Europeans urge Russia to return to arms-control treaty

Europe 03/15/19, 05:10

A group of European nations is urging Russia not to abandon a nuclear weapons treaty with the United States.Germany, Sweden and the Netherlands are also calling for new arms control agreements to address the rising power of China and other nations.The U.S. gave notice of its intention to withdraw from ...

French government faces legal challenge for climate action

Europe 03/14/19, 08:01

Four activist groups have launched legal action to try to take the French state to court for not doing enough to fight climate change.Greenpeace, Oxfam and two French environmental groups hope for an eventual court ruling requiring France to further lower carbon emissions, citing a similar, successful effort in the ...

Dutch firebrand Wilders: Man with knives detained at event

Europe 03/11/19, 08:59

A man carrying two knives and an ax was detained over the weekend shortly before anti-Islam lawmaker Geert Wilders was due to hand out political flyers before provincial elections.Wilders tweeted about the incident Monday. The country's counter-terrorism coordinator confirmed that the man was carrying knives and an ax but declined ...

Lawyers seek ICC probe into Syria deportations to Jordan

Europe 03/07/19, 07:35

Human rights lawyers are urging the International Criminal Court to open a preliminary investigation into alleged mass deportations by Syrian authorities, in an attempt to hold President Bashar Assad's regime accountable for atrocities enacted during the country's bloody civil war.Lawyer Toby Cadman said Thursday that legal experts at the Guernica ...

Jaap Stam appointed Feyenoord coach starting in June

Soccer 03/06/19, 09:11

Former Manchester United defender Jaap Stam will take over as coach of Dutch club Feyenoord in June.The Rotterdam club says Stam will succeed Giovanni van Bronckhorst, who told Feyenoord in January that this will be his last season in charge.Stam is currently coaching Dutch team PEC Zwolle. Before returning to ...

Father of UK teen who joined IS says don’t scrap citizenship

Europe 03/06/19, 03:02

The father of a British teenager who ran away to join the Islamic State group in Syria said his daughter's citizenship should not be revoked and that she should return to the U.K. and be punished if it was determined she had committed a crime. Shamima Begum fled east London with ...

Dutch husband of Shamima Begum wants to take her home

Europe 03/03/19, 09:54

The Dutch man who married a British teenager after she ran away to join the Islamic State group says he wants to return home to the Netherlands with Shamima Begum and their newborn son.Yago Riedijk, 27, told the BBC from a Kurdish-run detention center that he met Begum within days ...

French, Dutch ministers pledge to strengthen Air France-KLM

Business 03/01/19, 05:00

The Netherlands' finance minister has met with his French counterpart in a bid to ease tensions between the two countries over the Dutch government's surprise announcement this week that it had bought a stake in the Air France-KLM airline alliance without informing Paris.Wopke Hoekstra and Bruno Le Maire held hurriedly-arranged ...

Air France-KLM: Macron wants clarification from Dutch state

Europe 02/27/19, 10:13

French President Emmanuel Macron says the Dutch government must clarify why it bought more than 12 percent of shares in the holding company for the Air France-KLM airline alliance.Speaking at a news conference in Paris, Macron said the French government hadn't been informed ahead of time of the Dutch move. ...

R. Kelly’s European concerts in doubt after new charges

Europe 02/22/19, 18:02

R. Kelly's hopes of doing a tour of Europe in April have been all but dashed now that he is facing new criminal charges.Kelly defiantly scheduled concerts in two locations in Germany and one in the Netherlands in April despite a cloud of legal issues in the wake of the ...

Airlines need better info before flying over conflict zones

Europe 02/21/19, 06:23

More than four years after a Malaysian passenger jet was shot down over conflict-ravaged eastern Ukraine, airlines around the world still need more and better information to make risk assessments about flying over war zones, a Dutch safety watchdog said Thursday.The Dutch Safety Board's comments came in a report following ...

Blue monster backs Dutch Brexit information campaign

Europe 02/14/19, 09:15

The Dutch government has enlisted a new ally in its campaign to prepare businesses for the impending departure of Britain from the European Union — a hairy blue Brexit monster.A tweet posted Thursday on Foreign Minister Stef Blok's official Twitter feed showed the monster, wearing a white T-shirt emblazoned with ...

Rijksmuseum shows off all its Rembrandts in blockbuster show

Entertainment 02/13/19, 07:12

For the first time, and likely the last, the Rijksmuseum in Amsterdam is showing off all of its works by Rembrandt van Rijn in a single exhibition.From imposing portraits to intimate sketches and prints that usually lie safely cocooned in climate-controlled storage, the Amsterdam museum is exhibiting 22 paintings, 60 ...

Nigerian widows sue Shell for complicity in activist deaths

World 02/12/19, 11:53

The widow of a Nigerian activist executed by their country's government more than two decades ago accused oil giant Shell of complicity in his death at a civil case in a Dutch court Tuesday."Shell came into my life to make me a poverty-stricken widow," Esther Kiobel told judges at a ...

Dutch fishermen try to avert EU ban on electric shocks

Europe 02/12/19, 11:28

Dutch fisherman protested Tuesday outside parliament in a last-ditch attempt to avert a European Union ban on the practice of using electric shocks to stun fish before scooping them up in nets.The Dutch fishermen argue that the technique, known as electric pulse fishing, is environmentally friendly because it allows trawlers ...

Dutch, Russia in talks about responsibility in MH17 downing

Europe 02/07/19, 15:50

The Netherlands is in diplomatic discussions with Russia about the European country's assertion that Moscow bears legal responsibility for its role in the 2014 downing of a passenger jet over Ukraine, the Dutch foreign minister said Thursday.Foreign Minister Stef Blok said the initial diplomatic contacts were aimed at paving the ...

Update: Belgian students march in climate protests

Europe 02/07/19, 09:26

The Latest on student climate protests (all times local):3:20 p.m.More than 10,000 teenagers in Belgium have skipped school for the fifth Thursday in a row and demonstrated in several cities in an attempt to push authorities into providing better protection for the world's climate.Police said that in central Leuven alone ...

Dutch students march for better climate policies

Europe 02/07/19, 06:28

Thousands of students skipped classes Thursday and marched past the Dutch parliament, calling for more ambitious climate policies in the Netherlands.The demonstration by Dutch students follows similar marches in recent weeks in neighboring Belgium that also have drawn thousands of protesters.Organizers said they want to send a wake-up call to ...

Dutch authorities raise number of containers lost in storm

Europe 02/06/19, 06:53

Dutch authorities say a freight ship lost dozens more containers than previously thought when it was caught in a heavy storm early this year.The Dutch water authority said Wednesday that at least 345 containers fell off the MSC Zoe freighter Jan. 2. The previous estimate was 291.The authority says the ...

Dutch church ends 24/7 service after govt policy shift

Europe 01/30/19, 08:10

A Dutch Protestant church has ended a non-stop service that started in October to protect a family of Armenian asylum-seekers from deportation after the government announced changes to its immigration policy.The Bethel Church, a small chapel in a Hague residential neighborhood, announced the end of the 24-7 service Wednesday, a ...

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