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2nd Dutch minister quits over handling of Kabul evacuations

Sep. 17, 2021 10:33 AM EDT

THE HAGUE, Netherlands (AP) — The Dutch defense minister quit Friday, a day after parliament passed a motion of censure against her for her handling of chaotic evacuations from Kabul of translators who worked for Dutch forces in Afghanistan. Ank Bijleveld is the second...

Dutch foreign minister quits over Afghanistan evacuations

Sep. 16, 2021 14:41 PM EDT

THE HAGUE, Netherlands (AP) — The Dutch foreign minister, Sigrid Kaag, resigned Thursday after the lower house of parliament passed a motion of censure against the government over its handling of evacuations from Afghanistan amid the Taliban takeover. In a parliamentary...

The Latest: Dutch foreign minister resigns over Afghanistan

Sep. 16, 2021 14:32 PM EDT

THE HAGUE, Netherlands — Dutch Foreign Affairs Minister Sigrid Kaag has resigned after the lower house of parliament passed a motion of censure against the government over its handling of evacuations from Afghanistan amid the Taliban takeover of the country. In a...

The Latest: Bidens visit wounded troops at Walter Reed

Sep. 03, 2021 00:12 AM EDT

WASHINGTON — President Joe Biden and first lady Jill Biden visited injured U.S. troops at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center on Thursday night. There are 15 Marines at the hospital in Bethesda, Maryland, just outside Washington, who were wounded in an Aug. 26...

The Latest: Milley praises those who served in Afghanistan

Aug. 31, 2021 17:02 PM EDT

WASHINGTON — The chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff reflected on the Afghanistan war’s end and delivered an emotional tribute Tuesday to the 13 service members killed by a suicide bombing last week. Gen. Mark Milley said the military’s counterterrorism efforts...

Dutch coalition talks deadlocked 5 months after election

Aug. 31, 2021 09:09 AM EDT

THE HAGUE, Netherlands (AP) — The Netherlands appeared to be heading toward talks to form a minority coalition after efforts to piece together a Cabinet made up of five parties from across the political spectrum broke down Tuesday. More than five months after a general...

A decade after Irene's fury, no sign of Vermont teenager

Aug. 28, 2021 15:21 PM EDT

A decade after a Vermont teenager disappeared as Tropical Storm Irene was bearing down on the state, his mother is still hoping someone will be able to answer the question about what happened to him. Marble Arvidson was 17 when he left his...

The Latest: New Zealand unable to get everyone out it wanted

Aug. 27, 2021 00:49 AM EDT

WELLINGTON, New Zealand — New Zealand says it was not able to get everybody it wanted out of Afghanistan in time before the deadly attacks near Kabul’s airport brought its rescue mission to an end. Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern said Friday she is not yet sure how...

The Latest: Biden warns of IS threat to Kabul evacuation

Aug. 22, 2021 17:24 PM EDT

WASHINGTON — President Joe Biden is raising concerns that the Islamic State poses a threat as American troops seek to evacuate thousands of U.S. citizens and Afghan allies from Afghanistan. Biden in remarks at the White House on Sunday noted that the terror group is a...

Allies embraced Biden. Did Kabul lay bare "great illusion"?

Aug. 19, 2021 14:36 PM EDT

BRUSSELS (AP) — Well before U.S. President Joe Biden took office early this year, the European Union's foreign policy chief sang his praises and hailed a new era in cooperation. So did almost all of Washington's Western allies. The EU's Josep Borrell was glad to see...