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Oct 20 '17 10:00

The Netherlands granted asylum to the first Turks who applied for protection after an attempted coup in Turkey last year. At least eight alleged Gulen-supporters who face persecution in Turkey now have asylum in the Netherlands, Wil Eikelboom of the association of asylum lawyers VAjN said to ANP.

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Aug 28 '17 09:05

A Dutch-Turkish mother and her son are unable to return to the Netherlands after visiting relatives in Turkey for a funeral. They were banned from leaving Turkey and are currently staying with family in Istanbul, the woman from Arnhem said to newspaper AD on Sunday.

"A week and a half ago we wanted to fly back to the Netherlands, but we were stopped", she said to the newspaper by telephone. "There is an investigation against me, I was told. But I did not do anything wrong. And my son has to be back in school in the Netherlands on Monday."

Joey Hoffmann
Aug 23 '17 10:10

The body of will soon return to the Netherlands, a spokesperson for the Turkish police said to the Telegraaf. A DNA test confirmed that the body is indeed that of the missing Haaksbergen man, though the cause of his death is still unclear.

"The DNA test report arrived on Monday", the spokesperson said to the newspaper. "It will still take several weeks for the cause of death to be determined."

Joey Hoffmann
Aug 14 '17 17:10

Missing Joey Hoffmann's around 7:30 a.m. by two Turkish police dogs in a dried up river bed near the Turkish town of Narlikuyu. The 21-year-old Haaksbergen man's body showed no visible signs of violence, according to newspaper AD. 

Joey Hoffmann
Aug 14 '17 09:47

The body of missing 21-year-old was found in a dried-up riverbed near the Turkish town of Narlikuyu, the Turkish police reported on Monday, according to newspaper AD. How the young Haaksbergen man died is not yet clear.

Joey Hoffmann
Aug 11 '17 07:54

Dutch search dog foundation Signi is sending a team of three sniffer dogs and their handlers to help search for missing Haaksbergen man in Turkey. This is happening on the foundation's own initiative, but with the permission of Hoffmann's family and the Turkish and Dutch police, ANP reports

Gavel (Source: Wikimedia/Brian Turner)
Aug 10 '17 15:10

Suspected jihadist Lieke S. can await her trial in freedom, as long as she keeps to a number of conditions, the court ruled on Thursday. The 34-year-old woman has been in prison since she was arrested while trying to enter Syria last year, AD reports.

Joey Hoffmann
Aug 10 '17 12:30

Traces of what is believed to be blood were found in the Turkish authorities' search for missing in the hills around Silifke on Thursday, AD reports.

The local police chief could not yet confirm or say anything about the discovery to the newspaper.

Joey Hoffmann
Aug 10 '17 10:30

Twenty Turkish police officers and soldiers are searching the hills around Silifke today for missing 21-year-old from Haaksbergen. They are using specialist equipment and two sniffer dogs flown in from Ankara. The dogs are trained to sniff out bodies, AD reports.

The search started very early on Thursday morning, as the day is expected to get very hot in the afternoon. 

Joey Hoffmann
Aug 7 '17 15:15

The Turkish police will soon launch a new search for missing from Haaksbergen, police chief and investigation leader Zafer Senocak said on Monday. "Do not think we're giving up, the investigation continues with full force", he said, according to AD.

Bjorn and Derya Breukers
Aug 4 '17 08:40

Haaksbergen couple Bjorn and Derya Breukers spent Thursday night at a Turkish police station, according to newspaper AD. The Turkish police are questioning them about the disappearance of their friend, Joey Hoffmann, and a magistrate decided to keep them over night.

Joey Hoffmann
Aug 3 '17 08:14

The police belief that Haaksbergen man Joey Hoffmann (21), who disappeared in Turkey early in July, fell victim to a crime. "It is absolutely suspicious", Ilker Centikaya, police chief in Tarsus, southern Turkey, said to newspaper AD. 

Bjorn and Derya Breukers
Aug 2 '17 08:43

Two of three Dutch persons that were missing in Turkey, have been found. The police made contact with 26-year-old Derya Breukers-Un and 34-year-old Bjorn Breukers. 21-year-old Joey Hoffmann, who traveled to Turkey with the couple to help them set up a new home in Silifke, is still missing.

