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KLM gets 3.4-billion-euro Dutch bailout

Jun 26, 2020 - 11:20 PM

The Dutch government says it will provide KLM with a guarantee for bank loans of up to 2.4 billion euros and a direct loan from the state of up to one billion euros

KLM. Aircraft of the Dutch carrier. Photo from KLM Royal Dutch Airlines' Facebook page

Dutch arrest hundreds at coronavirus protest clashes

Jun 22, 2020 - 9:01 AM

The city's top official did not just ban the demonstration because of coronavirus measures, the ANP national news agency says

PROTEST. A woman reacts towards police at the Central Station as people gather at the city's central Malieveld grounds to demonstrate against the government's handling of the COVID-19 pandemic in The Hague on June 21, 2020. Photo by Robin Van Lonkhuijsen/AFP

Unilever to merge Anglo-Dutch arms in British company

Jun 11, 2020 - 8:35 PM

Unilever says ending its 90-year-old double-headed structure would make it more responsive to challenges including the coronavirus pandemic

Dutch, French, Germans, and Italians form virus vaccine alliance

Jun 04, 2020 - 11:30 AM

The collaboration will enable 'the fastest and best possible results with key players in the pharmaceutical industry about promising vaccine initiatives,' the Dutch Health Ministry says

'Starting point': EU's frugal members cool on recovery plan

May 28, 2020 - 1:30 AM

Austria, the Netherlands, Denmark, and Sweden want emergency help for countries badly hit by the coronavirus to take the form of one-off loans

German police officers wearing a protective mask work at the border crossing between Austria and Germany, near the German village of Oberaudorf as Germany enforces border controls with five countries amid the novel coronavirus COVID-19 pandemic on May 7, 2020. - Germany introduced border controls with Austria, Denmark, France, Luxembourg and Switzerland in a bid to stem the coronavirus outbreak. Only those with a valid reason for travel, like cross-border commuters and delivery drivers, are allowed through, officials said. (Photo by Christof STACHE / AFP)

Dutch PM didn't see dying mother due to virus rules

May 26, 2020 - 10:16 AM

The prime minister obeys coronavirus restrictions against visiting care homes

OBEDIENT. Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte looks on during a press conference in The Hague on April 15, 2020. Photo by Bart Maat/AFP

New research reveals more of the 'Girl with a Pearl Earring'

Apr 28, 2020 - 9:11 PM

The research has revealed the presence of tiny eyelashes around the eyes of the girl, invisible to the naked eye

This picture taken on February 26, 2018, shows Johannes Vermeer's “Girl with a Pearl Earring” painting inside a XRF macro-scanner during a research at Het Mauritshuis in The Hague. (Photo by Bart MAAT / ANP / AFP) / Netherlands OUT

Two Dutch mink farms infected with coronavirus

Apr 26, 2020 - 8:16 PM

Dutch authorities believe the animals caught the virus from human contact

Resigned, fired: Health officials in other countries leave posts during pandemic

Apr 16, 2020 - 9:26 PM

(UPDATED) A health minister goes out for a walk at the beach despite lockdown restrictions. Another collapses during a session with parliament. Who else are stepping down in the face of the pandemic?

Online sexual exploitation of children may rise during lockdown – NGOs

Apr 15, 2020 - 5:27 PM

With children staying home, and families in an economic bind, child-focused NGOs want the public and the government to be on the lookout

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Dutch destroy millions of flowers as coronavirus wilts sales

Mar 21, 2020 - 4:30 PM

'We've never seen something like this before.... There's no demand for flowers anymore,' says Prisca Kleijn, head of the Royal Association of Bulb Producers

Flowers are destroyed at FloraHolland Naaldwijk in Honselersdijk on March 20, 2020, as sales drop due to the novel coronavirus, COVID-19.. - The Dutch horticultural sector is sounding the alarm about the effects of the coronavirus crisis. Due to the loss of demand, the auctions are struggling with low prices and the need to destroy the products. (Photo by Kenzo TRIBOUILLARD / AFP)

