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Chinese premier urges protection of free trade as US spat grows

Den Haag - Chinese premier Li Keqiang on Monday called for free trade to be protected, as political tensions and a trade war with the United States escalated.

Robotic insects could pollinate plants should bees collapse

Bees, which perform the vital pollination role required for framing, are in decline. In case of an event that wipes out most bees from the planet, scientists are developing robotic pollinators.

Juncker's right-hand man joins race for EU top job

Den Haag - Dutch socialist Frans Timmermans launched a bid on Wednesday to succeed his boss Jean-Claude Juncker as head of the European Commission next year.

Merkel warns 'devil is in detail' on Brexit

Den Haag - German Chancellor Angela Merkel said Wednesday there had been progress on Brexit ahead of a crunch summit but warned that the "devil is in the detail".

British NATO troops to show post-Brexit 'commitment'

Hook Of Holland - A convoy of British troops landed in The Netherlands on Wednesday en route to NATO's largest exercise since the Cold War, pledging London's commitment to defend the continent despite Brexit.

Dutch court tells government to slash greenhouse gas

Den Haag - The Dutch government on Tuesday lost a legal appeal against a landmark court ruling which ordered it to slash greenhouse gases by at least 25 percent by 2020.

Iran has 'unclean hands' in world court battle, US says

Den Haag - The United States accused Tehran Monday of having "unclean hands" as it fought an Iranian court bid to unfreeze $2.0 billion dollars earmarked by Washington for terror victims.

Police hunt owners who abandoned lion cub in Dutch field

Den Haag - Dutch police were on Sunday seeking the owners of a small lion cub found abandoned in a cage in a field outside the central city of Utrecht, police and news reports said.

Russian spy saga shows darker side of Dutch 'city of peace'

Den Haag - The Hague brands itself as the "City of Peace and Justice", but this week the stately seat of the Dutch government also revealed a darker side with the exposure of four alleged Russian spies.

Dutch PM defends decision not to arrest Russian spies

Den Haag - Dutch agents decided not to arrest four Russians accused of plotting a cyber-attack on the world's chemical weapons watchdog because it was "not a criminal inquiry", Prime Minister Mark Rutte said Friday.

'No James Bond': Dutch hotel says Russians went quietly

Den Haag - Four alleged Russian spies were arrested by Dutch agents as they walked out of a hotel lift in The Hague without force and with "no James Bond involved", the manager said Thursday.

Chemical weapons watchdog says target of growing cyber activities

Den Haag - The world's chemical weapons watchdog said Thursday it has suffered "increased cyber-related activities" since the start of the year, after a bombshell revelation that it was targeted by Russian intelligence agency hackers.

Dutch thwart Russian cyber attack on chemical weapons watchdog: intel agency

Den Haag - Dutch intelligence thwarted a Russian cyber attack targeting the global chemical weapons watchdog in April and expelled four Russian agents, the government said Thursday.

West accuses Russia of global hacking conspiracy

Den Haag - Western powers have accused Russia of orchestrating a string of global cyber attacks including a bungled plot to hack the world's chemical weapons watchdog in The Netherlands.

Dutch TV says no more blackface for 'Black Pete'

Den Haag - The Dutch public broadcaster said Wednesday it had decided to change the appearance of the traditional Christmas-time character Black Pete whose blackface outfit sparks an annual controversy.

Ivory Coast ex-president's ICC freedom bid pushed back

Den Haag - The International Criminal Court on Wednesday pushed back to November a hearing on Ivory Coast former president Laurent Gbagbo's bid for release after defence lawyers said they needed more time.

UN court to mull case of Indian 'spy' facing death in Pakistan

Den Haag - The UN's top court said Wednesday it will hear arguments next year on the fate of an Indian national sentenced to death in Pakistan for alleged spying, a charge denied by New Delhi.

UN court to rule on Iran bid to halt US nuclear sanctions

Den Haag - The UN's top court will rule Wednesday on Iran's bid to suspend crippling US sanctions reimposed by President Donald Trump after he pulled out of the international nuclear deal with Tehran.

Dutch ban electric carts after crash kills kids

Den Haag - The Netherlands on Monday banned a popular type of electric cart involved in a horrific crash that killed four children, saying they may suffer from problems with their brakes.

I.Coast ex-president opens freedom bid at ICC

Den Haag - Former Ivory Coast president Laurent Gbagbo will Monday ask the International Criminal Court to acquit him of crimes against humanity and free him after seven years in detention.
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