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Sep 22 '15 08:46

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.

Sep 21 '15 10:43

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.

Sep 17 '15 15:30

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

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Sep 14 '15 12:29

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.

Sep 11 '15 09:12

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.

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Sep 10 '15 10:58

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.

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Sep 8 '15 11:13

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.

Sep 1 '15 12:19

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.

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Aug 27 '15 11:06

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.

Aug 20 '15 15:12

The Netherlands is working intensely on the release of Ewold Horn, who was kidnapped in the Philippines in 2012.

Aug 18 '15 11:29

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.

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Aug 12 '15 08:31

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".

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Aug 11 '15 10:17

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.

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Aug 11 '15 10:00

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.

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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.

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