Esmail Qaani (second left),  the new leader of the Revolutionary Guard’s  Quds Force.  Photograph: Anadolu Agency via Getty Images

Esmail Qaani executed the plan to recruit Afghan and Pakistani Shia fighters to fight for President Bashar al-Assad in Syria

President of the International Court of Justice, Abdulqawi Ahmed Yusuf (C) speaks during the ruling of the International Court of Justice in The Hague, on January 23rd. Photograph: Robin van Lonkhuijsen/ANP/AFP

Verdict aimed at preventing threat of genocide rebuffs Aung San Suu Kyi’s assurances

Myanmar’s leader Aung San Suu Kyi at the International Court of Justice in The Hague in December: claims the crackdown in 2017 was a legitimate response to militant violence. Photograph: Yves Herman

Gambia urges ‘emergency measures’ against Myanmar to ensure no further violence

Sheikh Qais Al-Khazali (left), the Iraqi secretary general of  AAH, which was originally part of the so-called Mahdi Army led by cleric Muqtada al-Sadr (right). Photograph: Haidar Hamdani/ AFP via Getty Images

Designation of Asa’ib Ahl al-Haq as terrorist group comes after it entered the political fold

 Dutch PVV party leader Geert Wilders: claims new station will provide an  important antidote to the “big fake news factory” of current broadcasting. Photograph:  Sander Koning

The Unheard Netherlands secures 50,000 subscribers needed for broadcast licence

Dutch police give a press conference on the  arrest in Dubai of Ridouan Taghi, who was wanted on international  warrants for murder and drug trafficking. Photograph: Jeroen Jumelet/ANP/AFP via Getty

Ridouan Taghi, leader of ‘Angels of Death’ gang, arrested at a villa in Gulf emirate

Rohingya refugees watch ICJ proceedings at a restaurant in a refugee camp in Cox’s Bazar, Bangladesh, on Thursday. Photograph: Allison Joyce/Getty Images

Myanmar’s leader subjected to scathing crriticism over treatment of Rohingya minority

Myanmar’s state counsellor Aung San Suu Kyi at the UN’s International Court of Justice on Wednesday in The Hague. Photograph:  Koen Van Weel/ANP/AFP via Getty Images

Myanmar leader unaccustomed to hostility of media as she denies genocide in The Hague

Myanmar’s civilian leader Aung San Suu Kyi speaks on Wednesday at the case filed   by Gambia against Myanmar alleging genocide against the minority Muslim Rohingya population, at the International Court of Justice in The Hague, Netherlands. Photograph: Reuters/Yves Herman

Rohingya supporters shout ‘shame on you!’ as Myanmar’s civilian leader leaves court in The Hague

The Gambia’s justice minister Abubacarr Tambadou and Myanmar’s leader Aung San Suu Kyi attend a hearing in a case filed by The Gambia against Myanmar’s alleging genocide against the minority Muslim Rohingya population, at the International Court of Justice (ICJ) in The Hague. Photograph: Yves Herman/Reuters

Nobel laureate in The Hague to defend Myanmar over charges of Rohingya persecution

Adrienne Cullen’s extraordinary tenacity  led to the introduction in the Netherlands of  open disclosure protocols in all major hospitals.

Ireland should urgently legislate for assisted suicide. It is the humane thing to do

US president Donald Trump and  secretary of state Mike Pompeo: In March, the White House revoked the travel visa of ICC prosecutor Fatou Bensouda over plans to investigate possible war crimes by US soldiers and the CIA. Photograph: Kevin Lamarque

Paris-based rights body tells assembly to sharpen performance and avoid being timid

A Rohingya refugee man pulls a child as they walk to the shore after crossing the Bangladesh-Myanmar border by boat in 2017. Photograph: Danish Siddiqui/Reuters

Nobel laureate to defend Myanmar against charge of genocide against Rohingya

 A farm where a father and six of his children had been living in a hidden space for years, in Ruinerwold, The Netherlands. Photograph: Vincent Jannink/EPA

