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November 2, 2020 | Via The Guardian

Whale Sculpture Stops Dutch Train Crashing into Water

A metro train that overran the stop blocks at a station outside Rotterdam has been left balancing 10 meters above ground on the plastic tail of a whale sculpture. The metro driver was reportedly able to free himself from the train without injury after the incident shortly after midnight on Monday morning. There were no passengers on board.

March 31, 2020 | Via The Guardian

Van Gogh Painting Stolen from Dutch Museum

A painting by Vincent van Gogh with an estimated value of up to £5m has been stolen from a Dutch museum currently closed due to the coronavirus pandemic. The thieves took Van Gogh’s Parsonage Garden at Neunen in Spring after smashing through the front glass door of the Singer Laren museum, in Laren, at around 3.15 am on Sunday morning.

November 13, 2019 | Via BBC

Netherlands Forced to Slash Speed Limit to Reduce Emissions

The daytime speed limit on Dutch roads is to be cut to 100km/h (62mph) in a bid to tackle a nitrogen oxide pollution crisis, according to cabinet sources widely quoted by Dutch media. Prime Minister Mark Rutte said it was a “rotten measure” but necessary. The existing limit of up to 130km/h will still be permitted at night.

March 19, 2019 | Via NPR

Utrecht Shooting: Suspect Arrested After Manhunt; 3 Died in Tram Attack

Dutch police have arrested a man they call the main suspect in a shooting that left three people dead and five others wounded on a tram in the city of Utrecht on Monday. Police arrested Gokmen Tanis, 37, who was born in Turkey. A motive for the shooting remains unclear; police have said they were investigating a “possible terrorist motive” for the attack, but reports have also emerged that the shooting might have its roots in a family dispute.

March 18, 2019 | Via BBC

Utrecht Shooting: ‘One Dead’ as Man Opens Fire in Tram

A gunman has opened fire inside a tram in the Dutch city of Utrecht, killing one person and injuring several others, reports say. The area in the west of the city has been cordoned off by authorities, and emergency services are at the scene. Authorities said the gunman is still at large. Police have asked people to stay away from the area and schools to keep their doors closed. They say they are investigating a “possible terrorist motive”.

November 9, 2018 | Via Independent

Dutch Man Sues to Change His Year of Birth

Emile Ratelband a 69-year-old Dutch man is suing to be allowed to legally change his birth certificate to reflect that he is 20 years younger than his real age. Ratelband cited the fact that people are eligible to change their name and gender in his argument. Ratelband hopes to boost his online dating prospects.

September 28, 2018 | Via

Dutch Authorities Stop Major Terror Plot

Seven men were arrested on suspicion of planning an extremist attack in the Netherlands on Thursday. Authorities carried out a month-long investigation after the Dutch intelligence tipped off the Police about the plot. The attack was planned for a large event to cause multiple casualties. Authorities believe the terror plot would have been performed with AK-47 guns, grenades, and a car bomb.

December 4, 2018 | Via Sky News

Netherlands Rejects Age Change Request

A Netherlands court rejected the request of 69-year-old Emile Ratelband to take 20 years off his official age on Monday. Ratelband argued changing his official age would improve his prospects in job searches and on Tinder. The court rejected the claim saying the change would result in ‘undesirable legal and societal implications.’

December 11, 2019 | Via Sky News

Child Prodigy, 9, Quits University in Row over Graduation Date

A nine-year-old boy who was set to become the world’s youngest ever graduate has quit his university following a row over his graduation date. The Belgian boy – who has an IQ of 145 – was due to complete his studies before the end of the year. But the university has now told Laurent and his parents that the target is no longer feasible because of the number of exams he still needs to finish.

December 20, 2019 | Via Fox News

Alleged Ringleader of Dutch ‘Killing Machine’ Arrested in Dubai

The alleged ringleader of a Dutch crime organization dubbed by prosecutors as an “oiled killing machine,” was arrested in Dubai Monday and flown back to the Netherlands, authorities said Thursday. Ridouan Taghi, 41, who was one of the Netherland’s most-wanted criminals, had been on the run for years. He now faces trial for allegedly ordering a string of gangland slayings and attempted hits.

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