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World War II bomb closes part of Amsterdam airportupdated: Wed Aug 29 2012 05:20:00

A bomb disposal team rushed to Schiphol airport in the Netherlands on Wednesday after the discovery of a World War II bomb, an airport spokeswoman said. Georgina Turner: Euro 2012 Day 2: Dutch loss a big story, but don't overlook the Danesupdated: Sat Jun 09 2012 19:15:00

There were two things that the managers of Netherlands and Denmark agreed on before the teams met on a clammy Saturday evening in Kharkiv, Ukraine: The Dutch were the favorites, and their players are 'arrogant in a good way.' Grant Wahl: Euro 2012 Tournament Previewupdated: Thu Jun 07 2012 16:52:00

There really is no argument at this point: The European Championship is the most competitive high-level soccer tournament in the world, even more so than the World Cup. When Euro 2012 starts on Friday with Poland-Greece (ESPN, noon ET) and Russia-Czech Republic (ESPN, 2:45 p.m. ET), every team will bring something to the table. The tournament has only 16 national teams (at least until it moves to 24 in four years), and so it's possible to have a first-round group of Germany, the Netherlands, Portugal and Denmark, four teams in the top 10 of the FIFA world rankings. Raphael Honigstein: Euro 2012 Preview: Netherlandsupdated: Wed Jun 06 2012 16:40:00

The Netherlands came mighty close at the 2010 World Cup -- and quite a few experts believe Bert van Marwijk's team can go one better this year. The starting lineup is virtually unchanged from two years ago. Whether that's a good or bad thing is largely a matter of opinion. If anything, both the strengths and weaknesses of the Dutch seem more pronounced this time. Going forward, "Oranje" certainly looks better than ever. Scoring 37 goals in 10 qualification games would suggest that the "negative and ultra-brutal" tag that the team earned after the final in Johannesburg was over-simplistic and inaccurate.

The best picks around the world for celebrating Prideupdated: Wed May 30 2012 13:19:00

Politics will mix with partying this Pride season as gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender people and their allies around the world celebrate President Barack Obama's support for same-sex marriage and protest North Carolina's passage of a constitutional amendment banning same-sex unions.

Netherlands feels eurozone crisis pinchupdated: Tue Apr 24 2012 09:29:00

CNN's Atika Shubert reports on the eurozone crisis, as the Dutch prime minister resigns his post.

CNNMoney: Stocks: Europe and China weigh on sentimentupdated: Mon Apr 23 2012 08:39:00

U.S. stocks were poised for a lower open Monday on concerns over European political uncertainty and another sign of a slowdown in the Chinese economy.

Netherlands train crash witnessupdated: Sun Apr 22 2012 01:40:00

CNN's Fionnuala Sweeney talks to Max Tau who witnessed two trains collide head on in Amsterdam.

More than 100 injured as trains collide in Amsterdamupdated: Sun Apr 22 2012 01:40:00

More than 100 people were injured when two passenger trains collided in Amsterdam on Saturday, authorities said.

Netherlands art fair showcases the best in 7,000 years of artupdated: Fri Mar 16 2012 07:14:00

There are few places in the world where you can see ancient statues, imperial European jewellery, masterpieces by Pieter Bruegel, paintings by Picasso and sculpture by Henry Moore all under one roof.

Dutch euthanasia clinic offers mobile serviceupdated: Fri Mar 09 2012 06:57:00

The Netherlands' first ever clinic for assisted suicide and euthanasia has opened and includes a mobile service for those who wish to die at home.

Bomb threat closes parts of Amsterdam airportupdated: Mon Feb 13 2012 09:13:00

A bomb threat delayed flights and prompted evacuations Monday at Schiphol airport in The Netherlands, authorities said.

Oklahoma's largest quake in decades buckles highway; rattles residentsupdated: Mon Nov 07 2011 10:58:00

Central Oklahoma continued to experience dozens of aftershocks Sunday, nearly 24 hours since the state's strongest earthquake since 1952 was felt throughout the region.

