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Ivanka Trump
Jun 5 '19 08:27

Ivanka Trump will be giving the closing speech at the Global Entrepreneur Summit in The Hague on Wednesday. Ahead of her first ever visit to The Hague, she gave an email interview to Het Parool in which she praised Queen Maxima, called Amsterdam one of the most beautiful cities in the world, and spoke about her plans to empower women in developing countries.

Mark Rutte, Sigrid Kaag and Mike Pompeo opening the Global Entrepreneurship Summit in The Hague, 3 June 2019
Jun 4 '19 08:28

Prime Minister ark Rutte and the American Foreign Minister Mike Pompeo opened the Global Entrepreneurship Summit in The Hague on Monday afternoon. Some 2 thousand entrepreneurs, investors and representatives of government organizations from 134 countries will meet and make deals at the business summit over the next two days.

In addition to entrepreneurs and others from the business world, a number of prominent people like Queen Maxima and Ivanka Trump will also attend the summit. 

Dutch soldiers with Minimi-light machine guns
May 29 '19 10:09

This year the Dutch government is allocating extra money for Defense, climate measures, youth care and education, according to the Spring Memorandum that Minister Wopke Hoekstra of Finance sent to parliament. The extra money allocated to Defense is far too little, American ambassador Peter Hoekstra said to the Volkskrant.

Pete Hoekstra and Donald Trump, Oct 2016
May 29 '19 07:30

King Willem-Alexander "very recently" invited U.S. president Donald Trump to come to the Netherlands to commemorate the country's liberation, government information service Rijksvoorlichtingsdienst confirmed to the Telegraaf.

Graduation ceremony at the U.S. military academy West Point for the class of 2019
May 27 '19 14:50

The first ever Dutch student at the prestigious U.S. Military Academy in West Point has officially graduated with the Class of 2019. Tom Jansen, 23, enrolled at West Point in 2015, two years after his family moved to New York.

“It is a special experience. You have been working for it for four years,” Jansen told the Telegraph. “My fellow students, they have become my brothers and sisters,” he said.

Ivana Smit
May 17 '19 15:10

The family of Dutch model Ivana Smit is filing a civil lawsuit in the United States against the American couple who were present when she died in Kuala Lumpur. Through the lawsuit, the family hopes to be able to question the couple, the family's lawyer Sebas Diekstra said on talk show M on Thursday. 

Dutch soldiers training local security forces in Iraq
May 16 '19 10:10

The Dutch military training mission in Iraq was suspended due to an increased threat in the region. The nature of the threat is unknown. The commander of the international coalition that coordinates training in the region ordered the mission to stop, a spokesperson for the Ministry of Defense said to NU.nl.

This temporary halt applies to all international allies who provide training in the area. Some 50 to 60 Dutch soldiers were ordered to cease their work "until further notice" due to an increased threat. 

Stef Blok
May 10 '19 16:00

The Dutch government hopes that the United States and China manage to avert a trade war. Nobody has an interest in a trade war and free trade is crucial for the Netherlands, Minister Stef Blok of Foreign Affairs said on Friday, NOS reports.

A trade war between the two giants seem increasingly likely. The US is threatening to raise import tariffs on goods from China to 25 percent, according to the broadcaster. According to American president Donald Trump, China is not keeping its promises.

Download button
May 6 '19 15:10

A quarter of all websites that offer illegal downloads are hosted on Dutch servers, according to a list of such websites posted by the United States and European Union. That makes the Netherlands the second largest provider of illegal download sites, after the United States which hosts 34 percent of such sites, NU.nl reports.

The list features websites that offer torrents with illegal downloads, as well as sites that illegally stream copyrighted material.

Willemstad, Curacao
May 3 '19 10:00

American companies can again do business with the Isla refinery in Curacao, despite United States sanctions against the Venezuelan state oil company PdVSA. The Curacao government owns the refinery and leases it to PdVSA, NOS reports

Pete Hoekstra with Mirjam Salet in Gouda
Apr 9 '19 20:00

Last week, U.S. Ambassador to the Netherlands, Pete Hoekstra, was named an honorary cheese Weighmaster by Gouda Mayor Mirjam Salet at the annual opening of the city's historic cheese market. "I’ll continue to promote the cheese to our American friends," he reportedly said.

The ICC building in Den Haag
Apr 5 '19 10:03

A prosecutor at the International Criminal Court in The Hague was denied a visa to enter the United States because of her involvement in an investigation into war crimes allegations levied against U.S. forces in Afghanistan. Fatou Bensouda is frequently asked to update the United Nations on ICC cases at the UN headquarters building in New York, reported Reuters.

Bensouda has been investigating possible war crimes in Afghanistan for nearly 18 months. Some of the allegations were connected to people detained in that country and the involvement of Americans in their detention.