The 67-year-old is suspected of sexually assaulting two of his older children

Dutch police officer. Photograph: iStock

Risk of attack ‘still fully present’ as men aged 20 and 30 arrested over ‘jihadist’ plan

Al-Hol detention camp in Syria: Dutch government won its appeal on grounds of national security risks.  Photograph: Ivor Prickett/New York Times

Dutch appeal court rules state not obliged to repatriate offspring of Isis-backers in Syria

Dutch minister of justice and security Ferdinand Grapperhaus:  Turkish repatriation decision is “very disappointing”. Photograph:  Sem van der Wal

Dutch to appeal ruling on bringing home children held in camps in northern Syria

The government building in The Hague. Photograph: iStock

Fifty-five per cent say physically healthy people should have right to end own lives

Dutch far-right Party for Freedom (PVV) leader Geert Wilders: his plan to hold the cartoon competition last year sparked mass demonstrations in Pakistan. File photograph: Michael Kooren/Reuters

Geert Wilders targeted after announcing contest to draw prophet Muhammad

Irish citizen Lisa Smith: The Government is understood to be making preparations for her repatriation and that of her daughter from Turkey.

EU-wide prevarication on citizens who joined Islamic State will lead to long-term problems

Dutch lawyer Andre Seebregts  arrives at the courthouse in The Hague, on November 1st, 2019, to assist 23 women who are blocked at a refugee camp in northern Syria. Photograph: Koen Van Weel/ANP/AFP

Dutch foreign affairs and justice ministries to appeal court decision ‘as quickly as possible’

Trade union activists march  in The Hague last  May, calling for better pensions. Photograph:  Koen van Weel/AFP

Hague Letter: As workers’ representative bodies lay off staff, unions have lost meaning

The Rutte coalition government is committed to a tax of €7 on every flight but is willingly to drop it if the commission focuses on a new EU-wide tax. Photograph:  Silas Stein

Nine-country coalition unhappy air travel gets away without any tax on fuel

Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte:  his own Liberal party has been vigorously opposed to the legislation. Photograph: Frederick Florin/AFP/Getty Images

New law will protect citizens of Netherlands living in the UK in the event of a no-deal Brexit

Blue mosque:  imam Yassin Elforkani says his request for the call to prayer was “to normalise Islam in this beautiful world city”.

Muslim community told amplified message no longer necessary in age of phone apps

 Emergency services attend the scene of a fatal shooting incident in Amsterdam, the Netherlands,  on Wednesday. Photograph: Niels Wenstedt/EPA

Pizzeria owner is killed in broad daylight in the latest attack in the Dutch capital

Iranian president Hassan Rouhani: In January, the Dutch accused Tehran of hiring local criminals who assassinated two Iranian dissidents.

TV presenter among three dissident Iranians afforded security by The Hague

The farmhouse where a man and six young adults were found living in the cellar, in Ruinerwold in the province of Drenthe, the Netherlands. Photograph: Wilbert Bijzitter/EPA

Father of young adults is suspected of being ‘co-perpetrator’ in ‘unlawful deprivation of liberty’

A farmhouse near the village of Ruinerwold in the Netherlands where polkice this week found a 58-year-old man and a group of young adults between 18 and 25 who had been living for years without contact with the outside world. Photograph: Vincent Jannink/EPA

Police still seeking to establish story behind reclusive group living in boarded-up house

The farmhouse where a man and  six young adults were found living in the cellar, in Ruinerwold in the province of Drenthe, the Netherlands. Photograph: Wilbert Bijzitter/EPA

Man and six young adults found living in hidden cellar of farmhouse in north Netherlands

A woman wearing  Niqab Islamic dress pulls a shopping trolley in Rotterdam: Between 200 and 400 women are estimated to wear a burqa or niqab in the country of 17 million. Photograph: Robin Utrecht

Creation of real equality and tolerance blocked by false notion they ‘already exist’

Visitors to the Floating Farm in Rotterdam, the Netherlands. The farm opened in May and is as self-sufficient as possible, including recycling rain water and using solar energy. Photograph:  Marta Iwanek/The New York Times

Council ruled in May that plan for nitrogen emissions published in 2015 is not nearly radical enough