Blast damages Amsterdam court buildingupdated: Thu Sep 22 2011 13:11:00

An explosion blew out windows at a court in the Netherlands early Wednesday, police in Amsterdam confirmed.

Burning television tower snaps, collapses in the Netherlandsupdated: Sat Jul 16 2011 07:25:00

The top part of a burning television tower collapsed in the Netherlands, leaving a trail of thick billowing smoke and fiery flames.

CNNMoney: Confessions of a new-car addictupdated: Fri Jul 15 2011 14:33:00

Jarrod Holland has a serious car-buying habit. In 20 years, Holland has had 22 different cars. He has never had any car for more than, at most, three years.

Death in partial stadium collapseupdated: Thu Jul 07 2011 14:36:00

At least one person was killed after part of the roof collapsed at a football stadium in the Netherlands.

1 dead, 14 workers injured in Dutch soccer stadium roof collapseupdated: Thu Jul 07 2011 14:36:00

At least one person has died and 14 are injured after part of the roof collapsed at a soccer stadium in the Netherlands Thursday, local officials have said.

Why am I only 5 feet tall?updated: Mon Jun 27 2011 07:35:00

I'm a boy and I'm 14 years old. I'm also exactly 5 feet tall. What is wrong with me?

Dutch to ban foreigners from pot shopsupdated: Tue Jun 07 2011 14:31:00

The Netherlands plans to ban foreigners from the country's famed pot shops, a decision Amsterdam's tourism industry hopes goes up in smoke.

Extradition treaty could allow Van der Sloot to return to Hollandupdated: Fri May 13 2011 20:42:00

An extradition treaty signed this week between the Netherlands and Peru could open the door for Joran Van der Sloot to return to his native country if convicted in the death of a 21-year-old Peruvian woman.

Firefighters gain control of Netherlands chemical factory blazeupdated: Wed Jan 05 2011 21:12:00

About 150 firefighters worked overnight before gaining control Thursday morning of a fire that had erupted Wednesday in a chemical factory in the Netherlands, spreading plumes of thick, black smoke and widespread concern about the health of nearby residents.

One dead, four injured in Netherlands explosionupdated: Mon Dec 06 2010 09:56:00

One person has died and at least four have been injured in an explosion in Alphen Aan Den Rijn in the Netherlands, according to a spokesman for the municipal fire service.

Boys allegedly abducted by fathers return home to Californiaupdated: Thu Nov 11 2010 23:14:00

Three boys were reunited with their mothers Wednesday in California, more than two years after they were allegedly kidnapped by their fathers and taken into hiding in Europe, the FBI said.

3 boys believed abducted by fathers found in the Netherlandsupdated: Sun Nov 07 2010 16:53:00

Three children allegedly abducted from Southern California by their fathers, who are two brothers, were recovered in the Netherlands and the men arrested, the FBI said.

New Dutch government takes shape, showing far-right influenceupdated: Tue Oct 05 2010 13:23:00

Two center-right parties look set to form a minority government in the Netherlands, with the support of the far-right anti-Muslim party of Geert Wilders, the party leaders said Tuesday.

De Jong dropped from Netherlands squadupdated: Mon Oct 04 2010 09:59:00

Nigel De Jong has been dropped from the Netherlands squad for their Euro 2012 qualifying matches against Moldova and Sweden.

Terror suspect arrested at Amsterdam airportupdated: Sun Sep 19 2010 13:00:00

A terror suspect of Somali origin was arrested early Sunday at Schiphol International Airport in Amsterdam, the Netherlands, officials said.

Uruguay falls to Netherlandsupdated: Wed Jul 07 2010 10:05:00

CNN's Brian Byrnes reports from Uruguay, where thousands gathered to watch the World Cup semi-final match-up.

CNNMoney: Hemp kingpin ditches Amsterdam for Denverupdated: Wed Jun 23 2010 12:51:00

When American entrepreneur Adam Dunn moved to the Netherlands at age 19, his first business plan wasn't anything to write home about. He'd crammed 300 Rolling Stones concert T-shirts into his luggage, hoping to sell them for some quick cash.

