Lawyers and activists working with LGBT refugees in the Netherlands report that immigration authorities are increasingly demanding that people fleeing anti-gay persecution back home prove their sexuality.
The Dutch, famous for their system of dikes and their serious approach to flooding, are training engineers around the world to adapt to the global warming risks of floods, torrential rains and storm surges.
Santa Claus arrived in the Netherlands over the weekend, or rather "Sinterklaas," as he's known there. He doesn't come with elves, though. Instead, he has a sidekick called "Black Pete," who wears blackface, red lipstick and a wig. For some, he's a beloved Dutch tradition. For others, "Black Pete" is just plain racist.
The next time you open your car door from the driver's seat, try using your right hand. It's how people in the Netherlands do it. And if one cyclist in Boston has his way, the entire US will soon be using the "Dutch Reach."
The Dutch have the oldest and largest Obama fan club in Europe, according to an analyst there. The reason? He stands for diversity and cooperation with Europe —and the Dutch get his problems with the Tea Party.
An official investigation by Dutch authorities has concluded that Malaysia Airlines flight 17 was shot down over Ukraine last year by a Russian-made missile. But it didn't determine who fired it. That hasn't stopped the story being spun in Russia.
As a fresh round of negotiations begins on Wednesday to eliminate the threat from Iran's nuclear program, dissidents join Israel in telling the West to move cautiously. We introduce you to an Iraqi who excels at video games — many set in his home country — and we celebrate World Toilet Day. That and more, in today's Global Scan.