Hurricane Maria bears down on battered Caribbean

Sep 18, 2017 - 5:19 PM

(4th UPDATE) Maria could produce a 'dangerous storm surge accompanied by large and destructive waves' that would raise water levels by 4 to 6 feet

Residents return to storm-ravaged Florida Keys

Sep 13, 2017 - 7:24 AM

European leaders visited the storm ravaged Caribbean meanwhile amid criticism over relief efforts

DECIMATED. Debris from trailer homes destroyed by Hurricane Irma litters the Seabreeze Trailer Park in Islamorada, in the Florida Keys, September 12, 2017. Saul Loeb/AFP

Millions without power in Florida in deadly Irma's wake

Sep 12, 2017 - 5:07 PM

UPDATED Most of the Sunshine State however appears to have dodged forecasts of catastrophic damage despite dire early warnings

POST-IRMA DOCUMENTATION. A woman photographs damage and boats brought onto land by Hurricane Irma at a marina in Miami, Florida, September 11, 2017. Saul Loeb/AFP

'Devastation' in Florida Keys as storm Irma weakens

Sep 12, 2017 - 7:46 AM

UPDATED Across the Caribbean hard hit residents struggle to get back on their feet as Britain France the Netherlands and the United States ramp up relief efforts for their overseas territories

POST-IRMA. A man looks at damaged boats brought onto land by Hurricane Irma at a marina in Miami, Florida, September 11, 2017. Saul Loeb/AFP

Hurricane Irma damage has left Dutch St Martin 'unreachable' – PM

Sep 07, 2017 - 6:15 PM

UPDATED The hurricane has devastated the island s airport and port leaving the Dutch part of the Caribbean island unreachable Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte says

DESTROYED. An aerial photography taken and released by the Dutch department of Defense on September 6, 2017 shows the damage of Hurricane Irma in Philipsburg, on the Dutch Caribbean island of Sint Maarten. Gerben Van Es / Dutch Defense Ministry / AFP

Dutch probe Spanish van with gas canisters after terror tip

Aug 24, 2017 - 11:35 AM

The van is found just two streets away from the Maassilo concert hall where an American rock band was supposed to play

A van with a Spanish numberplate near the concert venue Maassilo is seen during police investigations after a rock concert was cancelled due to a terror threat, in Rotterdam, The Netherlands, on August 23, 2017.  A rock concert in Rotterdam was cancelled on August 23 due to a terror threat involving a Spanish van found with gas bottles inside, the local mayor said. Earlier the Maassilo venue announced that "due to a terrorist threat, the Allah-Las concert will not take place this evening, on police orders". Rotterdam police confirmed the decision was taken due to a "possible terrorist threat" and that the van's driver had been arrested. / AFP PHOTO / ANP / Arie Kievit / Netherlands OUT

Egg scare costs Dutch poultry farmers 33 million euros

Aug 24, 2017 - 10:10 AM

The estimate does not include non farmers in the poultry sector nor does it take into account further losses in production by farms

SAFETY CHECK. Eggs wait to be tested for contamination by the insecticide fipronil at the Chemical veterinary examination office in Krefeld, western Germany on August 7, 2017. dpa / Marcel Kusch / dpa / AFP

Two arrested as Europe tries to crack egg scandal

Aug 10, 2017 - 11:40 PM

With questions growing about how the contamination happened and whether consumers have been kept in the dark pressure has grown on the two countries at the center of the scandal: the Netherlands and Belgium

Picture taken on August 4, 2017 shows an employee of the Chemisches Veterinäruntersuchungsamt Münsterland-Emscher-Lippe (chemical veterinary examination office) cracking an egg at the institute in Muenster, northwestern Germany, in order to analyse it on toxic residues. Supermarkets in the Netherlands and Germany moved to halt some egg sales as hundreds of thousands may have been contaminated by a toxic insecticide in a widening food scandal. / AFP PHOTO / dpa / Guido Kirchner / Germany OUT

Belgium accuses Netherlands of tainted eggs cover-up

Aug 09, 2017 - 9:57 PM

UPDATED When a country like the Netherlands one of the world s biggest exporters of eggs does not pass on this kind of information that is a real problem says Belgium s Agriculture Minister Denis Ducarme

TAINTED EGGS SCANDAL. Belgium Minister of SMEs, Entrepreneurs, Agriculture and Social Integration Denis Ducarme speaks to journalists at a hearing of the parliamentary commission for agriculture and public health, at the Federal Parliament in Brussels, on August 9, 2017. Photo by Virginie Lefour/ Belga / AFP

Dutch egg probe widens to chicken meat tests

Aug 09, 2017 - 7:28 AM

Scientists are looking for the presence of the insecticide fipronil a substance potentially dangerous to humans after supermarkets in Germany the Netherlands Belgium Sweden and Switzerland pulled millions of eggs from the shelves

