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69-Year-Old Man Petitions to Become 49-Year-Old Man

Emile Ratelband says he feels 20 years younger than his actual age

(Newser) - You’re only as old as you feel. And 69-year-old Emile Ratelband doesn’t feel a day over 49. That’s why the Dutch man wants to legally change his birth date from March 11, 1949, to March 11, 1969, the Telegraph reports. After all, Ratelband says, “When I’... More »

Rembrandt Masterpiece to Get Unusual Restoration

Amsterdam's Rijksmuseum says years-long effort will be public

(Newser) - Conservators repairing a masterpiece of the Dutch Golden Age will have the added pressure of crowds watching their every move. Beginning in July, Amsterdam's Rijksmuseum will display the restoration of Rembrandt van Rijn's 1642 masterpiece "The Night Watch" from within a specially designed glass chamber in its... More »

Jogger Finds Abandoned Lion

It was in a small cage in a Dutch field

(Newser) - Police in the Netherlands are trying to track down the person who left a lion cub abandoned in a small cage in the middle of a field. The cub was spotted by an astonished jogger near the village of Tienhoven, north of Utrecht, the BBC reports. A veterinarian examined the... More »

4 Kids Dead When 'Cargo Bike' Is Struck by Train

The electric bicycle was taking the kids to school

(Newser) - Four children were killed and two other people were critically injured Thursday after a train slammed into an electric cargo bike in the Netherlands, per the AP . Police said the accident happened on a railway line in the town of Oss, about 60 miles southeast of Amsterdam, at a rail... More »

14K Men Gave Up Their DNA, and It Led to One Who Didn't

Arrest made in 1998 murder of 11-year-old Nicky Verstappen

(Newser) - In August 1998, 11-year-old Nicky Verstappen disappeared from his summer camp tent; his body was found the next day. Now, an arrest in a case that has been major news in the Netherlands and that involved a massive DNA undertaking. The Guardian reports that as the 20th anniversary of Nicky'... More »

Officials Let Woman, 29, Kill Herself With Poison

Aurelia Brouwers applied for legal euthanasia in the Netherlands

(Newser) - Aurelia Brouwers tried to kill herself many times, and ultimately succeeded—with the government's help. The 29-year-old Dutch woman won the right to die after squeaking through an approval process that usually denies psychiatric cases, the BBC reports. "When I was 12, I suffered from depression," she... More »

In One Hip 'Hood, 'Serious Wes Anderson Vibes'

'Forbes' has a list of the coolest neighborhoods in the world

(Newser) - Where do all the cool kids hang out? Forbes thinks it's got that figured out with its list of some of the hippest, most happening neighborhoods around the globe, culled from travel experts. These are districts that aren't necessarily crammed with the most famous landmarks or where you'... More »

Historians: Anne Frank's Family Tried to Flee to United States

'Their efforts were thwarted by American bureaucracy, war, and time'

(Newser) - Research suggests the family of Anne Frank attempted to immigrate to the United States and later also to Cuba, but their efforts were thwarted by America's restrictive immigration policy and the outbreak of World War II. The Anne Frank House in Amsterdam and the US Holocaust Memorial Museum said... More »

Museum Planned to Destroy Deadly Poison. Thieves Got to It First

Safe containing curare vial is stolen in the Netherlands

(Newser) - Where's Indiana Jones when you need him? Authorities are trying to track down an ancient vial containing a deadly poison, stolen from the Dutch national museum of science and medicine this week. Thieves broke into an outbuilding at Leiden's Rijksmuseum Boerhaave and took a refrigerator-sized safe holding a... More »

2 Nations Hold Russia Responsible for Downing Jet

Netherlands, Australia plan to seek legal compensation over MH17 crash in 2014

(Newser) - "The only conclusion we can reasonably now draw is that Russia was directly involved in the downing of MH17," Australian Foreign Minister Julie Bishop said Friday—a day after investigators concluded the missile system used to bring the plane down over eastern Ukraine in 2014 belonged to the... More »