Pirates get 5 years in prison in first trial in Europeupdated: Thu Jun 17 2010 12:51:00

Five Somali men were convicted of plotting a hijack at sea and sentenced to five years in prison in the Netherlands, in the first trial of pirates in Europe, a prosecution spokesman said Thursday.

Far-right party comes third in Netherlands, poll predictsupdated: Wed Jun 09 2010 15:52:00

The far-right anti-immigration, anti-Muslim Freedom Party of Geert Wilders beat expectations, coming in third in parliamentary elections in the Netherlands on Wednesday, according to exit polls.

Golf in a bubble but will it float or burst ?updated: Fri May 28 2010 06:57:00

A Dutch entrepreneur is hoping to construct the biggest indoor golf center in the world in the Netherlands which he believes will revolutionize the sport's leisure industry.

Five pirates stand trial in the Netherlandsupdated: Wed May 26 2010 03:09:00

Five suspected pirates went on trial Tuesday in the Netherlands in what is thought to be the first trial in Europe of pirate suspects.

Volcano's impact on travelupdated: Sun Apr 18 2010 20:56:00

CNN talks to a Ryanair executive on how volcanic ash has disrupted European air travel. Alexander Wolff: Kramer, Dutch eager to rebound in pursuitupdated: Fri Feb 26 2010 12:30:00

RICHMOND, British Columbia -- Sven Kramer of the Netherlands gets back up on his skates today. He'll join two countrymen in team pursuit qualifying, with an eye on Saturday's men's final, in which Holland is heavily favored.

Netherlands now uses body scanupdated: Sun Jan 03 2010 16:01:00

Amsterdam is introducing a new security check machine at its airport to help find anything hidden on passengers.

Netherlands stun England in Twenty20 openerupdated: Fri Jun 05 2009 16:21:00

England suffered their biggest humiliation in limited-overs history as they were defeated by minnows Netherlands in the opening match of the World Twenty20 tournament on Friday.

UK, Netherlands vote in Euro electionsupdated: Thu Jun 04 2009 09:32:00

Voters in the United Kingdom and the Netherlands became the first European Union citizens to go to the polls Thursday to elect a new European Parliament.

Dutch 'royal attack' death toll risesupdated: Sat May 02 2009 09:15:00

The death toll from the suspected attack on the Dutch royal family has continued to rise as more details emerged about the man who slammed his car into a crowd during a holiday parade.

Queen's Day crashupdated: Sat May 02 2009 09:15:00

A car careers into a crowd of people near a bus carrying Queen Beatrix in the Dutch town of Apeldoorn.

Driver dies after suspected Dutch royal attackupdated: Fri May 01 2009 13:45:00

The man suspected of trying to attack the Dutch royal family by crashing his car near their bus has died, Dutch police said Friday.

Attempted attack on Dutch royal family leaves 5 deadupdated: Thu Apr 30 2009 16:04:00

Five people were killed Thursday after a man tried to attack the Dutch royal family during a Queen's Day celebration by crashing his car near the royal family's bus, Dutch police said. Tom Verducci: Netherlands shocks the world and puts WBC on mapupdated: Wed Mar 11 2009 15:51:00

1. The World Baseball Classic arrived Tuesday night. Baseball became a truly global game when the Netherlands, the international baseball version of Buster Douglas, the 1980 U.S. hockey team and the Milan Indians rolled into one, put the tournament on the map by upsetting the heavily favored, star-studded Dominican Republic team, 2-1. Talk about shocking the world. Go crazy, Rotterdam, go crazy.

Buoyant market: Are floating homes the future of housing?updated: Tue Jan 06 2009 11:39:00

From the Epic of Gilgamesh, composed in Mesopotamia 4,000 years ago, to Evan Almighty -- Hollywood's 2007 take on the Noah's Ark story -- floods and their catastrophic effects have long provided inspiration for storytellers.

