Africa

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Sep 12 '17 09:50

Dutch food-science company DSM made it to second place on - a ranking of companies that have a positive social impact on the world through their core business. DSM was praised for its efforts in fighting malnutrition and famine with its fortified-nutrition products.

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May 11 '17 16:50

Netflix is planning an expansion of its Amsterdam operations to eventually accomodate over 400 employees. The video-on-demand, production and distribution firm wants the office to become its customer service headquarters for its clients in Africa, Eastern Europe and the Middle East.

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Feb 6 '17 10:13

The Netherlands can and should be preventing Dutch companies from exporting polluting fuel to Africa, lawyers of the Center for International Environmental Law (CIEL) conclude in an investigation commissioned by environmental organization Milieudefensie. By not intervening, the Dutch government is violating international treaties and human rights, the researchers conclude, the Telegraaf reports. 

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Jan 25 '17 08:14

Minister Lilianne Ploumen of Development Cooperation is working to counteract one of the first decisions made by new United States president Donald Trump. On Monday he scrapped funding to organizations that help with family planning and offer safe abortions in developing countries. Ploumen is launching an international fund to make up for the about $600 million gap created by Trump's decision, ANP reports.

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Dec 6 '16 09:29

The authorities in Ghana are investigating whether there is a fake Dutch embassy in the African country. A fake American embassy was recently discovered in the country and one of the people working in it was speaking Dutch, according to RTL Nieuws.

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Dec 6 '16 09:00

Dutch soldiers on a United Nations mission in Mali got a visit from Sinterklaas and two Zwarte Piets in their traditional blackface makeup on Monday, according to a photo the Ministry of Defense posted on Twitter. 

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Jul 6 '16 21:04

An accidental mortar shell explosion killed two Dutch soldiers operating on behalf of the United Nations mission to Mali on Wednesday, the Dutch cabinet confirmed in a statement. Sergeant 1st Class Henry Hoving, 29, and 24-year-old Corporal Kevin Roggeveld died during target practice.

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Jun 28 '16 08:15

The Netherlands is making a final push for a much sought after temporary seat on the United Nations Security Council. The happens today in New York, around 4:00 p.m. Dutch time. Two seats are up for grabs. The Netherlands is competing against Italy and Sweden.

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May 16 '16 13:25

The Netherlands is sending another 3 million euros in extra aid to drought stricken Ethiopia, Minister Lilianne Ploumen of Foreign Trade and Development Cooperation announced on Monday

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May 2 '16 10:30

The Dutch branch of the Red Cross has begun a national fundraising campaign to provide aide to 42 million people in multiple African nations, all suffering from food and water shortages. Affected countries include Ethiopia, Kenya, Malawi, Somalia, Sudan, Swaziland and Zimbabwe, all succumbing to a lack of rain caused by the El Niño weather pattern.

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Mar 15 '16 15:15

An increasing number of African countries wants to impose a ban on second-hand Dutch clothing, in an effort to boost their own textile industry. But according to nonprofit organization Sympany, all this will do is help China flood the African market with cheap clothing

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Feb 9 '16 13:00

The Netherlands is an important link in the illegal trafficking of endangered wildlife, both in terms of market and of transit, according to research done by criminologist Daan van Uhm for which he will receive his doctorate on Tuesday

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Jun 25 '15 16:30

Two Dutch students had quite an anxious experience in the African country of Tanzania this weekend. They were mugged by five African men. "It was really a shock", according to Sheridan Flipse, but the muggers were "actually pretty sweet".

May 26 '15 14:12

The Netherlands is investing 50 million euros in the development of the African economy. The intention is that this money will improve employment in North African countries and stop local young people from risking their lives by fleeing to Europe by boat.

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May 15 '15 08:00

The Netherlands has partially stopped its foreign aid to Burundi. This decision was made by Minister Bert Koenders of Foreign Affairs and Minister Lilianne Ploumen of Foreign Trade and Development Cooperation for various reasons, they said in a joint statement.

Apr 20 '15 15:39

The Netherlands will sign treaties with 23 African nations aimed at preventing locally operating enterprises from using Dutch jurisdiction to evade taxation in their countries. The enterprises will be prevented from formally locating themselves in the Netherlands simply by registering a post office box, reports Volkskrant.

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Mar 24 '15 17:30

Dutch initiative Giro 555 collected a total of 10.5 million euros to aid in the fight against Ebola. The campaign is officially winding down now when the virus appears to have resurfaced in Guinea and Liberia, where the number of Ebola patients is reaching the year’s highest, writes Trouw.

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Jan 6 '15 17:35

Dutch drug manufacturer Janssen Pharmaceutical Companies started testing an Ebola vaccine on humans this week. The Johnson & Johnson subsidiary produced 400,000 doses of the vaccine for large-scale clinical trials that could launch by April, the firm said in a statement.

Dec 22 '14 12:20

There were about 25 thousand first asylum applications in the Netherlands this year. This is 73.6 percent more than in 2013 (14,400 applications). In 2012 there were only 9,710.

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Dec 10 '14 10:46

Manon Ossevoort arrived at the South Pole on Tuesday after traveling from Europe, through Africa and finally across Antarctica on a red Massey Ferguson tractor.

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Dec 4 '14 12:15

Researchers have found that the Homo erectus on the Indonesian island Java had used shells of freshwater mussels as material for tools and as a base for engravings half a million years ago. The finding provides new insight on the evolution of human behavior.

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Nov 27 '14 12:03

The Nigerian parliament wants oil company Shell to pay nearly 4 billion dollars (3.2 billion euro) for the damage caused by an oil spill at its offshore oil field in Bonga in December 2011.

Nov 21 '14 14:37

After presenting a business case to improve power and electrical supply to hospitals in Rwanda, Alliander & Cordaid won the "Best New Partnership Award" in The Partnership Election 2014. This competition challenges young professionals to form a partnership with a NGO and/or the government and develop a business case in a developing country.

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Nov 19 '14 12:51

Doctors Without Borders is bringing foreign doctors and nurses who treated Ebola patients in Sierra Leon to a house in Vierhouten. The 700 inhabitants of the village on the Veluwe are worried that heir arrival will mean that tourists won't visit.

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