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2 EU Nations Pull Off Land Swap —Peacefully

Belgium, Netherlands solve a 'jurisdictional nightmare'

(Newser) - The Netherlands and Belgium, with their royals in attendance, on Monday signed a deal for a peaceful exchange of land between them for the mere fact it makes sense to do so. While the globe is littered with pieces of territory jealously held or fought over for historical reasons, the... More »

Dutch Slaughter 190K Ducks Thanks to Bird Flu

6 farms affected as avian flu outbreak sweeps Northern Europe

(Newser) - Six farms in the Netherlands on Saturday were the wrong places at the wrong time for some 190,000 ducks who were slaughtered as avian flu sweeps Europe, reports Reuters , with outbreaks now reported in Denmark, Finland, Germany, and Sweden. The outbreaks have largely been on the H5N8 strain, though... More »

3 Shipwrecks Sat on the Seabed. Then They Were Gone

Salvage companies eyed in Java Sea mystery

(Newser) - In 2002, divers stumbled upon the wrecks of three Dutch warships that took 900 crew members to their watery graves during World War II's Battle of the Java Sea. Finding them again has so far proved, well, impossible. Divers hoping to examine the wrecks ahead of the 75th anniversary... More »

Dutch Who Feel 'Life Is Complete' May Get Right to Die

Not terminally ill? No problem, say ministers

(Newser) - Already, the Netherlands allows assisted suicide for those who are terminally ill or living with "unbearable suffering." Soon, people who feel they have nothing more to do in life might get the same freedom. In a letter to Parliament on Wednesday, the country's health and justice ministers... More »

Burma Jails Tourist for Unplugging Speaker

It just happened to be blasting a Buddhist sermon

(Newser) - A Burma court sentenced a Dutch citizen to three months in prison Thursday for interfering with a religious observance in a most unusual way: He unplugged an amplifier blasting a late-night Buddhist sermon near his hotel in Mandalay. Klaas Haytema, 30, in handcuffs, wept with his girlfriend before he left... More »

People With Alzheimer's Might Be Happier in Faux Towns

Imagine being 80 and stepping into a town square straight out of your childhood

(Newser) - Alzheimer's can be, if anything, an extremely disorienting disease, and traditional care often relies on drugs and the expertise of nursing homes. Now, thanks in part to positive outcomes in places like the Netherlands, San Diego is about to become home to an entirely contrived city center that will... More »

Dutch Gymnast Booted From Rio After Night Out

He broke team rules against drinking: ambassador

(Newser) - Dutch gymnast Yuri van Gelder was probably celebrating making the final of the men's rings event when he went partying in Rio on Saturday. Unfortunately for the former world champion, drinking—and even leaving the Olympic Village at night, apparently—is against team rules. "It's terrible for... More »

Where World's Tallest Women, Men Live

Latvian women, Dutch men are tallest: study

(Newser) - Latvian women are tallest in the world, with an average height of 5-foot-7, according to a new study in the journal eLife . The same study, based on 2014 data, finds Dutch men tower over the rest at an even 6 feet on average, reports the BBC . The US—home to... More »

Shipwreck Yields Dress From 1642 Secret Mission

It likely belonged to an English noblewoman

(Newser) - An amazingly well-preserved dress discovered by divers in Dutch waters likely belonged to a noblewoman on a "secret mission" in 1642 to sell the crown jewels, Dutch News reports. Marine archeologists found the silk gown and other items in August 2014, but officials at the Kaap Skil Museum kept... More »

Museum Peeved Over Anne Frank 'Escape Room'

Operator says it's 'an educational experience'

(Newser) - The Anne Frank Foundation has criticized an "escape room" made to look like the Amsterdam apartment where the teenage Jewish diarist hid with her family from the Nazis. According to its website , the Escape Bunker in Valkenswaard, Netherlands, has a room styled to look like the apartment. Visitors are... More »

After 600 Years, Medieval Ship Rises Again

Researchers believe it was sunk deliberately

(Newser) - A medieval ship believed to have been sunk deliberately some 600 years ago was pulled nearly intact from a Dutch River on Feb. 10, the NL Times reports. It's a "fantastic achievement," the project lead tells Live Science , which was the culmination of three years of meticulous... More »

66 People Were Mentally Ill. How Euthanasia Came Next

A look at cases in the Netherlands from 2011 to 2014

(Newser) - Euthanasia is itself not without controversy; the euthanasia or assisted suicide (EAS) of the mentally ill even more so. It's an infrequent practice but one on the rise in the Netherlands, which is thought to have seen no more than five such cases in 1997 but 42 in 2013.... More »

Eagles Are Being Trained to Take Down Drones

It's not yet clear if the process is safe for the birds

(Newser) - Dutch police have come up with a pretty crazy way of taking out drones: eagles. Law enforcement in the Netherlands is teaming up with a raptor training company to train the birds of prey to "intercept" quadcopters, the Verge reports, citing local media and a video report . Wired reports... More »

Why Belgium Is Handing Land to the Netherlands

It has a little bit to do with a headless body

(Newser) - Throughout history, borders have caused unfathomable bloodshed, ageless feuds, and decades-old legal disputes, which makes plans for a friendly exchange of land between the Netherlands and Belgium all the more remarkable. The reason for such magnanimity? "Because it makes sense to do so," says Marcel Neven, the mayor... More »

Horror Movies Are Literally Bloodcurdling

Study shows fear causes release of blood-clotting protein

(Newser) - People have been using the term "bloodcurdling" to describe feelings of intense fear for centuries. Now, a new study has found that being scared can, indeed, cause your blood to thicken, NBC News reports. Dutch researchers found that a frightening situation—in this case, watching a horror movie—can... More »

Dutch Driving Instructors Can Trade Lessons for Sex

Netherlands finds it's perfectly legal, if the instructor makes the first move

(Newser) - Christmas came early for amorous driving instructors after the Netherlands ruled it was perfectly legal—if "undesirable"—for them to exchange driving lessons for sex, the Telegraph reports. The question was brought before parliament by an official who was concerned that if a driving student offered sex as... More »

Archaeologists Find Remnants of Massacre Led by Caesar

They say it's the first proof of Caesar on Dutch soil

(Newser) - Archaeologists say they have confirmed that Julius Caesar stepped on what is now Dutch soil—and in the bloodiest of ways. They've uncovered the remnants of a battle fought in 55 BC in the southern part of the country, near Oss. Dutch News frames the battle as a particularly... More »

This Dutch Ruling Could Have Global Repercussions

Country given 5 years to cut greenhouse gas emissions at least 25%

(Newser) - In a sweeping victory for Dutch environmental activists that could have global repercussions, a court ordered the government today to cut the country's greenhouse gas emissions by at least 25% by 2020. The ruling by The Hague District Court could lay the foundations for similar cases around the world,... More »

This May Be the Most Rock-Star Moment Ever Filmed

David Achter de Molen was apparently one thirsty crowdwalker

(Newser) - A moment at the Pinkpop Festival in the Netherlands has catapulted Dutch singer David Achter de Molen to rock-god status. De Molen of band John Coffey was "crowdwalking" during the show when someone hurled a cup of beer in his direction. Rather than dodge the cup, he managed to... More »

Peanuts, Nuts May Keep You From Dying

But alas—peanut butter doesn't seem to make a difference

(Newser) - Previous studies have documented that scarfing down peanuts or nuts every day can lead to better cardiovascular health. But now research is suggesting that eating peanuts and tree nuts like almonds, cashews, and walnuts are linked to lower mortality rates, per a Maastricht University press release . The study, published online... More »

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