17 Stories

Men Are Holding Hands to Protest Homophobia

And they're posting the pictures online

(Newser) - A gay couple says they were holding hands when they were attacked by a group of men armed with bolt cutters early Sunday in the Netherlands, CNN reports. In the days since, hundreds of men in the Netherlands and beyond have held hands in solidarity and as a statement against... More »

Son Gets WWII Resistance Fighter's Farewell Letter 70 Years Later

Peter Will wrote final words to wife, 6 sons on way to concentration camp

(Newser) - The thoughts Peter Will had on his mind before he died en route to a German concentration camp were of his wife and six sons—and surviving family members now know this for sure thanks to a letter delivered more than 70 years after the fact. Although the family wishes... 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 »

Netherlands Now Has Traveling Euthanasia Squads

They'll end patients' lives if their doctors refuse

(Newser) - It has just become easier for the Dutch to get fatal house calls. The Right to Die-NL group yesterday launched a mobile euthanasia service, the AFP reports. Six doctor-and-nurse teams will crisscross the country performing mercy killings for patients whose doctors refuse to do so—provided they meet the Netherlands'... More »

Dutch Prince Survives Ski Avalanche

Johan Friso 'not out of danger,' says government

(Newser) - Dutch Prince Johan Friso got snowed under by an avalanche while skiing and was seriously injured today. The 43-year-old son of Queen Beatrix of the Netherlands was buried for 15 minutes before being rescued, reports the BBC . An avalanche beeper likely saved his life. The prince was vacationing in the... More »

Hostility Grows Over Dutch Blackface Xmas

Activists oppose 'Black Pete' Christmas character

(Newser) - One newcomer to the Netherlands says her worst faux pas is to question "Black Pete"—the little African slave who helps out Santa Claus. The Dutch react "in anger and frustration," and even defend their tradition of dressing up publicly in blackface, writes Jessica Olien on... More »

NYC Cop Scolds Bicyclist for Baring Legs

Leggy rider is 'distracting cars,' complains officer

(Newser) - Pretty Jasmijn Rijcken thought a New York City cop was kidding when he pulled her over to tell her she was showing too much skin while bicycling. You see, she was bare-legged and wearing a skirt. "He said, 'It's very disturbing, and it's distracting the cars,... More »

Dutch Duo Report Obama to Cops for Osama 'Murder'

Take it to the Hague, police tell them

(Newser) - Leave it to the Dutch. Two men stormed into a police office in the Dutch city of Tiburg this week to report Barack Obama for Osama bin Laden's "murder." There "is a murderer who has admitted the deed on television and who dumped the evidence at... More »

Getty to Return Dutch Painting Stolen by Nazis

Heirs still seeking hundreds of others

(Newser) - The Getty Museum is the first museum in North America to agree to return a painting looted by the Nazis from a Dutch Jewish art collector. The Los Angeles institute will return Landscape With Cottage and Figures to the heirs of art dealer Jacques Goudstikker, whose collection was confiscated by... More »

Libya Captures 3 Dutch Marines

Troops were attempting rescue of civilians

(Newser) - Three Dutch marines have been held by pro-Gadhafi forces since Sunday, when they were captured trying to rescue two European workers, reports the AP. The two Europeans have been released and left the country, but the Dutch government says it is in "intensive negotiations" to secure the marines' release.... More »

Dutch Close to Burka Ban in Right-Wing Party Deal

Immigration would also be cut in half in coalition government pact

(Newser) - The usually über-tolerant Dutch will likely soon make the Netherlands the latest European nation to ban the burka. The ban—as well as a deal to cut immigration in half—is part of a pact to form a new minority coalition government that will include the right-wing Party for... More »

It's Time Parents Accept Teen Sex

The Dutch do, with good results

(Newser) - When it comes to teen sex, "we need to be paying attention to the Netherlands," writes Tracy Clark-Flory on Salon . Unlike American parents who typically demonize pre-marital sex, Dutch parents commonly allow their teenagers—male and female alike—to have sleepovers with significant others, a new study finds.... More »

Church Cries Foul on Dutch Soccer Mass

Pastor suspended after praying for Holland to beat Spain

(Newser) - A Dutch priest is in hot water for praying— in vain —that the Netherlands would defeat Spain at a Mass celebrated the day of the World Cup final, reports the BBC . Paul Vlaar decorated his church in the team color, orange; wore orange and white vestments; and played along... More »

Van der Sloot: I'm a Snake

The strange journey of boy who wanted 'to be a lion'

(Newser) - Joran Van der Sloot knows something that shouldn't surprise anyone: "If I had to describe myself as an animal, it would be a snake," he has revealed on YouTube. But he has higher aspirations. "I want to be a lion and one day I will be a... More »

Libya Plane Crash Survivor Gets OK to Leave Hospital

Assouw told about his parents, brother

(Newser) - The sole survivor of the plane crash that killed 103 people Wednesday will leave a Tripoli hospital tomorrow. Relatives have broken the news to 9-year-old Ruben van Assouw that his parents and older brother died in the crash, ABC News reports. "Under the circumstances Ruben is doing well,"... More »

Young Plane Crash Survivor a 'Miracle'

Youth is undergoing surgery in a Libyan hospital

(Newser) - The young—and sole—survivor of today's plane crash in Libya is undergoing surgery for broken bones at a hospital in Tripoli. The youth is believed to be a 10-year-old Dutch boy, but authorities have yet to confirm that or his identity. The other 103 people aboard were killed when... More »

US General Blames 'Gay Dutch' in Bosnia Slaughter

Netherlands minister slams 'utter nonsense'

(Newser) - Creeping gayness among Dutch forces and an increasing interest in peacekeeping rather than fighting was partly responsible for NATO soldiers' failure to stop the Bosnian massacre at Srebrenica, a retired US general has charged. A Dutch government spokesman has dismissed as "complete nonsense" former NATO commander John Sheehan's statement... More »

17 Stories