Mar 10, 2014

Abe, Obama may chat in Netherlands this month

Japan and the United States are considering holding a summit later this month when Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and President Barack Obama attend an international conference in the Netherlands, a Japanese government source said Monday. The meeting would provide an opportunity for the leaders ...

Red Light Secrets museum opens in Amsterdam

Feb 10, 2014

Red Light Secrets museum opens in Amsterdam

On any given evening, thousands of tourists stroll down the narrow canal-side streets of Amsterdam’s famed red-light district, gawking at ladies in lingerie who sit behind windows and make a living selling sex. Now a small educational museum is opening in the heart of ...

Jan 4, 2014

Dutch police arrest Sinaloa drug cartel's top enforcer

Police in the Netherlands arrested a suspected top enforcer for the powerful Sinaloa Cartel on drug-trafficking charges he faces in Southern California, the U.S. attorney’s office in San Diego said Friday. The suspect, Jose Rodrigo Arechiga Gamboa, was captured Monday in Amsterdam’s Schiphol Airport. ...

Nov 21, 2013

Amsterdam pays alcoholics in beer to clean streets

At 9 o’clock in the morning in a garden shed behind a house in Amsterdam, a handful of alcoholics are getting ready to clean the surrounding streets, beer and cigarette in hand. For a day’s work, the men receive €10 (around $13), a half-packet ...

Japan holds own with Dutch

Nov 17, 2013

Japan holds own with Dutch

Japan fought back from two goals down to earn a 2-2 draw against the Netherlands on Saturday in a friendly between two World Cup qualifiers. Veteran Rafael van der Vaart scored a goal and set up another to give the Netherlands an early lead. ...

'Virtual' girl,10, snares 1,000 Net sex tourists

Nov 5, 2013

'Virtual' girl,10, snares 1,000 Net sex tourists

Enlisting the help of a computer-generated 10-year-old Philippine girl, Dutch children’s rights activists turned online sex predators into their prey. In an online sting operated from an anonymous warehouse office in an Amsterdam industrial park, activists from Terre des Hommes set out to gauge ...

Huge duck makes debut in Beijing

Sep 20, 2013

Huge duck makes debut in Beijing

China’s first authentic version of a giant rubber duck that has made a splash around the world and inspired fakes across the country made its debut Friday — but some complained that visitors had to pay to see it. The inflatable yellow bird, which ...

Aug 25, 2013

European experiments with sex drive-ins, 'love parks'

The Swiss city of Zurich is to open a sex drive-in on Monday. Similar initiatives exist in Germany and Italy, while Belgium and the Netherlands have come up with a different approach. Here are some examples. Germany: The cathedral city of Cologne established a ...

Jul 29, 2013

Dutch city called most inventive

From cancer-busting ultrasound techniques to ways to boost vitamins in tomatoes, Dutch tech hub Eindhoven’s avalanche of patents has earned it the crown of the “most inventive city in the world.” Despite the Dutch economy hobbling through its third recession since 2009, this southern ...

Traces of torched paintings found in Dutch heist probe

Jul 19, 2013

Traces of torched paintings found in Dutch heist probe

Romanian experts sifting through ashes that could contain charred debris of masterpieces stolen from a Dutch museum have identified fragments typical of burnt oil paintings, the museum carrying out the analysis said Thursday. In a bid to destroy evidence, the mother of Romanian heist ...