Dutch king apologizes for violence during Indonesian independence war

Mar 11, 2020 - 1:43 PM

Dutch King Willem-Alexander give the statement during a state visit to the country with Queen Maxima after a ceremony with Indonesian President Joko Widodo in the capital Jakarta

APOLOGY. King Willem-Alexander of the Netherlands (left) shakes hands with Indonesian President Joko Widodo during a joint press conference at the presidential palace in Bogor, West Java on March 10, 2020. Photo by Achmad Ibrahim/Pool/AFP

Nike temporarily closes European HQ after virus case

Mar 03, 2020 - 8:55 AM

Nike's European headquarters will be closed until Wednesday, March 4, as an employee tested positive for the novel coronavirus

A picture taken on November 7, 2017 shows the headquarters of Nike Europe in Hilversum. - US sportswear giant Nike used a loophole in Dutch fiscal law to reduce its tax rate in Europe to just two percent, according to reporting on November 6 on the leaked Paradise Papers. Two companies based in the Netherlands concentrated all Nike's European revenues, allowing the company to avoid paying tax on "profits in the countries where it actually sells its shoes," French daily Le Monde said. (Photo by Robin van Lonkhuijsen / ANP / AFP) / Netherlands OUT

1st case of coronavirus confirmed in the Netherlands

Feb 28, 2020 - 7:30 AM

Individuals who have been in 'close contact' with the man have been tested and the patient placed in isolation in a hospital in the southern town of Tilburg

FIRST CASE. A care center employee washes his hands following hygiene guidelines as the institution readies preventive measures against a possible spread of the COVID-19, the novel coronavirus, which has already affected neighboring countries, on February 27, 2020, in Horst aan de Maas. Photo by Robin Utrecht/ANP/AFP

Ivory Coast ex-president wants 'unconditional release' – lawyer

Feb 07, 2020 - 10:25 AM

Gbagbo and his deputy Charles Ble Goude were both cleared of crimes against humanity a year ago

ICC DECISION. Former Ivory Coast President Laurent Gbagbo enters the courtroom of the International Criminal Court in The Hague on January 15, 2019. Photo by Peter Dejong/ANP/AFP

Dutch offer first apology for World War II persecution of Jews

Jan 26, 2020 - 10:17 PM

Records show that only 38,000 of the 140,000 Jews who lived in the Netherlands survived World War II but no government apology has been offered for the role the authorities played

FALSE: Trump ‘slams Netherlands for harboring Joma Sison’

Dec 13, 2019 - 10:51 PM

The source of the information is a satirical website

No sign of terror motive in Hague stabbings – Dutch police

Dec 01, 2019 - 10:32 PM

Authorities say the suspect had no fixed abode and was 'arrested at a homeless shelter'

KNIFE ATTACK. Police arrive at the Grote Marktstraat, one of the main shopping streets in the centre of the Dutch city of The Hague, after several people were wounded in a stabbing incident on November 29, 2019. Photo by Sem Van der Wal/ANP/AFP

6 European countries join barter system for Iran trade

Dec 01, 2019 - 1:47 PM

The entry of the new members 'further strengthens INSTEX and demonstrates European efforts to facilitate legitimate trade between Europe and Iran,' say founding shareholders France, Germany and UK

LIFE IN IRAN. An Iranian cleric walks past a mural painting of the national flag in the capital Tehran. File photo by Atta Kenare/AFP

3 wounded in stabbing in shopping street in The Hague – Dutch police

Nov 30, 2019 - 11:05 PM

Police says they are looking for a 'slightly dark-skinned man' aged between 40 and 50 wearing a black top, scarf and grey jogging bottoms

KNIFE ATTACK. Police arrive at the Grote Marktstraat, one of the main shopping streets in the centre of the Dutch city of The Hague, after several people were wounded in a stabbing incident on November 29, 2019. Photo by Sem Van der Wal/ANP/AFP

'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.

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