It’s probably no coincidence that between 12,000 and 15,000 bikes are hauled out of the city’s canals every year. Photograph: Thinkstock

Some 60% of residents use their bikes daily and 84% rate journey very enjoyable

UN secretary general Ban Ki-moon during the opening of the International Criminal Court complex in the Hague, The Netherlands. Photograph: EPA/Koen van Weel

With permanent home finally open, the ICC must live up to its aspirations

 Dutch police stand guard by a cordoned-off area outside Amsterdam’s Schiphol Airport after it was partially evacuated following a security alert on April 12th. The Dutch government has published draft proposals that would give its security services  new powers to intercept internet traffic. Photograph: Michel van Bergen/AFP/Getty Images

The Netherlands is already the most heavily phone-tapped country in the world

Dutch justice minister Ard van der Steur answering questions about intelligence failures in the lead-up to the terrorist attacks in Brussels on March 22nd. Photograph: Bart Maat/EPA

Authorities overlooked vital warnings after Ibrahim el-Bakraoui was deported by Turkey

MDLinking’s founder, Hans Flu, is also a surgeon

Dutch surgeon Hans Flu has created an app for doctors to link up online

According to  Raqqa is Being Slaughtered Silently, eight of the Dutch fighters are reported to have been “executed” in Maadan last Friday, after being accused of “attempted desertion and mutiny”. Photograph: Reuters/Stringer

Families in the Netherlands of fighters in Syria attempt to verify reports of executions

Dutch far-right Party for Freedom (PVV) leader Geert Wilders: said that if a bullet came “from the left”,  he would know where it came from. Photograph: Alessandro Garofalo/Reuters

Right-wing leader called ‘threat to democracy’ as politicians fret at anti-migrant threats

The cockpit wreckage of Flight MH17: on December 15th, Putin signed a  law allowing the Constitutional Court in Moscow to overrule  decisions of international courts where they contradict the principle of supremacy of the Russian constitution. Photograph: Dean Mouhtaropoulos/Getty Images

Russia is unlikely to compensate the families of 298 people who died in crash over Ukraine

The recently-discovered “The Temptation of Saint Anthony” is presented at the Noordbrabants Museum in Den Bosch, The Netherlands. Photograph: EPA/Piroschka van de Wouw

‘The Temptation of Saint Anthony’ bought by Missouri museum in 1935 but later thought to have been by student of Bosch

Former Ivory Coast president Laurent Gbagbo arrives for the start of his trial at the International Criminal Court in The Hague. Photograph: EPA/Peter DeJong /Pool

Ivory Coast ex-president is first former head of state to go on trial in international court

European Commission first vice-president Frans Timmermans says most of those fleeing to Europe are economic migrants. Photograph: Yves Herman/Reuters

Dutch commissioner Frans Timmermans says 60% of arrivals are economic migrants

Mayor of Amsterdam Eberhard van der Laan, who has said two sexual assaults in the city in the past six months ‘appear’ to have involved asylum seekers. Photograph:  ChinaFotoPress/Getty Images

Amsterdam mayor felt obliged to pass on hearsay about sexual crimes to city council

Something about the boy? In total, 82,000 boys were born in the Netherlands last year, 720 of whom were named Liam. Photograph: Getty Images

Other names on list included Genius, Goodluck, Amen, Godmother, You and Eh.

Geert Wilders, leader of the Freedom Party: it would “not be long” before the Netherlands faced Cologne-style “group attacks” on women. Photograph: Jasper Juinen/Bloomberg

This is the second time pig carcasses have been used to send anti-immigrant message

Police stand in front of protesters during a demonstration about plans to open a refugee centre in the town of Geldermalsen, the Netherlands, in December. The debate around the refugee crisis has become increasingly heated in the country. Photograph:   Jeroen Jumelet/AFP/Getty Images)

Children cycling to school in town of Loon op Zand to be accompanied over ‘parent fears’

Dutch far-right Freedom Party leader Geert Wilders: his comments led to a record 6,400 complaints to the police. Photograph: AFP/ ANP/Martijn Beekman

Dutch far-right politician directed comments at Moroccan community

Dutch right-wing anti-immigrant politician Geert Wilders:  warned that Dutch workers faced being priced out of their jobs. Photograph: Martijn Beekman/AFP/Getty Images