SAFETY CHECK. Eggs wait to be tested for contamination by the insecticide fipronil at the Chemical veterinary examination office in Krefeld, western Germany on August 7, 2017. dpa / Marcel Kusch / dpa / AFP

Shell shutters Europe's largest refinery after fire

Jul 31, 2017 - 7:29 AM

Flames billowed into the sky over the port of Rotterdam after the blaze erupted at a high voltage power station at the Shell Pernis refinery

ABLAZE. A photo taken at night on July 29, 2017 shows flames and smoke rising above the Shell refinery in Rotterdam. Bjorn Remmerswaal / ANP / AFP

PH bows to top seed Netherlands in FIBA 3x3 U18 tourney

Jun 28, 2017 - 9:25 PM

The Philippines now has an even 1 1 win loss record while the Netherlands remains at the top of Group A with a 2 0 card

Dutch scientists fete rare meteorite find

Jun 26, 2017 - 9:04 PM

The meteorite weighing about 500 grams one pound crashes through the roof of a shed in the small town of Broek in Waterland just north of Amsterdam in January

METEORITE. This handout picture received on June 26, 2017 from the Naturalis Biodiversity Centre shows the sixth Meteorite ever to be found in the Netherlands displayed at the centre in Leiden. Photo by Naturalis Biodiversity Centre / Rebecca Reurslag/AFP

Dutch arrest 18-year-old terror suspect

Jun 21, 2017 - 5:04 PM

The teenager is arrested in the central city of Utrecht last Thursday and is also suspected of spreading ISIS propaganda including violent videos Utrecht prosecutors say in a statement

PH gov't formally withdraws from latest peace round with communists

May 29, 2017 - 7:50 AM

The breakdown of the talks held in a scenic Dutch seaside resort comes as fighting flared between government forces and militants in the south

In this file photo, Presidential Advisers on the Peace Process Jesus G. Dureza (L) and Silvestre H. Bello III take part in a meeting as part of the peace talks between the Government of the Philippines (GRP) and the NDF organized by the Dutch government on April 2, 2017 in the Dutch town of Noordwijk aan Zee. Sophie Mignon/File/AFP

Which countries have the best healthcare?

May 19, 2017 - 2:17 PM

Of the 20 countries heading up the list all but Australia and Japan are in western Europe where virtually every nation boasts some form of universal health coverage

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Apr 07, 2017 - 1:24 PM

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Gov't, Reds fast-track difficult talks on free land distribution

Apr 07, 2017 - 11:22 AM

Communist rebels say they will only agree to implement an interim joint ceasefire after talks on the Comprehensive Agreement on Socio Economic Reforms are completed

PEACE TALKS. The government and the National Democratic Front held the 4th Round of Talks in The Netherlands. Photo courtesy of Raul Francia/OPAPP

DOCUMENT: PH, NDF Agreement on an Interim Joint Ceasefire

Apr 06, 2017 - 12:09 AM

The agreement says a ceasefire will take effect upon the approval and signing of the guidelines and ground rules

TALKS RE-OPEN. The 4th round of talks between the Philippine government and the National Democratic Front open in Noordwijk, The Netherlands on April 3, 2017. Photo by Rolly Francia/OPAPP

Duterte tells Joma Sison: Come home, you're free

Apr 05, 2017 - 9:10 PM

I will not arrest him I ll even pay for his hospitalization kung gusto niya says President Rodrigo Duterte

COME HOME. President Rodrigo Duterte is a former student of CPP founder Jose Maria Sison. Duterte file photo by Ace Morandante/Presidential Photo; Sison file photo from

WATCH: Women's hockey players get engaged after World Championship game

Apr 04, 2017 - 1:58 PM

A sweet proposal after a serious World Championship game between the Netherlands and Great Britain

POST-GAME PROPOSAL. A sweet proposal takes place between Dutch and English hockey players after a World Championship game. Screengrab from Dutch National Women's Icehockey Team Facebook

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Apr 04, 2017 - 1:27 PM

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Talks with Reds delayed after Duterte's last-minute call

Apr 02, 2017 - 10:55 PM

The opening ceremony for the 4th round of talks is rescheduled to Monday April 3 The instructions of President Rodrigo Duterte however have yet to be divulged

POSTPONED. The 4th round of talks with communist rebels is reset to open on Monday, April 3. Photo from OPAPP

Netherlands suffers shock setback to World Cup hopes

Mar 26, 2017 - 1:43 PM

Netherlands loses 2 0 to Bulgario leaving them 6 points back from group leader France

UPSET WIN. Spas Delev of Bulgaria celebrates after scoring against Netherlands. Photo by Nikolay Doychinov/AFP

