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-FILE- In this Friday March 29, 2019, file image tourists bathing in a red glow emanating from the windows and peep shows' neon lights are packed shoulder to shoulder as they shuffle through the alleys in Amsterdam's red light district, Netherlands. The capital is banning tours that take groups past the city's famed

Amsterdam bans tour groups from sex workers' windows

Feb. 13, 2020 11:51 AM EST

AMSTERDAM (AP) — The local government in Amsterdam has banned guided tours that take groups past the famed windows in the city's red-light district where visitors watch semi-naked sex workers pose. The move announced Thursday is the city government's latest attempt to address over-tourism and to clean up...

Dutch police: Letter bomb contained extortion demand

Feb. 12, 2020 10:06 AM EST

THE HAGUE, Netherlands (AP) — A letter bomb that detonated Wednesday in an Amsterdam mail sorting center was sent by an extortionist who is demanding payment in bitcoins, police said. Nobody was injured when the package went off in the mail sorting office. A half hour later, another letter bomb went off in...

Former Nissan Chairman Carlos Ghosn speaks to Japanese media during an interview in Beirut, Lebanon, Friday, Jan. 10, 2020. A lawyer for Carlos Ghosn, Nissan's former chairman who skipped bail in Japan and fled to Lebanon, on Friday slammed a gaffe by the Japanese justice minister who said that Ghosn should “prove

Ghosn seeks documents in Amsterdam wrongful dismissal case

Feb. 10, 2020 9:59 AM EST

THE HAGUE, Netherlands (AP) — Lawyers representing fugitive former Nissan chairman Carlos Ghosn in a wrongful dismissal case went to court in Amsterdam on Monday seeking disclosure of evidence that led to Ghosn being fired. Ghosn’s Dutch lawyer Roeland de Mol said after the hearing that he wants a...

All aboard: Amsterdam-London nonstop train service to start

Feb. 4, 2020 7:11 AM EST

THE HAGUE, Netherlands (AP) — A nonstop train from Amsterdam to London will begin services at the end of April, the Dutch government announced Tuesday. Roger van Boxtel, president-director of Dutch rail company NS, said the new service will improve transport ties between the Netherlands and Britain despite...

In this photo taken by Britain's Kate, Duchess of Cambridge and made available on Sunday Jan. 26, 2020, Steven Frank BEM, aged 84, originally from Amsterdam, who survived multiple concentration camps as a child, is pictured alongside his granddaughters Maggie and Trixie Fleet, aged 15 and 13. (The Duchess of Cambridge via AP)

Duchess of Cambridge takes images for Holocaust Memorial Day

Jan. 26, 2020 5:42 PM EST

LONDON (AP) — The Duchess of Cambridge is participating in Holocaust Memorial Day observances with photographs she took of survivors for an exhibition marking the 75th anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz-Birkenau. The former Kate Middleton, an avid photo buff, described the survivors in her...

Prime Minister of Netherlands Mark Rutte attends a meeting with Italian Premier Giuseppe Conte at Palazzo Chigi government's office, in Rome, Wednesday, Jan. 15, 2020. (AP Photo/Andrew Medichini)

Dutch premier issues historic apology at Holocaust memorial

Jan. 26, 2020 12:10 PM EST

AMSTERDAM (AP) — Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte apologized Sunday for the failure of officials in the Nazi-occupied country during World War II to do more to prevent the deportation and murder of just over 100,000 Jews. Rutte made the historic apology at the country's annual Holocaust commemoration in...

Dutch traveler arrested at Cairo airport over illegal drugs

Jan. 24, 2020 4:38 AM EST

CAIRO (AP) — Cairo airport authorities arrested a Dutch passenger of Egyptian decent on Friday, saying he was carrying illegal drugs in his luggage. The passenger, who landed from Amsterdam earlier in the morning, was stopped and a search of his baggage uncovered nearly 60 grams (2 ounces) of three...

A journalist takes a closer look at the previously contested painting by Dutch master Vincent van Gogh, a 1889 self-portrait, of which the authenticity was confirmed during a press conference in Amsterdam, Netherlands, Monday, Jan. 20, 2020. The painting, which belongs to the National Museum in Norway, was painted at the Saint-Paul de Mausole psychiatric institution in Saint-Remy de Provence, France. (AP Photo/Peter Dejong)

Experts say Vincent van Gogh self-portrait is genuine

Jan. 20, 2020 6:37 AM EST

AMSTERDAM (AP) — After years of doubts about its authenticity, experts in Amsterdam have confirmed that a Vincent van Gogh self-portrait was indeed painted by the Dutch master as he recovered in a French asylum from a mental breakdown. Van Gogh Museum researcher Louis van Tilborgh dispelled the doubts...

Scores of people pick free tulips on Dam Square in front of the Royal Palace in Amsterdam, Netherlands, Saturday, Jan. 18, 2020, on national tulip day which marks the opening of the 2020 season. (AP Photo/Peter Dejong)

Away winter blues! Netherlands marks National Tulip Day

Jan. 18, 2020 4:20 PM EST

AMSTERDAM (AP) — Winter blues 0, joyful color 1. Tulip growers in the Netherlands beat back winter — if only for a day — with a riotous explosion of color Saturday as they turned an Amsterdam square into a multi-colored feast for cold-dulled senses to mark National Tulip Day. Several thousand...

Valencia's goalkeeper Jaume Domenech saves on a shot by Ajax's Sergino Dest, center, during the group H Champions League soccer match between Ajax and Valencia at the Johan Cruyff ArenA in Amsterdam, Netherlands, Tuesday, Dec. 10, 2019. (AP Photo/Peter Dejong)

US soccer defender Dest leaving Ajax training camp in Qatar

Jan. 9, 2020 1:59 PM EST

AMSTERDAM (AP) — Ajax and United States defender Sergiño Dest is leaving the Amsterdam club's winter training camp in Qatar amid high tensions in the Mideast, the club announced on Thursday. Ajax said Dest asked to leave the camp because “he did not feel comfortable.” The club said it...