FBI catches 800 suspected criminals using an encrypted chat app

Europe 06/09/21, 00:40

A covert police operation successfully tricked illegal groups into buying cellphones, containing messaging software that authorities constantly monitored. Operation Trojan Shield arrested at least 800 suspects, thwarted some 100 assassination attempts, and seized more than 32 tons of drugs plus $148 million in cash. These busts were thanks to a joint operation ...

Chinese regime could boycott the Netherlands for closer relations with Taiwan

Politics 05/02/20, 14:43

This week the Netherlands changed the name of the Netherlands Trade and Investment Office to Netherlands Office of Taipei, making clear the great progress in cooperation that it has reached with its partner Taiwan. Such a decision provoked Beijing's angst, which maintains a tense diplomatic relationship with Taipei due to Taiwan's ...

Update: Polls open in Czech Republic, centrists seek win

Europe 05/24/19, 07:59

The Latest on the four-day voting in the European Union to fill the 751-seat European Parliament (all times local):2:50 p.m.Polls have opened for the European Parliament elections in the Czech Republic, with a centrist party led by populist Prime Minister Andrej Babis expected to win despite the fraud charges he ...

Voting in Ireland kicks off Day 2 of EU elections

World 05/24/19, 03:58

Ireland is going to the polls to kick off the second day of European Union elections which have already caused a stir in the Netherlands.According to a surprise Ipsos exit forecast late Thursday, the Dutch Labor Party of European Commission Vice President Frans Timmermans will become the country's biggest party ...

Update: Macron woos green vote in European elections

Europe 05/23/19, 05:35

The Latest on the European Parliament elections (all times local): 12 noon French President Emmanuel Macron is trying to prove that he's really a green-friendly guy. His centrist movement is struggling to charm voters ahead of France's vote Sunday in European Parliament elections. So Macron hosted a meeting Thursday of a new body ...

Dutch, UK polls open, starting 4 days of European elections

Europe 05/23/19, 00:56

Dutch polls opened Thursday in elections for the European Parliament, starting four days of voting across the 28-nation bloc that pits supporters of deeper integration against populist Euroskeptics who want more power for their national governments.A half hour after voting started in the Netherlands, polls open across the United Kingdom, ...

Royal praise for Dutch singer’s victory at flashy Eurovision

Europe 05/19/19, 07:34

The Dutch royal family and prime minister are leading an unusual outpouring of praise for the 25-year-old singer who brought the Netherlands its first victory in the Eurovision song contest since the 1970s.Duncan Laurence beat out over-the-top, camp-filled performances from across Europe and beyond to win the competition Saturday night ...

Update: Germans, Dutch won’t ban Huawei despite US move

Europe 05/16/19, 08:49

The Latest on trade tensions between the U.S. and China (all times local): 9:45 p.m. The German and Dutch leaders are making clear that they don't plan to change their stance on Chinese telecommunications company Huawei following an executive order by the Trump administration apparently aimed at banning its equipment from U.S. ...

Dutch Grand Prix to return to F1 calendar next year

Sports 05/14/19, 05:44

The Dutch Grand Prix will return to the Formula One calendar next year for the first time since 1985.The Zandvoort track on the Dutch coast, which hosted 30 F1 races from 1952-85, will be rebuilt in the coming months to host the race.It's not clear when the race would slot ...

Off to a new life: 3 Albanian lions sent to Dutch cat center

Europe 05/07/19, 08:59

Three formerly hungry lions being housed at Tirana Zoo in Albania have been sedated and in about 48 hours will wake up at the Felida Big Cat Centre in the Netherlands.Ioana Dungler, the project leader from Four Paws, an international animal welfare group, said experts put the lions in specially ...

Scientology ship to remain under quarantine in Curacao

Health 05/06/19, 09:56

Authorities in Curacao say 318 people aboard a Church of Scientology ship docked in the Dutch Caribbean island will remain quarantined at least until Wednesday while they determine how many might be infected with measles.Dr. Izzy Gerstenbluth told The Associated Press late Sunday that a team of health officials took ...

No Madrid, no Ronaldo: Fresh feel for Champions League semis

Soccer 04/28/19, 18:10

There's a fresh feel to the lineup for the Champions League semifinals this season, even if it contains some of the most storied teams and recognized players in Europe.This time there's no Real Madrid, the three-time defending champion and Europe's dominant team of this generation.There's no Cristiano Ronaldo, the superstar ...

400-year-old Bible stolen from US is found in Netherlands

Europe 04/25/19, 16:06

A 17th century Geneva Bible, one of the hundreds of rare books authorities said were stolen from a Pittsburgh library as part of a 20-year-long theft scheme, is back home.The Bible, published in 1615, was traced to the American Pilgrim Museum in Leiden, about 45 miles (70 kilometers) from Amsterdam ...

Animal welfare group and Albania quarrel over 3 lions’ fate

Europe 04/18/19, 16:04

An international animal welfare group was locked in a dispute with the Albanian government Thursday over three lions that were removed from a private zoo but not been taken to their new home in the Netherlands.The lions require proper medical care but remain caged in Albania due to Tirana's "bureaucratic ...

Dutch fertility doctor may have more than 49 children

World 04/15/19, 09:44

A Dutch fertility doctor who used his own sperm to father 49 children, without telling their mothers he was the donor, may have even more children.Ties van der Meer of the Dutch Donor Child Foundation said Monday that three more people contacted him over the weekend because they suspect they ...

Dutch soccer league dedicates official ball to Rembrandt

Soccer 04/08/19, 09:18

Soccer teams will be playing with fine art in the Dutch league next season.Marking the 350th anniversary of the death of Rembrandt, the league has launched an official ball inscribed with the artist's face and extracts from his work.The project is being done with the Rijksmuseum in Amsterdam, which is ...

Environmental groups to sue Shell over climate change

Europe 04/05/19, 10:18

Climate activists delivered a court summons Friday to oil company Shell in a court case aimed at forcing it to do more to rein in carbon emissions.Friends of the Earth Netherlands, one of the groups involved, said it wants a court in The Hague to order Shell to reduce its ...

4th victims dies following March 18 Utrecht tram attack

Europe 03/28/19, 11:49

Authorities say a fourth victim has died from injuries sustained in the March 18 tram shooting in Utrecht, an incident being investigated as a possible extremist attack.The 74-year-old man died Thursday. Two men and a woman died on the day of the attack, and one victim remains injured in hospital. ...

Dutch farmers to tourists: Don’t trample our tulips

Europe 03/27/19, 07:33

Dutch farmers have a message for tourists: Please don't trample upon our tulips.Bulb fields close to the Netherlands' North Sea coast are a major tourist drawcard each spring as tulips, daffodils, hyacinths and other flowers bloom and transform the region into a patchwork of vibrant colors that provide the backdrop ...

Australia, Holland, Russia start talks over downed MH17

Europe 03/26/19, 22:44

The Netherlands and Australia have confirmed three-way talks with Russia have begun over the ongoing criminal investigation into the shooting down of Malaysian Airlines flight MH17 in 2014.The two countries announced last year they were holding Russia responsible for providing the missile fired by pro-Russian forces in war-torn Ukraine that ...

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