Scaremongering by xenophobic right-wing parties distorts reality

Police officers face protesters outside   a council meeting in Geldermalsen, the Netherlands, on Wednesday night  over plans to open a  centre for 1,500 refugees. Photograph: Jeroen Jumelet/EPA

Police fire warning shots in Geldermalsen, as anti-migrant anger grows in Netherlands

The reconstructed wreckage of the Malaysian Airlines Boeing 777, which was shot down over Ukraine in July. Photograph: Michael Kooren/Reuters

Key evidence by Ukranian security service may be compromised, Dutch warned

Dutch right-wing politician Geert Wilders, who said it would be good for Europe and America if Donald Trump became the next US president. Photograph: Michael Kooren/Reuters

Dutch right-wing politician backs controversial Republican candidate on Twitter

Edward Snowden: classified documents he published  revealed the way global surveillance programmes work. Photograph: Mandel Ngan/AFP/Getty Images

Edward Snowden documents showed data intercepted by the Netherlands plays crucial role in US covert operations in Somalia

The wrecked cockpit of Flight MH17 during a presentation of the final report into the aircraft’s crash. Photograph: AFP Photo/Emmanuel Dunand

Items said to be associated with flight placed on auction website

 Dutch prime minister Mark Rutte:  The  “mini Schengen” plan of cutting back the borderless zone to just five countries – the Netherlands, Germany, Belgium, Luxemburg and Austria – was being discussed before the Paris attacks. Photograph: Martijn Beekman/EPA

Mounting pressure from right-wing parties recasts refugee debate as security concern

Teenaged girls in the Netherlands are  more likely to become “anxious” about rejection if their posts are not “liked” by their friends and shared with approval among their peers. Photograph:  Karen Bleier/Getty Images/AFP

Girls more likely to be uneasy if they cannot get online due to fear of missing something important

Sesame Street muppets Grover and Elmo. Proposed Dutch channel move has been described as ‘outrageous’. Photograph: Paul Zimmerman/WireImage

Minister aims to ensure public broadcasters do not boost ratings with entertainment

Prime minister Mark Rutte: a No vote would be hugely embarrassing for him. Photograph: Yves Herman/Reuters

Netherlands poll on Ukraine treaty could be hijacked to focus on migration policy

Inhabitants react during a council meeting about the arrival of refugees in their town Steenbergen, The Netherlands  . Photograph:  Robert Vos/AFP/Getty Images

Number of immigrants arriving in the Netherlands this year expected to top 60,000

Irish barrister Coman Kenny, with the skyline of Phnom Penh in the background

Irish barrister says inquiry into activities of Cambodia’s Khmer Rouge is essential

The cockpit wreckage of MH17: the puncture marks were caused by the shrapnel of a Russian-made Buk missile. Photograph: Dean Mouhtaropoulos/Getty Images

Dutch follow due process to make sense of disaster over eastern Ukraine

Russian tanks drive from Georgia’s breakaway region of South Ossetia towards the Roki tunnel that leads into Russia following the five-day war with Georgia in August, 1988. Photograph: Vasily Fedosenko/Reuters

Evidence peacekeepers and civilians killed in 2008 conflict between Russia and Georgia

The wreckage of the Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 is exhibited during a presentation of the final report on the cause of the its crash at the Gilze Rijen airbase. Photograph: Getty Images

Dutch report finds missile fired from land held by pro-Russian rebels in Ukraine

Afghans donate blood for those injured in Kunduz fighting, in Kabul, Afghanistan. The bombing of a hospital in Kunduz killed 22 people, 12 of them Médecins Sans Frontières staff. Photograph: Hedayatullah Amid/EPA

Unlikely the US will ever submit to the authority of the ICC, despite supporting it

The   Rembrandt wedding portraits jointly purchased by France and the Netherlands. Photograph: Rijksmuseum

Two portraits jointly purchased for €160m by French and Dutch governments

Dutch prime minister Mark Rutte. There have been reports of one prospective politician telling a youth wing meeting of Rutte’s Liberal party that he feared “beheadings” on the streets. Photographer: Jasper Juinen/Bloomberg

