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Dutch Princess Christina, sister of former queen, dies at 72

Aug. 16, 2019 5:17 AM EDT

THE HAGUE, Netherlands (AP) — Dutch Princess Christina, the youngest sister of former Queen Beatrix, died Friday after a battle with bone cancer. She was 72. Christina, the youngest of four daughters of the late Queen Juliana and her German-born husband Prince Bernhard, died at the Noordeinde Palace in The...

Dutch collector presents D-Day flag to US

Jul. 18, 2019 5:14 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — It's worn and tattered and stained with oil and diesel fuel, but this Old Glory has returned home. An American flag that flew on the stern of a boat carrying the first waves of U.S. troops to land in Normandy, France, on D-Day during World War II was donated to the United States Thursday...

Relatives of victims mark 5th anniversary of MH17 downing

Jul. 17, 2019 11:26 AM EDT

VIJFHUIZEN, Netherlands (AP) — With songs, speeches and solemn silence, relatives and friends on Wednesday commemorated the 298 passengers and crew killed five years ago when a missile blew Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 out of the sky above war-torn eastern Ukraine. Central to the memorial service at a Dutch...

Trump to discuss migrant crisis with Guatemalan president

Jul. 12, 2019 8:11 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The White House says President Donald Trump will meet with Guatemalan President Jimmy Morales on Monday to talk about immigration and security issues. Guatemalans fleeing gang violence and poverty have helped fuel the surge of migrants at the U.S.-Mexico border. The White House says the...

Dutch leader to visit Trump for talks on trade, defense

Jul. 12, 2019 10:49 AM EDT

THE HAGUE, Netherlands (AP) — Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte is visiting U.S. President Donald Trump next week, but said Friday he can't yet give the president a response to American requests for assistance in Syria and the Strait of Hormuz. Rutte will meet Trump at the White House next Thursday to...

Analysis: EU leaders leader fail again to share out top jobs

Jul. 1, 2019 1:49 PM EDT

BRUSSELS (AP) — European Union leaders let their people down Monday. And now they're hoping some sleep will help them save face and wrap up a never-ending summit that has turned into a massive embarrassment. After a choppy few years, they had a precious opportunity to show unity as they huddled to make...

EU leaders struggle to agree on candidates for top jobs

Jul. 1, 2019 1:17 AM EDT

BRUSSELS (AP) — Marathon talks of European Union leaders dragged into a second day Monday as they sought to narrow a list of candidates for key posts at the helm of the 28-nation bloc amid deep divisions over how to best balance political, geographic and gender considerations. With the selection process...

Macron says 3 candidates for top EU job have been ruled out

Jun. 21, 2019 10:11 AM EDT

BRUSSELS (AP) — French President Emmanuel Macron declared Friday that three top candidates to become head of the European Union's powerful executive arm, the European Commission, have been ruled out of the race by the bloc's leaders, but other leaders weren't so sure. Speaking after a summit with his EU...

EU fails to reach top jobs deal, will try again June 30

Jun. 20, 2019 8:46 PM EDT

BRUSSELS (AP) — European Union leaders failed to reach a deal early Friday on candidates for a full slate of the bloc's top jobs and announced a special summit for June 30 to try and break the deadlock. EU Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker said the issue was still far too complicated to reconcile...

The race is on: Candidates vie for top EU jobs

Jun. 20, 2019 8:24 AM EDT

BRUSSELS (AP) — EU leaders on Thursday are seeking to fill up to five key jobs supervising the 28-nation bloc's policies that will be vacated in coming months. They include the post of Council President, held by Donald Tusk; president of the powerful executive Commission, now led by Jean-Claude Juncker;...