4th round of PH, NDF talks to be held in the Netherlands

Mar 21, 2017 - 12:35 PM

Norway commits to continue supporting the peace talks that aim to end Asia s longest running communist insurgency

3RD COUNTRY FACILITOR. File photo of Norwegian Ambassador to the Philippine Erik Forner and Ambassador Elisabeth Slattum. Norway has facilitated the talks between the Philippine government and communist rebels since 2001. OPAPP Photo

Dutchman gets 11-year sentence in sex cyberbully case

Mar 16, 2017 - 11:34 PM

Arrested in 2014 after Facebook alerted the Dutch police he is found guilty of harassing women from as far away as Britain Canada Norway and the United States

Dutch PM widens poll win over second-place far-right

Mar 16, 2017 - 6:42 PM

The vote will put Mark Rutte in pole position to form the next coalition government with party leaders set to get down to talks soon

ELECTION VICTORY. Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte speaks during election night in The Hague on March 15, 2017.  Niels Wenstedt / ANP / AFP

Dutch PM slaps down far-right challenge

Mar 16, 2017 - 7:49 AM

UPDATED Mark Rutte s Liberal VVD party is set to win 32 seats making it the largest in the new 150 seat parliament with Wilders and his Freedom Party PVV beaten into second place alongside two others on 19 seats

POLL WINNER. Netherlands' prime minister and VVD party leader Mark Rutte celebrates after winning the general elections in The Hague on March 15, 2017. John Thys/AFP

Dutch vote in key elections as far-right slips

Mar 15, 2017 - 12:19 PM

UPDATED The Dutch general elections are being seen as a litmus test of the strength of far right and populist parties ahead of other polls in Europe this year

WHO WILL LEAD THE DUTCH? Emile Roemer of the Socialist Party (3L), Geert Wilders of the PVV (2L), Marianne Thieme of the PvdD (4L), Groen Links leader Jesse Klaver (C), Netherland's Prime minister and VVD leader Mark Rutte (4R), Lodewijk Asscher of PvdA (2R), Sybrand Haersma Buma of the CDA (R) pose for a photo after a televised debate between the 8 top party leaders in The Hague on March 14, 2017. Robin van Lonkhuijsen/Pool/AFP

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Mar 15, 2017 - 12:00 PM

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Turkey angers Netherlands with Srebrenica jibe

Mar 14, 2017 - 9:55 PM

UPDATED Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan prompts a fresh outcry in The Netherlands with a jibe about the Srebrenica massacre warning of retaliation in a spiraling diplomatic crisis

Last-minute campaign on eve of Dutch vote

Mar 14, 2017 - 7:16 PM

On the eve of Wednesday s March 15 legislative polls many of the 12 9 million eligible Dutch voters appear not to have made up their minds which of the record 28 parties in the running to choose

WHO WILL LEAD THE DUTCH? Netherlands' far-right politician Geert Wilders (R) of the PVV party gestures while during a debate with Netherlands' prime minister Mark Rutte of the VVD Liberal party on March 13, 2017 in Rotterdam, prior to March 15 Dutch national elections. Remko de Waal / ANP / AFP

Turkey suspends top ties with Netherlands in escalating crisis

Mar 14, 2017 - 7:01 AM

Acrimony flares between Turkey and EU states – a standoff that risks affecting Ankara s entire relationship with Europe

CORDON. Anti-riot police vehicles form a blockade in a sealed off area surrounding the Dutch embassy (Rear C) on March 12, 2017 in Ankara, for 'security reasons' as a crisis escalated between Turkey and The Netherlands. Adem Altan/AFP

Turkey warns 'fascist' Netherlands will pay in rally row

Mar 12, 2017 - 10:02 PM

UPDATED Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan accuses the Dutch of behaving like fascists in their treatment of Turkish ministers

Turkish residents in the Netherlands waving Turkey's national flags take part in a gathering outside Turkey's consulate in Rotterdam on March 11, 2017. Emmanuel Dunand/AFP

A beginner's guide to Dutch elections

Mar 12, 2017 - 8:24 PM

Away from the tourist delights of the tulips windmills and clogs here is a beginner s guide to the Dutch elections

Dutch far-right Freedom Party leader (Partij Voor De Vrijheid, PVV) Geert Wilders is guarded by police as he meets with supporters in Heerlen on March 11, 2017. John Thys/AFP

Dutch expel Turkish minister as police break up protests

Mar 12, 2017 - 9:49 AM

UPDATED After several hours of calm demonstrations police moved in to disperse over 1 000 people gathered close to the consulate

Turkish residents of the Netherlands gather for a protest in Rotterdam on March 11, 2017. Emmanuel Dunand/AFP

Erdogan compares Dutch rally ban to Nazism as row spirals

Mar 11, 2017 - 10:14 PM

UPDATED Ban our foreign minister from flying however much you like but from now on let s see how your flights will land in Turkey says Erdogan

