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Turkey starts returning IS fighters; deports US national

Nov. 11, 2019 6:05 PM EST

ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — Turkey on Monday deported citizens of the United States and Denmark who fought for the Islamic State and made plans to expel other foreign nationals as the government began a new push to send back captured foreign fighters to their home countries, a Turkish official said. The move...

Dutch emission reduction targets probably won't be met

Nov. 1, 2019 10:09 AM EDT

AMSTERDAM (AP) — The Netherlands is unlikely to reach its target of reducing greenhouse gas emissions by 49% by 2030 despite a tough package of measures agreed in June, a government agency said Friday. The Environmental Assessment Agency said in a report that the government's climate accord , will reduce...

The Latest: Johnson seeks support for Brexit deal

Oct. 18, 2019 3:36 PM EDT

LONDON (AP) — The Latest on Brexit (all times local): 4:05 p.m. Irish Prime Minister Leo Varadkar has applied more pressure to British lawmakers to pass Boris Johnson's new Brexit deal, saying there is no guarantee European Union leaders would grant a further extension to the Oct. 31 deadline for Britain...

Dutch farmers protest efforts to cut emissions, reduce herds

Oct. 16, 2019 11:55 AM EDT

THE HAGUE, Netherlands (AP) — Thousands of Dutch farmers, many driving tractors, poured into The Hague on Wednesday to protest government moves to rein in carbon and nitrogen emissions to better fight climate change. It was the second major protest this month by Dutch farmers who say the government is...

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...

EU demands UK face Brexit 'realism;' Johnson scrambles

Oct. 7, 2019 11:55 AM EDT

LONDON (AP) — Britain and the European Union appeared to be poles apart Monday on a potential Brexit deal, with the Dutch government urging the British government to offer "more realism and clarity," and U.K. Prime Minister Boris Johnson insisting that the bloc must soften its stance. Last week the British...

The Latest: Climate protesters douse famous Wall Street bull

Oct. 7, 2019 11:27 AM EDT

BERLIN (AP) — The Latest on international climate protests (all times local): 5:20 p.m. Protesters have doused New York City's famous charging bull statue with fake blood as part of a protest against climate change. The group Extinction Rebellion staged the protest Monday at the bull statue near Wall...

The Latest: Scottish court rejects bid to force Brexit delay

Oct. 7, 2019 8:35 AM EDT

LONDON (AP) — The Latest on Brexit developments (all times local): 1:35 p.m. A Scottish court has rejected an attempt by anti-Brexit campaigners to order Prime Minister Boris Johnson to seek a delay to Britain's departure from the European Union, saying the government has already promised to abide by a law...

The Latest: EU officials worried about Johnson's language

Sep. 26, 2019 10:21 AM EDT

LONDON (AP) — The Latest on Brexit (all times local): 3:20 p.m. European Union officials are concerned about British Prime Minister Boris Johnson's use of "offensive" language in parliament, notably words like "surrender", "betrayal" and "traitor." Taking to Twitter, the EU commissioner in charge of...

Dutch urged to cut speed limits to reduce nitrogen emissions

Sep. 25, 2019 12:30 PM EDT

THE HAGUE, Netherlands (AP) — An advisory commission has urged the Dutch government to adopt a broad package of measures including lowering the speed limit on some roads and buying up old, inefficient cattle farms to reduce the country's nitrogen emissions. The recommendations published Wednesday follow a...