Controversial Dutch rightist party to contest European elections

Dutch, Amsterdam Amsterdam - The controversial Dutch Freedom Party PVV formally announced Monday it would participate in the European Parliament elections scheduled for June 4.

The Freedom Party PVV said one of its current legislators, Barry Madlener, would lead the party list.

The liberal-rightist Freedom Party, established by Geert Wilders after he was ejected from the Liberal VVD party in September 2004, is known for its strong criticism on Islam, Dutch migrant policy and Euro-skepticism.

Fresh talks begin to free Dutch hostages in Yemen

Fresh talks begin to free Dutch hostages in YemenSana'a, Yemen - A senior Yemeni local official began on Sunday a new round of negotiations with kidnappers of a Dutch couple after mediation led by tribal leaders foundered, a municipal official said.

"A new round of talks is under way after negotiations between tribal chieftains and the abductors broke down yesterday," said Jamil Shuraih, the secretary-general of the Bani-Dhabian district where the Dutch hostages are being held.

Pressure on Karzai to scrap controversial Afghan women''s law

Pressure on Karzai to scrap controversial Afghan women''s law

Hilary Clinton warns N. Korea of “consequences” for missile launch

Hillary ClintonThe Hague (Netherlands), Apr. 1 : US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton has warned North Korea that its plans to launch a missile is being considered as another provocation against Japan, and hence, North Korea should be ready to face the consequences.

“It is an unfortunate and continuing example of provocation by the North Koreans. Japan has every right to protect and defend its territory,” Fox News quoted Clinton, as saying at a conference in The Hague.

Noting possible UN Security Council actions, she added, “There will be consequences.”

Obama administration''s contact with Iran confirmed

Obama administration''s contact with Iran confirmedThe Hague (Netherlands), Apr. 1  US Presidential envoy Richard C. Holbrooke met an Iranian diplomat here, marking the first face-to-face encounter between the Obama administration and the Government of Iran.

US Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton confirmed that Holbrooke, the administration's special representative for Afghanistan and Pakistan, greeted Iran's Deputy Foreign Minister, Mohammad Mehdi Akhondzadeh, on the sidelines of a major conference here devoted to Afghanistan.

Mitsubishi offers fuel-saving Colt models

Mitsubishi offers fuel-saving Colt modelsBorn, Netherlands  - Mitsubishi is reducing the Colt model range's fuel consumption with several measures including start-stop technology and roll-resistance tyres, the Japanese car maker has announced.

Start-stop technology would be fitted to the 1.1 and 1.3 litre petrol models on the European market as part of "Clear Tec" measures that reduces consumption of the 1.1-litre model to 4.9 litres per 100 kilometres. This translates to an emission figure of 115 grammes per kilometre. The 1.3-litre model consumption is down to 5.1 litres (119 g/km).