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In this Nov. 18, 2012 file photo persons dressed as "Zwarte Piet" or "Black Pete" attend a parade after St. Nicholas, or Sinterklaas, arrived by boat in Amsterdam, Netherlands. (AP Photo/ Margriet Faber, File)

Dutch reject criticism of “Black Pete” tradition

AMSTERDAM (AP) — A Facebook page seeking to preserve the clowns in blackface makeup known as “Black Petes” that are part of the Netherlands’ “Sinterklaas” children’s festival has become the fastest-growing Dutch language page ever, […]

10/23/2013

Netherlands' King Willem-Alexander officially opens the new parliamentary year with a speech outlining the government's plan and budget policies for the year ahead, as his wife Queen Maxima, right, looks on in the 13th century "Hall of Knights" in The Hague, Netherlands, Tuesday, Sept. 17, 2013. (AP Photo/Lex van Lieshout, Pool)

Dutch king: say goodbye to welfare state

AMSTERDAM (AP) — King Willem-Alexander delivered a message to the Dutch people from the government Tuesday in a nationally televised address: the welfare state of the 20th century is gone. In its place a “participation […]

09/17/2013

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