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Rotterdam gets EUR 115M loan from EIB for e-bus purchase

Rotterdam gets EUR 115M loan from EIB for e-bus purchase

In The Netherlands, the RET public transport operator in Rotterdam has received a funding of EUR 115 million from the European Investment Bank (EIB), for the purchase of electric and hybrid buses.

Man fined for death threat against Dutch right-winger Wilders

Man fined for death threat against Dutch right-winger Wilders Amsterdam - A Dutch court Friday fined a man for sending a death threat to controversial right-wing politician Geert Wilders.

The man, who has not been named, emailed Wilders with a message "We will get you, Kalashnikov AK-47."

Wilders, the leader of the far-right Party for Freedom (PVV), hit headlines worldwide last year for his film Fitna, harshly critical of Islam.

Amsterdam looks for 2028 Olympics locations

Amsterdam looks for 2028 Olympics locationsAmsterdam  - Amsterdam will earmark Olympic locations over the next months in a first step to host the 2028 Games, the city's alderman for public spaces said on Friday.

Amsterdam hopes to land the Games 100 years after hosting the 1928 edition.

Mayor Job Cohen had talked about the plan at the 2008 Olympics in Beijing and alderman Maarten van Poelgeest said such Games were for the whole country.

Yemen police arrest kidnapper of Dutch couple

Yemen policeSana'a, Yemen  - Yemeni police arrested on Tuesday one of the kidnappers who took a Dutch couple hostage for two weeks in a mountainous area east of the capital Sana'a, the Interior Ministry reported.

The ministry said in a statement that the kidnapper was among four men listed on an arrest warrant issued by police after the release of the hostages.

Jan Hogendoorn, 54, and his wife Heleen Janszen, 49, were taken captive at gunpoint by armed tribesmen as they were driving in a southern Sana'a suburb on March 31. They were released unharmed on April 13.

Skating-mad Dutch mark centennial of Eleven Cities Tour

Skating-mad Dutch mark centennial of Eleven Cities TourLeeuwarden, Netherlands  - The pride of Friesland, a northern province of the Netherlands, is a cross - the Eleven Cities Cross, to be precise. Arend Hansma, a 60-year-old Frisian, is among those who have been awarded one after reaching the finish line of the Elfstedetocht or Eleven Cities Tour, the world's toughest ice-skating marathon.

Dutch navy frees 16 Yemeni fishermen from pirates

Dutch navy frees 16 Yemeni fishermen from piratesNairobi/The Hague  - A Dutch naval unit Saturday freed 16 Yemeni fishermen and their vessel after boarding a boat used by Somali pirates to attack a tanker in the Gulf of Aden, a Dutch military spokesman said in The Hague.

He said nine pirates were briefly detained but then released after their weapons were seized. Pirates had been in a speedboat operating from the fishermen's dhow which they had been using as a "mother ship" after seizing it earlier in the week.

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