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Netherlands, Denmark Come Through on F-16s
Ukraine to Get Coveted F-16s

Ukraine to Get Coveted F-16s

US had backed transfer once pilots are trained

(Newser) - President Volodymyr Zelensky has long been calling for Western nations to supply his armed forces with F-16 fighter jets, a plea that has become more urgent as Russian air dominance has slowed Ukraine's counteroffensive . On Sunday, Zelensky visited the Netherlands and Denmark to receive the promise of the fighters...

Tugs Tow Burning Cargo Ship
Tugs Tow Burning Cargo Ship

Tugs Tow Burning Cargo Ship

Salvage crews ready to board 'as soon as possible' to assess the situation in North Sea

(Newser) - A cargo ship carrying thousands of cars that has been burning on the North Sea for nearly a week was towed Monday to a new location further from the Dutch coast to wait for salvage crews to decide their next steps, the government said. The Fremantle Highway arrived earlier than...

Miss Netherlands Scores a First
Miss Netherlands
Scores a First

Miss Netherlands Scores a First

Rikkie Valerie Kolle is the first trans woman with the crown and will compete for Miss Universe

(Newser) - Here she is—Miss Netherlands. And for the first time, Miss Netherlands is a transgender woman. With her new crown, Rikkie Valerie Kolle will be the second trans woman to compete for the title of Miss Universe later this year, NPR reports. Kolle is looking to support young women and...

Immigration Clash Brings Down Dutch Government

Parties in Mark Rutte's coalition can't agree on steps to limit number of people seeking asylum

(Newser) - Mark Rutte, the Netherlands' longest-serving prime minister, announced his resignation, and that of his Cabinet members, on Friday. His ruling coalition was undone by its inability to reach agreement on how to limit the number of immigrants seeking asylum in the country, the New York Times reports. "It is...

An Emotional King Apologizes for Dutch Role in Slave Trade

King Willem-Alexander of the Netherlands' ancestors got very rich off the trade

(Newser) - King Willem-Alexander of the Netherlands apologized Saturday for his country's role in slavery and asked for forgiveness during a historic speech greeted by cheers and whoops at an event to commemorate the anniversary of the abolition of slavery in Dutch colonies, per the AP . The king's speech followed...

Drones Marked 'For the Kremlin' Attack Ukraine

Meanwhile, the ICC raises Ukrainian flag as President Zelensky visits The Hague

(Newser) - Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky was in the Netherlands on Thursday for a surprise visit to the city that's home to the International Criminal Court, which has issued an arrest warrant for Russian President Vladimir Putin. Zelensky's visit to The Hague, which hosts the ICC and the United Nations'...

'Digging Frenzy' for Nazi Treasure Comes to a Halt

Search for jewels, gold, silver rumored to be buried near tree in Dutch town of Ommeren is called off

(Newser) - The "digging frenzy" is over. A treasure hunt near the Dutch village of Ommeren, prompted by the release of a map that purported to show where Nazi soldiers had buried $20 million worth of loot, has been called off, per Dutch News . A number of digs looking for the...

Court Orders 'Serial Sperm Donor' to Close Up Shop

Jonathan Jacob Meijer barred by Dutch court from offering his samples to any other potential parents

(Newser) - It's time for the man who may be the Netherlands' most prolific sperm donor to pack it in. So said The Hague District Court on Friday in barring "Jonathan M."—previously IDed as Jonathan Jacob Meijer—from donating any more of his samples to prospective parents,...

Amsterdam Tells Young British Men to Bugger Off

Ads warn young men against misbehaving in the city working to reframe its image

(Newser) - Amsterdam is taking efforts to scrub away its party image to a new level, with ads suggesting it won't tolerate those descending on the city for a wild weekend. "Coming to Amsterdam for a messy night? Stay away," states an online ad showing a young man stumbling...

Dutch Train Passengers May Be Cursing Badgers

Burrowing animals cause serious delays in railway travel

(Newser) - Badgers burrowing under rail tracks have halted trains in the northern and southern Netherlands, forcing lengthy cancellations on at least two lines. All trains were halted Tuesday afternoon on a busy line between the southern cities of Den Bosch and Boxtel after the animals dug into a dike carrying rails....