US Ambassador's Dutch Interview Does Not Go Well

Pete Hoekstra denies his own words, twice

(Newser) - Are we sure Pete Hoekstra, President Trump's new ambassador to the Netherlands, doesn't have that Memento condition ? Hoekstra demonstrated some impressive memory loss—both long-term and incredibly short-term—during an embarrassing interview with Dutch news program Nieuwsuur, the Guardian reports. "You mentioned in a debate that... More »

Dutch Red Cross Admits 'Painful' WWII Truth

Investigation finds it largely abandoned Jews

(Newser) - The Dutch branch of the Red Cross did "little or nothing" to help Jews persecuted by Nazi occupiers in the Netherlands during World War II or those transported to camps elsewhere in Europe, a historian said Wednesday. The conclusions come in Questions of Life and Death: The Netherlands Red ... More »

Only One Country Beat US for Most Competitive Economy

Switzerland is No. 1 in World Economic Forum ranking

(Newser) - One of Donald Trump's platforms during the presidential campaign was to "restore America's competitive edge," but the US might not be doing so shabby after all. Quartz , which features the World Economic Forum's new Global Competitiveness Report , notes that the United States has actually ascended... More »

Couple Dies in Double Euthanasia After 65 Years of Marriage

It's a rare event in the Netherlands

(Newser) - Nic and Trees Elderhorst, both 91, died holding hands and surrounded by family and friends in the Netherlands after 65 years of marriage. What makes their story stand out: The couple died through a double euthanasia. Though the Netherlands was the first country to legalize euthanasia 15 years ago, the... More »

In Netherlands, 1 of Every 22 Deaths Happens via Euthanasia

Practice was legalized in 2002

(Newser) - Euthanasia has become a common way to die in the Netherlands, accounting for 4.5% of deaths, according to researchers who say requests are increasing from people who aren't terminally ill. In 2002, the Netherlands became the first country in the world that made it legal for doctors to... More »

$590K in iPhones Stolen —From Moving Truck

5 Romanian men face charges in the Netherlands

(Newser) - They might've been game to join Dom Toretto's crew. Instead, five men accused of daring thefts from moving vehicles across Europe are behind bars in the Netherlands. Dutch police say five Romanian suspects, aged 33 to 43, were arrested over the weekend after a July 24 theft that... More »

Court: Dutch 30% Liable for Srebrenica Massacre

Country's peacekeepers handed 300 Muslim men to their killers

(Newser) - A Dutch appeals court ruled Tuesday that the government was partially liable in the deaths of more than 300 Muslim men killed by Bosnian Serb forces in the 1995 Srebrenica massacre. The ruling formally struck down a civil court's landmark 2014 judgment that said the state was liable in... More »

Only Chick These Gay Vultures Need Is One They Just Hatched

Zookeepers had found the egg on the floor

(Newser) - Two male griffon vultures in a long-standing relationship have successfully hatched an abandoned egg at an Amsterdam zoo, the AP reports. Artis zoo said in a statement Wednesday that keepers who found an egg on the floor of the vulture aviary initially put it in an incubator but later placed... More »

Boy and His Teddy Bear Wow Cybersecurity Experts

11-year-old Reuben Paul is a cybersecurity whiz

(Newser) - It's possible the experts in attendance Tuesday at a cybersecurity conference in the Netherlands didn't know what to make of 11-year-old Reuben Paul when the sixth-grader from Texas took the stage. But by the end of his presentation, they were tweeting compliments like "respect" and "the... More »

Doctor Accused of Swapping Sperm Samples With His Own

Lawsuit filed Friday against deceased Dutch fertility center doctor

(Newser) - The deceased former director of a Dutch sperm bank is being sued by 23 parents and children who claim he switched their chosen donor samples with his own without their knowledge. The New York Times reports the lawsuit against Dr. Jan Karbaat, who died last month at 89, was filed... More »

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