Tributes placed in front of the office where lawyer Derk Wiersum was shot dead, in Amsterdam. Photograph: EPA/Koen Van Weel

Lawyer’s murder spurns creation of new unit but police and intelligence are unimpressed

International Criminal Court in The Hague: appeal is latest skirmish since the White House revoked the US travel visa for the court’s prosecutor, Fatou Bensouda. Photograph:  Ant Palmer/Getty

International Criminal Court deems Trump administration ‘exceptionally hostile’

Aftermath of a  shooting in the Amsterdam district of Buitenveldert, where Dutch lawyer Derk Wiersum was shot dead. Photograph: Getty

Police union takes aim at €20bn narcotics trade in wake of Derk Wiersum assassination

Police officers are seen near  the site of an attack  in Buitenveldert, in which Dutch lawyer Derk Wiersum was shot dead. Photograph: Michel van Bergen/ANP/AFP/Getty Images

Derk Wiersum is killed in an attack that may be linked to state’s most wanted criminal

Euthanasia was legalised in the Netherlands in 2002 but only in cases in “unbearable and hopeless suffering”, signed off by two doctors. Photograph: iStock

Court in The Hague concluded that doctor had acted in patient’s best interests

Last year, instances of euthanasia  fell by seven per cent in the Netherlands. There is “anxiety” among medics, says a clinic’s director. Photograph: iStock

Hague Letter: Proposed softening of criteria risks undermining an important policy

A giant beach party is planned on October 31st in  Wijk aan Zee, a quiet seaside village west of Amsterdam facing across the North Sea, where a band will play We’ll Meet Again.  Photograph: Vliet/iStock

Hague Letter: Thousands plan to mark October 31st with a UK-themed beach party

Outgoing ICC chief prosecutor Fatou Bensouda.  Photograph:   ellou Binanicellou Binani/AFP/Getty Images

There have been just two prosecutors in 17 years of the court, which sits in The Hague

Dutch prime minister Mark Rutte: small countries – even former colonial powers – may learn more quickly there’s no such thing as national sovereignty. Photograph: Stephanie Lecocq

Hague Letter: Even collaborative Netherlands cannot insulate itself from wider world

A woman sits in the public gallery of the Dutch senate before a debate on legislation concerning face covering in public places on November 23rd, 2016. Photograph: Bart Maat/EPA

‘Incident’ is first officially recorded one following introduction of country’s ‘burka ban’

A woman wearing Islamic dress in Rotterdam: along with  Amsterdam and Utrecht, the city plans to ignore application of the burka ban. Photograph: Robin Utrecht

Growing view prohibition on Muslim facial wear unnecessary and unlikely to be policed

The Dutch child was believed to have been living in the northwest of Syria, parts of which have seen intense fighting. Photograph:   Delil Souleiman/AFP/Getty Images

The child was taken to Syria in 2016 by her mother

A burka ban – first proposed in 2010 – is scheduled to come into effect in The Netherlands on Thursday, August 1st. Photograph: Jerry Lampen/AFP

Dutch police and public transport staff decide not to implement prohibition

The Amsterdam stretch of rundown office blocks from Amstelplein to Nieuwmarkt is set for a revamp via The Knowledge Mile.

The Knowledge Mile is set to transform a rundown quarter of Amsterdam

Dutch prime minister Mark Rutte: His Liberals have the support of centre-right allies, the Christian Democrats, and three right-wing parties, Geert Wilders’ Freedom Party, the Forum for Democracy and the Calvinist party, SGP. Photograph: Bertrand Guay

Law seeks to ensure rescue missions not used to facilitate human trafficking

Dutch centre-left parties have said  Queen Maxima  in was placed in ‘an impossible position’ by allowing the meeting with the crown prince to go ahead. Photograph: Patrick Van Katwijk/EPA

Queen Maxima met Mohammed bin Salman at G20 without mentioning Khashoggi assassination

‘Grid girls’ pose during the Dutch MotoGP qualifiers in June 2019 in Assen. Photograph:  Mirco Lazzari gp/Getty Images

Hague Letter: Call for return of glamorous ‘grid girls’ has led to backlash and climbdowns