A statement from Dutch counterterrorism expert Dick Schoof seems multilayered

Ahmad al-Mahdi al-Faqi is first person charged with destroying religious heritage

Individuals, families or groups of students can help house some of the thousands of refugees fleeing Syria. Photograph: AFP Photo/Getty Images

Refugeehero.com allows people to offer refugees temporary free accommodation

Geert Wilders of the Freedom Party: said the uncontrolled movement of refugees across Europe represented an “Islamic invasion” that had to be stopped. Photograph: Michel Porro/Getty Images

Attitude reflects growing support in Netherlands for anti-immigrant Freedom Party

  Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte: the Dutch proposal involves registering refugees in safe countries as close as possible to the war zones they are trying to escape. Photograph: Julien Warnand/EPA

Rutte hopes to get support for what he sees as better logistic solution

Geert Wilders: claims arrival of refugees from war-torn countries being used as cover by economic migrants. Photograph: Emmanuel Dunand/AFP/Getty Images

Dutch right-wing politician made claims during parliamentary debate on refugee crisis

Norway’s minister of Justice Anders Amundsen  and Dutch state secretary for security and justice Klaas Dijkhoff. Photograph: Catrinus Van Der Veen/AFP/Getty

Dutch minister wants early registration before migrants are resettled across Europe

Congolese militia leader Bosco Ntaganda sits in the courtroom of the International Criminal Court during the first day of his trial at The Hague in the Netherlands. Photograph: Michael Kooren

Congolese militia leader faces charges of rape and sexual slavery

Thirteen-year-old Glaucia has just started his second year in post-primary school and will be allowed remain in The Netherlands

Father suspected of war crimes during Angolan civil war to be deported

The Netherlands Institute for Sound and Vision (Beeld en Geluid) looks after and provides access to 70 per cent of the Dutch audio-visual heritage

Public broadcasters have been told to be more creative – or else lose funding

Gláucio (13) was born in the Netherlands and has just started his second year in post-primary school.

Father is regarded as a potential war criminal and is not eligible for refugee status

The port at  the Hook of Holland. Photograph: Julien Warnand/EPA

Migrant crisis: Talks held after France tightens security measures in coastal city

Members of Islamic State speaking in a video they recorded in which they called on Muslims to travel to IS areas to join the radical jihadist group: a number of Dutch children have recently threatened to travel to Iraq or Syria to join Islamic State. Photograph: Ho/AFP/Getty Images

Dutch children placed in foster homes for wanting to become jihadists offered no help

Collapse of Imtech - which has a workforce of more than 22,000 in 35 countries, including Ireland, and annual sales of more than €4 billion - is one of the biggest blows to the Dutch business sector in the seven years since the start of the economic crisis.

Sale of two divisions may secure 7,300 jobs from its workforce of more than 22,000 in 35 countries, including Ireland

Personal belongings and luggage at the crash site of Malaysia Airlines flight MH17. Investigators have met to prepare their final report, due in October. Photograph: EPA/Anastasia Vlasov

Investigators meet to prepare report

Sail Amsterdam – the world’s largest free nautical festival, featuring more than 600 tall ships – plans to ask male visitors to the Dutch capital next week to pee in special locations, so that their urine can be turned into fertiliser. Photograph: Marcel Antonisse/AFP/Getty Images

Sail Amsterdam to harvest 100,000 litres of urine from males, in agriculture initiative

Kenya’s president Uhuru Kenyatta shakes hands with Barack Obama last month. The US president’s visit came six months after the case against Mr Kenyatta collapsed. Photograph: Saul Loeb/AFP/Getty Images

Lawyers urge judges not to let prosecutor drop investigation of Kenyan leader

The wreckage of  Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 near the village of Hrabove in the Donetsk region of Ukraine. Photograph: Maxim Shemetov/Reuters

Russia’s Security Council veto means other means may be used to find those responsible

Rob Bertholee, head of  Dutch security service AIVD: the agency said there had been an increase in Russian intelligence operations. Photograph: Bart Maat/AFP/Getty Images

Dutch secret service say ‘Ivan A’ identified after he met diplomat under surveillance

Dutch politician Geert Wilders, who is facing prosecution for allegedly inciting hatred. Photograph: Michael Kooren/Reuters

