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‘A little miracle’: Dutch statesman’s diary found 200 years after it was lost

Johan van Oldenbarnevelt chronicled final months before he was beheaded on 13 May 1619 Johan van Oldenbarnevelt is arguably the greatest Dutch statesman, as one of the founding fathers who helped liberate the Netherlands from Spanish rule, but for 200 years the whereabouts of a diary chronicling his final months before he was beheaded has been a mystery. The prose written over an eight-month period between 1618 and 1619 was last seen in 1825 when a pastor, the Rev Adrian Stolker, studied the manuscript and made a copy by hand…

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New Zealand woman dies after jet blast at world’s ‘scariest’ airport

Despite safety warnings, St Maarten airport and nearby beach have become world-famous attractions, with tourists clinging to fence as planes take off A New Zealand woman has been killed by a jet engine blast while watching a plane take off on the Caribbean island of St Maarten. Plane spotting is a popular activity at the Princess Juliana international airport. Tourists regularly pose for videos and selfies as jumbo jets fly close overhead, with the strength of the jet blast from the planes sometimes propelling watchers on nearby Maho beach into…

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Srebrenica massacre: Dutch soldiers let 300 Muslims die, court rules

UN peacekeepers should have known men were in danger, appeals court in The Hague rules over 1995 mass killing in Bosnia Dutch soldiers acting as UN peacekeepers were partly liable for the deaths of about 300 Muslim men massacred near Srebrenica in Bosnia and Herzegovina during the Yugoslavian civil war, an appeals court in The Hague has ruled. The ruling upholds a decision three years ago that the Dutch forces should have known that the men seeking refuge at their base would be murdered by Bosnian Serb troops if they…

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Man arrested at airport with snakes, frogs and lizards in backpack

Russian en route from Brazil detained in Amsterdam after reptiles and cockroaches found in buckets in luggage Customs officials have arrested a Russian man at Amsterdams international airport after dozens of poisonous snakes and frogs were found hidden in his luggage. The man, who was en route to Russia, was detained on a stopover at Schiphol airport after a trip to Brazil, the , the Dutch food and animal watchdog said on Wednesday. There were dozens of live snakes, frogs, cockroaches and lizards hidden in his luggage. A large number…

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