Holocaust survivor Salo Muller, commission chairman Job Cohen  and NS chief executive Roger van Boxtel: “People lost mothers, fathers, brothers, sisters . . . They feel it every day. It is tragic,” says Mr Muller. Photograph: Koen Van Weel

NS commissioned to run trains with Dutch Jews, Roma and Sinti to Westerbork camp

Some of the methamphetamine seized in Rotterdam: four large operations have been “rolled up” so far this year. Photograph: Dutch police/Handout

Methamphetamine haul by police was 2,500kg as Netherlands deemed transit zone

Amsterdam: many of the grandest buildings in the centre of the city have an association with slavery.

Thirty prominent merchants were main drivers of Dutch slavery in 17th century

Silene Fredriksz, mother of one of the Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 victims, speaks to reporters, in Nieuwegein, Netherlands. Photograph: Eva Plevier/Reuters

Dutch name suspects for 2014 Malaysian Airlines crash over east Ukraine which killed 298

A portrait of Adrienne Cullen at her home in Voorschoten, the Netherlands.

The king acknowledged Adrienne Cullen’s suffering due to medical error in the Netherlands

Dutch populist politician Geert Wilders, whose Freedom Party ended up in tenth place in the recent Euro elections.  His party ended up an excruciating two places behind Party for the Animals. Photograph: Bart Maat/EPA

Hague Letter: In some quarters, his political obituary is already written

Medical cannabis in a pharmacy in Rotterdam: There is growing acceptance in the Netherlands of its use as a painkiller – including for cancer. Photograph: Guido Benschop

Hague issued first production licence in 2003 but demand has risen faster than output

Medicinal marijuana is not regarded by doctors, hospitals or pharmacies as the thin end of any wedge likely to lead to abuse. Photograph:  AP

People know the clear difference between marijuana and medicinal cannabis

Floating panels are  up to 16 per cent more efficient because the cooling effect of the water helps to extend their life

A new project will see the world’s largest ‘solar archipelago’ in a Dutch reservoir

Portrait of Dutch far-right Forum for Democracy (FvD) party’s Thierry Baudet beside alcohol bottles at a provincial elections party electoral gathering in Zeist. Photograph:  Bart Maat/ANP/AFP

Hague Letter: Right-wing Forum for Democracy may crush Wilders’ Freedom Party

The reason so many of the illegal images were hosted on Dutch servers was because of the low cost of indiscriminate web-hosting in the Netherlands, according to the report. Photograph: iStock

47% of web addresses linked to child sex abuse images hosted on Dutch servers

The scorched wreckage of Malaysia Airlines flight MH17  near the settlement of Grabovo in the Donetsk region of Ukraine in July, 2014. Photograph: Maxim Zmeyev/Reuters/file

Move could be followed by others who doubt pro-Moscow separatists will face justice

 Dutch king Willem-Alexander and Queen Maxima: will visit Ireland on a two-day state visit in June. Photograph: Patrick Van Katwijk/EPA

Cost to taxpayer of maintaining royal family is main reason for disillusionment

Liberal Party leader Mark Rutte had promised a burqa ban to persuade his far-right nemesis Geert Wilders to support a minority Liberal-Christian Democrat coalition government. Photograph: Jerry Lampen/AFP/Getty Images

Netherlands’ Council of State condemns ban as unnecessary and unconstitutional

Sudanese president Omar al-Bashir giving a speech in Nyala, the capital of South Darfur province, in September 2017. Photograph: Ashraf Shazly/AFP/Getty Images

Unclear if coup will lead to Bashir finally facing justice in The Hague

At Schiphol airport, Viktor Zelenkin and his 14-year-old son Maksim were handcuffed so that they wouldn’t be able to physically resist being put on the aircraft.