Ahmed Aboutaleb tells of hurt following Dutch politician’s comments at rally

A man takes a photograph with his smartphone of a painting depicting US president Barack Obama and his Kenyan counterpart Uhuru Kenyatta at the Pre-Global Entrepreneurship Summit in Nairobi on Thursday, on the eve of Obama’s visit to Kenya. Photograph: Simon Maina/AFP/Getty Images

Despite terror threat, the media focus is on contentious handshake with deputy president

Relatives and friends of victims of Malaysia Airlines Flight MH17 gather in front of a wall of stuffed toys, flowers, drawings, and personal messages in  Nieuwegein, the Netherlands. Photograph: Phil Nijhuis/EPA

Loved ones gather a year on from the shooting down of Malaysia Airlines plane

ICC chief prosecutor Fatou Bensouda: has written to the Kenyan ambassador to the Netherlands stating that she is “immune” from summons by the Kenyan judges. Photograph: Cellou Binani/AFP/Getty Images

Prosecutor summonsed in case aimed at revealing secret list believed to name those behind post-election violence in Kenya in(...)

People walk with balloons and white roses during a silent march for the late Mitch Henriquez in the Zuiderpark in The Hague  on July 4th: his death in police custody triggered riots in the city. Photograph: Martijn Beekman/AFP/Getty Images

Fatality of man after arrest in Hague prompts call for ban of dangerous move

The internet is now officially regarded as an economic engine of primary importance in China. Photograph: How Hwee Young/EPA

New online development in China could earn the equivalent Australia’s GDP – in a single year

Riot police patrol in the Schilderswijk district of The Hague during the third night of riots following the death of a tourist in police custody. Photograph: Marco de Swart/AFP/Getty Images

Death from lack of oxygen most likely ‘caused by the police’, says prosecutor

 A Bosnian Muslim woman, a survivor of the Srebrenica massacre, reads the names of Muslims killed in the former UN safe zone of Srebrenica as she visits a memorial in Potocari in 2008. At least 8,000 Muslim men and boys were  massacred by Bosnian Serbs in 1995.     Photograph: Damir Sagolj/Reuters

Programme says US, Britain and France agreed among themselves to end air strikes in Bosnia but did not tell Dutch government

Palestinian Authority foreign minister Riyad al-Maliki leaves the International Criminal Court  in The Hague, having submitted files on alleged Israeli war crimes in Gaza, continuing Israeli settlement expansion and alleged maltreatment of Palestinian prisones. Photograph: Robin Van Lonkhuijsen/ AFP/Getty Images

Move is counter-productive, says White House; a cynical move, says Israel

Police officers ride through the centre of Utrecht on Thursday. The police workers’ union has announced it  will stage actions during the grand départ of the Tour de France in Utrecht on July 4th. Photograph: Jeroen Jumelet/EPA

Police union says it will set up traffic checkpoint for support vehicles on Rotterdam bridge in row over pay

Experts said that the Dutch decision was unlikely to affect prices on the EU’s emission trading system.

Netherlands government told it cannot hide behind international negotiations

Geert Wilders: When the cartoons did not appear on TV, Wilders reacted on Twitter, accusing NOS of “sabotage”, adding that the cartoons had been posted on YouTube. Photograph: Olivier Hoslet/EPA

Plans to broadcast cartoons caricaturing Muhammad on Dutch TV did not go ahead

Right-wing Dutch politician Geert Wilders  at the European Parliament in Brussels, Belgium, yesterday.  Photograph: Yves Herman/Reuters

Geert Wilders due to broadcast caricatures of the Prophet Muhammad today

Sudanese president Omar al-Bashir returns from South Africa to Khartoum on Monday, avoiding arrest over war crimes charges. Photograph: Marwan Al/EPA

African nations unite to protect president of Sudan against arrest for Darfur war crimes

Dutch right-wing politician Geert Wilders, who plans to air cartoons of the prophet Muhammad on  television. Photograph: Evert-Jan Daniels/EPA

Right-wing politician Geert Wilders plans to air the images on television later this month

Nigeria’s newly-elected president Muhammadu Buhari arrives to attend a working session with outreach guests at the G7 summit in Bavaria, Germany, on Monday. Human rights campaigners hope Mr Buhari might be encouraged to purge the upper echelons of the Nigerian army and security services. Photograph: Carl Court/Getty Images

