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Syria used chemical weapons in 2018 attack: OPCW probe

Den Haag - The Syrian regime's air force used the chemical weapon chlorine in an attack on the town of Saraqib in 2018, the global toxic arms watchdog said on Monday after an investigation.

Covid, cocaine take Europe to 'breaking point': Europol

Den Haag - The coronavirus pandemic could fuel organised crime for years to come in Europe, a continent already at "breaking point" from an unprecedented flood of cocaine, the EU's policing agency warned Monday.

EU regulator says AZ clot risk 'very rare' as nations battle virus surges

Den Haag - The EU's medicines regulator said Wednesday that blood clots should be listed as a rare side effect of the AstraZeneca jab but the benefits continue to outweigh risks, as several countries battle fresh virus surges amid vaccine shortfalls.

Dutch PM Rutte under pressure despite surviving vote

Den Haag - Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte remained under pressure on Friday despite narrowly surviving a no-confidence vote over his handling of coalition talks in the toughest crisis of his decade in power.

Dutch PM Rutte clings on after political battle

Den Haag - Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte survived one of the biggest political fights of his decade in power Friday, narrowly winning a no-confidence vote over claims he lied about coalition talks.

Ivory Coast's Gbagbo faces crucial ICC ruling

Den Haag - The International Criminal Court will rule on Wednesday whether to uphold the acquittal of Ivory Coast's former president Laurent Gbagbo, the first head of state to stand trial at the tribunal.

ICC rules on appeal by Congolese 'Terminator' warlord

Den Haag - The International Criminal Court will decide Tuesday on an appeal by a Congolese warlord dubbed the "Terminator", who received the tribunal's longest-ever war crimes sentence.

Trial of Dutch 'most wanted' suspect opens

Den Haag - The Netherlands' former most wanted suspect and 16 other alleged members of a drugs gang dubbed the "Mocro-mafia" went on trial Monday in one of the country's biggest criminal cases.

'Dutchification': guide to election winners and losers

Den Haag - While Dutch PM Mark Rutte's liberal VVD party appears to have won national elections, the vote also brought unprecedented "Dutchification" or fragmentation of parliament.

EU countries to resume AstraZeneca jabs after 'safe' verdict

Den Haag - Leading EU countries said Thursday they would resume AstraZeneca vaccinations after the European medical regulator said the jab is "safe and effective" and not associated with a higher blood clot risk after days of commotion around the shot.

Dutch PM Rutte eyes new coalition 'by summer'

Den Haag - Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte on Thursday aimed to form a new coalition by the summer after sealing a fourth term in office in coronavirus-dominated elections.

EU health agency to rule on troubled AstraZeneca jab

Den Haag - Europe's medical regulator is set to give its verdict on the safety of the AstraZeneca vaccine on Thursday, following a chaotic few weeks that has seen nations suspend its use over blood clot fears.

Dutch vote in 'Covid election' as Rutte aims for fourth term

Den Haag - The Netherlands voted on Wednesday in a socially-distanced election that Prime Minister Mark Rutte cast as a choice of the best leader to deal with the coronavirus pandemic.

EU regulator 'convinced' AstraZeneca jab benefits outweigh risks

Den Haag - The EU's medicines regulator said Tuesday it was "firmly convinced" the benefits of AstraZeneca's vaccine outweigh potential risks, insisting there was no evidence linking it to blood clots after several nations suspended the shot over health fears.

Dutch vote in Covid-dominated election

Den Haag - The Netherlands began three days of socially-distanced voting Monday in one of the first major tests of a European government's coronavirus policies, with Prime Minister Mark Rutte expected to win another term in office.

Dutch police use water cannon to clear anti-government protesters: AFP

Den Haag - Dutch police used water cannon and mounted officers to clear anti-government protesters in The Hague Sunday, the day before three days of voting starts in national elections, AFP journalists said.

EU approves Johnson & Johnson Covid vaccine

Den Haag - The European Union approved the single-shot Johnson & Johnson coronavirus vaccine on Thursday -- the fourth jab to get the green light for the 27-nation bloc.The decision offers a boost for the EU's sluggish vaccination programme.

Coronavirus set to dominate Dutch elections

Den Haag - Dutch voters head to the polls next week in the first major test of a European government's coronavirus policies in 2021, with Prime Minister Mark Rutte on course to win a fourth term in office.

Dutch court drops farm kidnap charges against cult father

Den Haag - A Dutch court on Thursday dropped the case against a father who isolated his children in a remote farmhouse for a decade, saying that he was mentally unfit for trial.The 68-year old, identified only as Gerrit Jan van D.

Russia's Sputnik vaccine takes key step to EU approval

Den Haag - Europe's drug regulator launched a review of Russia's Sputnik V coronavirus vaccine on Thursday, putting it on course to be the first non-Western jab used across the 27-nation EU.
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