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Former intel agency chief set to become the Netherlands' next prime minister in hard right coalition

May. 28, 2024 12:15 PM EDT

THE HAGUE, Netherlands (AP) — A former head of the Dutch intelligence agency and counterterrorism office emerged Tuesday as the surprise nominee to become the Netherlands' next prime minister, after he was given the backing of leaders cobbling together a four-party coalition headed by Geert...

Dutch coalition government dominated by an anti-Islam party struggles to find prime minister

May. 22, 2024 09:29 AM EDT

THE HAGUE (AP) — The parties that agreed to form a Dutch coalition dominated by the far right are struggling to find a prime minister and warned Wednesday that the search might leave the Netherlands without a fully functional government for months. Anti-Islam lawmaker Geert...

The Israel-Hamas war is testing whether campuses are sacrosanct places for speech and protest

May. 19, 2024 13:07 PM EDT

BERKELEY, Calif. (AP) — Charles Darwin's theory of evolution. Stephen Hawking on the Big Bang. Millions of students for civil rights and against the Vietnam War. They were provocative in their times, products of an ideal that holds universities as sacrosanct spaces for debate,...

The Netherlands veers sharply to the right with a new government dominated by party of Geert Wilders

May. 16, 2024 04:50 AM EDT

THE HAGUE (AP) — Anti-Islam firebrand Geert Wilders and three other party leaders agreed on a coalition deal early Thursday that veers the Netherlands toward the hard right, capping a half year of tumultuous negotiations that still left it unclear who would become prime minister. ...

A Dutch anti-Islam party says it's brokered a provisional coalition deal for a hard-right government

May. 15, 2024 11:30 AM EDT

BRUSSELS (AP) — Anti-Islam firebrand Geert Wilders and three other Dutch party leaders said Wednesday they have brokered a provisional coalition deal in a move that brings closer a government driven by the hard right in yet another European Union nation. The party leaders said that...

Microsoft will invest $1.7 billion in AI and cloud infrastructure in Indonesia

Apr. 30, 2024 22:47 PM EDT

JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) — Microsoft will invest $1.7 billion over the next four years in new cloud and artificial intelligence infrastructure in Indonesia — the single largest investment in Microsoft’s 29-year history in the country — Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella said Tuesday. ...

Turkey says it backs outgoing Dutch prime minister Rutte's candidacy for NATO chief

Apr. 29, 2024 07:56 AM EDT

ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — Turkey has told its NATO allies that Ankara will back the Netherlands’ outgoing Prime Minister Mark Rutte’s candidacy for the military alliance’s secretary general position, a senior Turkish official said Monday. The official said Turkey notified NATO...

Outgoing Dutch prime minister visits Turkey's Erdogan in his bid for the NATO chief position

Apr. 26, 2024 13:27 PM EDT

ISTANBUL (AP) — The Netherlands’ outgoing Prime Minister Mark Rutte was in Turkey on Friday, seeking support from Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan for the Dutch official's bid for the position of NATO secretary general. Incumbent NATO chief Jens Stoltenberg, a former...

Chinese leader Xi tells Dutch PM that restricting technology access won't stop China's advance

Mar. 27, 2024 10:02 AM EDT

BEIJING (AP) — Chinese leader Xi Jinping told visiting Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte on Wednesday that attempts to restrict China's access to technology will not stop the country's advance. The Netherlands imposed export licensing requirements in 2023 on the sale of machinery...

Dutch hyperloop center aims to advance futuristic transport technology

Mar. 26, 2024 13:36 PM EDT

VEENDAM, Netherlands (AP) — A 420-meter (quarter-mile) white steel tube running alongside a railway line in the windswept northern Netherlands could usher in a new era in the transportation of people and freight. The tube is the heart of the new European Hyperloop Center that opens...