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Dutch have confidence in their queen

A Dutch current affairs programme that interviewed 2,600 people found that 80 percent have confidence in Queen Beatrix. She was awarded 7.5 points on a scale of 1 to 10. 80 percent also believe Crown Prince Willem Alexander is ready to ascend the throne, but a majority said there was no need for the queen […]

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National poet elected in the Netherlands

Ramsey Nasr has been voted National Poet of the Netherlands. The winner of the internet vote was announced live on television on Wednesday evening. Mr Nasr follows in the footsteps of Driek van Wissen, Gerrit Komrij and Simon Vinkenoog. A total of 19,600 people cast their vote. All poets were allowed to enter, but a […]

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Dutch royal couple to visit Antarctica

To underscore the commitment of the Netherlands to the management of the Antarctic region, Dutch Crown Prince Willem-Alexander and Princess Máxima will spend three days next month in Antarctica. The royal couple will be accompanied by Ronald Plasterk, the Minister of Education, Culture and Science, and by Jos Engelen, Chairman of the Netherlands Organisation for […]

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Israel rejects EU calls for immediate cease-fire

Israel has rejected a call by the European Union for an immediate cease-fire in the Gaza Strip. Foreign Minister Tzipi Livni does not want international observers to be stationed in the region once hostilities have ended. However, Israel has asked for European support to find the tunnels used by Palestinians to smuggle weapons into the […]

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Protest against Israeli assault on Gaza

Several thousand people gathered in Amsterdam’s Museum Square on Saturday to protest against the Israeli assault on the Gaza Strip. The demonstration also targetted the Dutch government; according to many protesters, The Hague is also responsible for the violence unless it explicitly condemns the Israeli attacks. The protest has been organised by a coalition of […]

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Hamas has gone underground

The large-scale Israeli offensive in Gaza has sent Hamas leaders and operatives physically under the ground. They are nowhere to be seen. None of them have appeared in public or in the media apart from a recorded speech by Hamas government chief Ismael Haniya. Prominent Hamas leader Nizar Rayan, who chose to remain on ground level, was killed Thursday […]

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Guinea in chaos after long-term president’s death

It is unclear who is in control in Guinea following the death of long-term president Lansana Conté aged 74. An army captain has announced on state radio that the constitution has been suspended, the government dismissed and union activities banned. Under the constitution, the parliamentary speaker should have assumed power until the outcome of presidential […]

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US soldier claims asylum in Germany over Iraq

Andre Shepherd, 31, has become the first American soldier to seek asylum from the United States in Germany after deserting the US Army. He cited the atrocities and illegalities of the war in Iraq, as well as President Bush’s role in launching an invasion on the basis of “no legal grounds whatsoever.” He said he […]

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Book reveals secrets of a royal marriage

After 52 years of secrecy, royal historian Cees Fasseur has been given sole access to the private archives of the Dutch royal family. In his book, Juliana & Bernhard. The story of a marriage, 1935-1956, he reveals the intrigues – particularly the influence of faith healer Greet Hofmans – that almost led to a royal divorce, the […]

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Easy, low-carbon living in chic Stockholm suburb

A chic, high-tech suburb of Stockholm could hold part of the answer to reducing daily energy and waste consumption as part of the global battle to fight climate change. As EU countries lock horns over a deal to slash CO2 emissions across the continent, the inhabitants of Hammarby Sjöstad are effortlessly reducing their carbon footprint […]

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