Tour of Spain will begin in Netherlandsupdated: Wed Dec 17 2008 14:38:00

The 2009 Tour of Spain will begin in the Netherlands, the first overseas launch of the race in more than 12 years, organizers have announced.

Dutch move on $10 billion rescue programupdated: Fri Nov 21 2008 15:05:00

The Dutch government on Friday approved an economic stimulus package worth up to 8 billion euros ($10 billion) to help the country cope with the global financial crisis. Science in Search of the Top Bananaupdated: Tue Nov 04 2008 12:00:00

It's not easy to keep a banana yellow

Winter blackout results in Dutch baby boomupdated: Thu Oct 30 2008 12:50:00

A small cluster of villages in eastern Netherlands has found itself in the midst of a mini-baby boom -- nine months after a power outage plunged its residents in darkness for two chilly days. World Soccer: Once-proud Dutch league is struggling to competeupdated: Wed Sep 10 2008 12:50:00

Holland gave everything to Euro 2008. The team played dazzling soccer against France and world champion Italy. Pundits swooned over an updated version of total football and praised the individual skills of Wesley Sneijder, Rafael van der Vaart & Co. Alexander Wolff: Dutch baseball's cool Tjerkupdated: Wed Aug 13 2008 13:10:00

If you want to know how a kid with a fantasy-league baseball team realizes a baseball fantasy-come-true, you could do worse than the story of Tjerk Smeets, a backup catcher on the Dutch Olympic team. An American Pastime: Smoking Potupdated: Fri Jul 11 2008 16:00:00

A global survey finds that Americans are most likely to have tried illegal drugs Gavin Hamilton: Van Basten on what's next for him, Dutch soccerupdated: Tue Jul 01 2008 10:32:00

Marco van Basten came up short of his dream ending as Netherlands manager when Russia upset the Oranje in the quarterfinals of the 2008 European Championship. The former Dutch legend decided long before the Euros that this would be his last stint as national-team manager. I spoke with van Basten just before the tournament about what's next for him and Dutch soccer. Gabriele Marcotti: Death of 4-4-2 at Euro 2008 signals changing timesupdated: Thu Jun 19 2008 14:09:00

BASEL, Switzerland -- Remember 4-4-2? That basic formation you most likely played when you were kids? Four defenders in a line (maybe one of them might drop off to sweep), four midfielders in a line (the wide guys acting, effectively as wingers) and two forwards, also pretty much playing alongside each other. Gabriele Marcotti: Euros have been a display for coaching performancesupdated: Mon Jun 16 2008 12:49:00

BASEL, Switzerland -- Eight days in and there's plenty of interesting stuff to admire at this European Championship. What struck me most was the tactical diversity on display. In fact, while the quality of the play has been roughly on par with expectations, the coaching has, in my opinion, surpassed them. There really are managers doing new and interesting things. Euro 2008: the Hosts' Fates Divergeupdated: Sat Jun 14 2008 04:00:00

While the Dutch continue to reinvent 'The Beautiful Game', France's woes continue. And it's mixed fortunes for the tournament's hosts First Blood Drawn at Euro2008updated: Wed Jun 11 2008 06:00:00

Germany, Holland and Spain set the pace in Europe's classic football championship Gabriele Marcotti: Five-minute guide to Euro 2008updated: Thu Jun 05 2008 11:30:00's Gabriele Marcotti is in Switzerland and Austria for the 2008 European Championship. Here's his primer for the tournament.

PSV clinch fourth successive Dutch crownupdated: Sun Apr 20 2008 16:55:00

PSV Eindhoven clinched a fourth successive Dutch league title after beating Vitesse Arnhem 1-0 on Sunday.

Mountainous route for Spanish Tourupdated: Wed Dec 05 2007 12:38:00

Organizers have unveiled a mountainous route for the 2008 edition of the Tour of Spain -- and have also confirmed that the 2009 edition of the race will start in the Netherlands.

