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Prime Minister Mark Rutte
Jul 30 '15 08:42

To no one's surprise Russia vetoed the establishment of an international tribunal to prosecute those responsible for the downing of flight MH17. The United Nations Security council voted on it in New York on Wednesday night. Both Prime Minister Mark Rutte and Minister Bert Koenders are "deeply disappointed" with Russia's decision.

Jul 28 '15 09:04

Minister Bert Koenders will be discussing the establishment of an international tribunal to prosecute those responsible for the downing of flight MH17 at the United Nations in New York on Tuesday and Wednesday, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs announced on Monday night. He will consult with New-Zealand, the chairman of the UN Security Council, who will decide whether the establishment of the tribunal will be put to a vote on Wednesday

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Jul 21 '15 16:00

Tour operator TUI Nederland has cancelled all its holidays and flights to Tunisia until February 2016, due the Ministry of Foreign Affairs' negative travel advice for the country and a strong decline in the number of bookings.

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Jul 17 '15 14:38

The MH17 memorial in Nieuwegein started at 2:00 p.m. About 1,300 relatives and friends of the victims have gathered at the convention center to commemorate the disaster, which happened one year ago today.

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Jul 16 '15 09:02

Joep Lange, the renowned HIV/AIDS researcher that died in the disaster with flight MH17 last year, will not be forgotten in Amsterdam. A medical institute called the Joep Lange Institute will be opening in the capital. The University of Amsterdam is also establishing a lectern named after the Aids researcher.

Jul 7 '15 10:20

The Netherlands and the Philippines will be working more closely together in the fight against human trafficking, Minister Bert Koenders of Foreign Affairs and his Philippine counterpart Albert del Rosario announced on Monday.

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Jul 6 '15 13:35

The best option for the necessary renovation of the Binnenhof is to close the whole complex for 5.5 years and temporarily move the parliament. This option will cost between 500 and 600 million euros

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Jul 3 '15 16:50

The Netherlands wants ask the United Nations to establish a tribunal to prosecute the suspects in the MH17 disaster. This proposal is supported by Malaysia, Belgium, Australia and the Ukraine.

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Jul 2 '15 10:41

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs has updated its travel advisory for Tunisia. The Ministry believes that more attacks may follow. Dutch travel agencies are bringing their travelers back to the Netherlands

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Jun 29 '15 08:25

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs is warning travelers to be extra careful when planning a stay in Greece due to the financial unrest in the country. Travelers should also stay up to date to changes in the situation.

Jun 22 '15 15:30

Extending the European sanctions against Russia is inevitable and necessary. The pressure on Moscow has to be kept as high as possible.

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Jun 22 '15 12:19

A Dutch woman was abducted in Kabul, the capital of Afghanistan on Monday. This is according to Afghan television channel TOLO, based on reports from the Afghan Ministry of Home Affairs.

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Jun 19 '15 08:58

The bus driver was driving to fast, several of the passengers involved in the bus accident in Portugal on Tuesday night claim, according to the AD. Three people were killed in the accident and 26 were wounded. Seven of the injured passengers are still in the hospital, three of them are in serious condition.

Gay Marriage
Jun 16 '15 11:43

D66 parliamentarian Sjoerd Sjoerdsma is advocating that same-sex marriages in the Netherlands be opened for foreigners. He wants to put the Netherlands back on the international map as a champion for gay rights.

Jun 11 '15 08:44

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs has prepared Dutch embassies to deal with PVV leader Geert Wilders' plan to show Mohammad cartoons on national television. Ambassadors have been instructed to emphasize that the broadcasting of the cartoons are not the government's idea, but that of a parliamentarian making use of his freedom of speech.

Barack Obama
Jun 2 '15 08:17

American President Barrack Obama asked has asked the Netherlands to take in prisoners from Guantanamo. He did so during his meeting with King Willem-Alexander, Queen Maxima and Minister Bert Koenders of Foreign Affairs in Washington D.C. on Monday.

Vladimir Putin
May 29 '15 09:29

Three Dutch parliamentarians appear on a Russian list of people from the European Union that are no longer allowed to enter the country.

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May 28 '15 17:17

Anil Sayar, a 23-year old man from Amsterdam, has been stuck in a Turkish prison for a month after being arrested during Labour Day demonstration on Taksim Square in Istanbul, AD said quoting his sister. She raised the issue at the Dutch Embassy on May 11th, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs reported in The Hague on Thursday.

Syrian refugees
May 27 '15 13:03

The Cabinet is generally positive about many aspects of the European Commission's plan for asylum seekers, but still have some questions they want answered.

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May 18 '15 12:59

With the summer holiday around the corner pharmacists are warning vacationers to not accidentally become drug smugglers. Some medications fall under the Opium Act and can get a vacation goer into a lot of trouble if taken across the border without a valid medical certificate, which has to be handed in four weeks prior to departure.

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May 18 '15 09:42

The VVD wants the UN peacekeeping force in Mali to also be used to detect human traffickers and to dismantle smuggling route.

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May 15 '15 08:00

The Netherlands has partially stopped its foreign aid to Burundi. This decision was made by Minister Bert Koenders of Foreign Affairs and Minister Lilianne Ploumen of Foreign Trade and Development Cooperation for various reasons, they said in a joint statement.

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May 12 '15 11:35

Minister Bert Koenders of Foreign Affairs pushed for an improvement on human rights in Mexico during his visit to the the South American country. He discussed this with his Mexican counterpart Minister José Antonio Meade Kuribrena as well as with the representative of the High Commissioner for Human Rights, Javier Hernandez.

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May 11 '15 11:34

The Dutch Ambassador to Pakistan, Marcel de Vink, is on his way back to the Netherlands, to recover after being wounded in a helicopter crash on Friday.

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