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Dutch ex-defense chief against joining Persian Gulf mission

Aug. 20, 2019 9:26 AM EDT

THE HAGUE, Netherlands (AP) — The former head of Dutch defense forces said he believes the Netherlands should not take part in a U.S.-led mission to protect shipping in the strategic Strait of Hormuz if the aim of the operation is to pile more pressure on Iran. The comments of former defense chief Dick...

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...

Atlanta United coach de Boer regrets choice of words

Aug. 15, 2019 1:23 AM EDT

ATLANTA (AP) — Atlanta United coach Frank de Boer said he regrets his choice of words — one word, especially — in a British newspaper interview about gender equity in soccer and stressed that he's a big supporter of the women's game. De Boer faced backlash before Wednesday's Campeones Cup...

Not just Bali: Indonesia hopes to develop more tourism sites

Aug. 13, 2019 8:48 PM EDT

YOGYAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) — Hundreds of tourists, many of them young Westerners, sat on gray stone steps atop the world's largest Buddhist temple, occasionally checking cellphones or whispering to each other as they waited for daylight. Sunrise wasn't spectacular on that recent summer day. But even an...

Fast, not so furious? Europe wrestles with electric scooters

Aug. 13, 2019 10:40 AM EDT

PARIS (AP) — Ban them outright. Issue speeding tickets. Make users take a driving test. From Paris to Berlin, European cities are searching for solutions to the two-wheeled phenomenon that's fast transforming cityscapes worldwide: Electric scooters. Proponents call them a leap into the future, an...

American defender Chris Gloster signs with PSV

Aug. 12, 2019 10:02 AM EDT

American defender Chris Gloster has signed a three-year contract with the Dutch club PSV Eindhoven. The 19-year-old left back from Montclair, New Jersey, made his debut for Red Bulls II in the United Soccer League at age 16 in 2016 and signed with Hannover in Germany ahead of the 2018-19 season. He began last...

US men's volleyball team secures bid to 2020 Tokyo Olympics

Aug. 11, 2019 5:16 PM EDT

ROTTERDAM, Netherlands (AP) — The U.S. men's volleyball team secured a bid to the 2020 Tokyo Olympics on Sunday, beating the Dutch host 25-18, 25-20, 17-25, 25-21 to go unbeaten in the round-robin Tokyo Volleyball Qualification Tournament. Ranked second in the world, coach John Speraw's squad will look to...

Dutch hospital sealed off but ebola scare proves false alarm

Aug. 7, 2019 6:47 PM EDT

THE HAGUE, Netherlands (AP) — Dutch emergency services say an ebola scare that led them to seal off part of a hospital in the port city of Rotterdam has turned out to be a false alarm. The Rijnmondveilig agency coordinates emergency responses in the Rotterdam region. It tweeted early Thursday that a...

Dutch bank ABN AMRO to check customers for financial crimes

Aug. 7, 2019 6:09 AM EDT

THE HAGUE, Netherlands (AP) — The Netherlands' central bank has ordered ABN AMRO to check all of its retail customers for possible financial crimes as part of a government crackdown. ABN AMRO revealed the order Wednesday alongside second-quarter results that showed its net profit edged up 1% from the same...

LGBT pride parade in Amsterdam features boats as floats

Aug. 3, 2019 10:11 AM EDT

AMSTERDAM (AP) — Tens of thousands of spectators are lining an Amsterdam canal to watch a parade of decorated boats during the Dutch capital's LGBT pride festival. Organizers said 80 boats officially took part in the canal parade on Saturday, including ones representing Dutch police, the military and an...