Call by Amnesty International follows ‘sickening’ report alleging human rights abuses

Dutch politician Geert Wilders, who says he plans to show cartoons of the Prophet Mohammed in a television slot reserved for his anti-Islam Freedom Party. Photograph: Michael Kooren/Reuters

Move follows parliament’s refusal to exhibit the cartoons on its premises, says politician

Dutch prime minister Mark Rutte: with relations already tense over the shooting-down of Malaysia Airlines flight MH17, he said: “We condemn Russia’s actions – and we have told them so.” Photograph: ANP/Siese Veenstra/AFP

Mark Rutte says ban on entry to Russia lacks ‘foundation in international law’

A motorbike is unloaded from a truck after a Dutch police raid in Oirsbeek where two Bandidos members were arrested. Some 400 armed police backed by helicopters targeted 30 locations in Limburg and border regions. Photograph: Henri Haenen

Authorities find five rocket-propelled grenade launchers and six automatic handguns

Screengrab taken from YouTube of a video showing Islamic State  fighters, who claimed  to be British, appearing in a recruitment video for  IS. Photograph:   YouTube/PA

Muslim group says Netherlands failed to prevent teenage children joining Islamic State

Dutch politician Geert Wilders speaks at the Muhammad art contest in Garland, Texas, on Sunday. Two gunmen were killed in an attack on the event. Photograph: Mike Stone/Reuters

Amsterdam Letter: Distinguished historian Geert Mak charges the Dutch political and cultural elite with going silent on right-wing(...)

Pieter-Jaap Aalbersberg, head of the recovery mission of Malaysia Airlines flight MH17: ‘We have done everything that is humanly possible.’ Photograph: Robin Van Lonkhuijsen/EPA

"We have done everything that is humanly possible," says search leader

The Netherlands’ king Willem-Alexander and Queen Maxima sample regional cuisine during King’s Day (Koningsdag), the celebration of the birthday of the king, in Dordrecht on April 27th, 2015. Photograph: Phil Nijhuis/AFP/Getty Images

Order of Orange-Nassau bestowed upon bogus recipient for non-existent charitable work

Dutch and Malaysian investigators  digging on the site where the bulk of  Malaysian Airlines flight MH17 was shot down in the  Donetsk People’s Republic. Photograph: Odd Andersen/AFP/Getty Images

Images used of body parts from Malaysia Airlines wreckage to illustrate public lecture

A vigil this week in Abuja, Nigeria, for the girls who were abducted by Boko Haram from a secondary school in Chibok.  Photograph: Afolabi Sotunde/Reuters

Request made to International Criminal Court by influential global justice centre

Sex workers in the Netherlands are expected to register with their local chamber of commerce, have a VAT number and pay income tax

Employee said to have charged €450 an hour as prostitute specialising in sadomasochism

Jacobus Cornelis Haartsen: inventor of Bluetooth, the wireless networking system used by millions of people and billions of devices every day

Bluetooth creator Jaap Haartsen is to be honoured as a great technological innovator

Jewish teenager  Anne Frank died of typhus in the Bergen-Belsen concentration camp in May 1945 at the age of 15. Photograph: AFP/Getty Images

In book published about resistance heroine author reveals relative as the prime suspect

Judge Silvia Fernandez de Gurmendi (61) of Argentina – first female president of the International Criminal Court

In the ICC, male judges outnumber females by 11 to six but women are now taking on influential positions

The Netherlands prime minister Mark Rutte: his party has just produced a seven-page position paper suggesting it’s time for Europe to close its borders to refugees and asylum-seekers. Photograph: Thierry Charlier/AFP/Getty Images

Austerity and terrorism have made people in The Netherlands more conservative

Dutch Prime minister Mark Rutte talks to journalists after a debate in the parliament about the resignation of Dutch Justice minister Ivo Opstelten and his deputy Fred Teeven, in The Hague.

