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Aug 12 '16 11:40

As far as is known to the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs, four Dutch people were injured in a series of bombings in Thailand on Thursday night and Friday morning, the ministry said in a statement.

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Aug 12 '16 08:25

Thailand was rocked by a series of explosions on Thursday night and Friday morning. At least four people were killed and many more were injured, including at least one Dutch tourist.

Aug 11 '16 09:55

Human rights lawyer Nada Kiwanson and her family is living under extra security in their home in the Netherlands after she received numerous death threats because of her work for the International Criminal Court

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Aug 5 '16 08:17

On Thursday Minister Bert Koenders of Foreign Affairs called for direct and effective aid to civilians in the Syrian city of Aleppo. The Netherlands is insisting on at least a temporary cease fire, humanitarian assistance and making food drops possible, the Ministry reported in a statement on Thursday.

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Aug 1 '16 08:35

Minister Bert Koenders of Foreign Affairs is calling on the international community to increase pressure on Syrian president Bashar al-Assad. This is the only way that a genocide, like what happened in Rwanda and Srebrenica, can be avoided in the Syrian city of Aleppo, he wrote in an opinion piece published in British newspaper The Independent.

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Jul 28 '16 09:08

The Dutch consulate in the Iraqi city of Erbil had personal contact with Laura H. - a Dutch woman who escaped from the ISIS caliphate with her two kids two weeks ago, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs announced.

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Jul 22 '16 09:27

The government is calling on Turkish-Dutch citizens to report if they are threatened by supporters of Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, Minister Bert Koenders of Foreign Affairs wrote in a letter to parliament on Thursday

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Jul 20 '16 15:30

The Netherlands made 45 million euros available for cleaning up landmines in former conflict areas, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs announced on Wednesday. The Ministry is investing the money in three demining projects operating in a total of 13 countries.

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Jul 18 '16 10:15

"Stability and a constitutional state are now of incredible importance in Turkey, for the Turks themselves and for Europe", Minister Bert Koenders of Foreign Affairs said in Brussels on Monday. According to him, it is also very important that an "ax-day" does not follow the attempted military coup in the country last week

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Jul 15 '16 08:48

Dutch King Willem-Alexander expressed his condolences to the people of France following a terrorist attack in Nice on Thursday. "Our heart goes out to the victims of the attack in Nice", he said. So far there have been no reports of Dutch victims.

Jul 15 '16 07:50

At least 80 people were killed when a truck drove into a crowd of people on a boulevard in the French city of Nice on Thursday night. The attack is being considered an act of terrorism. Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte is horrified by the attack. Minister of Foreign Affairs Bert Koenders described it as a "cruel crime against humanity" in a comment on Twitter.

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Jul 14 '16 09:25

Over the past five years the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs received 26 complaints from domestic workers working for diplomats in embassies in the Netherlands. These complaints involve underpayment, poor working conditions and "inappropriate behavior", the Volkskrant reports based on documents in its possession.

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Jul 14 '16 08:26

Dutch Minister of Foreign Affairs is surprised that the new British Prime Minister Theresa May appointed Boris Johnson to be her Foreign Affairs Minister, he said to BNR. He looks forward to working with his new colleague, he said.

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Jul 1 '16 07:42

The Netherlands' presidency of the European Union has come to an end. From today Slovakia is the new president. On Thursday EU council president Donald Tusk thanked Prime Minister Mark Rutte for the term, which which was not the easiest time to be president, with the asylum crisis, the Ukraine referendum and the Brexit referendum to deal with.

Jun 30 '16 08:11

The Netherlands is very concerned about developments in Suriname, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs said on Wednesday in response toe Surinamese President Desi Bouterse stopping the trial on the December-murders

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Jun 29 '16 07:43

After five rounds of deadlocked voting over a coveted temporary seat on the UN Security Council, the Netherlands and Italy agreed to share it. The details of the agreement will be worked out in the coming days. If it goes through, Italy will take the seat next year and the Netherlands will have it in 2018, Minister Bert Koenders of Foreign Affairs announced

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Jun 28 '16 08:15

The Netherlands is making a final push for a much sought after temporary seat on the United Nations Security Council. The happens today in New York, around 4:00 p.m. Dutch time. Two seats are up for grabs. The Netherlands is competing against Italy and Sweden.

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Jun 24 '16 11:38

Minister Bert Koenders of Foreign Affairs called on European Union countries to stand together in handling Britain's decision to leave the EU and in dealing with concerns in and about Europe

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Jun 13 '16 10:40

A Dutch couple died while on honeymoon in the Dominican Republic, tour operator TUI informed the Ministry of Foreign Affairs on Sunday. Their cause of death is still unknown and the Ministry has not received official notice from the local authorities

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Jun 13 '16 08:29

Utrecht woman Laura de Bije has been in prison in the Qatar capital of Doha since Marh. She was visiting the Middle-Eastern country on holiday and was arrested after reporting being raped. The 22-year-old woman will appear in court on Monday on charges of having sex outside marriage - a serious crime under Qatar's penal code, local news site Al-Jazeera reports.

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Jun 13 '16 07:38

Prime Minister Mark Rutte is shocked by the "terrible report" from Orlando in the Untied States about a mass shooting at a night club that left at least 50 people dead and another 53 injured during the early hours of Sunday morning, local time.

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Jun 10 '16 10:57

The deployment of Dutch troops abroad has the ruling coalition at odds. The VVD wants to send Dutch troops to Libya, but the PvdA wants to extend the mission in Mali

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May 13 '16 07:27

In Washington on Thursday, Minister Bert Koenders of Foreign Affairs criticized legislation in some American states that discriminate against lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people. He referred to a law in North Carolina that bans transgenders from using the bathroom of their gender and a law in Mississippi that states that companies may refuse their services and products to LGBT's.

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May 12 '16 09:00

Turkish-Dutch journalist Ebru Umar is not entirely pleased with the Dutch government's diplomatic efforts in securing her released from Turkey. She is especially sour about the way Minister Bert Koenders of Foreign Affairs claimed credit for her release, she said in an interview with the Telegraaf.

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