Military police remove climate protesters from Schiphol airport
Hundreds of demonstrators call for international hub in Amsterdam to curb emissions

Dutch military police have begun forcibly removing a group of climate protesters at Schiphol airport, in Amsterdam, after they refused to leave during a demonstration organised by Greenpeace.
Hundreds of protesters attended the demonstration on Saturday calling on the international air hub to adopt a plan to curb greenhouse emissions. The group had been allowed to protest outside the building only, but they broke that restriction, arguing that citizens' rights to peaceful protest should not be restricted.

In a peaceful protest, hundreds of activists came to the airport to demand a climate action plan for Schiphol. https://t.co/6PDbgszvkr Continue reading...

Why are there so few prisoners in the Netherlands?
The Dutch justice system is cutting jail populations by offering specialist rehabilitation to people with mental illnesses
When Stefan Koning, who has a history of psychosis, was found guilty of threatening a stranger with a knife, a long custodial sentence might have felt like the only answer.
In fact, after a short spell in jail, he is back at his home in Amsterdam.


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'A reflection of inner life': show explores history of the hoodie
A Dutch exhibition examines the cultural meaning of a garment that has inspired love and fear
It is an item that you can buy at Sainsbury's and Next, but the hooded top is still somehow a sartorial conduit for state of the world conversations.
In recent months, we've had Sienna Miller defying tabloid Brexit sensibilities in her pro-European hoodie, a Canadian politician thrown out of parliament for wearing one and Timothée Chalamet challenging gender by sporting a bedazzling one on the red carpet.
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Black Pete: why is the Dutch blackface tradition still going strong? – video
Zwarte Piet or Black Pete has been a festive tradition in the Netherlands for generations – which sees thousands of people, who are often white, dress up as the character wearing afro-style wigs, red lipstick and full blackface makeup. There have been attempts to make the holiday character less controversial but the tradition is still widely practiced. We went to the festivities this year to find out if time is nearly up for the tradition

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Animals farmed: Dutch reach 'peak pig', sheep reprieve plea and VR for cows
Welcome to our monthly roundup of the biggest issues in farming and food production, with must-read reports from around the web
The Dutch government has begun a two-month scheme paying pig farmers to quit the industry. The country has been under pressure to come up with a more radical plan for reducing nitrogen emissions in the sector, sparking protests from farmers. Dutch farmers in the south of the country, which has a high density of livestock, are now reportedly being offered as much as €150 (£130) per pig to reduce their herd size.

More than 14,000 sheep are believed to have died when cargo ship, The Queen Hind, capsized in the Black Sea on a journey from Romania to Saudi Arabia. While crew members were rescued, just 254 sheep were saved. The recovering sheep are currently being kept in quarantine and animal rights activists are concerned that they could soon be re-exported. European live animal export trade rose in value from $1bn (£800m) in 2000 to $3.3bn in 2018. It is not yet known what caused the ship to capsize, but an animal rights group has claimed it was overloaded. The UK is considering a ban on the export of live farm animals for slaughter if it leaves the EU.

Greek journo pestered by a pig while reporting on the recent floods in #Kinetta #Greece #tv #bloopers #ant1tv #Ant1news pic.twitter.com/vsLBdlWCMB
They survived all this, they deserve a nice old age.
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Police arrest homeless man after three youths stabbed in The Hague
The suspect, 35, was detained in Dutch city day after stabbing during Black Friday shopping
Dutch police arrested a homeless man on Saturday over a knife assault in a busy shopping street in The Hague which left three teenagers wounded.
The 35-year-old suspect was detained in the city centre the day after the stabbing in Grote Marktstraat which caused panic as shoppers hunted Black Friday bargains. Continue reading...

Dutch police search for suspect after three teenagers stabbed in The Hague
Victims were treated in hospital and authorities have appealed for witnesses to come forward
Dutch police are continuing to look for an attacker who stabbed three teenagers on a street in The Hague that was crowded with Black Friday shoppers.
The victims, two 15-year-old girls and a 13-year-old boy, were treated in a hospital and released late on Friday. Police spoke to the victims who said they did not know each other. Continue reading...

Three youths wounded in stabbing incident in The Hague
Police hunt man in grey tracksuit and shawl after incident in Grote Marktstraat shopping area
Three youths were injured in a stabbing incident in The Hague's main shopping street on Friday night, Dutch police said.
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Facebook's only Dutch factchecker quits over political ad exemption
‘Final straw' was refusal to allow partner to mark dubious claims by far-right parties
Facebook's only Dutch factchecker has quit over the social network's refusal to allow them to highlight political lies as being false.
The online newspaper Nu.nl had been Facebook's only factchecking partner in the Netherlands since Leiden University dropped out of the programme last year. The website had sole responsibility for marking Facebook and Instagram news content for Dutch users as being false or misleading, in order to help power the social network's tools that suppress distribution of misinformation.
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Dozens of migrants found in refrigerated container on ferry
Twenty-five people reportedly found on ship travelling from the Netherlands to the UK

Dutch authorities have discovered 25 migrants stowed away inside a refrigerated container on a ferry bound for England.
According to a statement published on a local government website, all those found onboard were alive, with one of them thought to be a child. Continue reading...