Bert Koenders
Aug 1 '17 08:08

A number of parliamentarians are calling on Minister Bert Koenders of Foreign Affairs to update travel advice for Turkey after a Dutch man was arrested there last week. The Dutch man was on social media. He has since been released, but is still not allowed to leave the country.

Recep Tayyip Erdogan
Jul 31 '17 09:02

A Dutch-Turkish man was arrested in Turkey on suspicion of insulting president Recep Tayyip Erdogan, a spokesperson for the Ministry of Foreign Affairs confirmed to NU.nl. According to the charge, the man called Erdogan a "thief" and "dictator" on social media and expressed criticism of the political situation in the country.

Nine animals rescued from the Magic World Zoo in Aleppo, destroyed during the Syrian Civil War
Jul 28 '17 12:20

Dutch animal caretaker Juno van Zon is currently in Karacabey, Turkey to help care for nine lions, tigers, bears and hyenas recently rescued from the destroyed Magic World zoo in Aleppo, Syria. The animals' rescue was planned by international aid organization Four Paws.

Tourists spent the night outside their hotels after a massive earthquake hit the island Greek island of Kos, 21 Jul 2017
Jul 21 '17 08:36

A massive earthquake with a force of 6.7 on the Richter scale hit the southwestern coast of Turkey around 1:30 a.m. on Friday, local time. The epicenter of the quake was 10 kilometers form the coast of tourist resort Bodrum. Nearby Greek island Kos was also hit hard. Many Dutch tourists are on summer holiday at these locations, NU.nl reports.

Mark Rutte, January 2016
Jul 10 '17 09:08

Prime Minister Mark Rutte used the sidelines of the G20 summit in Hamburg this weekend to speak with Russian president Vladimir Putin about the MH17 disaster and the decision to under Dutch law, NOS reports.

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Jul 7 '17 08:57

The Dutch government decided that Turkish deputy prime minister Tugrul Türkes is not welcome in the Netherlands next week. He was planning to speak in the Orpheus congress center in Apeldoorn on Tuesday during a commemoration of the , NOS reports.

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Jun 26 '17 07:33

Dutch journalist Bram Janssen was released from custody several hours after being arrested in Istanbul on Sunday. The photo journalist for news wire AP was arrested while taking pictures at a pride parade through the Turkish capital, according to RTL correspondent Olaf Koens.

Koens also confirmed that Janssen was released. "I got a message from Bram: 'Yes, I am free. I was treated well', he wrote. So it ended with a sizzle." Janssen filmed police action against the people in the pride parade. He has a Turkish press card, so was allowed to do so, according to the broadcaster.

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May 22 '17 08:02

Turkish Minister Fatma Betul Kaya is dropping a lawsuit filed against the Netherlands, the Telgraaf reports based on information from a "highly placed" Turkish source. she accused the Netherlands of illegally naming her an unwelcome foreigner and deporting her from the Netherlands in March.

Protestors outside Turkey's consulate in Rotterdam
May 19 '17 12:10

Police officers in Rotterdam were threatened by supporters of Turkish president Recep Tayyip Erdogan, Rotterdam mayor Ahmed Aboutaleb wrote to the city council. According to him, there were "several signs of threat and intimidation" and these were mostly directed at officers with a Turkish background, RTL Nieuws reports.

European Commission
May 18 '17 11:10

The United States' plans to ban laptops and tablets in the cabins of flights from Europe, was put on hold after the European Union decided against implementing it in an hours long on Wednesday. Other measures are still being considered, BBC reports.

Insiya Hemani
May 8 '17 09:34

The number of cross-border child abductions in the Netherlands showed a significant increase in 2016. Last year a total of 251 children were reported kidnapped to the Dutch center of international child abductions IKO, 14 more than in 2015, the center announced according to RTL Nieuws. 

Most of these abductions involved a parent taking a child abroad following a divorce or separation. Most of the abducted children were below the age of 6, the youngest one was two months old at the time of abduction. In 70 percent of the cases, the perpetrator is female. 

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