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Olga Smirnova leaves Russia for Netherlands after denouncing war

A leading Bolshoi prima ballerina, who recently denounced Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, is leaving the country to join Dutch National Ballet. Olga Smirnova, 30, said last week she was “against this war with every fibre of my soul” and was supported by other Russian ballerinas. The Dutch National Ballet confirmed on Wednesday that Smirnova will […]

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Amsterdam Apple store hostage-taker knocked down by police car

Dutch police overpowered a hostage-taker by knocking him down with a police vehicle as he ran out of an Apple store in Amsterdam. The man, who had a gun, was searched for explosives by a robot as he lay injured on the ground. What began as an armed robbery evolved into a hostage situation. At […]

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Protesters plan to egg Jeff Bezos’ mega-yacht when it passes through port city of Rotterdam

When Amazon owner Jeff Bezos gets his $500 million mega-yacht in June, it may come primed in egg yolk. More than 1,200 Dutch protesters have organized to shell the big boat with eggs when it passes through the port city of Rotterdam. The historic Koningshaven Bridge is supposed to be dismantled so Bezos’ more than […]

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Multiple oil transport and storage companies across Europe hit by cyber-attacks

Multiple oil transport and storage companies across Europe are dealing with cyber-attacks. IT systems have been disrupted at Oiltanking in Germany, SEA-Invest in Belgium and Evos in the Netherlands. In total dozens of terminals with oil storage and transport around the world have been affected, with firms reporting that the attacks occurred over the weekend. […]

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Rotterdam to dismantle historic bridge to allow Jeff Bezos’ luxury superyacht to sail through

Rotterdam has confirmed it will dismantle a historic bridge to allow a superyacht built for Amazon founder Jeff Bezos to fit through. The luxury yacht linked to the world’s richest man is being built by Dutch firm Oceanco. The vessel is reported to be 417 feet long and too tall to fit through the Koningshaven […]

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Two ships collide off the coast of Netherlands prompting evacuations, 18 rescued

Two ships have collided off the Dutch coast in the storm-hit North Sea and one began taking on water, prompting an evacuation, according to emergency services. The Julietta D, a freighter with 18 crew members on board, collided with another boat about 32km west of the port of Ijmuiden, Edward Zwitser, a spokesman for the […]

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Dutch woman detained in Poland for giving Nazi salute at Auschwitz death camp

A Dutch tourist has been detained in Poland for giving the Nazi salute at the site of the former Auschwitz-Birkenau death camp, local police say. The 29-year-old woman made the gesture in front of the Arbeit Macht Frei (Work Sets You Free) gate. The woman who has not been named was later charged with engaging […]

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Stowaway survives in nose wheel of freight flight from South Africa: Dutch police

Dutch police say they have found a stowaway alive in the wheel section of a plane that landed at Amsterdam’s Schiphol airport from South Africa. Flights from Johannesburg to Amsterdam take about 11 hours, with the cargo plane believed to have made one stop, in Nairobi, Kenya. It is very unusual for stowaways on long […]

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Dean Verberckmoes: Four-year-old Belgian boy who disappeared last week found dead in Netherlands

The body of a four-year-old Belgian boy who disappeared last week has been found in the Netherlands, Dutch police have announced. Hours earlier, police had issued an alert that Dean Verberckmoes had been abducted. He had been reported missing by his family after his babysitter failed to drop him off at his grandparents’ house. Dutch […]

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Dutch King Willem-Alexander to cease using golden carriage amid slavery row

The Netherlands’ King Willem-Alexander announced that Dutch royals will cease using a historic golden carriage amid a debate over slavery links. Critics say that one side of the horse-drawn carriage, called De Gouden Koets, is decorated with an image that glorifies the country’s colonial past. Out of use since 2015, the carriage has traditionally been […]

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New Year fireworks display kill at least three people across Europe, scores others injured

Fireworks have killed three people and injured scores others in Europe despite bans being in place against their use. In the Netherlands, a 12-year-old boy was killed and another seriously injured watching an adult set off a home-made device, local media reported. Dutch police have arrested a man. In Germany, a 37-year-old man was killed […]

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Amy Pieters: Dutch cyclist in coma after surgery following collision during training ride

Dutch cyclist Amy Pieters is in an induced coma following a fall during a training ride with the national team in Alicante this week. Pieters, 30, lost consciousness after the collision and was taken to hospital by air ambulance. The Dutch national road race champion had surgery to relieve pressure on her brain caused by […]