Dating disasters: why bad grammar could stop you finding love online
The users of one dating site rate good grammar and literacy above erratic spelling in their search for a warm, ideal partner

It's a modern love story: they liked your profile, you liked them back, the messages are coming through fast and flirty – then they mix up "their" and "there".
A study of online daters in the Netherlands has found that spelling mistakes in a dating profile, such as writing "teh" for "the" or using iRRegulaR CapS, are perceived as signals of sloppiness or lack of care, which in turn affects the profile holder's perceived attractiveness. The researchers, from Tilburg University, had hypothesised that deploying informal digital communication styles – such as excessive exclamation marks on "hello!!!" or emoticons – would be seen as kinder. But in fact, those whose grammar was more formal were rated as warmer people.
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Men in west London have highest male life expectancy in EU
Expert warns of ‘huge inequality' in UK capital, while Lithuanian males live shortest lives
Men from west London, one of the wealthiest areas of the UK, have the longest life expectancy of males in Europe, with a newborn baby expected to live to the age of 82, according to statistics published to mark International Men's Day.
The data from the EU department Eurostat suggests that only men from the region around theSpanish capital, Madrid, are expected to live as long as the fortunate subset of Londoners.
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Dutch antiracism activists protest over blackface character
City of Apeldoorn is hosting nationally televised arrival of St Nicholas and ‘Black Pete'
Antiracism campaigners are protesting in cities across the Netherlands as Dutch children anticipate the annual arrival of St Nicholas and a blackface character who traditionally accompanies him.
The character of "Black Pete", usually portrayed by white people in black face paint wearing frizzy wigs and prominent red lipstick, has provoked intense discussion, and sometimes violent clashes, in recent years.
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Man jailed for 11 years for killing Dutch cyclist Gitta Scheenhouwer in Melbourne
Michael Panayides, who hit and killed Scheenhouwer while on his way to buy drugs, given 11-year sentence with minimum of eight-and-a-half years
A speeding motorist who hit and killed Dutch cyclist Gitta Scheenhouwer as he was on his way to buy drugs in Melbourne has been jailed for 11 years.
Michael Panayides slammed into cyclist Gitta Scheenhouwer, 27, in Chapel Street , leaving her dead. Continue reading...

MH17 investigators say phone calls show Ukraine rebels' ties to Russia
Intercepts suggest separatists sought guidance from Russia before jet was shot down
Dutch-led investigators have released new recordings of intercepted telephone calls that show separatist leaders in Ukraine requesting military support and political guidance from Russian political figures in the period before the shooting down of a Malaysian airliner that killed all 298 people on board.
Those caught on tape allegedly include Vladislav Surkov, a political aide to Vladimir Putin, whom separatist leaders have called "our man in the Kremlin". Security officials in the audiotapes also refer to "a mandate" from the Russian defence minister, Sergey Shoigu, to change east Ukraine's military hierarchy and coordination with the FSB director, Alexander Bortnikov, to deliver military aid, apparently including night-vision equipment and ammunition.
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Dutch government cuts speed limit to 100km/h to reduce air pollution
Netherlands takes ‘rotten measure' of reducing 130km/h limit to protect nature reserves
The Dutch prime minister, Mark Rutte, has taken what he has described as the "rotten measure" of cutting the maximum speed limit on roads in the Netherlands to 100km/h (62mph) after being ordered by the courts to cut pollution.
The reduction from the current limit of 130km/h followed a Dutch court ruling earlier this year that found government policies breached EU rules in regard to the protection of nature reserves from ammonia and nitrous oxide.
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Air bubble barrier traps plastic waste in Amsterdam's canals
Invention to block waste, but not boats or wildlife, arrives in Dutch city's famous waterways
The world's first rubbish barrier made entirely from bubbles has been unveiled in Amsterdam in an attempt to catch waste in the city's canals before it reaches the North Sea.
A Dutch start-up, the Amsterdam municipality and the regional water board launched the Great Bubble Barrier, a simple device that channels rubbish – especially small pieces of plastic – to the side of the Westerdok canal where it can be retrieved. Tests have shown it can divert more than 80% of flotsam. Continue reading...

Schiphol security alert a false alarm caused by hijack warning sent in error
Air Europa says crew member on board Madrid flight accidentally sent alert, prompting huge evacuation and lengthy delays
A false alarm has sparked a massive security operation at Schiphol airport in Amsterdam after a crew member on board a flight to Madrid accidentally sent a hostage-taking alert.
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Dutch police find 16 migrants at port in lorry destined for UK
Driver arrested after people of various nationalities, including four children, found at IJmuiden
Dutch police found 16 migrants, including four children, in a lorry that was about to board a ferry at a Dutch port headed for Britain.
The migrants, who were of various nationalities, were found on Wednesday after the driver told border guards at the port of IJmuiden that he had heard sounds in the trailer of the lorry, said a statement by the Dutch royal military police, which oversees borders.
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Amsterdam citizens given chance to own a piece of its golden age
Architectural treasure trove up for grabs in attempt to ‘breathe new life' into old Amsterdam
Amsterdammers are being given the chance to own a piece of their city dating from as early as the 17th century.
Urban renewal programmes before the second world war and in the 1960s left behind huge amounts of unwanted debris, from gables ripped from the city's famous canal houses to monuments, ornaments and columns complete with Roman numerals. Continue reading...