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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.

May 8 '15 08:56

The Netherlands and Cuba will be working more closely together in future. Minister Bert Koenders of Foreign Affairs made this agreement during his visit to Cuba, the ministry announced on Friday. Koenders said that the Netherlands has a "solid relationship" with Cuba, ANP reports.

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May 5 '15 11:30

A new World War II memorial was unveiled at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs on Remembrance day on Monday. This memorial commemorates Ministry employees who died in the war.

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May 5 '15 10:34

Contact has been made with all 900 Dutch people who were known to be in Nepal during the earthquake that hit the Asian country on April 25th.

May 1 '15 08:15

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

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Apr 30 '15 08:28

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs announced on Wednesday night that there were about 750 Dutch people in Nepal at the time of the earthquake, based on information from travelers' family and friends and travel companies involved. About 500 of them have been located, which means that there are about 250 whose whereabouts are unknown.

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Apr 28 '15 16:46

The Netherlands will coordinate the entire international search and rescue operation underway in Nepal, as the search for missing victims of the devastating earthquake continues. The decision was made at the request of the United Nations, Economics Affairs Minister Henk Kamp said in parliament today.

Apr 28 '15 10:30

Minister Bert Koenders of Foreign Affairs and the American UN Ambassador Samantha Power called on the international community to contribute more to UN peacekeeping missions. Koenders think that Europe in particular should be contributing more peacekeepers.

Nepal earthquake
Apr 28 '15 08:38

Ten Dutch citizens left Nepal on Monday and are on their way back to he Netherlands. This is the first group to come back after the Asian country was hit by a massive earthquake on Saturday.

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Apr 27 '15 10:03

The Dutch rescue team has arrived in Kathmandu. The team of rescue specialists will help Nepal in the search and rescue mission after the 7.9 magnitude earthquake that struck the country on Saturday.

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Apr 24 '15 14:35

The defense and international security budget should be structurally increased by 1.5 billion euros in the next few years, according to a manifesto by a group of 38 former ministers and other former politicians and managers.

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