NEWS WATCH: Netherlands United In Grief Over Downed Passenger Plane


By Stefan J. Bos, Chief International Correspondent BosNewsLife

KINational memorialEV/AMSTERDAM (BosNewsLife)-- The Netherlands has commemorated the nearly 300 people who died on board a Malaysia Airlines plane which was shot down over eastern Ukraine earlier this year. Flags flew at half-mast at government buildings as the nation united to remember one of the worst disasters in modern Dutch history.

NEWS WATCH: UN Tribunal For Ex-Yugoslavia Marks 20th Anniversary Amid Controversy

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THE HAGUE/BUDAPEST (BosNewsLife)-- The International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia (ICTY) in The Hague has marked its 20th anniversary on Monday, amid concern about the future of some cases. Dutch King Willem-Alexander was among those invited to commemorate the occasion at a time when the United Nations court is under pressure to end its operations.

NEWS WATCH: The Netherlands Celebrates New King

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By Stefan J. Bos, Chief International Correspondent reporting from Terschelling, Netherlands
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TERSCHELLING, NETHERLANDS (BosNewsLife)-- Tens of thousands of people crammed shoulder-to-shoulder outside crammed shoulder-to-shoulder outside the royal palace in Amsterdam where  Queen Beatrix of the Netherlands abdicated on Tuesday after a 33-year sometimes turbulent reign, handing over to her eldest son.