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Security Scare Involving Plane Landing at Amsterdam Airport

Posted August 29th, 2012 at 9:10 am (UTC-5)
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The Dutch military police say security forces surrounded a plane after it landed at Amsterdam’s international airport Wednesday, but the airline involved said reports of a highjacking were false. Western news agencies quoted an official from the Spanish airline Vueling as saying the security scare came after a “miscommunication” between the pilot and the control […]

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Moody’s Cuts Credit Rating of Five Dutch Banks

Posted June 15th, 2012 at 3:30 am (UTC-5)
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Moody’s Investor’s Service says it has cut the credit ratings of five Dutch banks and that the difficult conditions for banks in the Netherlands are likely to continue throughout the year and possibly longer. The ratings service said in a statement that the affected banks include ING and ABN AMRO, whose ratings were cut by […]

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Dutch Parliament to Investigate Church Castration Reports

Posted March 21st, 2012 at 2:35 pm (UTC-5)
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The Dutch parliament has called for an investigation into reports that Catholic clerics ordered castrations of boys in the 1950s in an attempt to cure their homosexuality. Dutch lawmakers discussed the issue Tuesday after a report in the local newspaper NRC Handelsblad said more than 10 boys from a Catholic boarding school had been castrated. […]

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Dutch Health Ministry Expands Warning on Implants

Posted March 16th, 2012 at 1:05 am (UTC-5)
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Dutch health officials have expanded a warning to women to consider removing breast implants made by defunct French firm Poly Implant Prosthese. The Netherlands Health Inspectorate said in a statement Thursday, women who had PIP’s implants before 2001 should be checked by their doctors because of the risk of leaks. Initially health officials warned women […]

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Netherlands Apologizes for 1947 Indonesia Massacre

Posted December 9th, 2011 at 5:40 am (UTC-5)
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The Dutch government has formally apologized for the 1947 massacre of up to 430 young men and boys during Indonesia’s war for independence. The Netherlands ambassador to Indonesia, Tjeerd de Zwaan, apologized to families of the victims at a tearful ceremony on Friday in the Indonesian town of Rawagede. “The Dutch government recently reached a […]

Indonesian Widows Win Dutch Compensation for 1947 Massacre

Posted September 15th, 2011 at 2:12 am (UTC-5)
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Seven elderly Indonesian women are to receive compensation payments from the Dutch government for the loss of their husbands, who were massacred during the nation’s independence struggle more than 60 years ago. A Dutch court announced the decision in a lawsuit Wednesday, rejecting as “unreasonable” the Dutch government’s argument that a statute of limitations has […]

Dutch Government Accuses Iranian Computer Hackers of Spying

Posted September 5th, 2011 at 9:50 pm (UTC-5)
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The Netherlands is accusing Iranian computer hackers of spying on hundreds of thousands of Iranian internet users. A Dutch government report Monday alleges that the Iranian hackers broke into a Dutch computer security firm and stole computer security certificates. A legitimate security certificate guarantees that a website is secure and that the communications will remain […]

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One Person Killed in Dutch Soccer Stadium Roof Collapse

Posted July 7th, 2011 at 9:35 am (UTC-5)
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A section of the roof at a Dutch soccer stadium has collapsed, killing one person and injuring at least 14. Police say the roof caved in around midday during off-season renovations at the FC Twente stadium in Enschede, about 130 kilometers east of Amsterdam. Photos posted on local news websites showed the roof section crashed […]

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Dutch Tourist Rescued in Spain After Being Lost 18 Days

Posted July 7th, 2011 at 2:25 am (UTC-5)
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A Dutch tourist has been rescued unharmed after vanishing for 18 days in the mountains of southern Spain. Rescuers says Mary Anne Goossens was weak when airlifted to a hospital outside Neja on Wednesday. A mountain rescue spokesman says Goossens was spotted by walkers Wednesday in a ravine. He says the walkers could not reach […]

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Dutch Move Toward Ban on Ritual Slaughter of Animals

Posted June 28th, 2011 at 1:40 pm (UTC-5)
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The Dutch parliament has taken a step toward a ban on the ritual slaughter of livestock, a move vocally opposed by the country’s Muslim and Jewish minorities. The lower house of parliament voted Tuesday to approve a bill that would ban killing animals without first stunning them. The bill still must be approved by the […]

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