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Amsterdam hostage who helped end siege praised for bravery

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Police hailed a hostage held by a gunman in an Apple store in Amsterdam as a hero on Wednesday after he helped end the tense, hours-long ordeal that gripped the Dutch city. A 27-year-old man carrying a handgun and sem...

Amsterdam: gunman takes hostages in Apple store

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Several people have been able to leave an Apple store located on a central square in Amsterdam, where a man with a gun has taken one or more hostages, the Dutch police said in Tuesday. In a tweet, the Amsterdam police...

Frozen in time: clock that tells tale of Jewish resistance in wartime Amsterdam

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A clock that is the sole surviving object from a second world war Jewish hideout will go on display at Amsterdam’s Dutch Resistance Museum this year. The round mantelpiece clock may have been one of the last things pe...

Pig patrol: Amsterdam airport’s innovative approach to flight safety

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A group of animals has been drafted in to combat a hazard in the skies above the runways of Amsterdam’s Schiphol airport, the Netherlands’ aviation hub. A six-week pilot project is studying whether a small herd of pig...

Amsterdam police object to civilian observers – and call in their own

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A policy of randomly frisking people on the streets of Amsterdam is being trialled by police in response to a rise in youth gun crime but the police union has objected to the involvement of civilian observers. To assu...

Amsterdam ‘stumbling stones’ commemorate gay victims of Nazis

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More than 75 years after they were murdered in the gas chambers or shot, gay victims of Nazi persecution were remembered with “stumbling stones” laid in Amsterdam this week. The Netherlands has about 8,500 Stolperstei...

Amsterdam mayor apologises for city’s past role in slave trade

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The mayor of Amsterdam has apologised for former governors’ extensive involvement in the global slave trade, saying the moment had come for the city to confront its grim history. Debate about the city’s role in the sl...

Amsterdam residents offered free book on city’s links with slavery

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Every Amsterdammer is being offered a free copy of a book exploring the city’s role in the organisation and management of the global slave trade as part of a wider reckoning with the Netherlands’ past. Last year the I...

Amsterdam plans out-of-town ‘erotic centre’ as part of cleanup bid

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Amsterdam is preparing to build an out-of-town five-storey “erotic centre” with two bars, 100 small rooms and an “erotic entertainment” venue such as a strip club as it downsizes its red-light district. The plan for t...

The Amsterdam docklands home brought back to life

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Helma Bongenaar is an original. Her belief that “it is not necessary to buy new things” comes from a passion for old crafts and her reasoning that there are plenty of abandoned materials that can be reused. “We do not...