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World Champions Spain beaten 5-1 by Netherlands

Holland's Robin van Persie celebrates scoring by high-fiving manager Louis van Gaal. Credit: Reuters

Dutch stars Robin van Persie and Arjen Robben inspired Holland to a stunning, unthinkable 5-1 win over defending champions Spain in a thrilling encounter that will go down in World Cup history.

The Dutch avenged their defeat by the same opponents in the 2010 final in outrageous style, with four unanswered goals in an irresistible second half display in Salvador.

Van Persie and Robben scored two apiece, with each man's first a minor classic in its own right.

Defender Stefan de Vrij scored his side's third.

Vincent Del Bosque's side, who also lost their opener against Switzerland four years ago, had actually taken the lead through Xabi Alonso's disputed penalty, a lead they held until Van Persie's instinctive flying header levelled matters just before the break.

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'Drunk' Obama body guard sent home from Amsterdam

President Obama visited Amsterdam yesterday after a nuclear security summit in The Hague. Credit: AP

The US Secret Service has sent three of its agents home from Amsterdam shortly before president Barack Obama was due to arrive there, according to US media reports.

One agent was found drunk and passed out in the hallway of a hotel, the Washington Post reported.

The report added that the agents were on the Counter Assault Team, which defends the president if he comes under attack.

Secret Service spokesman Ed Donovan said the three were placed on administrative leave for "disciplinary reasons" but that Obama's security had not been compromised.

Prince only ever regained 'minimal consciousness'

Prince John Friso only ever regained "minimal conciousness" before he died, according to the Royal House.

The Prince, 44, was skiing in Lech, Austria in February 2012 when he was buried in an avalanche.

View of the ski resort where the Dutch Prince sustained his injuries Credit: Press Association Images

He was initially treated in a London hospital before being brought back to the Netherlands last month.

The Prince was the younger brother of the new King of the Netherlands Willem-Alexander.

The Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte said the news was "profoundly sad".

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Ex-student held after threats made to Dutch school

The British School of the Netherlands has confirmed that one of its former students has been arrested in connection with threats to shoot pupils and teachers at a school in Holland.

All schools in the Dutch town of Leiden have been closed today, after Swiss police alerted their counterparts to threatening language being posted on online messaging boards.

The message read: "Tomorrow, I will shoot my Dutch teacher, and as many students as I can." The writer then explains they will be carrying a 9mm Colt Defender gun and a note "which will explain why I did it".

Following a security alert this morning in Leiden, we have been informed that a former student of the BSN has been arrested in connection to threats made against a Dutch school in Leiden.

This student was permanently excluded from the BSN in October 2011 after incidents regarding his behaviour and has therefore not attended the school for over a year.

We have been assured by the police that there was never a threat to The British School or to our students. The school was open as usual this morning and lessons continue as normal.

– Spokeswoman for the British School in the Netherlands

Dutch PM offers resignation after failed budget talks

The Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte has offered his resignation to the Queen after austerity talks failed.

Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte Credit: Yves Herman / Reuters

The Liberal leader, whose centre-right coalition government has been in power since October 2010, said on Saturday talks on budget cuts had failed and new elections were likely.

Rutte's main political ally until this weekend, the Freedom Party's Geert Wilders, refused to agree on how to cut billions of euros from the country’s budget to meet an EU target on its deficit.

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