The Italian police found a Dutch family that was believed to be missing in Sardinia for several days. They are unharmed. The family, consisting of a couple and two kids, was hiking and camping in a mountainous region that has no cellphone reception
Prime Minister Mark Rutte and Minister Bert Koenders of Foreign Affairs will be attending the refugee summit between the European Union and African countries in Malta on Wednesday and Thursday. Rutte, currently on a trade mission in Japan, will be leaving the Asian country after a meeting with Prime Minister Shinzo Abe to attend the summit.
The Ministry of Foreign Affairs' decision to advise people not to travel to or from the Sharm el-Sheikh airport was based on the fact that the airport's security is inadequate and not on the exact cause of the Russian aircraft crash in Sinai.
The Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs has also decided to stop all Dutch flights to and from the Egyptian resort of Sharm el-Sheikh and to stop flying over northern Sinai until Sunday at least. The Netherlands is awaiting the outcome of a British investigation on the security situation. England and Ireland are also not flying in the region for the time being.
Minister Bert Koenders of Foreign Affairs believes that Turkey needs to be a "good partner" in solving the asylum crisis, as many refugees arriving from Syria, Iraq and Afghanistan do so through Turkey. He therefore wants the EU to quickly arrange a meeting with the new Turkish government to discuss how the refugee crisis will be approached
King Willem-Alexander and Prime Minister Mark Rutte will both have a meeting with Palestinian president Mahmoud Abbas this week. A Palestinian delegation, headed by President Abbas, will be visiting the Netherlands from Wednesday.
The Netherlands is getting two pandas from China, and without the annual one million dollar fee. The black and white bears will soon be accommodated by the Ouwehands Zoo in Rhenen. According to Minister Bert Koenders of Foreign Affairs, this is "a sign of the special relationship between China and the Netherlands".
The Netherlands has sent nine police officers to the Ukraine to monitor the situation of the conflict in the eastern part of the country. These nine officers will be working for the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe's observation mission.
A letter from Turkey's right-wing party AK arriving at the homes of a large group of Turkish-Dutch people has sparked serious privacy concerns in the Netherlands. The Dutch Data Protection Authority is investigating whether the letters violate the Privacy Act.
King Willem-Alexander and Minister Bert Koenders of Foreign Affairs will broach the topic of the human rights situation in China during the Royal Couple's state visit to the country at the end of this month.
The Netherlands is refusing to take in some prisoners from Guantanamo Bay for the time being. The United States is "very disappointed" in the Netherlands decision, especially since most other European countries have agreed to take in some prisoners.
Minister Bert Koenders of Foreign Affairs is convinced that Iran can make a large contribution to solutions for the conflicts in Syria and other countries in the region. He said this on Sunday in the Iranian capital Tehran, where he is meeting with his counterpart Mohammad Javad Zarif, among others.
Bert Koenders, the Dutch Minister of Foreign Affairs, is disappointed in the way that Hungary has chosen to deal with the refugees trying to enter the country. "That is not the method to jointly solve this problem in Europe", he said
Two Dutch teenagers were wounded in a stabbing in Malta on Sunday. One of them was seriously injured. Both boys are currently out of life threatening danger and recovering well, according to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. The Dutch embassy has made contact with them.
The Dutch rescue worker who was kidnapped in Afghanistan in June, has been released after 81 days of captivity, Minister Bert Koenders of Foreign Affairs announced on Thursday. She is in good health, according to the Minister.
A narrow majority in the Tweede Kamer, lower house of parliament, has thrown its support behind the Netherlands extending its bombing attacks on Islamic States to also include Syria. At this stage the Netherlands is only participating in airstrikes against the terrorist organization in Iraq.
The situation of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people in Russia has deteriorated so much that the Netherlands how considers them a "risk group". For this reason the Netherlands has made it easier for Russian homosexuals to find asylum here.
Minister Lodewijk Asscher of Social Affairs has again not been able to reach an agreement with Morocco on adjusting the social security treaty, the treaty that regulates the payment of Dutch benefits to Dutch-Moroccans in Morocco. Ruling party VVD is now calling for the treaty to be terminated as soon as possible.
Another eight suspected Dutch jihadists have been added to the national terrorist watch list, bringing the total number of people and organizations on this list up to 40. These eight people ware believed to be involved in terrorist activities in Syria and Iraq, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs announced on Thursday.
The Netherlands is working intensely on the release of Ewold Horn, who was kidnapped in the Philippines in 2012.
Dutch development aid money is being to pay fines for Palestinian farmers so that they can retrieve equipment seized by the Israeli army. This practice has been going on for years.
Minister Henk Kamp of Economic Affairs wants to team up with gas companies to investigate how the enormous gas reserves in the North Sea can best be utilized. According to him, this gas can be used in "the transition to a sustainable energy supply".
A 17 year old Dutch girl died in Spain on Monday night after a fall of about 40 meters. According to Spanish media, this happened in a bungee jump accident in northern Spain.
Dutch embassies world wide are having to deal with an increasing number of mentally unstable Dutch people. Dutch people with psychiatric problems are repatriated with consular assistance about 60 times a year - roughly twice as many as 10 years ago.