The future of transport: Your viewsupdated: Tue Nov 27 2007 10:41:00

What is the future of transport? What role will cars play? What will we use to get around? Send us your thoughts and we'll print the best ones here. Aditi Kinkhabwala: Villanova's big driveupdated: Fri Sep 14 2007 07:07:00

Andy Talley was afraid Michael Holland might tackle the neurologist. Renal-ity TV in the Netherlandsupdated: Fri Jun 01 2007 17:05:00

In a new Dutch program, three desperately ill candidates will compete for a single donor kidney. Lifesaving reality, or a new low for reality TV?

Netherlands too good for Scotlandupdated: Thu Mar 22 2007 16:36:00

Paceman Billy Stelling returned a career-best 3-12 and Ryan ten Doeshate hit a half-century to help the Netherlands race to an easy eight-wicket World Cup Group A win over Scotland on Thursday.

FSB: 7 ways to avoid employees from hellupdated: Tue Mar 06 2007 17:43:00

Bill Demeza, a partner at the Holland & Knight law firm, specializes in defending companies from employee lawsuits. Roxanne Davis, principal of Davis Gavsie in Los Angeles, represents employees. Here are their suggestions for avoiding the courtroom.

Delta force holds back rising tideupdated: Thu Jan 18 2007 09:59:00

At the end of August 2005 Hurricane Katrina swept up through the Gulf of Mexico battering the coastline of the southern United States.

Feyenoord face UEFA fan ban threatupdated: Fri Dec 15 2006 08:05:00

Feyenoord's UEFA Cup match with Tottenham Hotspur could be played behind closed doors following a UEFA decision to appeal against the Dutch club's recent punishment for crowd trouble.

Dutch divide highlights drift to rightupdated: Wed Nov 22 2006 12:32:00

Perhaps tolerance has its limits, even in the famously liberal Netherlands. On Wednesday an attempt to roll and smoke the world's biggest-ever joint was abandoned after organizers realized their record bid contravened Dutch drugs laws.

Unimpressive Dutch scrape victoryupdated: Sat Sep 02 2006 17:30:00

Central defender Joris Mathijsen's 17th minute goal gave Netherlands a 1-0 win over Luxembourg in their Euro 2008 Group G qualifier.

Speed Skatingupdated: Tue Jan 31 2006 07:24:00

Speed skating evolved in The Netherlands as far back as the 13th century, with skaters streaming across frozen canals to relay messages between cities. Races began in The Netherlands in the late 17th century, but the first international competition was not held until 1863, in Norway.

Czechs cruise into play-off placeupdated: Wed Oct 12 2005 14:30:00

The Czech Republic secured a place in the World Cup playoffs after beating Finland 3-0 in the their final Group One qualifier.

Holland copes with threat of floodupdated: Tue Sep 13 2005 05:36:00

Flat, surrounded by water, and like New Orleans, largely below sea level, Holland lives with the threat of flooding from the North Sea.

Kuijt inspires Netherlands victoryupdated: Sat Jun 04 2005 16:45:00

Striker Dirk Kuijt laid on one goal and scored the other to inspire the Netherlands to a 2-0 win over Romania in a World Cup Group One qualifier.

Schroeder vows EU fightupdated: Fri Jun 03 2005 07:50:00

German Chancellor Gerhard Schroeder has vowed to keep on fighting for the proposed EU constitution.

Human mad cow case in Netherlandsupdated: Fri Apr 22 2005 08:25:00

A patient in the Dutch city of Utrecht has been diagnosed with variant Creutzfeldt-Jakob Disease, a human form of mad cow disease, the Dutch Health Ministry said.

British celebrate more track gloryupdated: Mon Mar 28 2005 08:23:00

Robert Hayes and Mark Cavendish won the men's madison on the final day of the world track cycling championships for Britain's fourth gold medal.

Dutch ponder 'mercy killing' rulesupdated: Wed Dec 01 2004 16:39:00

Dutch health officials are considering guidelines doctors could follow for euthanizing terminally ill people "with no free will," including children, the severely mentally retarded and patients in irreversible comas.

