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Teachers strike shuts down thousands of Dutch schools

Nov. 6, 2019 4:04 AM EST

THE HAGUE, Netherlands (AP) — A daylong strike by Dutch teachers has shut down thousands of schools across the country, the latest mass protest in what is becoming an autumn of discontent in the Netherlands. Organizers say Wednesday's strike has forced the closure of more than 4,000 schools nationwide. It...

UN racism rapporteur criticizes Dutch burqa ban

Oct. 7, 2019 12:04 PM EDT

THE HAGUE, Netherlands (AP) — A U.N. racism rapporteur has criticized the recently implemented Dutch burqa ban as doing "more harm than good." Tendayi Achiume, a rapporteur for the U.N. Human Rights Council, said Monday that the small number of women who wear face-covering Islamic veils reported suffering...

The Latest: Young Mexicans urge leaders to act on climate

Sep. 20, 2019 4:02 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — The Latest on the global climate protests being held in cities around the world (all times local): 3:45 p.m. Hundreds of mainly young demonstrators are marching through downtown Mexico City, chanting "political change, not climate change!" That was an apparent reference to President...

The Latest: Eurotunnel tests new 'digital border' for Brexit

Sep. 17, 2019 3:53 PM EDT

LONDON (AP) — The Latest on Britain's plan to leave the European Union (all times local): 8:50 p.m. Eurotunnel has held a round of tests to prepare for a possible no-deal Brexit on Oct. 31, checking that a new "digital border" between France and Britain would work seamlessly and keep traffic flowing in the...

Dutch government to reform business tax rules

Sep. 17, 2019 10:22 AM EDT

THE HAGUE, Netherlands (AP) — The Dutch government said Tuesday it plans to reform a business tax rule that allows wealthy multinationals to reduce the amount of tax they pay on their profits. The government said the plan, which has to be passed by parliament, will generate 265 million euros ($292 million)...

Museum says not everything glittered in Dutch 'Golden Age'

Sep. 13, 2019 11:23 AM EDT

AMSTERDAM (AP) — Not everything glittered in the 17th century when what is now the Netherlands was a mercantile, military and artistic superpower, so a Dutch museum has decided to stop calling that era the "Golden Age." In a statement this week, Amsterdam Museum curator Tom van der Molen said the term is...