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Edward J. Snowden, the fugitive former US security contractor, has sought asylum in a host of countries, including Ireland, according to the anti-secrecy group Wiklileaks. Photograph: REUTERS/Glenn Greenwald/Laura Poitras/The Guardian.

Edward J. Snowden, the fugitive former US security contractor, has sought asylum in a host of countries, including Ireland, according to the anti-secr(...)

‘Grooming’ became a criminal offence in the Netherlands in January 2010

A court of appeal in the Netherlands has cleared a 38-year-old suspected paedophile of grooming a 13-year-old boy for sex – because the “teenager” wh(...)

John Mooney took three wickets for Leinster.  Photograph: Inpho

Leinster Lightning will return to College Park on Thursday morning needing one wicket to wrap up a full-points victory over the Northern Knights af(...)

Serena Williams celebrates after defeating Mandy Minella of Luxembourg in their women’s singles tennis match at the Wimbledon Photograph: Eddie Keogh/Reuters

Serena Williams was able to turn her attention to on-court battles today as she won the first match of her Wimbledon defence with consummate ease agai(...)

Palestinian prime minister Salam Fayyad (right) meets Dutch foreign minister Uri Rosenthal in Ramallah before the 2012 breakdown in peace talks. Photograph: Abbas Momani/AFP/Getty Images

When Israeli-Palestinian peace negotiations broke down in Amman in January 2012, it looked as though the process had run irretrievably into the sand. (...)

Greece’s Finance Minister Yannis Stournaras greets Michael Noonan at the start of a euro zone finance ministers meeting in Luxembourg.

Following the promissory notes deal and the agreement to lengthen the maturity of Ireland’s bailout loans, the State’s bid to get debt relief on its i(...)

The co-ordinated move by regulators in Britain, Germany, France, Italy, Spain and the Netherlands could result in Google having to pay several million euros, under proposed rules.

European data protection authorities have for the first time threatened to fine Google, if the Silicon Valley-based company does not address their pri(...)

A measles vaccination kit: an outbreak of measles in the Netherlands is being blamed on the low vaccination uptake in that country’s Bible Belt. Photograph: Owen Humphreys/PA

For the first time in 13 years, the Netherlands has been hit by a serious outbreak of potentially deadly measles. The outbreak is concentrated in the (...)

The Dutch government is to introduce new legislation from July 1st which will give it some of the toughest laws in Europe against forced marriage, for(...)

The Croatian national flag, sits alongside the European Union flag on the Croatian island of Solta, in Maslinica, Croatia.

EU membership will help Croatia deal with its troubled past, President Michael D Higgins predicted during a visit there last week. However, it’s likel(...)

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