Hague Letter: Two children return to school in Holland from Ukraine on tourist visas

The justice minister described the tasering incident as “an emergency situation” and asked for understanding for the police officer who fired the  weapon

Nursing home staff had reported man out of control and acting in a threatening manner

Bosnian Muslim women offers prayers near the caskets of 71 victims of the 1995 Srebrenica massacre, at the memorial cemetery in the village of Potocari, near the eastern Bosnian town of Srebrenica, on July 11th, 2017.  Photograph:  Elvis Barukcic/AFP/Getty Images

Hague Letter: US, Britain and France failed to support UN peacekeepers by air

 Cervical cancer cell: the Dutch government has been urged to  to launch a public information campaign about the life-saving importance of the HPV vaccinations.

Every year about 200 women die of cervical cancer in the Netherlands

 Bosnian Muslims, refugees from Srebrenica, go to be transported from the eastern Bosnian village of Potocari to Moslem-held Kladanj near Olovo, on July 13th, 1995. Photograph: Nick Sharp

Men claim trauma and vilification arising from Srebrenica massacre in 1995

Dutch drugs gangs are moving out of the cities where they’re most likely to attract police attention – and doing deals with hard-pressed farmers

Survey reveals 15% of landowners approached by gangs looking to use outbuildings

Plastic bike and car road surfaces  are being developed by Dutch engineers KWS. Photograph: KWS

Dutch to roll out plastic bike paths and then roads for cars for eco-friendly urban future

Hungarian prime minister Viktor Orban addresses supporters after the announcement of  partial results of parliamentary elections in Budapest, Hungary, in April. File photograph: Leonhard Foeger/Reuters

Dutch claim growing unease in EPP at alleged anti-Semitic tone of Orban campaign

Arsenal players in the the club’s new shirt for next season. Photograph: Arsenal FC

Three-year sponsorship arrangement ‘disheartening’ for aid donor the Netherlands

Part of the Malaysia Airlines Flight MH17 at the crash site in the village of Hrabove (Grabovo), some 80km east of Donetsk in Ukraine, in September 2014. Photograph: Alexander Khudoteply/AFP/Getty Images

Countries to seek compensation from Mossow over plane shot down by missile in 2014

Members of the Joint Investigation Team with part of the Buk  rocket that was fired on flight MH17 in 2014.  Photograph: Robin van Lonkhuijsen/AFP/Getty Images

Investigation team says it has evidence Buk system that fired missile came from Russia

Geert Wilders: the Dutch politician argued that appeal judges had failed to behave impartially. Photograph: François Walschaerts/Reuters

Far-right leader hails retrial decision after ‘selective prosecution’ claim

Survey  shows that 29 per cent of social media users aged between 18 and 25 describe themselves as addicted. Illustration: Dado Ruvic/Reuters

Netherlands survey supports view overuse can lead to increased anxiety and inadequacy

The head of the Catholic Church in the Netherlands, Cardinal Wim Eijk (centre) photographed in 2011. He has criticised Pope Francis for failing to give clear guidance to German cardinals on whether the non-Catholic partners of Catholics should be allowed to share in the Eucharist. Photograph: Bas Czerwinski/AP

Head of the Catholic Church in the Netherlands sends scathing open letter to pontiff

A car  parked on a bridge over a canal in Amsterdam, Netherlands, where air quality is the equivalent for residents of passively smoking 6.4 cigarettes a day. Photograph: Jasper Juinen/Bloomberg

The wind is behind the GreenLeft’s move to introduce a pilot scheme, but it faces opposition

Dutch spy agency: a JSCU interception station. Photograph: Wutsje/WC

Dutch JSCU alerted United States to ‘Cozy Bear’ and ‘Fancy Bear’ attacks

Russian president Vladimir holds a joint press conference with the Turkish president after their meeting at the Presidential Complex in Ankara, on April 3rd, 2018. Photograph: Adem Altan/AFP/Getty Images

UN Security Council to meet on Thursday amid growing crisis in East-West relations

Rotterdam has become the first city in Europe to launch a mobile app that allows victims of sexual harassment to report the incidents instantly. Photograph: Mel Stuart/Getty Images/Westend61

App allows anonymous reporting of nature of harassment and location in Dutch city

Issue of correct  supervision in clubs now being raised.  Photograph: iStock

Report suggests parents in Netherlands have been too trusting of coaches and clubs

