"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).
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.
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.
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.
Dutch travellers are being told to avoid the Gambian capital of Banjul after an attempted coup there. The Ministry of Foreign Affairs in the Netherlands issued the travel warning for Banjul on Tuesday.
A Dutch tourist was shot and killed in the early morning hours of Saturday in Panama City, the capital of Panama. Another Dutch tourist was injured, the Panamanian newspaper La Prensa reported on Saturday.
The Nigerian who had been treated for Ebola in the UMC Utrecht in recent weeks, has returned to Africa. He has been cured and can not infect others
After presenting a business case to improve power and electrical supply to hospitals in Rwanda, Alliander & Cordaid won the "Best New Partnership Award" in The Partnership Election 2014. This competition challenges young professionals to form a partnership with a NGO and/or the government and develop a business case in a developing country.
A mother from Maastricht has single-handedly rescued her daughter from the Syrian city of Raqqa. Raqqa is regarded as the capital city of the caliphate of the terrorist organization Islamic State (ISIS).
The five major energy companies, which import coal from Colombia in South America, has promised to investigate any abuses and human rights violations around the coal mining.
The Karel Doorman is being loaded with medical supplies in the port of Den Helder today. The Marine vessel will be leaving for West Africa on Thursday to take supplies for the fight against Ebola.
The State is paying a 20 thousand euro compensation to another eight widows from Sulawesi. Their husbands were executed by Dutch soldiers in the former Dutch East Indies.
Dutch nationals in West African countries where the ebola virus has broken out have been asked to register themselves at the embassy. The Ministry of Foreign Affairs has called for this measure due to the speed with which the virus is spreading, the NOS reports.
The Kremlin threatened the EU with higher gas prices yesterday, in reaction to the economic sanctions that the EU called for on Tuesday. The Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Moscow has called the EU threat an "irresponsible step."
After alarms were signaled in Aruba about four Venezuelan warships close to the Aruba coast, Minister Frans Timmermans of Foreign Affairs made the decision to release Hugo Carvajal, a repository of Venezuelan then-president Hugo Chávez, and a suspect of drug crimes.
The government is planning to decrease cuts planned for the Dutch embassy network after the D66 submitted a motion the last year. The planned €40 million cuts to diplomatic posts has already been cut in half. Because of this, five consulates can stay open, Het Financieele Dagblad reports.
The Netherlands Ministry of Foreign Affairs has advised all Dutch citizens in Libya to leave the country after clashes between the army and Islamic fighters are escalating. Traveling to Libya is also discouraged, including layovers.
Saudi Arabia has begun imposing trade sanctions against companies based in the Netherlands in reaction to PVV-leader Geert Wilders' anti-Islam stickers. The measures will be imposed by declaration of King Abdullah, nu.nl reports.
The Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MinBuZa) will publish yearly reports of misbehavior among personnel of embassies and other international organizations.
Expats with diplomatic status have, since 2010, committed 85 indictable offenses in the Netherlands. The Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MinBuZa) confirmed a report about this from RTL Nieuws.
Foreign Affairs Minister Frans Timmermans said that the Dutch government should not get involved in the decision by water company Vitens to pull out of a partnership with Mekorot. Vitens previously announced they would no longer work with Mekorot because of the Israeli company's presence in the contested West Bank.