Flowers as Dutch film man crematedupdated: Tue Nov 09 2004 10:44:00

On the day of his cremation, hundreds of people laid flowers, candles and notes at the spot where controversial Dutch filmmaker Theo Van Gogh was killed.

Brilliant Czechs advance in styleupdated: Sat Jun 19 2004 16:33:00

The Czech Republic bounced back from two goals down to beat the Netherlands 3-2 and claim a place in the quarterfinals at Euro 2004.

Overmars helps Dutch to warmup winupdated: Tue Jun 01 2004 16:51:00

Marc Overmars scored one goal and set up another Tuesday as the Netherlands beat the Faeroe Islands 3-0 in a European Championship warmup match.

To a pollster, less is moreupdated: Mon Mar 29 2004 14:42:00

Despite the plethora of public opinion polls coming out this election year, few Americans ever answer questions from a pollster. CNN polling director Keating Holland explains why in this week's "How It Works."

Business 2.0: A Website as Big (and Cheap) as the Great Outdoors Thanks to its stingy, ski-bum culture, has become the seupdated: Wed Oct 01 2003 00:01:00

Backcountry skiers, those intrepid types who forsake chairlifts and well-groomed runs for the challenge of blazing their own way down a mountain, have to get by without the comfort of an obvious ro...

Fortune: Money Makes the World Go 'Roundupdated: Mon Jul 23 2001 00:01:00

"Here be dragons." That was the formulation that medieval mapmakers used to indicate the vast areas where they had to admit they had no clue as to what was out there. Today, the problem is not a la...

FSB: Secrets From The Vault AN ENTREPRENEUR TURNED BANKER OFFERS TIPS FROM THE OTHER SIDE.updated: Fri Jun 01 2001 00:01:00

In the spring of last year, entrepreneur Pete Holland did the unthinkable: He put away his $350 banana suit--for good. Holland, now 30, wasn't just making a bold fashion statement. He was making a ...

Fortune: Classicupdated: Mon Nov 13 2000 00:01:00

Leather has long been the city slicker's armor of choice--it's lean, it's mean, it rarely needs to be cleaned. Problem is, everyone has a leather coat. It's just not special anymore.

Fortune: Say It in Pinstripesupdated: Mon Mar 15 1999 00:01:00

One of the many sartorial hurdles facing today's moneyed executive is how to strike that perfect balance of understated elegance and bald ostentation. Monogrammed cuffs? Please. No, what's needed i...

Fortune: Bye-Bye, Tie? We Don't Think Soupdated: Mon Feb 01 1999 00:01:00

In December, 73-year-old Prince Claus set off a fashion revolution--in the Netherlands, at least--when he ripped off his tie before a show of African fashions. According to reports, the prince toss...

Fortune: SMART PLASTIC THE FUTURE OF MONEY IN AMERICA?updated: Mon Oct 13 1997 00:01:00

In October, 50,000 New Yorkers on Manhattan's Upper West Side will finally get a shot at the next great wave of technology--fresh off the boat, unbelievably, from the Old World. In much-delayed tri...

Fortune: A NEW, IMPROVED CHEMICAL STOCK AT HALF-PRICEupdated: Mon Jul 02 1990 00:01:00

Bedeviled by overcapacity and sluggish demand, chemical shares are in the dumps. Yet Akzo, a Netherlands-based company with $9.9 billion in annual sales, is popping up on the buy lists of savvy bar...

Fortune: WHAT TO DO ABOUT DRUGS The U.S. needs a new policy: more toughness in fighting the hard stuff, more compassion in treating addicupdated: Mon Jun 20 1988 00:01:00

DRUGS ARE dangerous. Even users agree on that. Yet the U.S. seems to be getting nowhere in its war against them. In frustration, large numbers of Americans, including academics, members of Congress...

Fortune: THE DUTCH MONEY SEEMS TO GROW ON TULIPSupdated: Mon Oct 12 1987 00:01:00

For a country with a tax-heavy, welfare-state economy, Holland has a surprising concentration of private wealth. Five Dutch families have blossomed to billionaire dimensions in the country's waterl...

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