Latest Netherlands News

Parachutists jump over Dutch heath to mark WWII operation

Sep. 21, 2019 9:23 AM EDT

GINKEL HEATH, Netherlands (AP) — Parachutes glowing gold and white against clear blue skies, hundreds of paratroopers floated to the ground in the eastern Netherlands on Saturday to mark the 75th anniversary of a daring but ultimately unsuccessful mission that Allied commanders hoped would bring a swift...

AP Explains: Brownface part of racist face makeup history

Sep. 20, 2019 12:29 AM EDT

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — The scandal surrounding Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau after a yearbook photo showing him in brownface at a 2001 costume party was published is bringing attention to a practice that scholars say white people have been using for years to demean minorities. In the picture,...

At 98, D-Day vet jumps again, with eyes on the big 100

Sep. 19, 2019 4:28 PM EDT

GROESBEEK, Netherlands (AP) — Jump by jump, 98-year-old D-Day veteran Tom Rice is nudging closer to his goal of leaping out of planes at age 100. The American who caused a sensation in June by parachuting into Normandy for the 75th anniversary of the 1944 D-Day landings was at it again on Thursday. This...

Dutch soccer player Kelvin Maynard killed in Amsterdam

Sep. 19, 2019 6:47 AM EDT

THE HAGUE, Netherlands (AP) — Dutch police say that a man killed in an overnight shooting was former professional soccer player Kelvin Maynard. Police in Amsterdam confirmed his identity Thursday morning. The 32-year-old Dutchman died Wednesday night after being shot in the city. Maynard was a defender for...

Group busted for alleged pay-TV fraud in Europe

Sep. 18, 2019 10:28 AM EDT

THE HAGUE, Netherlands (AP) — A European Union law enforcement agency says it helped bust a criminal network that was allegedly responsible for fraud with pay-TV subscription services, in the first case of its kind on the continent. EU judicial coordination agency Eurojust said one person was arrested and...

Outrage at slaying of witness's lawyer in Dutch gang trial

Sep. 18, 2019 9:55 AM EDT

AMSTERDAM (AP) — A lawyer who represented a key witness in a major Dutch organized crime trial was shot dead in Amsterdam early Wednesday, sparking outrage and calls for a tougher crackdown on violent underworld gangs. Police said 44-year-old lawyer Derk Wiersum was fatally shot in a suburb on the edge of...

Dutch men who wanted Area 51 video get jail for trespass

Sep. 17, 2019 3:38 PM EDT

LAS VEGAS (AP) — Two Dutch tourists who told authorities they wanted to take video of Area 51 have pleaded guilty to misdemeanor trespass and illegal parking following their arrests at a different secure U.S. government site in Nevada. A judge on Monday sentenced Govert Sweep, 21, and Ties Granzier, 20, to...

Dutch government to reform business tax rules

Sep. 17, 2019 10:22 AM EDT

THE HAGUE, Netherlands (AP) — The Dutch government said Tuesday it plans to reform a business tax rule that allows wealthy multinationals to reduce the amount of tax they pay on their profits. The government said the plan, which has to be passed by parliament, will generate 265 million euros ($292 million)...

Palestinian sues Israeli military commanders for war crimes

Sep. 17, 2019 6:54 AM EDT

THE HAGUE, Netherlands (AP) — Pitching his case as a David-versus-Goliath fight, a Dutch-Palestinian man went to court in the Netherlands Tuesday seeking damages from two former Israeli military commanders for their roles in a 2014 airstrike on a Gaza house that killed six members of his family. One of the...

Dutch-based court files new charges against Hariri suspect

Sep. 16, 2019 11:42 AM EDT

THE HAGUE, Netherlands (AP) — A U.N.-backed court based in the Netherlands unveiled new charges Monday, including terrorism and intentional homicide, against a Hezbollah fighter who also is accused of assassinating former Lebanese Prime Minister Rafiq Hariri. The Special Tribunal for Lebanon announced that...