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Europe hails united stand over Russia's war in Ukraine

Oct. 06, 2022 16:37 PM EDT

PRAGUE (AP) — Leaders across Europe hailed on Thursday their united front against Russia’s war on Ukraine at a summit that also saw the heads of old foes Turkey and Armenia meet face-to-face for the first time since they agreed last year to put decades of bitterness behind them. ...

Dutch nitrogen mediator advises buying out biggest polluters

Oct. 05, 2022 10:03 AM EDT

THE HAGUE, Netherlands (AP) — An independent expert appointed to mediate in the bitter dispute between the Dutch government and the nation's farmers over plans to drastically slash emissions of nitrogen and ammonia presented a report Wednesday that included a suggestion that the government buy...

Live Updates: Russia-Ukraine War

Oct. 04, 2022 15:47 PM EDT

Russian state-owned energy giant Gazprom says it may halt gas deliveries to Moldova, Europe’s poorest country, if it fails to pay its latest bill by Oct. 20 as its contract stipulates. In a statement Tuesday, Gazprom said it had repeatedly allowed Moldovan national gas supplier...

Dutch government announces energy price cap for consumers

Oct. 04, 2022 10:34 AM EDT

THE HAGUE, Netherlands (AP) — The Dutch government unveiled details of its planned energy price cap for households Tuesday, together with the outline of a subsidy system aimed at easing the pain for small-to-medium-sized businesses that use a lot of power. The moves come amid...

German energy company RWE to end coal use by 2030

Oct. 04, 2022 10:32 AM EDT

BERLIN (AP) — German energy company 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...

Regional fights take stage at UN where Ukraine has dominated

Sep. 23, 2022 18:20 PM EDT

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — Two of the world’s most persistent conflicts punctuated debate at the United Nations on Friday, as the annual gathering of world leaders deviated from the dominating issue of the war in Ukraine. Addressing hostilities thousands of miles apart and sharing...

Dutch king unveils billions in aid amid soaring inflation

Sep. 20, 2022 19:04 PM EDT

THE HAGUE, Netherlands (AP) — Dutch King Willem-Alexander unveiled plans Tuesday from the Dutch government to help households squeezed by rising costs, in his annual address to the nation. Inflation, energy prices and the war in Ukraine were just some of the “uncertainties” the...

Dutch farm minister resigns after protests over pollution

Sep. 06, 2022 05:31 AM EDT

THE HAGUE, Netherlands (AP) — The Dutch agriculture minister has unexpectedly resigned, telling reporters he wasn't the right person for the job following a tumultuous summer of protests by farmers over pollution regulations. Henk Staghouwer, who held the position for only nine...

Amsterdam to house migrants on cruise ship moored in port

Aug. 30, 2022 11:31 AM EDT

AMSTERDAM (AP) — Amsterdam approved a plan Tuesday to temporarily accommodate at least 1,000 migrants on a cruise ship moored in the Dutch capital's port as the Netherlands seeks to end an accommodation crisis that last week saw hundreds of asylum-seekers sleeping outside a reception center. ...

Dutch police: 6 dead after truck hit community barbecue

Aug. 28, 2022 09:32 AM EDT

THE HAGUE, Netherlands (AP) — The death toll from an accident when a truck drove off a dike and slammed into a community barbecue in a village south of Rotterdam rose to six Sunday and police said a further seven people are in hospital, including one in critical condition. Three...