The Royal Canadian Mounted Police has confirmed that both Marc Cornelissen and Philip de Roo are presumed drowned. A recovery operation is underway to find the bodies of the two arctic explorers, Canadian newspaper CBC news reports.
Minister Bert Koenders of Foreign Affairs stressed how important it is that the MH17 investigation now goes in the direction of accountability now that the repatriation phase has been finalized. He said this before his meeting with US Secretary of State John Kerry in Washington D.C. on Thursday
The earthquake in Nepal will receive a lot of attention today in programs on the Publieke Omroep, RTL and SBS. The action day kicked off at 06:00 a.m. on NPO Radio 2 and will continue until midnight.
On Wednesday the Dutch ambassador to India and Bhutan, Alphonsus Stoelinga, visited the search and rescue base camp in Kathmandu, Nepal. He went there to offer support. The Under Secretary General for Humanitarian and Emergency Relief Coordinator, Valerie Ann Amos also visited the camp.
People who still haven't done their tax returns now have five extra days to do so, the Ministry of Finance announced on Thursday. Tax returns now have to be in by May 5th at the latest, instead of April 30th.
The dust had settled in Kathmandu by Tuesday, three full days after the 7.9 magnitude earthquake shook Nepal’s capital and other regions on April 25. The aftershocks grew less frequent and less severe as the city’s inhabitants grew more accustomed to their sporadic presence. Still, waves of devastation had already rippled into every nook of the metropolis.
The VVD does not exclude the possibility of making changes to the failed asylum seekers plan, NOS writes after the Mayors' dissatisfied response to the plan and parliamentary debate. Government is still negotiating about the implementations of the agreements with municipalities.
The government may have additional financial obligations to the EU. The new calculations by Statistics Netherlands (CBS) show that the economic output in 2011 and 2012 was higher than previously estimated. This would require the Netherlands to pay more in contributions to the European Union.
Police in Maastricht arrested a 26-year-old with Iraqi heritage in an investigation into terrorism, local news site 1Limburg reported. He is suspected of contributing to training for terrorist activities, and was taken into custody late Wednesday night.
Triodos Bank may refuse opening an account for Proud, an association of sex workers, wrote Finance Minister Jeroen Dijsselbloem to parliament on Thursday. The bank gave sufficient reason in denying the organization access to its services, according to the minister.
The Late Rembrandt exhibition is possibly too crowded, Rijksmuseum director Wim Pijbes admitted to NRC Handelsblad on Thursday. In an earlier response to the criticism the exhibit received Pijbes said it's not as bad as in the Sistine Chapel or in front of Mona Lisa, but in his latest statement he says the display is "arguably approaching the boundaries of an enjoyable visit."
Amsterdam presented a new initiative to improve the quality of life for sexually diverse people in the city on Thursday. The project, called Roze Agenda or Pink Agenda, is mainly aimed at increasing the feeling of security and welcome for gay people in Amsterdam.