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Dutch government quits over child benefits scandal

Den Haag - Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte and his government resigned on Friday over a harrowing scandal that saw thousands of parents wrongly accused of child benefit fraud.

Armin van Buuren unveils all-time A State Of Trance Top 1000 list

World-renowned electronic producer and DJ Armin van Buuren has revealed his all-time A State of Trance (ASOT) Top 1000 list. Digital Journal has the scoop.

EU gets vaccine boost as WHO dampens herd immunity hopes

Den Haag - The European Union started the approval process for its third vaccine on Tuesday as WHO scientists warned that herd immunity from coronavirus was unlikely this year even with mass inoculation schemes.

No EU decision on Moderna shot as blame game mounts

Den Haag - The EU's drugs watchdog held off authorising Moderna's coronavirus jab on Monday despite bringing forward a special meeting, as criticism mounts of the bloc's slow vaccine roll-out.

EU approves first coronavirus vaccine

Den Haag - The EU finally gave the green light for the Pfizer-BioNTech coronavirus vaccine on Monday, paving the way for the first inoculations to start across 27 countries just days after Christmas.

Dutch ban UK flights to stop virus 'mutation'

Den Haag - The Dutch government on Sunday banned all passenger flights from Britain after finding the first case of a new, more infectious coronavirus strain that is circulating in the UK.

Migrant route to refugee status: an Iraqi family's odyssey

Duiven - In September 2015 as Europe confronts its worst refugee crisis since World War II, an AFP team meets a young Iraqi couple, who are among the one million people that year to arrive in Europe by sea.

'We made it': Iraqi refugee family is home at last

Duiven - He sought safety. She wanted freedom. They were dreams they could have died for.

Uighur lawyers collecting new evidence to back ICC case

Den Haag - Lawyers fighting to take China to the International Criminal Court for persecuting Uighurs said Wednesday they were gathering new evidence to be handed to prosecutors "early in the new year.

ICC rejects Uighur genocide complaint against China

Den Haag - International Criminal Court prosecutors have rejected calls by exiled Uighurs to investigate China for alleged genocide and crimes against humanity, the chief prosecutor's office said in a report on Monday.

ICC prosecutor wants full probe into Ukraine war crimes

Den Haag - International Criminal Court chief prosecutor Fatou Bensouda said on Friday that a "broad range" of war crimes were committed in the Ukraine since 2014, as she pushed for a full investigation.

ICC prosecutor wants full probe into Nigeria violence

Den Haag - The International Criminal Court's prosecutor said Friday she had enough evidence to open a full probe into ongoing violence in Nigeria by both Islamist insurgents and security forces.

Hezbollah man sentenced to life for Hariri murder

Leidschendam - An international court sentenced a fugitive Hezbollah member on Friday to five life jail terms for the 2005 assassination of former Lebanese prime minister Rafic Hariri and 21 other people.

E.Guinea, France brace for UN ruling in property dispute

Den Haag - The UN's top court will rule on Friday in a bitter row centred on a swanky Paris house seized by France as part of a corruption probe into Equatorial Guinea's vice president.

ICC drops probe into British war crimes in Iraq

Den Haag - The International Criminal Court's chief prosecutor announced Wednesday she was shutting down a preliminary probe into alleged war crimes committed by British soldiers after the US-led invasion in Iraq.

Vaccine documents hacked at EU medicines agency

Den Haag - Two pharmaceutical companies in line for first conditional approval for their Covid-19 vaccine by the EU's medicine regulator said Wednesday their documents were "unlawfully accessed" during a cyberattack on a European Medicines Agency server.

Dutch 'vegetarian butcher' carves new niche for Unilever

Etten-leur - When ninth-generation Dutch farmer Jaap Korteweg turned vegetarian and set up a shop selling meat-free products over a decade ago, his friends thought he was joking.

Climate groups take on Shell in landmark Dutch case

Den Haag - Environmental groups faced off against Shell before a Dutch court Tuesday in a landmark bid to force the oil giant to meet emissions targets in the Paris climate accord.

Dutch campaigner sees progress in 'Black Pete' fight

Amsterdam - As winter draws in each year, the Netherlands revels in the festive arrival of Saint Nicholas -- but for many it is anything but a cause for celebration.

Rwandan 'genocide financier' due in court in The Hague

Den Haag - A suspected financier of the 1994 Rwandan genocide, Felicien Kabuga, will make his first appearance at a UN court in The Hague on Wednesday following his arrest in France.
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