Latest Amsterdam News

Dutch court clears way for Holocaust memorial in Amsterdam

Jul. 9, 2019 5:24 AM EDT

THE HAGUE, Netherlands (AP) — A Dutch court has cleared the way for a monument to be built in Amsterdam commemorating victims of the Holocaust. Tuesday's decision ends a legal fight by a group of local residents to block construction of the memorial, which will include the names of 102,000 Jews, Roma and...

Research, restoration begins on Rembrandt's 'Night Watch'

Jul. 8, 2019 8:50 AM EDT

AMSTERDAM (AP) — Researchers and restorers at Amsterdam's Rijksmuseum launched a months-long project Monday, using high-tech imaging technology to throw new light on Rembrandt van Rijn's iconic "Night Watch." Working in a specially designed glass chamber, researchers at the museum are undertaking a...

Close the windows? Amsterdam mulls red light district change

Jul. 3, 2019 10:50 AM EDT

THE HAGUE, Netherlands (AP) — The windows where scantily clad sex workers stand to attract customers in Amsterdam could be closing for good. The city's mayor proposed fundamental changes Wednesday to the network of narrow alleys and canal side streets that make up Amsterdam's famed red light district. The...

Italy's 'cannabis light' creates buzz even if the pot won't

Jun. 27, 2019 6:48 AM EDT

ROME (AP) — It's been called the Italian "green gold rush." Mild, barely there marijuana dubbed "cannabis light" has put Italy on the international weed map, producing hundreds of stores that sell pot by the pouch and attention from investors banking the legalization of stronger stuff will follow. The...

Dutch railway company to pay reparations for WWII transports

Jun. 26, 2019 3:25 PM EDT

THE HAGUE, Netherlands (AP) — The Dutch national railway company said Wednesday it will pay reparations to Jews, Roma and Sinti whom it transported to camps in the Netherlands during World War II — from where they were sent to Nazi concentration camps. NS said in a statement that its role in...

4 charged in downing of Malaysian airliner over Ukraine

Jun. 19, 2019 3:53 PM EDT

NIEUWEGEIN, Netherlands (AP) — International prosecutors announced murder charges Wednesday against four men — three of them Russians with military or intelligence backgrounds — in the missile attack that blew a Malaysia Airlines jet out of the sky over Ukraine five years ago, killing all 298...

The Latest: 4 charged in downing of Malaysian airliner

Jun. 19, 2019 3:52 PM EDT

THE HAGUE, Netherlands (AP) — The Latest on the probe into the downing of flight MH17 (all times local): 5:25 p.m. Russia's Foreign Ministry has dismissed charges against Russian nationals for their alleged roles in the downing of a Malaysia Airlines passenger jet over Ukraine five years ago as "absolutely...

UN marks what would have been Anne Frank's 90th birthday

Jun. 12, 2019 8:36 PM EDT

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — A sapling from the horse chestnut tree that Anne Frank watched from her World War II hiding place in an attic in Amsterdam was planted and dedicated at U.N. headquarters Wednesday to mark what would have been the 90th birthday of the teenager who died in a Nazi concentration camp....

On Anne Frank's 90th birthday, her friends meet students

Jun. 12, 2019 12:28 PM EDT

AMSTERDAM (AP) — For Jacqueline van Maarsen, attending Anne Frank's 13th birthday party in 1942 was a welcome distraction from the grim reality of life in Nazi-occupied Amsterdam during World War II. Enjoying movies and cookies at Anne's apartment meant "we didn't think about it at that moment," the...

Amsterdam's Stedelijk modern art museum names new director

Jun. 7, 2019 8:28 AM EDT

THE HAGUE, Netherlands (AP) — The Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam says it has appointed Rein Wolfs as its new director, replacing Jan Willem Sieburgh, who filled the prestigious role on an interim basis after the previous director quit. The modern and contemporary art museum in the Dutch capital announced...