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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 »

In a Small Dutch Village, Our Dead Soldiers Are Loved

How our fallen are cared for at a cemetery on the outskirts of Margraten

(Newser) - As many lay wreaths and place flowers at the graves of fallen soldiers this Memorial Day weekend, the Washington Post takes readers to a cemetery far beyond our borders: one in the Dutch village of Margraten, the only American military cemetery in the Netherlands, per the American Battle Monuments Commission... More »

Pot-Smoking Students Fail More Courses

Especially math courses, study says

(Newser) - Hanging out in marijuana cafes and smoking the night away is not exactly good for your grades, especially in math, according to a new study . Researchers drew this conclusion after comparing more than 54,000 grades of undergraduates in the Dutch city of Maastricht, where some were banned from the... More »

Ikea: Stop Playing Hide-and-Seek in Our Stores

32,000-person game nixed over safety fears

(Newser) - There are plenty of hiding places in Ikea stores, but the Swedish furniture chain would prefer not to find tens of thousands of Dutch people in them. The company says it won't allow mass hide-and-seek events in its Netherlands stores, one of which signed up 32,000 people on... More »

Mystery Footage Found of 1915 Eastland Disaster

A doctoral student finds while doing online research

(Newser) - Ted Wachholz couldn't believe his eyes: He opened Facebook and saw film footage of the SS Eastland disaster, which claimed 844 lives on the Chicago River in 1915, the Chicago Tribune reports. "I'm reasonably confident that this is the first opportunity that the public has had" to... More »

Illegal Pot Growers Foiled by Snow-Free Roofs

Dutch police ask neighbors to be on the alert

(Newser) - Police near Amsterdam had an easy time of it zeroing in on a suspected marijuana grow house—it was the only one on the block whose roof was clear of snow, reports the Telegraph . Inside the home in Haarlem, cops found the expected heat lamps and pot plants. The trick... More »

American Babies Laugh Less Than Dutch Ones Do

Possibly because US parents value independence, experts say

(Newser) - It seems cultural differences are visible at a very early age: less than one year old, to be precise. A new study has found that Dutch babies laugh and smile more than US infants, and they cuddle more, too, per a Washington State University post at Eureka Alert . American babies... More »

Teen Disrupts Dutch News Broadcast, Demands Air Time

Motive still unclear; police say gun was fake

(Newser) - A strange drama unfolded today at Dutch national broadcaster NOS, where a young man clad in a suit and wielding what appeared to be a pistol demanded air time before being arrested, reports the BBC . Police later said the pistol was fake, reports ABC News . Authorities have identified the culprit... More »

ISIS' New Foe: Dutch Biker Gang?

Netherlands says it's OK for bikers to join fight

(Newser) - The notorious Dutch biker gang No Surrender appears to be the newest member of the coalition fighting ISIS. At least three members of the gang are believed to be fighting with Kurds in northern Iraq, and authorities in the Netherlands say they haven't got a problem with that. "... More »

Rogue Monster Truck Kills 3

Small-town event injures 23 in Netherlands

(Newser) - A monster truck rally in the Netherlands ended in tragedy when three people, including a child, were killed by a runaway vehicle, the BBC reports. The 1,500-horsepower truck "drove into a crowd of spectators" in what officials call "a terrible accident." Eighteen people were reported injured,... More »

Court: Dutch Partly to Blame in Srebrenica Massacre

Netherlands accountable for 300 deaths in Bosnia slaughter

(Newser) - The Netherlands is partially responsible for Europe's worst massacre since World War II, according to a Dutch court. Amid ethnic cleansing in 1995, thousands of Bosnian Muslims sought refuge at a UN base under Dutch guard near Srebrenica in Bosnia-Herzegovina. But the Dutch passed men and boys from the... More »

Brazil Loses, Again

Netherlands blanks mortified Brazil, 3-0

(Newser) - Robin van Persie and Daley Blind scored early goals to help give the Netherlands a 3-0 win over host Brazil in the third-place match at the World Cup today. With the result, the Netherlands finishes a World Cup unbeaten in regular play for the first time, having lost to Argentina... More »

Unlikely Star Lifts Argentina to Victory

'Weak link' goalie Sergio Romero makes 2 saves against Netherlands in shootout

(Newser) - Attention, Brazil: This is how a World Cup semifinal is supposed to go: a close game between two evenly matched teams that requires penalty kicks to decide the winner. In this case, Argentina emerged the victor over the Netherlands, as goalie Sergio Romero made two saves in the shootout. Regulation... More »

Cops Make Arrest in Cyberbullying Suicide

Netherlands man, 35, allegedly blackmailed Canadian teen Amanda Todd

(Newser) - Netherlands police have arrested a 35-year-old man who allegedly blackmailed a Canadian teenager over nude photos before she killed herself , reports the CBC . Amanda Todd's case drew international headlines because of a YouTube video the 15-year-old posted before her death in 2012 detailing her ordeal. A Netherlands report says... More »

Introducing the Glow-in-the-Dark Highway

'Route 66 of the future' meant to save energy

(Newser) - What's flat, half a kilometer long, and glows in the dark like something out of a Tron movie? If you guessed a stretch of highway in the Netherlands, you're right. The N329 highway outside of Oss is part of a project to improve the common highway. The 500-meter... More »

Secret Service Suspected of Drinking, Crashing Car

As new details about Netherlands debauch come to light

(Newser) - The Secret Service's Netherlands debauch wasn't the agency's first questionable incident this month: Two counter-sniper officers were involved in a car accident on March 7, during President Obama's visit to Miami, and they were suspected of drinking, multiple sources tell the Washington Post . The driver, however,... More »

Giraffe Nuzzles Dying Zoo Worker

Terminally ill man wanted to say goodbye

(Newser) - One of the week's viral photos got that way for a nice reason. The image shows a giraffe at the Blijdorp Zoo in Rotterdam, Netherlands, giving a kiss of sorts to a terminally ill zoo worker, reports ABC News . Mario Eijs, who is mentally disabled, has a brain tumor... More »

Message in Bottle Gets a Reply, 23 Years Later

Zoe Averianov dropped bottle in North Sea in 1990 at age 10

(Newser) - A UK woman got a pretty unexpected Christmas card this holiday season—a response to a 23-year-old message in a bottle she'd dropped in the North Sea as a child. While on a ferry from England to Belgium in 1990, Zoe Lemon—now Zoe Averianov—wrote a note explaining,... More »

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