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KLM pays back last of Dutch government pandemic loans

Jun. 30, 2022 05:35 AM EDT

THE HAGUE, Netherlands (AP) — Dutch flag carrier KLM announced Thursday it is repaying the last portion of loans it got from from the Netherlands government and banks to help it survive when the COVID-19 pandemic threw global aviation into a tailspin. The carrier is paying back 277...

Dutch PM condemns protests by farmers at minister's home

Jun. 29, 2022 09:51 AM EDT

THE HAGUE, Netherlands (AP) — The Dutch prime minister on Wednesday condemned a violent protest by farmers outside the home of the country's agriculture minister amid increasingly bold demonstrations against the government's plans to rein in pollution. A small group of farmers...

EXPLAINER: Why are Dutch farmers protesting over emissions?

Jun. 28, 2022 08:24 AM EDT

THE HAGUE, Netherlands (AP) — Farmers protested around the Netherlands as lawmakers voted Tuesday on proposals to slash emissions of damaging pollutants, a plan that will likely force farmers to cut their livestock herds or stop work altogether. The government says emissions of...

Dutch government to rein in flights at Schiphol Airport

Jun. 24, 2022 11:38 AM EDT

BRUSSELS (AP) — The Dutch government said Friday it will cut the maximum number of flights allowed each year at the country's busiest aviation hub, Schiphol Airport, in an attempt to reduce noise and air pollution. The decision — expected to take effect late next year — to cut...

Thousands of Dutch farmers protest, fearing government cuts

Jun. 22, 2022 12:18 PM EDT

STROE, Netherlands (AP) — Thousands of farmers gathered in the central Netherlands Wednesday to protest the Dutch government’s plans to rein in emissions of nitrogen oxide and ammonia, driving their tractors across the Netherlands and snarling traffic on major highways. The...

Dutch prime minister apologizes to Srebrenica peacekeepers

Jun. 18, 2022 10:06 AM EDT

THE HAGUE, Netherlands (AP) — The Dutch government formally apologized Saturday to soldiers who were sent as U.N. peacekeepers to defend the Bosnian enclave of Srebrenica with insufficient firepower and manpower to keep the peace. The soldiers — veterans now — were overrun by...

Hezbollah members get life terms for Lebanese leader's death

Jun. 16, 2022 09:49 AM EDT

LEIDSCHENDAM, Netherlands (AP) — Appeals judges at an international tribunal sentenced two members of the militant Hezbollah group to life imprisonment Thursday for their roles in the assassination of former Lebanese Prime Minister Rafik Hariri and the deaths of 21 other people in 2005. ...

Bucolic Ukraine forest is site of mass grave exhumation

Jun. 13, 2022 16:52 PM EDT

BUCHA, Ukraine (AP) — The lush green beauty of a pine forest with singing birds contrasted with the violent deaths of newly discovered victims of Russia's war in Ukraine, as workers exhumed bodies from another mass grave near the town of Bucha on Kyiv's outskirts. The hands of...

Dutch government angers farmers with tough emission goals

Jun. 10, 2022 15:52 PM EDT

THE HAGUE, Netherlands (AP) — The Dutch government unveiled goals Friday to drastically reduce emissions of nitrogen oxides to protect the environment, a plan that would lead to major upheavals in the Netherlands' multibillion dollar agriculture industry and has already angered some farmers. ...

Live updates | Zelenskyy says Russia hopes for famine crisis

May. 30, 2022 22:03 PM EDT

KYIV, Ukraine -- Ukraineian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy says the Russian blockade of Ukrainian sea ports prevents Kyiv from exporting 22 million tons of grain. In his nightly address Monday, Zelenskyy said the result is the threat of famine in countries dependent on the grain and...