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Finland tops World Happiness Report for 2nd year, while US slips

(Newser) - America has fallen in the UN's World Happiness Report , released annually since 2012. The US sits in 19th place, down one spot from 2018 and five spots from 2017, reports US News & World Report . Ryan Cooper at the Week argues there's much to learn from Finland, which... More »

Tram Shooting Suspect Arrested

3 dead in Netherlands tragedy

(Newser) - Three people are dead in the wake of a shooting on a tram in the Dutch city of Utrecht, and police say a suspect is in custody in the Monday morning incident, which also left five injured. "I just heard that the suspect we were hunting has been arrested,... More »

Cops: Shooting on Dutch Trolley Has 'Possible Terrorist Motive'

Dutch cops say Utrecht incident left multiple people injured

(Newser) - Dutch police say one person is possibly dead and multiple people are hurt after someone opened fire Monday morning on a trolley in Utrecht, about 30 miles southeast of Amsterdam. "A man started shooting wildly," a witness tells local media, via the BBC , which adds the gunman is... More »

96-Day Church Service Ends on a High Note

'Intended result has been achieved' as family's deportation temporarily halted

(Newser) - One of the longest religious ceremonies ever recorded came to an end Wednesday in the Netherlands with a lot of clapping. Bethel Church in the Hague put an end to 96 days of nonstop worship with news that a family of refugees sheltering inside the church was safe from immediate... More »

Doctor Wins Right to Keep Name Out of Google Search

Ruling in Dutch 'right to be forgotten' case said to be 'groundbreaking'

(Newser) - A surgeon has secured what her lawyer calls a "groundbreaking" victory in a case in the Netherlands. The Guardian reports that an Amsterdam district court has ruled that the doctor, who's still practicing under a conditional suspension after some postoperative issues with a patient, can force Google to... More »

She Warned Her Daughter to 'Get Out.' Now, a 'Terrible Day'

Sarah Papenheim, 21, studying in the Netherlands, is stabbed to death

(Newser) - It's a "terrible day" in Palo Cedro, Calif., as the town mourns a young blues drummer known as "Happy Pap." That's where Sarah Papenheim grew up, per the Redding Record Searchlight , and those who knew her there (and in the Twin Cities, Minn., area where... More »

Court Rules Man Can't Be 49 Again

The Netherlands' Emile Ratelband is 69, wanted to be legally recognized as 49

(Newser) - Nice try, Emile Ratelband. A Dutch court has ruled that the 69-year-old must remain 69, rejecting his request to be officially recognized as 49, reports the AP . The motivational speaker's legal gambit drew international attention, but the court in Arnhem wasn't having it. "Mr. Ratelband is at... More »

Service Started at This Church 5 Weeks Ago. It's Still Going On

Dutch Protestant church is trying to protect Armenian refugee family from being deported

(Newser) - A Netherlands church service that started before Halloween is still going on—all to keep police away from a family of Armenian refugees who have sought sanctuary there. Sasun and Anousche Tamrazyan and their three children, ages 14, 19, and 21, recently lost an appeal to stay in the country... More »

Cops Find Evidence of Money Laundering in Most Obvious Place

Suspect busted after authorities in Amsterdam find $400K in cash crammed into washing machine

(Newser) - Maybe someone figured that a washing machine would be the last literal place that cops would check when sussing out a money-laundering scheme, but that someone may have placed the wrong bet. The AP and CNN report a 24-year-old man has been arrested in the Netherlands after police descended on... More »

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 »

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