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Dutch govt backs MPs in nixing referendum law

23 February 2018 | 0 comments

The Dutch government Friday defended a decision by the ruling coalition to vote in favour of scrapping a controversial referendum law -- which in 2016 saw voters reject a EU-Ukraine pact."Not everybody...

Armenian 'genocide': the disputed massacres of 1915-17

23 February 2018 | 0 comments

Armenia and Turkey are at odds over whether the World War I massacres and deportations of Armenians by their Ottoman rulers should be described as genocide. Armenians say up to 1.5 million of their kin...

Turkey 'strongly' condemns Dutch MPs' recognising Armenian 'genocide'

22 February 2018 | 0 comments

Turkey responded firmly on Thursday to the recognition by Dutch lawmakers of the early 1900s massacre of Armenians under the Ottoman Empire as "genocide", a term Ankara has long rejected for describing...

EU deputies in Amsterdam amid row over medicines agency move

22 February 2018 | 0 comments

Amsterdam was under pressure Thursday as EU deputies visited the site for the new post-Brexit headquarters of the European Medicines Agency, amid concerns over the hotly-contested relocation."I have to...

'Girl with Pearl Earring' to undergo public examination

22 February 2018 | 0 comments

One of the world's most famous paintings "Girl with a Pearl Earring" is to undergo a two-week scientific examination in front of curious visitors to the Dutch museum where it lives.The luminescent tableau...

Dutch snuff out bid to try tobacco makers for attempted murder

22 February 2018 | 0 comments

Dutch prosecutors Thursday threw out a complaint seeking to bring charges of attempted murder against four big tobacco companies, saying there was no chance of a "successful prosecution"."Smoking is deadly...

Dutch urged to tax streaming giants to aid film sector

22 February 2018 | 0 comments

Dutch officials on Thursday called for quotas and levies to be imposed on web streaming giants like Netflix and Amazon to protect the country's audiovisual sector.In a 106-page report to the government,...

Minister rejects Dutch police 'narco-state' charges

21 February 2018 | 0 comments

The Dutch justice minister on Wednesday rejected accusations from the country's police union that the Netherlands was showing signs of becoming a narco-state."In the Netherlands we fight successfully...

Dutch MPs set to recognise Armenian 'genocide'

21 February 2018 | 0 comments

The Dutch parliament is set to adopt a motion Thursday formally recognising the 1915 massacres in Armenia as "genocide", in a vote likely to ratchet up already strained relations with Turkey.The Christian...

Dutch defer plan to expand second Amsterdam airport

21 February 2018 | 0 comments

The Dutch government Wednesday postponed plans to expand Amsterdam's second airport to ease pressure on the near-capacity Schiphol, after hitting turbulence over noise pollution fears.Lelystad airport,...

E.Guinea slams France for 'violating' sovereignty in VP graft case

20 February 2018 | 0 comments

Equatorial Guinea on Tuesday angrily denounced the conviction of its vice president for corruption by a French court as a "flagrant violation" of international law, and insisted on its "total independence."On...

French, Dutch teams unveil two newly restored Rembrandts

19 February 2018 | 0 comments

Dutch and French art historians on Monday unveiled the surprising results of 18 months of painstaking restoration work on a pair of 17th century portraits by Dutch master Rembrandt.The portraits of a...

US, Dutch officers swoop on dark web drug buyers

15 February 2018 | 0 comments

US and Dutch officers knocked on doors across the two countries this week in a massive combined operation to track down those buying illicit drugs on the dark web, officials said Thursday.Operation "Decrypt"...

Dutch prosecutors reject far-right MP's case against PM

15 February 2018 | 0 comments

Dutch public prosecutors Thursday threw out a bid by far-right lawmaker Geert Wilders to have the prime minister charged with discrimination against the Dutch people.Dismissing Wilders's complaint against...

Kosovo court prosecutor stepping down, vows work will go on

15 February 2018 | 0 comments

The prosecutor for a special tribunal set up to try crimes committed in the late 1990s in Kosovo announced Thursday he is stepping down, as his term has expired.But prosecutor David Schwendiman, who joined...



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