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EU nations fail to close rift on gas prices as cold sets in

Nov. 24, 2022 11:28 AM EST

BRUSSELS (AP) — On winter's doorstep, European Union nations again failed to bridge bitter disagreements over a natural gas price cap Thursday as they struggle to effectively shield 450 million citizens from massive increases in their utility bills. An emergency meeting of energy...

Court rules Dutch state liable for 2007 Afghan bombing

Nov. 23, 2022 12:37 PM EST

THE HAGUE, Netherlands (AP) — A local court in the Netherlands ruled on Wednesday that Dutch forces unlawfully bombed a residential complex in Afghanistan in 2007, and ordered the state to pay financial compensation to the victims. The District Court of The Hague found the...

Dutch PM meets lawmakers amid govt tensions over migration

Nov. 08, 2022 09:49 AM EST

THE HAGUE, Netherlands (AP) — Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte met with lawmakers from his party Tuesday to discuss their concerns about the rising numbers of migrants seeking asylum in the Netherlands, amid tensions within his four-party coalition about how to tackle the issue. The...

Live updates | Climate Summit

Nov. 07, 2022 16:08 PM EST

The Latest on COP27, this year's annual UN summit on climate change. SHARM EL-SHEIKH, Egypt — French President Emmanuel Macron said he discussed human rights with Egyptian President Abdel Fattah el-Sissi and hoped to soon get “results” in the form of a release of political...

FIFA urges World Cup teams to focus on soccer over politics

Nov. 04, 2022 17:40 PM EDT

GENEVA (AP) — FIFA's top officials have urged the 32 teams preparing for the most political World Cup in the modern era to focus on the game in Qatar and avoid handing out lessons in morality. A letter urging teams to “let football take center stage” was sent by FIFA president...

China accused of using overseas bases to target dissidents

Oct. 27, 2022 12:15 PM EDT

THE HAGUE, Netherlands (AP) — China has reportedly established dozens of “overseas police stations” in nations around the world that activists fear could be used to track and harass dissidents as part of Beijing's crackdown on corruption. Information about the outposts...

Heir to Dutch throne forced to stay home amid security fears

Oct. 14, 2022 06:27 AM EDT

THE HAGUE (AP) — The teenage heir to the Dutch throne has been forced to give up on Amsterdam's student life and live instead at her parents' palace, the latest indication of just how much of a threat organized crime poses to Dutch society. Queen Maxima said her eldest daughter,...

Dutch activists sue government over assisted suicide

Oct. 10, 2022 08:55 AM EDT

THE HAGUE, Netherlands (AP) — Activists calling for the decriminalization of assisted suicide in the Netherlands took the Dutch government to court Monday, arguing that its ban on helping a person end their life breaches human rights. The case at The Hague District Court is the...

6 European nations agree to step up anti-drug cooperation

Oct. 07, 2022 11:23 AM EDT

AMSTERDAM (AP) — Six European countries pledged Friday to beef up their cross-border cooperation and to work more closely with Latin America in fighting organized crime, especially drug barons battling for control of the lucrative cocaine market. The Netherlands, Belgium, Germany,...

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...