On Friday the Amsterdam court held the first day of trial in a lawsuit over a Buddha statue containing a mummy. A group of Chinese villagers sued Dutch collector Oscar van Overeem claiming that the statue in his possession was stolen from their village, YangChun, in 1995, the Volkskrant reports.
After seven weeks in quarantine, giant pandas Wu Wen and Xing Ya will make their first public appearance at the Ouwehands Zoo in Rhenen this afternoon. "We have been waiting for this moment for a long time", zoo director Robin de Lange said to RTV Utrecht. "You can imagine that if you wait for something so long, then your are very happy that it's finally happening today."
Fans of the Ouwehands Zoo in Rhenen will get their first chance to see the newly-arrived Giant Pandas beginning on Tuesday, May 30.
The Dutch food and consumer product safety authority NVWA and Customs arrested a Chinese couple on Easter Monday for trying to smuggle 72 kilograms of live eels through Schiphol to China, the NVWA announced. The European eels were found in 36 plastic bags that were filled with water and hidden in six regular suitcases.
According to the NVWA, the eels have a street value of around 115 thousand euros in China. An official report was filed against the Chinese couple and they will have to appear in court in July.
While panda enthusiasts across the Netherlands celebrated the arrival of pandas Wu Wen and Xing Ya on Wednesday, Amnesty International posted a video on social media reminding people not to let the pandas make them forget about all the human rights violations in China.
Chinese giant pandas Wu Wen and Xing Ya arrived safely in the Netherlands. After traveling nearly 8 thousand kilometers from Chengdu in China, they arrived at their new home in Ouwehands Zoo in Rhenen just before midnight on Wednesday, NOS reports.
The two pandas are on loan from China. They will be living in Ouwehands Zoo for the next 15 years.
Giant Pandas Wu Wen and Xing Ya are aboard KLM flight KL0892 and en route from Chengdu in China to Schiphol Airport. They are expected to arrive at the Amsterdam airport just after 7:00 p.m., Het Parool reports.
After their arrival, the pandas will be transferred to an animal hotel at the airport, which is run by KLM. There they will be received by the Chinese ambassador to the Netherlands and 40 children. A selected group will be able to catch a quick glimpse of the pandas.
Pandas Wu Wen and Xing Ya are very nearly on their way to the Netherlands. On Tuesday China said goodbye to the pandas in a special ceremony. And on Wednesday the two giant pandas will fly to the Netherlands and their new home in Ouwehands Zoo in Rhenen on a KLM flight.
During the farewell ceremony the pandas were offered a Schengen visa and each got a bamboo bicycle, as a nod to the Dutch culture, NOS reports.
The Dutch tax authorities' investigative department FIOD arrested a 65-year-old employee of an unnamed multinational as part of an investigation into corporate espionage. He is suspected of leaking corporate secrets, including patent rights, to a competitor in China in exchange for money, the Public Prosecutor announced on Friday.
The man was arrested at a train station in Twente. According to the Prosecutor, he was about to travel to China. The man's luggage, workplace and Twente home were all searched. The prosecutor seized physical files as well as digital data carriers.
Dutch banks ING and Amsterdam Trade Bank are listed with 730 other banks as financial institutions that helped Russian criminals launder money, international investigative journalist collaboration OCCRP revealed. A total of 19 billion dollars were laundered through these 732 banks between January 2011 and October 2014, according to the group, AD reports.
Chinese giant pandas Wu Wen and Xing Ya will be coming to the Netherlands on April 12th. They will arrive at Schiphol before being transported ot the Ouwehand Zoo in Rhenen, where they will stay, NU.nl reports.
The Dutch public will still have to wait a while before being able to see the pandas. They have to spend a few weeks in quarantine after their arrival.
Dutch intelligence service AIVD is very concerned about increasing cyber attacks on the Netherlands by countriees like Russia, China and Iran, AIVD director Rob Bertholee said in an interview with EenVandaag. He calls these attacks a threat to democracy.
Over the past six months the Netherlands fought off hundreds of hacking attempts, Bertholee said. Among the targets were secret government documents. And according to the AIVD boss, it is clear that Russia was behind many of the attacks.
The search in the Indian Ocean for missing Malaysia Airlines flight MH370 has been called off, the three involved countries, China, Malaysia and Australia, announced. The plane has not been found. Ships searching for the missing plane, including those of Dutch company Fugro, are being recalled, AD reports.
China is following Amsterdam's example and will soon be opening virtual reality cinemas. Chinese electronics retailer Gome Group is soon opening 100 VR cinemas, modeled after The VR Cinema in Amsterdam, and teaming up with Amsterdam startup &Samhoud Media as distributor of VR films, the Financieele Dagblad reports.
The Netherlands should stop adopting children from abroad the Council for Criminal Law and Youth Protection said in an advice that will be presented to the government on Wednesday, Trouw reports.
The government asked the advisory council to research ways in which the adoption process, which has been widely criticized, can be improved. The council came with the advice that foreign adoption should no longer be allowed.
The Dutch ambassador in Beijing, China was suspended due to a sexual affair with a Chinese woman, the Telegraaf reports. The Ministry of Foreign Affairs is investigating.
The opening evening of the International Fireworks Festival Scheveningen on Friday drew over 80 thousand visitors, the organization announced. The festival kicked off by firework displays from the Netherlands and Belgium.
Dutch an Alexander Pieter Cirk was hospitalized due to physical exhaustion earlier this week after he spent 10 days on an airport in China waiting for a girl he met online
The Chinese demand for baby formula from the Netherlands seems to finally be slowing down. Stores are reporting fewer professional buyers and parents can once again easily find formula on the shelves
Experts are warning the Dutch police against using drones by the Chinese brand DJI. The company is still in talks with the Chinese government about sharing data captured by the drones, so there is no way of knowing where the data will end up, they said to BNR.
The Netherlands was the target of a record number of cyber attacks last year, according to general intelligence service AIVD's annual report. Most of these attacks came from Russia and China.
Dutch consumers spent more than half a billion euros on purchases from foreign online stores, a third more than in 2014. Chinese online stores are particularly popular, accounting for a quarter of the spending, according to figures collected by market researcher GfK and PostNL
Danone is making Nutrilon baby formula available to the Chinese market. The popular baby milk powder will be sold with a Dutch label via online platform Tmall Global,
A YouTube prank in which two Dutch young men throw baby formula onto unsuspecting Asian people on the Amsterdam streets, is turning into an international quarrel. Chinese state media Xinhua asked the Chinese embassy in The Hague to take appropriate measures, and the embassy is no looking towards the Dutch politicians, blog GeenStijl reports.