A zoo keeper who is dying from cancer received an emotional farewell from a group of giraffes he cared for during his time at the zoo.
The tradition of Santa Claus and his helpers with their faces painted black wearing Afro wigs has delivered a racism debate in Holland.
Colourful celebrations have taken over the streets of Amsterdam as Queen Beatrix abdicated after 33 years.
A 92-year-old former member of the Nazi Waffen SS has gone on trial in Germany accused of murdering a Dutch resistance fighter in 1944.
Dutch-born Siert Bruins, who is now a German citizen, entered the Hagen state court using a walking frame.
No pleas are made in the German system and Bruins offered no statement.
His lawyer, Klaus-Peter Kniffka, said after the 35-minute opening session that it was unlikely his client would ever address the court personally.
A former SS officer is due to appear in court in Germany later today, where he stands accused of murdering a Dutch resistance fighter at least 70 years ago.
Siert Bruins, 92, could face a life sentence if found guilty of the murder of Aldert Klaas Dijkema in September 1944.
The trial is a landmark case in Germany as Bruins is the last alleged Nazi criminal to be detained.
Another former SS officer, Heinrich Boere, began a life sentence in December 2011 for murdering three Dutch civilians during World War II.
With a signature on a parchment of abdication and a kiss for her son, Queen Beatrix of the Netherlands brought to an end her thirty three year rule - to the cheers of thousands of her people.
That son, now King Willem-Alexander, ushered in a new era and ushered his young family onto the palace balcony to even louder applause.
ITV News Europe Editor James Mates reports:
The new king of the Netherlands Willhem-Alexander, his wife Queen Maxima and Princess Beatrix, who abdicated today, have appeared on the balcony of the Royal Palace in Amsterdam and waved to the crowds.
Willem-Alexander becomes king of the Netherlands as his mother Beatrix abdicates.