The Netherlands
  • Scythian artefacts were on loan to an Amsterdam museum and ended up at the centre of a geopolitical crisis after Russia’s 2014 annexation of Crimea
  • Ukraine hailed the arrival of the jewels in the midst of the Russian invasion as a victory for its ‘identity and freedom’

The task force will enhance sharing of financial intelligence on terrorist-financing related matters and will discuss best practices and opportunities for additional actions, the US Treasury Department said.


Despite being described as an anti-Islam firebrand, some Dutch Muslims have placed more importance to Geert Wilders’ economic issues than to his past comments about Islam.


Russia’s invasion has limited shipment routes from China to Europe and raised interest in alternative and nascent routes – including across the choppy Caspian Sea. But relevant governments need to get on board.


Geert Wilders and his far-right Freedom Party have pulled off an extraordinary political bombshell, a shock result that will resound across Europe.

Mark Rutte is wrapping up 13 years as the Netherlands’ longest-serving premier. Estonia’s Kaja Kallas and Latvia’s Krisjanis Karins are also possible contenders for the Nato top job.

The LGBTQ identity is viewed as “un-Indonesian and a Western import”, but Saskia Wieringa said that gender fluidity has been present in different indigenous societies throughout the Indonesian archipelago.


As Amsterdam’s one-Michelin-star Bougainville is voted the world’s best restaurant on TripAdvisor, its head chef, owner and a tour operator reflect on the ‘buzzing’ Dutch food scene’s evolution.

Zeng Xiuying, 52, repeatedly tried to hand officials at Changi Airport around US$50 in cash to ‘help her’ board her flight after she and her companion were turned away for not having valid visas.

The new US export controls that target less-advanced lithography systems have exposed China’s deficiency in chip-making equipment, despite progress towards Beijing’s overall goal of semiconductor self-sufficiency.

SMIC used ASML’s less-advanced DUV machines together with tools from other companies to make the chip used on Huawei's new 5G smartphones, according to people familiar with the matter.

The chairman of Yangtze Memory Technologies Corp has called for industry unity in the face of US tech sanctions after being elected head of the China Semiconductor Industry Association.

A plan to uproot the famed red light district has become seen as part of a battle for the city’s soul, as the mayor seeks to reduce tourist numbers and petty crime in the area.

The CEO of Dutch semiconductor equipment maker ASML said on Wednesday one more of its products falls under new export restrictions announced by Washington this week.

Joran van der Sloot made the admission as he pleaded guilty to charges of extorting the victim’s mother, from whom he alleged demanded US$250,000 for the location of her daughter’s remains.

The lithography equipment maker saw order bookings fall 42 per cent quarter on quarter in the three months through September, but Chinese chip makers boosted orders.

Dutch police were investigating the motive of a gunman who went on a shooting rampage at a house and a hospital in Rotterdam, killing a 14-year-old girl, her mother, and a teacher.

Consumers in the United Kingdom, Spain, the Netherlands, Belgium and South Korea will now receive their parcels within five working days of placing an order on AliExpress, thanks to its joint initiative with Cainiao.

The painting, the 1884 “Parsonage Garden at Nuenen in Spring”, worth more than US$3 million, was burgled from the Singer Laren Museum near Amsterdam on March 30, 2020 in a heist that made global headlines.