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Chemical weapons body faces 'difficult moment', new chief warns

13 November 2018 | 0 comments

The world's chemical arms watchdog is confronting a "difficult moment" after a series of recent attacks and a Russian spy scandal, the body's new chief told AFP Tuesday.In an interview days before a key...

No copyright on taste of cheese, EU court rules

13 November 2018 | 0 comments

The taste of a food product cannot be copyrighted because it is too subjective, the EU's top court ruled Tuesday, rejecting a claim by a Dutch cheese manufacturer against a rival.The European Court of...

'Fake reality' at I.Coast ex-leader's ICC trial

12 November 2018 | 0 comments

Former Ivory Coast president Laurent Gbagbo must be freed by the International Criminal Court because his trial for crimes against humanity has descended into "fake reality", his lawyers said Monday.Defence...

Dutch pro-blackface protesters sentenced for road block

9 November 2018 | 0 comments

A Dutch court sentenced 34 supporters of a traditional Christmas-time blackface character to community service on Friday for blocking a road to stop an anti-racism protest."Zwarte Piet" or Black Pete...

Dutch launch first euthanasia prosecution

9 November 2018 | 0 comments

Dutch authorities are prosecuting a doctor for euthanising an elderly woman with dementia in the first case of its kind since the practice was legalised in 2002, officials said Friday.Public prosecutors...

N.Korean worker files Polish shipyard 'slavery' claim

8 November 2018 | 0 comments

A North Korean worker with a Dutch company operating at a Polish shipyard has filed a lawsuit alleging inhumane and slavelike conditions, his lawyer said Thursday.The unnamed worker from the impoverished...

Dutchman, 69, in legal bid to cut 20 years off his age

8 November 2018 | 0 comments

A Dutch "young god" just months shy of his 70th birthday has launched a legal bid to slash 20 years off his age as he looks to enhance his prospects at work and in love.In an unprecedented case in the...

UN faces calls for stronger action to end Yemen war

7 November 2018 | 0 comments

Three countries at the UN Security Council on Wednesday blocked a statement calling for an end to the war in Yemen and instead demanded a full-fledged resolution be adopted to bring warring sides to the...

Balkans deal on war missing an 'investment in peace'

7 November 2018 | 0 comments

Balkan countries will boost cooperation to identify victims of the 1990s wars, said the head of a group that helps trace missing people, describing it as a "big deal" in an era of growing nationalism...

Fleeing Pakistan blasphemy lawyer says wants to stay in Netherlands

6 November 2018 | 0 comments

A Pakistani lawyer of a Christian woman convicted of blasphemy who claimed he was forced to leave his country for the Netherlands by the UN and EU on Tuesday said he wanted to remain on Dutch soil and...

'Threats' to Dutch envoy in Pakistan over Wilders tweets

6 November 2018 | 0 comments

The Netherlands said Tuesday that its ambassador to Pakistan has faced "threats", reportedly from Islamists angry over anti-Islam tweets by the far-right politician Geert Wilders.Wilders in August called...

Ryanair shuts down Dutch base despite court ruling

6 November 2018 | 0 comments

Irish budget airline Ryanair announced Tuesday it had shut down its Eindhoven base for winter, despite a Dutch court decision stopping it from forcing pilots there to transfer abroad."The Ryanair base...

Blasphemy lawyer made to leave Pakistan 'against my wishes'

5 November 2018 | 0 comments

The Pakistani lawyer who saved a Christian woman convicted of blasphemy from death row said Monday that the UN and EU made him leave the country "against my wishes" because he was a "prime target."Saif-ul-Malook,...

Mosques seek Twitter ban on Dutch populist Geert Wilders

5 November 2018 | 0 comments

A body representing 144 Turkish mosques in the Netherlands has asked Twitter to block the account of anti-Islam politician Geert Wilders for inciting hatred.The Turkish Islamic Cultural Federation (TICF)...

Heineken seals $3 bn deal with China's top brewer

5 November 2018 | 0 comments

Dutch brewing behemoth Heineken said Monday it had finalised a $3 billion deal to merge its Chinese operations with the country's top brewer, expanding its access to the world's largest beer market.Under...



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