Latest Netherlands News

Operation begins to lift sunken containers off Dutch coast

Jan. 18, 2019 8:02 AM EST

THE HAGUE, Netherlands (AP) — 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...

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

Jan. 17, 2019 5:10 PM EST

PARIS (AP) — One by one, European Union nations are spending millions, hiring thousands of workers and issuing emergency decrees to cope with the increasingly likely possibility that Britain will leave the bloc on March 29 without a plan. A no-deal Brexit could shake up the rest of the continent in ways...

Dutch prosecutors: Reporter expelled by Turkey is a suspect

Jan. 17, 2019 10:32 AM EST

ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — Turkey deported a Dutch journalist on Thursday after receiving information about her from prosecutors in the Netherlands involved in a terrorism investigation. A Dutch prosecutor's office spokeswoman said the reporter is a suspect in an investigation, but not for terrorism offenses....

ICC judges acquit former Ivory Coast president Gbagbo

Jan. 15, 2019 2:15 PM EST

THE HAGUE, Netherlands (AP) — Delivering a stinging defeat to prosecutors at the International Criminal Court, judges on Tuesday acquitted former Ivory Coast President Laurent Gbagbo and former youth minister Charles Ble Goude of responsibility for crimes committed following disputed elections in 2010,...

Kosovo court facing tough challenges in search for justice

Jan. 14, 2019 5:30 AM EST

THE HAGUE, Netherlands (AP) — Two decades after Kosovo's 1998-99 war of independence, a court in The Hague has summoned a small group of former freedom fighters for questioning about their roles in the bloody campaign. The orders to appear in The Hague haven't been confirmed by the prosecutor preparing...

Kosovo's leaders hail ex-fighters headed to war crimes court

Jan. 13, 2019 3:59 PM EST

PRISTINA, Kosovo (AP) — Kosovo's prime minister met Sunday with two fellow former fighters in a bloody war for independence from Serbia two decades ago who are preparing to be questioned by prosecutors for a special war crimes court. Prime Minister Ramush Haradinaj's Facebook page showed photos from the...

EU executive launches probe into Dutch tax regime for Nike

Jan. 10, 2019 7:35 AM EST

THE HAGUE, Netherlands (AP) — Tax arrangements between sneaker giant Nike and the Dutch government are being scrutinized by European Union competition regulators, the bloc's executive Commission said Thursday. The probe is centered on two Dutch-based companies that are part of the sports goods maker's...

The Latest: Dutch PM wants to help May win Brexit backing

Jan. 9, 2019 7:33 PM EST

LONDON (AP) — The Latest on Brexit (all times local): 7:25 p.m. Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte says he is working with France, Germany and other nations to help his British counterpart Theresa May win Parliament's approval for her divorce deal with the European Union. Speaking Wednesday night after...

Dutch, Japanese PMs offer to help save imperiled Brexit deal

Jan. 9, 2019 5:22 PM EST

THE HAGUE, Netherlands (AP) — The prime ministers of Japan and the Netherlands said Wednesday they want Britain's withdrawal from the European Union to go as smoothly as possible and to prevent Brexit from happening without an agreement on future ties between the bloc and its former member. Britain is due...

Crossing the sea: EU Medicines Agency shifts to Amsterdam

Jan. 9, 2019 12:53 PM EST

AMSTERDAM (AP) — A gift of traditional Dutch wooden shoes kicked off the European Union Medicines Agency's formal move from London to Amsterdam on Wednesday, a concrete consequence of Britain's looming departure from the bloc. The process of uprooting hundreds of workers and transferring their lives across...