90 arrested during `Black Pete` protests at Dutch kids` fete

 Dutch police on Saturday arrested 90 people protesting for and against the controversial "Black Pete" figure at the start of the traditional gift-giving festival of Saint Nicholas in the central city of Gouda, officials said.

Dutch PM says thorough, independent probe needed for downed Flight MH17

Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte on Wednesday stressed the importance of a thorough, independent investigation of the shooting down of Malaysia Airlines Flight MH17 before any decision on where those responsible should face trial.

New human remains found at MH17 crash site: Dutch PM

The Dutch mission in Ukraine has recovered new human remains of victims of the MH17 crash in eastern Ukraine, Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte said in press conference here Friday.

Netherlands to contribute F-16 fighter planes to counter IS: Report

The Netherlands will consider contributing F-16 fighter jets and arms for Kurdish fighters to help counter the rise of Islamic State in Iraq and Syria, a Dutch newspaper reported on Thursday.

MH17 search suspended over security concerns: Dutch PM

International experts have suspended their search for body parts at the MH17 crash site on Wednesday because of deteriorating security in eastern Ukraine, Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte said.

Dutch halt MH17 recovery mission due to Ukraine fighting: PM Rutte

The Netherlands is halting the mission to recover victims and debris of the MH17 Malaysia Airlines crash because of fighting between Ukrainian forces and pro-Russian separatists in eastern Ukraine, the Dutch prime minister said on Wednesday.

Dutch PM asks Ukraine to stop fighting near crash site

Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte called Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko Tuesday to ask Ukrainian forces to stop fighting around the MH17 crash site, a government spokesman said.

MH17 crash: Dutch PM says deploying military force at site `unrealistic`

Even as the international experts had to postpone their trip to the crash site of MH17 due to clashes between Ukrainian troops and pro-Russian forces, the Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte reportedly said that that securing the site by international military force is “unrealistic.”

MH17 armed mission `unrealistic` as Ukraine fighting kills 13

The Netherlands today scrapped plans to send an international armed mission to secure the crash site of Malaysian flight MH17, fearing a deployment risked being dragged into the conflict in east Ukraine.

Dutch sending police, want to secure MH17 crash site: PM

The Netherlands is sending 40 unarmed police to the crash site of flight MH17 in rebel-held Ukraine and seeking means to "further stabilise the area", Prime Minister Mark Rutte said Thursday.

Bodies of air crash victims in Ukraine-controlled area: Dutch PM

The bodies of some of the 298 people killed in the downing of a Malaysian airliner in eastern Ukraine last week are in a part of the country controlled by the Ukraine government, the Dutch prime minister said on Tuesday.

Putin calls for urgent Ukraine crisis settlement after jet crash

Russian President Vladimir Putin called Friday for an urgent settlement of the Ukraine crisis as he expressed condolences to Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte over the Malaysian jet crash.

Dutch PM says supports Juncker as EU Commision head

Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte told parliament on Wednesday that he would support former Luxembourg premier Jean-Claude Juncker for the EU commission presidency.

Dutch voters punish ruling coalition in local polls

Dutch voters punished the ruling Liberal-Labour coalition in local elections for introducing a number of unpopular deficit-busting measures, final results showed on Thursday.

Vladimir Putin signals gay rights debate must not cloud Sochi Games

President Vladimir Putin made clear on Friday that he believed the Sochi Winter Olympics were not the place to debate Russia`s treatment of gays.

Pussy Riot hopes Dutch royals see beyond Sochi opening ceremony

Two freed members of the Russian punk band Pussy Riot said Friday they hoped a high-level Dutch delegation to the Sochi Olympics would see beyond the glittering opening ceremony and speak out on human rights.

Dutch PM to raise gay rights issue in Sochi

Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte will talk about gay rights in Russia during his visit to the Winter Olympics in Sochi, he told the Dutch parliament.

Netherlands vote: Dutch PM claims victory

Dutch PM claimed victory for his conservative VVD party in elections in which the voters favoured pro-Europe parties.

Dutch Queen calls for September 12 elections

The Dutch Queen has called for national elections on September 12, leaving the country with only a caretaker government for more than four months.

Dutch Queen asks cabinet to okay fresh polls

Dutch Queen Beatrix has asked PM Mark Rutte`s outgoing cabinet to help dissolve Parliament, thereby setting the wheels in motion for fresh elections expected by September 12.