Britain's National Crime Agency says 'authorities in 5 countries including the Netherlands, Serbia, Croatia and Canada, with support from Police Scotland and Europol, targeted 6 members of the crime group behind webstresser.org'

SECURITY. File photo show people work at computers during the 10th International Cybersecurity Forum in Lille, France last January 23, 2018. Photo by Philippe Huguen / AFP

First Van Gogh in 20 years to go under hammer in Paris

Mar 28, 2018 - 11:38 PM

'Women Mending Nets in the Dunes,' which the Dutch artist painted early in his career at Scheveningen near The Hague, is expected to go for around $6 million when it is auctioned in June

AUCTION. The painting "Raccommodeuses de filet dans les dunes" by Dutch painter Vincent van Gogh is presented at Artcurial auction house in Paris on March 28, 2018. The painting will be auctioned off on June 4. Photo by Patrick Kovarik/AFP

Dutch MPs recognize Armenian 'genocide'

Feb 23, 2018 - 8:55 AM

But acting Dutch Foreign Minister Sigrid Kaag quickly tempers the motion, saying even though the ruling 4-party coalition voted for the motion, the government will 'restrain' itself

GATHERING. In a demonstration on April 2010 in Istanbul, Turkey, Armenians across the world gather to commemorate the Armenian genocide of 1915

Dutch FM resigns triggering vote of no-confidence

Feb 14, 2018 - 7:41 AM

The drama comes after Dutch Foreign Minister Halbe Zijlstra admits he has falsely claimed to have attended a 2006 meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin

OUT. In this file photo taken on November 24, 2017 Dutch Minister of Foreign Affairs Halbe Zijlstra arrives for an EU Eastern Partnership summit at the European Council in Brussels. Emmanuel Dunand/AFP

Pyeongchang Winter Olympics, Day 1: Medal tally, brief results

Feb 11, 2018 - 12:23 AM

Germany leads the medal tally so far, with 2 gold medals. The Netherlands and Norway have bagged 4 medals each.

GOLD MEDAL. Germany's Andreas Wellinger celebrates during the victory ceremony after winning the men's normal hill individual ski jumping event during the Pyeongchang 2018 Winter Olympic Games on February 10, 2018, in Pyeongchang.  Photo by Odd Andersen/AFP

Int'l Criminal Court closely following drug war killings from 2016

Feb 08, 2018 - 9:06 PM

International Criminal Court Prosecutor Fatou Bensouda says her office has conducted 'a careful, independent, and impartial review of communications and reports documenting alleged crimes'

Trillanes, Sabio welcome Int'l Criminal Court preliminary examination of drug war killings

Feb 08, 2018 - 3:06 PM

The Commission on Human Rights says it is ready to assist in the process, and hopes that the police and justice department would fully cooperate as well

Int'l Criminal Court takes 1st step in probe into Duterte drug war

Feb 08, 2018 - 12:22 PM

(UPDATED) The Office of the Prosecutor starts a 'preliminary examination' to determine whether there is sufficient evidence to establish that the case falls under the jurisdiction of the International Criminal Court

Dutch MPs to debate ending law against insulting king

Feb 06, 2018 - 9:43 PM

Parliament's lower house will on Thursday, February 8, discuss a bill proposed by the progressive D66 party, which would drop clauses against defaming the king contained within wider laws on crimes against the royalty

THE KING AND FAMILY. Netherlands' King Willem-Alexander (R), Queen Maxima (C) and their daughters Amalia (2-R), Alexia (L) and Ariane arrives during celebrations for the 80th birthday of Princess Beatrix on February 3, 2018 in Amsterdam.  Patrick van Katwijk / ANP / AFP

Dutch withdraw ambassador to Turkey as ties sour

Feb 05, 2018 - 9:02 PM

Relations have deteriorated in the past months, after Dutch officials barred a Turkish minister from attending a rally in Rotterdam on the eve of the March general elections here

HALBE ZRILSTRA. In this file photo taken on November 24, 2017 Dutch Minister of Foreign Affairs Halbe Zijlstra arrives for an ​EU Eastern Partnership summit with six eastern partner countries at the European Council in Brussels. File photo by Emmanuel Dunand/AFP

Top Dutch banks, revenue service hit by cyber attacks

Jan 29, 2018 - 7:46 PM

(UPDATED) The Netherlands' top 3 banks experience DDoS attacks over the weekend, which blocked access to websites and internet banking services