Parade welcomes Dutch St Nicholas amid debate over helper

Europe 11/17/18, 07:20

A nationally televised parade has welcomed the Dutch version of Santa Claus to the Netherlands amid a fierce national debate about his helper "Black Pete."White people often daub their faces with black paint when they dress up to play the character. Opponents say such depictions of Black Pete promote racist ...

Wijnaldum and Depay strike as Netherlands beats France 2-0

Soccer 11/16/18, 16:50

Midfielder Georginio Wijnaldum scored just before halftime and Memphis Depay converted an audacious extra-time penalty as the Netherlands team that did not qualify for the World Cup beat world champion France 2-0 on Friday in the UEFA Nations League.The margin of victory flattered Didier Deschamps' injury-hit team, with goalkeeper Hugo ...

Dutch protesters planning demos for and against Black Pete

Europe 11/16/18, 07:51

As Dutch children eagerly anticipate the arrival of their country's version of Santa Claus this weekend, opponents and supporters of his controversial helper Black Pete are gearing up for protests.Demonstrations for and against Black Pete have become almost as much of a tradition as the arrival of Sinterklaas, the white-bearded, ...

Chemical attack investigative team to start work next year

Europe 11/13/18, 10:16

A new investigative team being set up to apportion blame for poison gas and nerve agent attacks in Syria will be ready to start work early next year, the chief of the global chemical weapons watchdog said Tuesday.The Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons voted in June to begin ...

Coach Joachim Loew leaves Boateng out of Germany squad

Soccer 11/09/18, 13:51

Germany coach Joachim Loew has left Jerome Boateng out of the squad for upcoming games against Russia and the Netherlands."I'm convinced that a break would also do him good," Loew said on Friday. "I told him that we also have a lot of alternatives for his position, especially with younger ...

Dutch convict 34 for blocking anti-racism demonstrators

Europe 11/09/18, 09:59

A court in the Netherlands has convicted 34 people for blocking a highway to prevent anti-racism demonstrators from protesting a festive parade featuring the Dutch version of Santa Claus — and his helpers, called Black Petes.Black Pete is often played by white people with their faces daubed in dark makeup. ...

What’s in a number? Dutch positivity guru seeks age change

World 11/08/18, 12:45

Self-styled positivity guru Emile Ratelband thinks age is just a number. And his is a number the Dutchman wants changed.Self-styled Dutch positivity guru Emile Ratelband answers questions during an interview in Utrecht, Netherlands, Thursday, Nov. 8, 2018. For Ratelband age really is just a number. In a legal battle that ...

Balkan nations to cooperate on identifying missing persons

Europe 11/06/18, 18:22

Balkan nations that fought bitter wars as Yugoslavia broke apart during the 1990s have agreed to step up their cooperation in identifying thousands of people still missing as a result of the conflicts.Representatives from Serbia, Croatia, Bosnia, Kosovo and Montenegro signed an agreement on Tuesday laying out how they will ...

Probe fails to unravel mystery of Croat’s courtroom suicide

Europe 11/02/18, 06:13

Dutch prosecutors said Friday they have closed their investigation without unravelling the mystery of how a Croatian ex-general managed to smuggle poison into a United Nations courtroom and take his own life, seconds after an appeals judge confirmed his 20-year sentence for war crimes.Slobodan Praljak committed suicide Nov. 29 last ...

Serbian govt criticized for publishing war criminals’ books

Entertainment 10/27/18, 01:54

A rights group on Saturday sharply criticized the Serbian government after the defense ministry published and promoted books that include the war memories of two former generals convicted of war crimes by a U.N. court.The Youth Initiative for Human Rights said in an open letter to Prime Minister Ana Brnabic ...

British, Dutch monarchs say bonds will endure after Brexit

Europe 10/24/18, 08:36

Britain's Queen Elizabeth II and King Willem-Alexander of the Netherlands have both urged their countries to look beyond Brexit to a shared future as the Dutch monarch and his wife pay a state visit to the U.K.Britain's Queen Elizabeth II makes a toast with King Willem-Alexander of the Netherlands during ...

Queen Elizabeth II hosts Dutch king and queen at palace

Europe 10/23/18, 01:24

The Dutch king and queen on Tuesday began a state visit to Britain that will include full ceremonial honors and a gala banquet.King Willem-Alexander and Queen Maxima of the Netherlands were welcomed Tuesday morning by Queen Elizabeth II at the Royal Pavilion at Horse Guards in central London on a ...

Former Dutch Prime Minister Wim Kok dies at 80

Europe 10/20/18, 08:56

Former Dutch Prime Minister Wim Kok, a trade unionist-turned-politician who inspired a new breed of pragmatic Social Democratic leaders who swept to power in Europe in the 1990s, has died at 80.Current Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte said that Kok, who died Saturday, "was a man to look up to ...

Update: Italian leader says budget not cause for concern

Europe 10/18/18, 11:30

The Latest on Italy's plans to ramp up public spending (all times local):5:10 p.m.Italian Premier Giuseppe Conte says after a day of defending the country's budget plan to allies that there is no reason to fear the EU's criticisms.Conte, in a post on Facebook Thursday, said that the measures are ...

Starbucks selling stores, closing operations in Europe

Europe 10/18/18, 07:13

Starbucks is restructuring its European operations after several years of slowing sales.The Seattle-based coffee chain is selling 83 company-owned stores in France, the Netherlands, Belgium and Luxembourg to its longtime partner, Alsea. Alsea will also take over operations at 177 other Starbucks locations in those countries which are owned by ...

Germany’s struggles continue with loss to France

Soccer 10/16/18, 18:33

Germany is looking at another early tournament exit after France handed Joachim Loew's struggling team its latest defeat on Tuesday — showing that the balance of power in European soccer hasn't shifted much since the World Cup.World champion France came from behind to win 2-1 in the UEFA Nations League ...

Groeneveld scores as Netherlands draws 1-1 with Belgium

Soccer 10/16/18, 16:58

Arnaut Groeneveld celebrated his first start for the Netherlands by scoring a first-half equalizer Tuesday as the Dutch drew 1-1 with neighbor Belgium.The 21-year-old midfielder who plays for Belgium's Club Brugge rounded off a flowing Dutch move in the 27th minute, controlling the ball with his left foot and shooting ...

No Brexit deal could snarl major ports, hitting exports

Europe 10/16/18, 05:24

Traffic moves quickly and smoothly at the Hook of Holland ferry terminal on the western edge of Europe's biggest port.A queue of trucks parked parallel to a giant white ferry rumbles forward and one-by-one the drivers make a sharp left turn onto a ramp that takes them up and into ...

Chinese premier pledges access for Dutch companies

Europe 10/15/18, 07:25

Chinese Premier Li Keqiang has pledged to open up his country to Dutch businesses as a way of promoting commerce between the trading partners.Li said Monday he expects contracts worth $10 billion (8.6 billion euros) to be signed between Dutch and Chinese companies during his two-day visit to the Netherlands.He ...

Dutch defeat of Germany shows that the future is bright

Soccer 10/14/18, 06:42

Netherlands coach Ronald Koeman knows that however good a 3-0 victory over 2014 world champion Germany feels, it doesn't mean his young team is where he wants it to be.But with a crop of promising young players establishing themselves in the team, Saturday's defeat of long-time rival Germany underscored that ...

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