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Syrian Kurds hand over French, Dutch Islamic State orphans

Jun. 10, 2019 9:50 AM EDT

BEIRUT (AP) — Authorities in northeastern Syria have handed 12 French and two Dutch orphans whose fathers were killed fighting for the Islamic State group back to their countries, according to Kurdish and European officials. Abdulkarim Omar, a senior official in the Kurdish self-rule administration,...

US top diplomat presses Dutch to be tough on China over tech

Jun. 3, 2019 9:26 AM EDT

THE HAGUE, Netherlands (AP) — U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo put pressure on the Netherlands on Monday to follow Washington's tough line on China as the Dutch government prepares to auction off new "5G" internet rights. Speaking after meeting his Dutch counterpart Stef Blok, Pompeo said they...

Netherlands wants tribunal to try some Islamic State members

May. 23, 2019 5:57 PM EDT

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The Netherlands called Thursday for the establishment of a tribunal to prosecute members of the Islamic State extremist group responsible for "mass atrocity crimes." Dutch Foreign Minister Stef Blok made the proposal at a U.N. Security Council meeting on the protection of civilians in...

The Latest: Muslim organization chief condemns attack

Apr. 21, 2019 1:23 PM EDT

COLOMBO, Sri Lanka (AP) — The Latest on explosions in Sri Lanka on Easter Sunday (all times local): 10:10 p.m. The secretary general of the world's largest organization of Muslim nations has condemned the attacks in Sri Lanka that killed more than 200 people on Easter Sunday. The Organization of Islamic...