Palm trees in Silicon Valley
Mar 27 '19 09:09

The Netherlands is looking to appoint a special 'startup diplomat' in Silicon valley, whose job it will be to help young Dutch companies do business in the United States, Minister Sigrid Kaag of Foreign Trade and Development Cooperation announced during her working visit to America. The vacancy for the new position, which carries a salary of 8,191 dollars, is now open, AD reports.

Delta
Mar 21 '19 10:00

Delta flight DL178 from Portland to Amsterdam had to make an emergency landing in Iceland on Monday due to a medical emergency on board, Delta confirmed to NL Times.

The plane departed from Portland, on the west coast of the United States, to the Netherlands at around 10:30 p.m. on Sunday, Dutch time. Nine hours and 45 minutes later, the Boeing 767-300ER made an emergency landing at Keflavik Airport in Reykjavik, according to Up In The Sky.

Dutch flag flying at half-staff over the Royal Palace on the Dam in Amsterdam after a mass shooting in Utrecht, 19 March 2019
Mar 19 '19 09:16

King Willem-Alexander and Queen Maxima expressed their shock about a shooting in Utrecht that left three people killed and five injured on Monday. Their sympathies are with the victims, and their thoughts with the residents of Utrecht, they said in a statement on the Koninklijk Huis website. A number of world leaders also expressed condolences and support. 

R. Kelly
Feb 24 '19 16:08

The Amsterdam venue booked for an R. Kelly concert in April now says it wants the event scrapped following the musician's arrest in Chicago on Friday. A judge in Cook County, Illinois set Kelly's bond at $1 million the next day after a prosecutor laid out details of 10 counts of aggravated sexual abuse against four female victims, three of whom were between 13 and 17 years of age.

Tucker Carlson
Feb 21 '19 08:47

Tucker Carlson, a presenter on American broadcaster Fox News, called Dutch journalist and historian Rutger Bregman a "moron" during an interview, according to video footage of the interview released by platform NotThisNews.

The interview started off well enough, but by the end Carlson is completely sick of the Dutch historian. "I wanna say to you, why don't you go fuck yourself, you tiny brain - and I hope this gets picked up, because you're a moron", Carlson said to Bregman. "I tried to give you a hearing, but you were too fucking annoying."

Feb 14 '19 07:36

The Dutch government plans to make Curacao the "logistic hub" for humanitarian aid to neighbor Venezuela, Ministers Stef Blok of Foreign Affairs and Sigrid Kaag of Foreign Aid said in a letter to parliament. Representatives of the Dutch government, in consultation with the government of Curacao, will agree with the request from interim Venezuelan president Juan Guaidó and the United States to do so, the Ministers wrote, NOS reports.

Nuclear explosion
Feb 11 '19 14:40

Aid organization Red Cross and peace organization PAX are calling on the Dutch government to sign the United Nations nuclear weapons ban, a treaty adopted by the UN in July 2017. The Netherlands then abstained from voting on the ban - all the countries with nuclear weapons and almost all NATO countries boycotted the vote, NOS reports.

Red Light District in Amsterdam
Jan 17 '19 16:50

Mayor Jim Fouts of the American city of Warren is facing criticism about statements he made about a trip to Amsterdam. Speaking about the Dutch capital's Red Light District to an employee 2013, he apparently boasts that "you could get a 16-year-old girl if you wanted to". 

El Chapo in US custody after his extradition from Mexico, Jan 2017
Jan 9 '19 08:26

The Dutch police intercepted the communications of Mexican drug baron Joaquín Guzmán, better known as 'El Chapo', for 18 months in 2011 and 2012 and shared that data with the FBI. This tapping operation gave the American authorities a complete picture of El Chapo's extensive organization, the Sinaloa cartel, and ultimately contributed to his arrest, sources told the Volkskrant.

Donald Trump
Nov 9 '18 15:50

Working group Truth-finding MH17 wrote a letter to United States president Donald Trump asking him to intervene on their behalf with Russian president Vladimir Putin. The working group, which consists of relatives of people who died when flight MH17 was shot down over Ukraine in 2014, wants Trump to convince Putin to cooperate in the investigation and be open about what happened, according to the letter published by RTL Nieuws.

Pete Hoekstra
Nov 8 '18 10:00

Dutch companies like Shell, Boskalis and Van Oord may face sanctions if they remain connected to the Nord Stream 2 project, according to Pete Hoekstra, the United States Ambassador to the Netherlands. If the companies are sanctioned, they could find it difficult to do business with the U.S., NOS reports.

American_Eagle_by_Theodore_Roszak,_US_Embassy,_London
Oct 3 '18 10:20

The United States Department of State adjusted travel advice for the Netherlands because of a threat of terrorism. The threat level given by the U.S. for the Netherlands was raised from level 1 to level 2. This means that there are increased safety risks and visitors must be extra careful, according to the travel advice, RTL Nieuws reports.

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