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Dutch leader faces pressure over old-school text messages

May. 20, 2022 13:33 PM EDT

THE HAGUE, Netherlands (AP) — The long-serving Dutch prime minister is in hot water over his low-tech cell phone. Mark Rutte is facing unusual political and public pressure after revelations that he has been deleting text messages about official matters for years. Critics accuse...

Live updates |Congress approves $40B aid package to Ukraine

May. 19, 2022 19:07 PM EDT

KYIV, Ukraine — Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy thanked the United States for the $40 billion aid package, which got final congressional approval on Thursday. “This is a demonstration of strong leadership and a necessary contribution to our common defense of freedom,”...

Germany's Schroeder loses office amid anger over Russia ties

May. 19, 2022 13:28 PM EDT

BERLIN (AP) — German lawmakers agreed Thursday to strip former Chancellor Gerhard Schroeder of his office and staff after he maintained and defended his long-standing ties with Russia and its energy sector despite the invasion of Ukraine. Sven Kindler, a financial policy spokesman...

4 EU nations to harness North Sea wind for green transition

May. 18, 2022 13:52 PM EDT

COPENHAGEN, Denmark (AP) — Four European Union countries plan to speed up the continent’s green transition and help wean it off Russian energy imports through a large new project to build wind farms in the North Sea, Danish Prime Minister Mette Frederiksen said Wednesday. She...

Kosovo war veterans imprisoned for witness intimidation

May. 18, 2022 07:37 AM EDT

PRISTINA, Kosovo (AP) — A European Union-backed war crimes court sentenced two leaders of a Kosovo war veterans’ association to 4 1/2 years in prison Wednesday for witness intimidation and obstructing justice. The Hague-based Kosovo Specialist Chambers said Hysni Gucati and...

Dutch authorities arrest Rwandan man on genocide suspicions

May. 13, 2022 05:12 AM EDT

THE HAGUE, Netherlands (AP) — Dutch prosecutors said Friday that a Rwandan man has been arrested based on an extradition request from Rwanda on suspicion that he was involved in the African country’s 1994 genocide. The 65-year-old man, who was not identified, has been living in...

Albanian PM meets Kosovo ex-leader held on war crime charges

May. 10, 2022 10:42 AM EDT

TIRANA, Albania (AP) — Albania’s prime minister on Tuesday visited Kosovo’s ex-president Hashim Thaci in a prison in The Netherlands, where he is being held pending trial for alleged war crimes. Edi Rama told journalists after the meeting that Thaci believed his trial would...

Shooting at Dutch home for the disabled kills 2, wounds 2

May. 06, 2022 08:38 AM EDT

THE HAGUE, Netherlands (AP) — Police in the Netherlands said Friday that two people have been killed and two seriously wounded in a shooting at a countryside home for people with disabilities on a farm near the city of Rotterdam. Rotterdam police tweeted that “the suspect has...

Dutch king lays wreath, thousands attend remembrance event

May. 04, 2022 15:13 PM EDT

AMSTERDAM (AP) — Dutch King Willem-Alexander laid a wreath Wednesday at a war memorial in Amsterdam during the first national commemoration of the country's war dead since coronavirus restrictions were lifted earlier this year. Thousands of people — including at least one draped...

Dutch woman convicted in US of al-Shabab fundraising

May. 04, 2022 10:33 AM EDT

ALEXANDRIA, Va. (AP) — A Dutch woman has been convicted of raising money for the Somali terrorist group al-Shabab, according to a federal prosecutor. Farhia Hassan, 38, was convicted Tuesday of conspiring to provide material support to a designated foreign terrorist organization,...