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan addresses supporters during a rally in Istanbul on March 11, 2017. Ozan Kose/AFP

Netherlands refuses permission for planned Turkey FM flight

Mar 11, 2017 - 8:46 PM

Turkish ministers have been heading to Europe to whip up support for a yes vote among Turkey s voters abroad ahead of the April referendum on whether to boost President Recep Tayyip Erdogan s powers

Kraft Heinz withdraws $143B takeover bid for Unilever

Feb 20, 2017 - 7:13 AM

Strong resistance from Unilever reportedly persuades Kraft Heinz to back out

GLOBAL BRAND. A picture taken on June 5, 2015 shows employees walking pass the logo of Unilever at the headquarters in Rotterdam. John Thys/AFP

PH, NDF make significant headway in talks despite clashes

Jan 26, 2017 - 7:27 AM

The government and the communist National Democratic Front of the Philippines NDF submit drafts on key reform proposals sign side agreements to resolve contentious issues and schedule informal meetings to fast track the completion of a peace deal

SUCCESSFUL 3RD ROUND. Negotiators of the government and the National Democratic Front of the Philippines declare the 3rd round of talks in Rome a success. Photo from OPAPP

Dutch man on trial in 'sextortion' cyberbully case

Jan 25, 2017 - 8:14 PM

The defendant Aydin C is suspected of forcing dozens of young women from as far as Britain Canada Norway and the United States into performing sex acts in front of their webcams

VIRAL: Satirical video welcomes Trump to the Netherlands

Jan 25, 2017 - 2:20 PM

The Netherlands has a special welcome message for new US President Donald Trump

Merkel faces more Russian disinformation ahead of Germany poll – source

Jan 24, 2017 - 7:39 AM

France and the Netherlands are also likely targets as they too go to the polls with populist anti EU figures strongly in the running after Donald Trump s upset US election victory

German Chancellor Angela Merkel (CDU) sits in the Bundestag (Lower house of parliament) in Berlin on January 19, 2017. Nay Nietfeld/DPA/AFP

'Europe will wake up in 2017', Le Pen says in Germany

Jan 21, 2017 - 9:06 PM

Speaking at a gathering of right wing populists the French presidential hopeful also rails against migration the euro and open borders

'COUNTER-SUMMIT.' French National Front (FN) leader Marine Le Pen gives a speech to open a meeting on January 21, 2017 in Koblenz, western Germany. Roberto Pfeil/AFP

Wesley So's unbeaten mark now at 48 games

Jan 18, 2017 - 5:07 PM

So wins in 43 moves at the Tata Steel chess tournament in the Netherlands

TOUGH TO BEAT. Wesley So remained unbeaten for his 45th straight game. Photo by Joel Saget/AFP

Dutch vote to set off Europe's 'super election year'

Jan 18, 2017 - 9:47 AM

After the surprise Brexit result in Britain and as Donald Trump s inauguration looms in the United States the spotlight is shifting to the continent s future political landscape

PRIMARY VOTE. A woman casts a ballot next to a placard for the left-wing primaries ahead of France's 2017 presidential election on January 16, 2017 in Paris. Martin Bureau/AFP

Fake US embassy in Ghana shut down – after 10 years

Dec 06, 2016 - 7:23 AM

Fraudsters posing as consular officers operated a fake American embassy in the Ghanaian capital Accra for about a decade and printed counterfeit visas a US official says

AMERICAN 'EMBASSY' This undated photo provided December 5, 2016 by the US State Department shows a building in Accra, Ghana that operated as a US embassy. US State Department/Handout/AFP

Dutch MPs approve partial ban on burqa wearing in public

Nov 30, 2016 - 12:48 AM

It follows similar bans imposed in France and Belgium and comes amid rising tensions in Europe with Islamic communities

Dutch kill 190,000 ducks to contain bird flu outbreak

Nov 28, 2016 - 12:05 AM

Tests indicate that the birds were infected by the H5N8 strain which is highly infectious for poultry but not very dangerous to humans

Dutch workers in protective gear get ready to cull ducks as part of prevention measures against bird flu at a duck farm in Hierden on November 27, 2016.  The H5N8 virus has been detected in poultry and wild birds in 10 European countries, according to the World Health Organisation: Sweden, Denmark, Germany, Austria, Croatia, Hungary, the Netherlands, Poland, Switzerland and Russia. / AFP PHOTO / ANP / Remko de Waal / Netherlands OUT

Some WWII shipwrecks suddenly disappeared. Who's to blame?

Nov 17, 2016 - 8:17 PM

It is believed the military wrecks – lost in 1942 during the Battle of the Java Sea – were removed by illegal scavengers looking for scrap metal an effort that could have taken years