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World Jul 19EU summit drags into 3rd day amid splits on virus fund
European Union leaders remained fundamentally divided for a third day Sunday over an unprecedented 1.85 trillion-euro ($2.1 trillion) EU budget and coronavirus recovery fund, and German Chancellor Angela Merkel warned that they might not reach a deal despite the urgency…
World Jul 18No deal in sight; EU leaders haggle over budget, virus fund
European Union leaders are hunting for compromises as a summit to reach a deal on an unprecedented 1.85 trillion euro ($2.1 trillion) EU budget and coronavirus recovery fund enters its second day. Tensions are running high, and a full day…
World Jul 10Dutch government to take Russia to European court over MH17
The Dutch government says it is taking Russia to the European Court of Human Rights for its alleged role in the shooting down of Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 over eastern Ukraine six years ago.
World Jun 19Black Lives Matter spurs scrutiny of Dutch colonial past
The 17th century has gone down in Dutch history as the Golden Age. But the grim flip side of the prosperity, fortunes generated by seafaring traders, slavery and iron-fisted colonial rulers, is being brought into sharp focus amid global protests…
World Jun 12International Criminal Court condemns U.S. sanctions order
The International Criminal Court has condemned the Trump administration's decision to authorize sanctions against court staff, saying it amounted to "an unacceptable attempt to interfere with the rule of law and the Court's judicial proceedings."…
Economy Apr 29Making public transit safe a next hurdle in easing lockdowns
Public transportation systems in cities around the world are key to getting workers back on the job and restarting devastated economies as coronavirus infections decline. Yet officials say mass transit will have to be re-imagined for the pandemic era.
Arts Apr 28Hi-tech scans uncover new details of ‘Girl with a Pearl Earring,’ but not her identity
Researchers using a battery of modern imaging techniques have gotten under the skin of Johannes Vermeer's "Girl with a Pearl Earring," but tests haven't answered the key question about the world famous painting's enigmatic subject: who is she?…
Arts Apr 22Video shows thief stole van Gogh painting using sledgehammer
A Dutch crime-busting television show has aired security camera footage showing how an art thief smashed his way through reinforced glass doors at a museum in the early hours of March 30.
Nation Apr 20Some U.S. manufacturers reopening amid fierce political heat
SEATTLE (AP) — Boeing and a small number of other manufacturers around the U.S. geared up Monday to resume production this week amid pressure from President Donald Trump to reopen the economy and resistance from governors who warn there is…
World Apr 17Nations struggle to count virus toll
China has announced that the coronavirus death toll Wuhan was nearly 50% higher than previously reported. The revision highlights just how seriously current figures may be understating the true toll of the pandemic around the globe.