This Is the Happiest Nation on Earth




This Is the
Happiest
Nation on Earth

This Is the Happiest Nation on Earth

The honors go to Finland, per annual World Happiness Report; US comes in 15th

(Newser) - It may be cold in the Nordic countries, but residents' hearts are warm. At least, that's what the 10th annual World Happiness Report found during this year's ranking of 137 nations. Per the Verge , the report—which uses study data and self-assessed life evaluations—found that we've...

Holocaust Survey Returns 'Downright Shocking' Results

23% of adults under 40 in the Netherlands think it's a myth or exaggerated

(Newser) - A Jewish group that commissioned a survey on Holocaust awareness in the Netherlands said Wednesday that the results showed "a disturbing lack of awareness of key historical facts about the Holocaust" in the nation that was home to Anne Frank and her family. The survey commissioned by the New...

Messi, Argentina Celebrate
Messi, Argentina Celebrate

Messi, Argentina Celebrate

Shootout victory sets up match Tuesday against Croatia

(Newser) - Lionel Messi and his teammates hung around on the field for 20 minutes, taking turns dancing and jumping up and down in front of their celebrating, scarf-waving fans. Argentina was going to savor reaching the World Cup semifinals. Messi's quest to win soccer's ultimate prize is still alive....

US Team Can't Keep Up With the Netherlands'

3-1 loss knocks Americans out of World Cup

(Newser) - The US team had never trailed in 2020 World Cup play, a stretch that ended in the 10th minute of its match Saturday—after the Americans had failed to score on their best chance of the day when Christian Pulisic had the Netherlands' goalkeeper one-on-one. Minutes later, Memphis Depay drilled...

Court: Squatters Can Stay in Oligarch's Amsterdam Home

Group moved into sanctioned Russian tech billionaire's mansion last month

(Newser) - Squatters who moved into the Amsterdam mansion of a Russian tech billionaire last month can stay there for now, a Dutch court has decided. The five-story property in an upmarket neighborhood is owned by Arkady Volozh, co-founder of Yandex, Russia's biggest search engine, the Guardian reports. Heleen over de...

Emboldened Wolves to Be Shot at With Paintballs

Dutch officials complain wolves are becoming too tame, while activists allege a plot to kill

(Newser) - A recent video showing a wolf strolling casually past a worried family of four in a national park in the Netherlands shows how some of the country's wolves have lost their fear of humans. Hoping to see that fear return, authorities are now turning to paintballs. A new decision...

Masterpiece Survives Protesters' Attack
Protesters Who Targeted
Masterpiece Sentenced
UPDATED

Protesters Who Targeted Masterpiece Sentenced

Judge did not want to deter others from protesting

(Newser) - Update: The two protesters who targeted an iconic Johannes Vermeer painting last week have been sentenced by a Dutch court. They received sentences of two months behind bars, with one month suspended, the Guardian reports. That was half of what the prosecutor had asked for, but the judge said she...

Security Threat Ruins Princess' University-Life Plans

Dutch heir Princess Amalia, 18, is reportedly a target of criminal gangs

(Newser) - It's not always easy being a princess, a fact the 18-year-old heir to the Dutch throne was just painfully reminded of. Last month, Princess Amalia moved into a shared student house in the heart of Amsterdam's historic canal district as she enrolled at the University of Amsterdam. But...

Dutch Judge Backs Worker Told to Keep Webcam on All Day

Court cites human rights decision in ruling against employer

(Newser) - An employee of a US software company, when told to keep his webcam on all day, pointed out that he already was sharing his screen, and that his boss could monitor everything he was doing on his laptop. He argued that being watched on top of that seemed like an...

Spiders to Intentionally Run Wild at Museum

Amsterdam's Rijksmuseum is letting its creepy-crawlies have free reign over venue during exhibit

(Newser) - At one of Europe's most famous museums, life is definitely imitating art until early next year. "The museum is teeming with animals this season!" promises Amsterdam's Rijksmuseum in its promotion for "Clara and Crawly Creatures," its new exhibit focusing on insects and other creeping...

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