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The Netherlands has begun a major diplomatic offensive to send possibly hundreds of soldiers and police forensic experts to Ukraine to investigate the downing of Malaysia Airways flight MH17, the Volkskrant says on Thursday.
The day of national mourning to honour the victims of Malaysia Airline flight MH17 dominates Thursday's newspapers, with most carrying a full page photograph of the ceremony.
The highlights of the official ceremony on Wednesday's national day of mourning for the victims of Malaysia Airlines flight MH17.

Hilversum mayor apologises for Putin daughter deportation call
The mayor of Hilversum has described remarks he made on Radio 1 in which he called for the deportation of Putin's daughter, who is said to live in the Netherlands, as 'not sensible'.

Unilever first half turnover down on 'significant headwinds'
Food to detergent group Unilever booked first half sales down 5.5% at €24bn, the Anglo-Dutch company said on Thursday.

Haarlem has most expensive café terraces, Nijmegen is cheapest
The cheapest café terraces in the Netherlands are in Nijmegen, the Telegraaf says in its annual survey of the best places to drink a beer or glass of wine in the summer sunshine.

A minute's silence for the MH17 dead as first coffins reach Eindhoven
Two planes carrying the first of the 40 victims of last week’s air disaster in Ukraine arrived at Eindhoven airport on Wednesday afternoon, in a somber ceremony attended by king Willem-Alexander, queen Máxima and other dignatories.

Digital patient records do not break privacy rules, doctors told
A judge in Utrecht has ruled work can continue on developing a new electronic filing system for patients, the NRC says on Wednesday.

Dutch 'considering' sending soldiers, police to MH17 crash site
The Dutch government is ‘seriously considering’ sending a group of soldiers or police officers to Ukraine to secure the MH17 crash site, the Volkskrant reports on Wednesday quoting ‘sources in the Netherlands’.

Dutch household spending rises - just
Dutch household spending rose marginally in May compared with May 2013, the first rise this year, the national statistics office CBS said on Wednesday.

MH17 victims' mobile phones 'answered by others'
A number of relatives of people who died in the MH17 air disaster have been shocked when dialling their mobile phone number and hearing the phone answered by someone, the Telegraaf reports on Wednesday.

Camper vans increasingly popular with the Dutch
The number of camper vans in the Netherlands is expected to top 90,000 by the end of this year and 100,000 by 2016, news agency ANP reports on Wednesday.

AkzoNobel sees signs of recovery in the paint market
Paint and coatings maker Akzo Nobel saw net profits rise 19% in the first six months of 2014 to €334m, as sales picked up across all sectors.

Greenpeace staffers call for resignations over director's travel
More than 40 people working for Amsterdam-based environmental organisation Greenpeace have called for programme director Pascal Husting to be sacked over his travel arrangements, the Volkskrant says on Wednesday.

No evidence of direct Russian involvement in MH17: US officials
US intelligence officials say pro-Russian rebels shot down Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 by mistake and have not found any direct link to Russia, Dutch and foreign media report on Wednesday.

Flags at half mast as the Netherlands mourns MH17 air crash dead
Flags on government and private buildings are at half mast in the Netherlands on Wednesday at the start of an official day of mourning to remember those who died on flight MH17.

Dutch declare Wednesday official day of mourning for MH17 dead
Wednesday July 23 has been designated an official day of mourning to remember those who died on flight MH17, prime minister Mark Rutte has announced.

All options are open in terms of sanctions: Dutch foreign minister
The EU will widen its sanctions against Russia to include more individuals and may target the defence sector, Dutch foreign minister Frans Timmermans is quoted as saying following a meeting of EU ministers on Tuesday.

First Ukraine air crash victims expected in NL on Wednesday
The first plane carrying victims of the MH17 air disaster in Ukraine will hopefully arrive back in the Netherlands on Wednesday, prime minister Mark Rutte has told reporters.

Refugee numbers reach 2001 levels, Syria dominates new requests
In total, 12,000 people have applied for asylum in the Netherlands in the first six months of this year, the highest figure since 2001, the national statistics office CBS said on Tuesday.

Dick Advocaat to coach Serbia's national football team
Dutch football coach Dick Advocaat is joining Serbia from August 1 with the task of ensuring the Serbians qualify for the European Cup in France in 2016.

Court rejects ban on second hand e-book sales, refers to Europe
A court in Amsterdam has rejected calls from Dutch book publishers to stop the sale of second hand e-books via an injunction.

Dutch unions go to court over pre-packed shrimp firm bankruptcy
Trade unions are going to court over the bankruptcy and restart of shrimp company Heiploeg in an effort to preserve worker pay and conditions.

'A political game with bodies': Dutch foreign minister on MH17 at UN
Dutch foreign minister Frans Timmermans has made a very strongly worded statement to the United Nations Security Council in New York about the downing of Malaysian Airlines flight MH17 over Ukraine and the death of 298 people.

It is time for the Netherlands to man up to Russia: NRC
The downing of Malaysia Airlines Flight MH17 marks the moment for the Dutch to finally stop ‘cuddling’ Russia, Bas Heijne writes in the NRC.

Air disaster has left a 'deep wound' in Dutch society, says king
King Willem-Alexander has spoken of his sorrow at the death of so many Dutch nationals in last week's air disaster in Ukraine.




 
 
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