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Apr 23 '15 14:41

The Dutch government plans to make additional investments in refugees' home countries to help these countries take back their refugees. This only applies to nations who assist in the sustainable return of their citizens.

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Apr 22 '15 12:06

A Dutch tourist was one of seven people who died in a plane crash in the Dominican Republic, NOS reports.

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Apr 22 '15 11:51

The government will very likely stick to its earlier decision not to send ministers to the commemoration of the Armenian genocide on Friday.

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Apr 17 '15 14:35

On Thursday Minister Bert Koenders of Foreign Affairs and Minister Ard van der Steur of Security and Justice had a meeting with representatives of the countries who had passengers on flight MH17. The meeting took place in the margins of the cyber conference at the World Forum in The Hague.

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Apr 10 '15 09:41

"As everyone will understand, I am overjoyed to be free again after more than three years and I eagerly look forward to the reunion with my family, friends and colleagues." Sjaak Rijke says in a statement released via the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, NOS reports.

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Apr 6 '15 13:53

Dutchman Sjaak Rijke, who has been a captive of terrorist group Al-Qaida since November 2011, has been freed by commandos and other special forces of the French army in Mali this morning, the French Ministry of Defense announced this morning.

Apr 3 '15 13:43

According to Minister Bert Koenders of Foreign Affairs, there has been "important progress" and a "good result" from the negotiations on the Iranian nuclear program between Iran, France, Germany, the United Kingdom, the United States, Russia, China and the European Union.

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Mar 30 '15 10:12

Minister Bert Koenders of Foreign Affairs has added four Dutch jihadist to the national terrorist list and has frozen their bank accounts, ANP reports. According to the cabinet, these four jihadists have joined terrorist groups in Syria or Iraq.

Mar 18 '15 08:58

Two Dutch soldiers were killed in a crash with a Dutch Apache helicopter in Mali, Chief of Defense Tom Middendorp announced at a press conference in The Hague.

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Mar 16 '15 14:49

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs expects that there are between 25 and 30 Dutch people stuck on Vanuatu after Cyclone Pam struck the group of islands on Saturday, NOS reports.

Mar 3 '15 08:31

Minister Bert Koenders (Foreign Affairs) called on the international community, including Russia, to fully comply with the Minsk agreement, starting with a complete cease-fire and a withdrawal of heavy equipment in the Ukraine. He did this during a conversation with his Russian colleague Sergey Lavrov.

Feb 25 '15 09:29

The Eerste Kamer (Senate) wants the Netherlands to make a financial contribution to repair the damage done to the Barcaccia fountain in Rome by rioting Feyenoord supporters, NOS reports. The Cabinet has pledged support to private initiatives launched for this matter, but Minister Bert Koenders (Foreign Affairs) and Minister Ivo Opstelten (Security and Justice) did not explicitly discuss compensation.

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Feb 20 '15 13:43

Parliament Members have raised questions in the Tweede Kamer (lower house of parliament) about a charity gala happening in Utrecht on March 1st, AD reports. The controversial Sheikh Assim Al-Hakeem is invited to speak there.

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Feb 18 '15 08:55

PVV leader Geert Wilders is pleased with Minister Bert Koenders' (Foreign Affairs) decision to withdraw the visas of three controversial Muslim preachers, who were scheduled to speak at a benefit in Rijswijk on March 8th. He does, however call this whole issue "incredible amateurism" of the Cabinet, the AD reports.

Feb 18 '15 08:33

Minister of Foreign Affairs Bert Koenders has revoked the visas of three Muslim preachers who were scheduled to speak at a benefit in Rijswijk on 8 March. This was supposedly done because these imams are "hate preachers." It is not clear exactly who these imams are.

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Feb 18 '15 07:58

The United Nations has decided to to support the Minsk political agreement, but has also clearly stated that the perpetrators involved in the shooting down of Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 must not get amnesty, Minister Bert Koenders of Foreign Affairs said.

Feb 16 '15 09:55

Representatives of more than 40 European countries will meet at a conference to discuss UN Peacekeeping missions today and tomorrow. This is at the invitation of Minister Bert Koenders of Foreign Affairs.

Feb 13 '15 08:45

The Dutch embassy in Sana'a in Yemen has been temporarily closed due to political tensions in the country. The embassy's staff has already left the country.

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Feb 3 '15 09:15

Fréderike Geerdink, the Dutch journalist living in Turkey who was taken in for questioning in January, may be facing a prison sentence of between 1 and 5 years. The Public Prosecutor in Diyarbakir is prosecuting her for "making propaganda for a terrorist organization".

Feb 2 '15 14:36

The situation in the Ukraine will be one of the top points of discussion in the Benelux-Balts consultation in Estonia on Tuesday and Wednesday. Minister Bert Koenders (Foreign Affairs), who will participate in the consultation, will also speak with his Latvia counterpart, Rinkevics, before the consultation to make his concerns about the violence in Ukraine known.

Feb 2 '15 11:17

"The growing extremist violence of Boko Haram must be fought more effectively. It is good that African countries take the initiative to do so," said Dutch foreign affairs minster Bert Koenders in Addis Ababa after the annual summit of the African Union (AU).

Jan 20 '15 10:22

The Netherlands is likely to join a new European mission in the Central African Republic (CAR). The government is prepared to make a few staff officers available for the military mission EUMAM CAR, if requested.

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Jan 20 '15 07:50

Gerrit van Wingerden's ship has been found about 50 kilometers off the coast of Honduras. Van Wingerden has been missing for a month. The sailboat is badly damaged in the mast and railings, reported the Honduran newspaper Diario Tiempo on the authority of the Coast Guard.

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Jan 7 '15 13:38

The relationship between the Netherlands and Turkey was yet again put to the test when Dutch journalist Frederike Geerdink was brought into questioning by the Turkish terrorism police on January 6. The Minister of Foreign Affairs, Bert Koenders, was attending the annual ambassadors' conference in Turkey and was quick to react to the case.

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