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The Latest: Sea-Watch gets migrant safety reprieve

Aug. 1, 2019 8:15 AM EDT

SARAJEVO, Bosnia-Herzegovina (AP) — The Latest on migration issues in Europe (all times local): 2:10 p.m. A Dutch court has given Mediterranean migrant rescue organization Sea-Watch until the end of the year to ensure that its Sea-Watch 3 ship complies with beefed-up safety regulations. Thursday's ruling...

Partial Dutch ban on face-covering clothing takes effect

Aug. 1, 2019 7:11 AM EDT

THE HAGUE, Netherlands (AP) — A new Dutch law took effect Thursday banning face-covering clothing — including the burqa and niqab worn by conservative Muslim women — on public transportation, in government buildings and at health and education institutions. The Netherlands, long seen as a...

The Latest: Heat wave smashes weather records in Europe

Jul. 25, 2019 5:36 PM EDT

PARIS (AP) — The Latest on the record-breaking heat wave hitting Europe (all times local): 7:30 p.m. Talk about winning the product placement lottery. A photograph of Britain's Queen Elizabeth II greeting new Prime Minister Boris Johnson on Wednesday showed a tower-like fan standing out against the...

Dutch Supreme Court upholds Srebrenica deaths liability

Jul. 19, 2019 9:23 AM EDT

THE HAGUE, Netherlands (AP) — The Dutch Supreme Court upheld Friday a lower court's ruling that the Netherlands is partially liable in the deaths of some 350 Muslim men who were murdered by Bosnian Serb forces during the 1995 Srebrenica massacre. The Netherlands' highest court ruled that Dutch United...

The Latest: Israeli PM: EU-Iran deal same as bowing to Nazis

Jul. 15, 2019 2:18 PM EDT

BRUSSELS (AP) — The Latest on tensions in the Persian Gulf amid a crisis between the United States and Iran (all times local): 8:10 p.m. Israel's prime minister has responded to the European Union's efforts to salvage the Iran nuclear deal by comparing it to "European appeasement in the 1930s" of Nazi...

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...

The Latest: Euro ministers reject new Greek PM's appeal

Jul. 8, 2019 4:47 PM EDT

ATHENS, Greece (AP) — The Latest on Greece's election of a new government (all times local): 11:20 p.m. Greece's bailout creditors have rejected a call by the country's new government to ease strict budget targets that were agreed to after Athens received billions in rescue loans. Eurogroup President Mario...

The Latest: Macron looks at Brexit as EU picks new leaders

Jul. 2, 2019 4:56 PM EDT

BRUSSELS (AP) — The Latest on the European Union summit (all times local): 10:25 p.m. French President Emmanuel Macron says a no-deal Brexit "remains a possible option" but it shouldn't be feared. The European Union is getting new leadership by late fall but an Oct. 30 deadline for Britain's departure from...

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...

Germany to return painting stolen by Nazis to Italy

Jun. 29, 2019 5:02 AM EDT

BERLIN (AP) — German says it will return to Italy a painting by Dutch artist Jan van Huysum that was stolen by Nazi troops during World War II. The government said in a statement Saturday that Foreign Minister Heiko Maas and his Italian counterpart Enzo Moavero will travel to Florence soon to hand the...