Amnesty for young asylum seekers strains Dutch coalition

Europe 01/29/19, 07:44

Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte's four-party ruling coalition was struggling Tuesday to reach agreement over whether to call a temporary halt to deportations of young asylum seekers.The dispute pits Rutte's center-right People's Party for Freedom and Democracy against three junior coalition partners that want an end to deportations until a ...

Italy to seek court ruling Dutch must deal with migrant boat

Europe 01/28/19, 16:08

Italy has decided to ask the European human rights court to rule that the Netherlands must deal with a Dutch-flagged migrant rescue boat stranded off Sicily.The Italian premier's office said Monday night that on Tuesday it will ask the France-based court to decide that the Dutch have jurisdiction. Italy won't ...

Probe begins into cause of Dutch gas blast that injured 10

Europe 01/28/19, 05:15

Dutch authorities are investigating the cause of a gas explosion that blew the facade off an apartment building, injuring 10 people, including four who were rescued from under the rubble.Firefighters and search-and-rescue teams using sniffer dogs freed the final person early Monday after he had spent some eight hours buried ...

Collapsed home searched in the Hague; 2 found injured so far

Europe 01/27/19, 12:22

Dutch emergency workers have taken two injured people from a collapsed three-story home in The Hague and are looking for anyone else who might be in the wreckage.City emergency services spokesman John Kardol said it was unclear how many people were missing when the home was destroyed Sunday. Authorities suspect ...

Central African Republic soccer boss appears at global court

Sports 01/25/19, 10:12

The chief of Central African Republic's soccer federation appeared at the International Criminal Court on Friday for the first time since he was arrested late last year in France on charges of crimes against humanity and war crimes in his home country.Flanked by court guards during a 30-minute hearing, Patrice-Edouard ...

German rescue ship allowed in Italian waters due to weather

Europe 01/25/19, 08:26

Italy pressured the Netherlands on Friday to accept 47 migrants who have spent seven days at sea aboard a humanitarian rescue ship that has been allowed to enter Italian territorial waters due to bad weather conditions.The German aid group Sea-Watch said on Twitter Friday that it has received no response ...

Operation begins to lift sunken containers off Dutch coast

Europe 01/18/19, 08:02

A salvage operation to lift scores of shipping containers from the seabed off the northwestern coast of the Netherlands has begun more than two weeks after they tumbled off a cargo vessel in a storm.Security Region Friesland, the local authority that is coordinating the operation, says on its website that ...

Airports, customs, trade: Europe preps for a chaotic Brexit

Europe 01/17/19, 07:14

France is spending 50 million euros ($57 million) to beef up security at airports and the Eurotunnel, hiring hundreds of extra customs officers and issuing emergency decrees to gear up for the increasingly likely possibility that Britain will leave the European Union on March 29 without a plan.Germany is fast-tracking ...

Kosovo court facing tough challenges in search for justice

Europe 01/14/19, 05:20

A court in The Hague has summoned a small group of former Kosovo freedom fighters for questioning about their roles in the 1998-99 war of independence.The orders to appear in The Hague haven't been confirmed by the prosecutor preparing cases for the court, who declined to be interviewed, but they ...

Dutch short track skater Knegt suffers serious burns

Europe 01/10/19, 12:24

The Dutch ice skating association says Olympic short track silver medalist Sjinkie Knegt has suffered serious burns after an accident at his home.The Royal Netherlands Skating Union says in a statement that Knegt's clothes caught fire Thursday morning as he was lighting a wood-burning stove. His left leg suffered third-degree ...

As Austria warns of snow, Germans, Dutch prepare for floods

Europe 01/08/19, 04:01

Authorities in Austria are warning that more snowfall will increase the already high risk of avalanches, while hundreds of people in the country are unable to leave their homes because of blocked roads due to the severe weather conditions.German news agency dpa reported that in southern and eastern Germany people ...

Dutch, Germans recover cargo lost by container ship

Europe 01/04/19, 11:27

Cargo lost by a container ship in a North Sea storm has started washing up on a German island, while soldiers have arrived to help clean up beaches on Dutch islands further west.The MSC Zoe lost more than 270 containers earlier this week as it sailed from Portugal to the ...

Search is on for containers lost off Dutch coast by ship

Europe 01/03/19, 04:31

Authorities in Germany and the Netherlands are searching for up to 270 shipping containers lost at sea by a cargo ship caught in a storm, saying some are carrying hazardous materials.German authorities say the cargo ship that lost the containers landed in the German port of Bremerhaven early Thursday.The Central ...

Public warned away from ship containers lost off Dutch coast

Europe 01/02/19, 11:49

Dutch authorities are warning the public to stay away from some of the 270 containers that a cargo ship lost off the northern coast of the Netherlands because they contained a hazardous chemical.The Dutch coast guard said three containers carried closed-off barrels of an organic peroxide, a flammable and highly ...

Dutch player, coach Frank de Boer takes over Atlanta United

Soccer 12/23/18, 14:19

Frank de Boer, who appeared in two World Cups for the Netherlands during an illustrious playing career and went on to capture four straight league titles as Ajax coach, is taking over at Atlanta United.The Major League Soccer champions announced the coaching hire Sunday, with plans for a formal introduction ...

Update: More than 200 migrants rescued in Med; seek port

Europe 12/21/18, 12:24

The Latest on the influx of migrants into Europe (all times local):6:20 p.m.Spanish aid group Proactiva Open Arms says it has rescued more than 200 migrants in two boats heading across the central Mediterranean from Libya toward Europe.The group's founder Oscar Camps says in a tweet that the two boats ...

Dutch convoy sets off for Greece, hoping to help migrants

Europe 12/21/18, 09:42

A bus and a fleet of cars have set off from the Netherlands in a continent-crossing convoy to raise awareness of the plight of migrants languishing in overcrowded Greek island camps and maybe even bring some of them back to the Netherlands.The Dutch group "Let's Bring Them Here" wants to ...

Dutch court upholds Amsterdam’s ban on new tourist stores

Europe 12/19/18, 07:03

The Netherlands' highest administrative court has upheld an Amsterdam municipality ban on new stores in the city's historic heart that sell goods specifically to tourists.The Council of State ruling Wednesday is a victory for the Dutch capital's attempts to rein in the negative effects of the huge number of visitors ...

Belgium wins field hockey final after shootout with Dutch

Europe 12/16/18, 14:18

Goalkeeper Vincent Vanasch proved the difference as Belgium beat the Netherlands 3-2 in a shootout to win the men's field hockey World Cup final on Sunday.Vanasch helped to clinch Belgium's first title when he forced Jeroen Hertzberger wide and the attacker's shot went over in sudden death.Belgium's captain Thomas Briels, ...

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