The Netherlands’ Queen Maxima dusts off 120-year-old diamond tiara for glittering state visit

Despite their best intentions of portraying royals as “one of us”, there are some staggering differences that are too difficult to ignore – largely the general population’s lack of a diamond tiara from the family vault. After Meghan Markle opted for a …

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Palestinians ask International Criminal Court to investigate Israel

THE HAGUE, Netherlands >> Calling it a “historic step” toward justice, the Palestinian foreign minister asked the International Criminal Court on Tuesday to open an “immediate investigation” into alleged Israeli crimes committed against the Palestinian people. The development was sure to worsen the already troubled relations between the internationally backed Palestinian Authority and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s government.

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Trio jailed after attempting to smuggle 19 migrants into Southwold

The three people were arrested after the boat – Flamingo – arrived into Southwold harbour on October 15 last year, having sailed across the North Sea from the Netherlands. Shortly after the boat landed, National Crime Agency officers and the Border Force coastal patrol vessel ‘Alert’ moved in and Yevhenii Vasylkov, 30, and Yupi Karakin, 27, were arrested, alongside a number of migrants who were still on the vessel.

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AI Expo: The AI Expo Europe Announces Initial Line-up of Keynote Speakers for Amsterdam Event

May 17, 2018–The AI Expo Europe is set to arrive in the hub of AI innovation, Amsterdam, The Netherlands, in under 6 weeks’ time and aims to ‘deliver AI for a smarter future.’ The leading conference and exhibition will take place in the RAI, Amsterdam on 27-28 June, with over 8,000 attendees coming together to hear keynote presentations, panel discussions and to explore the start-up innovation area , focusing on the latest innovations in the AI & IoT landscape.

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Two previously unreadable pages of Anne Frank’s diary deciphered, reveal dirty jokes

Researchers using digital technology deciphered the writing on two pages of Anne Frank’s diary that she had pasted over with brown masking paper, discovering four naughty jokes and a candid explanation of sex, contraception and prostitution. “Anyone who reads the passages that have now been discovered will be unable to suppress a smile,” said Frank van Vree, director of the Netherlands Institute for War, Holocaust and Genocide Studies. “The ‘dirty’ jokes are classics among growing children. They make it clear that Anne, with all her gifts, was above all also an ordinary girl.” Anne, age 13 at the time, wrote the two pages on Sept. 28, 1942, less than three months after she, her family and another Jewish family went into hiding from the Nazis in a secret annex behind a canal-side house in Amsterdam. Later on, possibly fearing prying eyes or no longer liking what she had written, she covered them over with brown paper with an adhesive backing like a postage stamp, and their content remained a tantalizing mystery for decades. It turns out the pages contained four jokes about sex that Anne herself described as “dirty” and an explanation of women’s sexual development, sex, contraception and prostitution. “They bring us even closer to the girl and the writer Anne Frank,” Ronald Leopold, executive director of the Anne Frank House museum, said Tuesday.

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Syria Used Chlorine Gas in February Attack, Chemical Weapons Inspectors Confirm

(THE HAGUE, Netherlands) — The international chemical weapons watchdog said Wednesday that chlorine was likely used as a weapon in the rebel-held northern Syrian town of Saraqeb in early February, the latest report of poison gas being unleashed in Syria …

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De Correspondent gets cash injection from Omidyar Network for global launch

De Correspondent, a reader-funded news publisher based in the Netherlands, announced Monday that it has raised $950,000 from Omidyar Network—an investment fund set up by billionaire eBay co-founder Pierre Omidyar—to finance the launch of a global …

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