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German energy giant RWE to end coal use by 2030

Oct. 04, 2022 08:14 AM EDT

BERLIN (AP) — German energy giant RWE said Tuesday that it will phase out the burning of coal by 2030, saving 280 million metric tons of climate-changing greenhouse gas emissions. The decision will accelerate the closure of some of Europe's most polluting power plants and a vast...

Equatorial Guinea sues France at UN court over Paris mansion

Sep. 30, 2022 14:40 PM EDT

THE HAGUE, Netherlands (AP) — Equatorial Guinea has filed a case against France at the International Court of Justice accusing Paris of “misappropriation of public funds,” the court announced Friday. It's the latest step in a lengthy legal tug-of-war centered on a mansion situated on an...

Rwanda genocide suspect's lawyers: Prosecution case is weak

Sep. 30, 2022 06:34 AM EDT

THE HAGUE, Netherlands (AP) — Defense lawyers for an elderly Rwandan businessman accused of inciting and financing murderous militias that slaughtered men, women and children during the African nation's 1994 genocide told United Nations judges Friday that prosecutors built a weak and...

Vatican sanctions Nobel laureate after Timor accusations

Sep. 30, 2022 00:20 AM EDT

VATICAN CITY (AP) — The Catholic Church's decades-long sex abuse scandal caught up with a Nobel Peace Prize winner Thursday, with the Vatican confirming that it had sanctioned the East Timor independence hero, Bishop Carlos Ximenes Belo, following allegations that he sexually abused boys there...

Trial of elderly Rwanda genocide suspect opens at UN court

Sep. 29, 2022 07:45 AM EDT

THE HAGUE, Netherlands (AP) — A frail 87-year-old Rwandan accused of encouraging and bankrolling the country's 1994 genocide boycotted the opening of his trial at a United Nations tribunal Thursday, nearly three decades after the 100-day massacre left 800,000 dead. Félicien Kabuga...

Albanian politicians see jailed Kosovo leaders in The Hague

Sep. 28, 2022 14:49 PM EDT

TIRANA, Albania (AP) — Three former presidents of Albania and one of Kosovo on Wednesday visited ethnic Albanian former commanders in the fight against Serbian rule in Kosovo who are being held in a Netherlands prison pending trial for alleged war crimes. Former Kosovo President...

World Cup Watch: European giants showing flaws before Qatar

Sep. 28, 2022 11:30 AM EDT

LONDON (AP) — All roads now lead to Qatar. With the conclusion of the group stage of the Nations League, Europe's top soccer countries have played their final competitive games ahead of the World Cup. Here's how things are shaping up for a continent that has provided...

Belgian justice minister under protection over kidnap plot

Sep. 26, 2022 13:31 PM EDT

BRUSSELS (AP) — Belgium's justice minister remained under strict protection Monday after four people suspected of taking part in a plot by alleged drug criminals to kidnap him were arrested in the Netherlands. Minister Vincent Van Quickenborne said in a message on social media that...

Suspect detained in Poland in Dutch reporter's slaying

Sep. 26, 2022 11:15 AM EDT

THE HAGUE, Netherlands (AP) — Dutch prosecutors said Monday that a 30-year-old man suspected of involvement in the slaying of crime reporter Peter R. de Vries has been arrested by authorities in Poland. De Vries, one of the Netherlands' best-known journalists who also campaigned to...

Intl court trial for alleged Central African Republic rebel

Sep. 26, 2022 10:04 AM EDT

THE HAGUE, Netherlands (AP) — An alleged senior leader of a predominantly Muslim rebel group that ousted the president of Central African Republic in 2013 pleaded not guilty Monday to seven counts of war crimes and crimes against humanity at the International Criminal Court. A...