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  • President Barack Obama walks down the stairs from Air Force One upon arrival at Schiphol Amsterdam Airport, Netherlands, Monday March 24, 2014. Obama will attend the two-day Nuclear Security Summit in The Hague. (AP Photo/Peter Dejong, POOL)

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  • Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte poses with children during a campaign visit in Dordrecht, Netherlands, on Saturday, Sept. 8, 2012, four days ahead of national elections. (AP Photo/Peter Dejong)

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  • **FILE** Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte of the free-market Liberal Party waits June 7, 2010, for the start of a televised election debate at the Erasmus University in Rotterdam, Netherlands. (Associated Press)

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  • **FILE** VVD Party leader Mark Rutte casts his ballot in the general election in The Hague on June 9, 2010. (Associated Press)

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