Australian prime minister Tony Abbott (third from right) speaks to Australian forensic researchers during a visit yesterday to the Korporaal Van Oudheusden barracks in Hilversum, in the Netherlands, the location where the victims of flight MH17 are being identified. Photograph: EPA/Robin van Lonkhuijsen

A total of 65 of the 298 passengers and crew killed when Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 was shot down over eastern Ukraine last month have so far been (...)

Dutch foreign minister Frans Timmermans: Russian law promoted ‘a climate of homophobia”, which would “stigmatise” LGBT individuals and inevitably lead to discrimination against them. Photograph: Lex van Lieshout/EPA

The Dutch government is to make it substantially easier for gay people in Russian to apply for political asylum in the Netherlands, warning that th(...)

Dutch prime minister Mark Rutte (right) with Malaysia’s prime minister Najib Razak in The Hague last month. Photograph: Jasper Juinen/Getty Images

The first political poll in the Netherlands since Malaysia Airlines Flight MH17 was shot down over eastern Ukraine last month shows overwhelming pu(...)

With more than 5,000 people expected to join a march in Amsterdam tomorrow in protest at Israeli shelling of Gaza, a Dutch police spokesman warned last night: “Nazi symbols, Hitler salutes and burning flags will not be tolerated. The same applies to the Isis flag. Demonstrators may not carry it.” Photograph: EPA/Etienne Laurent

The black flag of the Islamic State, formerly known as Isis, which has declared a new Muslim caliphate across Iraq and Syria, has been banned from pub(...)

International Criminal Court prosecutor Fatou Bensouda. Photograph: Toussaint Kluiters/AFP/Getty Images

With more than 1,030 people now dead in Gaza, mostly civilians, Palestinian president Mahmoud Abbas has been urged by human rights organisations to ur(...)

A piper walks with diplomats and other foreigners who live in Ukraine during a rally against terrorism in Kiev yesterday. Photograph: EPA/Sergey Dolzheko

Heavy fighting around the MH17 crash scene in eastern Ukraine prevented Dutch forensics experts and Australian police from reaching the area yesterday(...)

Dutch foreign minister Frans Timmermans at Kharkiv airport in Ukraine yesterday: “I have the impression that the separatists may have finally got the message that it is a matter of common humanity to allow all the human remains to be removed.” Photograph: EPA/Sergei Kozlov

A decision is to be made this weekend on whether Dutch special forces will be sent to eastern Ukraine to protect unarmed military police and forens(...)

Flowers laid in tribute to the victims of flight MH17 around a cutout reading “Why”, near the entrance to the military airport in Eindhoven, southern Netherlands yesterday. Photograph: Marcel Van Hoorn/EPA

The Dutch government is examining the possibility of deploying its own troops and police in volatile eastern Ukraine to secure the MH17 crash site and(...)

 Hearses carry coffins containing unidentified bodies from the crash of Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 leave the airport  in Eindhoven, Netherlands.  Photograph:  Peter Macdiarmid/Getty Images 2:13

Things run as they should in the Netherlands. So at 3.45pm precisely church bells around the country began to ring, tolling solidly for five minute(...)

Forensic experts from the Netherlands check bodybags holding the remains of victims of the Malaysia Airlines crash in Ukraine, before their transfer by train froim Torez to Kharkiv. The bodies of Dutch victims are to arrive in Eindhoven by military transport aircraft on Wednesday. Photograpgh: Robert Ghement/ EPA

As the remains of those killed on Flight MH17 arrive back in the Netherlands on Wednesday, the Dutch public prosecutor has begun a preliminary investi(...)