The Dutch are statistically more likely to die from a bee sting than from a terrorist attack. Photograph: Clint Perry/PA Wire

In the Netherlands, public perception of danger proves to be far removed from reality


Car bomb now weapon of choice for organised crime on Mediterranean island of Malta

Bosnian Serb military chief Ratko Mladic gives a thumb up as he enters the Yugoslav War Crimes Tribunal on Wednesday for the verdict in his genocide trial. Photograph: Peter De Jong/ EPA

Conviction over slaughter of Bosnian Muslims not ‘a verdict against the Serbian people’

Home affairs minister Kajsa Ollongren: says Russia tried to influence public opinion surrounding the shooting-down of Flight MH17. Photograph: Michel Porro/Getty Images

Home affairs minister says society must be made aware of clandestine ‘digital threat’

‘Cushy’: a cell at Norgerhaven prison in the Netherlands. Photograph: Catrinus Van der Veen/AFP/Getty Images

As the Dutch crime rate plummets, the country is ‘importing’ inmates from abroad

De Schie prison, Rotterdam: with the New Vosseveld prison in Vught, it is deemed hugely at odds with the rest of Dutch penal system.  Photograph: iStock

Amnesty and Open Society Justice Initiative report condemns ‘inhuman’ Dutch jail units

A man holds a child as they disembark from the Aquarius ship of Sos Mediterranee upon its arrival in the Sicilian port of Palermo, southern Italy, today. About 600 migrants were brought to Sicily after being rescued at sea off the Libyan coast. Photograph: Igor Petyx/ANSA via AP

Many migrants being persuaded to choose more dangerous routes through Black Sea

 Dutch prime minister Mark Rutte:  new four-party coalition will exclude the far-right Freedom Party and its leader Geert Wilders. Photograph: EPA

Despite having no ruling government since March, Netherlands economy is thriving

 Mahmoud  al-Werfalli: alleged to have executed or overseen the execution of up to 33 unarmed prisoners.  ICC prosecutor Fatou Bensouda is relying on evidence from videos posted on Facebook and other social media. Photograph: Abdullah Doma/AFP/Getty Images

Video footage of prisoner executions to be sole evidence in trial of Libyan commander

A file image of a demining robot in France. File photograph: Jacques Demarthon/AFP/Getty Images

The Netherlands-based unit will research the impact of the technology on global society

Amsterdam: the  city has 35 public toilets for men  and just four for women

Woman appeals fine for urinating in public, claiming sexual discrimination in a city that has far fewer toilets for women

  Dutch prime minister Mark Rutte:  managed to convince the other three parties the Liberals are in coalition with    to commit to a theoretical, unspecified, pay deal for primary school teachers. Photograph:   Robin Utrecht/EPA

Teachers to get ‘substantial’ raise as talks on new government appear close to conclusion

Terror threat: a soldier on patrol around Amsterdam in 2016; the country’s threat level remains at its second highest. Photograph: Remko de Waal/AFP/Getty

Mayor says measures are ‘general precaution’ not prompted by fresh intelligence

Police investigate a van with Spanish number plates after a concert was cancelled because of a “terrorist threat”, in Rotterdam, earlier this week.  Photograph: Arie Kievit/EPA

The worst part about the incident is that the media were the ones sowing fear and confusion

Dutch prime minister Mark Rutte is facing possibility of having to go it alone with a minority budget next month. Photograph: Remko De Waal/EPA

Rutte administration’s potential collapse has finally focused the talks on forming a cabinet

Ayahuasca-infused tea being brewed in Peru: it is rapidly becoming big business in Amsterdam, with ayahuasca retreat weekends, ayahuasca healing, detox therapy, stress-busting and even “shamanic inner evolution”.

Ayahuasca is brewed with hallucinogenic plants and can harm unstable people

Kenyan president Uhuru Kenyatta, centre, at an election rally at Uhuru Park in Nairobi on Friday. The International Criminal Court had to drop charges of crimes against humanity against Kenyatta in 2015 due to lack of evidence. Photograph: Ben Curtis/AP

Bitter campaign awakens ghosts of 2007 post-election bloodshed, which killed 1,500

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