Police found Walther P22 gas pistol, ammunition and silencer at home of 17-year-old

Electronic cigarettes: Dutch research found that the products varied considerably. Photograph: Chris Ratcliffe/Bloomberg

Research showed vapour contained impurities at levels that could be detrimental to health

Sudan’s president Omar Hassan al-Bashir addresses Sufi supporters during a campaign rally of the ruling National Congress Party ahead of a presidential election next month. He has been wanted since 2009 on charges of genocide in Darfur. Photograph: Mohamed Nureldin Abdallah/Reuters

International Criminal Court is weakened by the UN Security Council

Aisling Casey: ‘There’s huge interest in Irish music here [Amsterdam]. But I wanted to show that the range of that music is much broader than most people expect.’ Photograph: Fred van’t Slot

Casey co-founded Dutch-Irish music festival in Amsterdam, in a venue she helped create

Dutch prime minister Mark Rutte at the DAF factory in Eindhoven in February. Rutte’s Liberal Party and his junior coalition partners, Labour, are expected to lose heavily to Geert Wilders’ right-wing Freedom Party in provincial elections. Photograph: Getty Images

Government suffers second setback just days after prime minister Mark Rutte said jihadists would be ‘better dead’ than returning t(...)

Gemalto chief executive Olivier Piou said an internal investigation had shown that in 2010 and 2011 there had been ‘two particularly sophisticated intrusions’. Photograph: Ian Langsdon/EPA

Security services tried to steal encryption keys, says world’s largest SIM card maker

Gemalto chief executive Olivier Piou said an internal investigation had shown that in 2010 and 2011 there had been ‘two particularly sophisticated intrusions’. Photograph: Ian Langsdon/EPA

Security services tried to steal encryption keys, says Gemalto

Campaigners supporting the Assisted Suicide Scotland Bill during a rally outside the Scottish Parliament in Edinburgh on February 17th. The Netherlands legalised assisted suicide in 2002 but the issue remains controversial there. Photograph: David Cheskin/PA Wire

Hague Letter: A new survey shows nearly two-thirds of doctors had helped patients to die

The cyberattack on the Netherlands began at 10am local time on Tuesday and continued for at least seven hours, during which all the main government websites were out of action. Photograph: Dominic Lipinski/PA Wire

Alarm over fact that site host mistook external attack for technical problem

Conspiracy theories: the West says the killers were Russian-backed separatists while Moscow claims the missile was fired by Ukrainian air force. Photograph: Koen Van Weel/EPA

Dutch unwillingness to set out details of warning has led to growing suspicion

Croatia’s justice minister Orsat Miljenic (left) shakes hands with his Serbian counterpart Nikola Selkovic prior to a session of the International Court of Justice in The Hague  yesterday. Photograph: AP Photo/Peter Dejong

International Court of Justice draws line between ethnic cleansing and genocide

Facebook: in a world where hacking is increasingly the criminals’ tool of choice, how well-equipped are we to drive cyber investigations in pursuit of crucial evidence?  Photograph: Reuters/Dado Ruvic

From mobile phone records to Facebook postings – courts must consider a new world of evidence

The moment the gunman is arrested in the studio for disrupting the evening news, reportedly demanding airtime. Photograph: AFP Photo/ANP/NOS

Quick-thinking guard leads to him to studio full of security cameras and police pounce quickly

Rotterdam mayor Ahmed Aboutaleb: ‘If you don’t like it here because some humourists are publishing a little newspaper you don’t like, may I say that you should just f*** off.’ Photograph: Robert Vos/AFP/Getty Images

Rotterdam Letter: Ahmed Aboutaleb a sure-footed politician in melting-pot city

Dutch cartoonist Bernard Willem Holtrop, aka Willem, who lives in France and has contributed to Charlie Hebdo from the very first issue. Photograph: Pierre Duffour/AFP/Getty Images

Long-time ‘Charlie Hebdo’ contributor Bernard Holtrop lost ‘colleagues and friends’

Kenya’s President Uhuru Kenyatta: his case “has created a playbook for countries wanting to frustrate ICC proceedings”, according to law professor Eugene Kontorovich. Photograph: Daniel Irungu/EPA

International Criminal Court would face huge challenge in taking up Palestinian suit

Workers transport wreckage from Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 at the site of the aircraft crash near the village of Hrabove in Donetsk, eastern Ukraine, earlier this month. Photograph: Maxim Shemetov/Reuters

Ambassador’s tactless approach compounds grief felt by families

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