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Research May Hold Answer to the Mystery of Identical Twins

Scientists find shared marks atop the siblings' DNA

(Newser) - Scientists may have discovered the key to why some twins are born identical, a milestone that could help develop treatments for congenital disorders that affect identical twins more often. An international team of scientists at Vrije Universiteit in Amsterdam found a DNA signature shared by identical twins, the Guardian reports....

Murdered Journalist Aided in Alleged Gang Leader's Trial

Family announces death of Peter R. de Vries, adviser to a witness in the trial of Ridouan Taghi

(Newser) - Peter R. de Vries, the renowned Dutch crime reporter shot last week in a brazen attack in Amsterdam , has died, Dutch media reported Thursday. "Peter fought to the end, but was unable to win the battle," RTL, the Dutch network that de Vries regularly worked for, cited a...

City of Canals Tests Autonomous Boats

Steering is handled by a remote computer using cameras and sensors

(Newser) - Electric cars, meet your competition. Electric boats are on the way. Amsterdam didn't have to look very far when searching for a way to ease traffic on its congested streets. The Dutch capital's canals were used for transport long before cars and trucks powered by polluting internal combustion...

Amsterdam Plans to Move Red Light District

Sex workers will be shifted to new 'erotic zone' away from the city center

(Newser) - Dutch lawmakers have given the green light to plans to move sex workers away from Amsterdam's famous red light district. City councilors from several parties supported Mayor Femke Halsema's proposal to move brothels from the alleyways of the city center, where tourists often stopped to gawk at women...

Only Known Letter by 2 Great Artists Sells for Big Bucks

1888 letter was written weeks before Van Gogh, Gauguin's relationship soured

(Newser) - The Vincent Van Gogh Foundation has purchased the only known letter signed by artists Vincent Van Gogh and Paul Gauguin at an auction in Paris. The cost of the four sheets of paper: $237,700, per Reuters . The artists penned the letter to fellow painter Emile Bernard in early November...

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Why Drug Traffickers Ran Their Own Phone Company

It's all tied to the murder of Dutch crime blogger Martin Kok

(Newser) - A Dutch crime blogger got into his Volkswagen Polo one night in 2016 and boom, he was shot dead—a crime that led authorities to a phone company allegedly run by violent criminals, Joseph Cox writes at Vice . Why a phone company? That's what makes it interesting. As for...

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...

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...

2 Stabbed in Amsterdam Were American Tourists

Victims are expected to survive as police question teenage Afghan suspect

(Newser) - Two people who were stabbed in Amsterdam's main railway station Friday have been identified as US tourists. The pair, who have not been named, suffered serious but not life-threatening injuries, reports CNN . "We are aware that both victims were US citizens visiting the Netherlands and have been in...

Notorious Dutch Crime Boss Done In by His Own Sister

'New Yorker' story digs into tale of Astrid Holleeder, now in hiding in Amsterdam

(Newser) - Astrid Holleeder owns a bullet-proof car, two bullet-proof vests, and a large collection of fake noses and teeth, though she rarely ventures outside in her native Amsterdam. The reason for the 52-year-old's life in the shadows? She is the star witness in a murder trial against "The Nose,...

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'...

Anne Frank House Museum Now Offers Virtual Reality Tour

VR experience is available for Oculus devices, Samsung Gear

(Newser) - The Amsterdam museum dedicated to Anne Frank's life launched a virtual reality tour of the cramped quarters where the Jewish diarist and her family hid from Nazis during World War II, marking what would have been her 89th birthday Tuesday. The Anne Frank House said the 25-minute tour means...

Estonia Is About to Get a Little Taller

It's switching to new system that will add 8 inches to highest point

(Newser) - Over the next three months, the Baltic country of Estonia will become a little bit taller. That's because it has decided to change how it measures heights above sea level, converting from an old Russian system to something called the European Vertical Reference System, reports the Postimees newspaper. The...

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...

Man Tries to Sing Opera, Has Police Called on Him

The 'nocturnal nightingale' has his door bashed in

(Newser) - Cringe: Police in Amsterdam responding to what UPI terms "screams of agony" kicked in a home's door, only to find the resident alone and perfectly fine. Turns out the man was listening to opera, with headphones on, and had been trying to sing along, reports NL Times . In...

Whiz-Kid Cartographer Tracks ISIS From His Bedroom
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Whiz-Kid Cartographer Tracks ISIS From His Bedroom

Thomas van Linge is respected war-zone mapmaker—and he's only 19

(Newser) - Thomas van Linge has become one of the most respected cartographers around when it comes to tracking global conflicts, including the advances of ISIS, Boko Haram, and separatists in Ukraine. His highly detailed, color-coded maps have been picked up by CNN, the New York Times, and the Huffington Post, among...

Dutch Court: Yes, Blackface Holiday Character Is Offensive

Amsterdam must rethink traditional 'Black Pete'

(Newser) - The US might still have the occasional case of a white person donning blackface with exactly the results you'd expect, but the Netherlands takes it to a whole other level. Or it least it has prior to today's ruling out of Amsterdam: A city court declared that the...

Secret Service Sends 'Drunk' Agents Home

One was found passed out in Amsterdam hotel

(Newser) - Three Secret Service agents apparently unable to resist the lure of a Saturday night out in one of Europe's top party cities were sent home in disgrace before President Obama's arrival in Amsterdam this week, insiders tell the Washington Post . Hotel staff alerted the US Embassy after finding...

Here's a 'New' Van Gogh Work
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Here's a 'New' Van Gogh Work

'Sunset at Montmajour' from 'most important period of his life': expert

(Newser) - Its namesake has been dead for more than a century, but the Van Gogh Museum has a new work by the painter—and it's from what might be called his greatest-hits period. Painted in 1888, around the same time as "The Bedroom" and "The Sunflowers," "...

Anne Frank Charity Battles ... Anne Frank Charity

Group compares rivals to Nazis

(Newser) - Two organizations bearing Anne Frank's name are in a bitter dispute over the possession of the Frank family archive, in an echo of a court battle they fought in the 1990s over which one had the right to trademark the Holocaust victim's name. The conflict between the Basel,...

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