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German 'Forest Boy' identified: He's a 20-year-old Dutch man

Robin van Helsum, 20, claimed to live in the woods near Berlin and have no idea who he was.
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Germany's mysterious "Forest Boy" has been identified as missing person Robin van Helsum of the Netherlands. (Berlin Police/Handout/Courtesy)
The young man who turned up in Berlin last September, claiming to have lived in the woods with his late father, was recognized by relatives in the Netherlands from a photo released earlier this week.

Muslims in Europe suffer discrimination, says Amnesty International

The report, which focuses on Belgium, France, the Netherlands, Spain and Switzerland, comes two days after Marine Le Pen’s right-wing National Front party secured a record result in the first round of France’s presidential elections.

Europe’s deep freeze has Netherlands buzzing with hopes for epic Elfstedentocht ice race

Brussels — Up to 2 million spectators are expected for one of world’s most grueling sports events, if the ice reaches the required thickness.

Jews and Muslims protest Dutch vote to ban ritual animal slaughtering

If the law is enacted and enforced, it's likely that observant Jews and Muslims, who butcher animals according to stringent centuries-old rules, would have to import meat from abroad, stop eating it altogether, or leave the country.

Amsterdam fights for your right to smoke pot

AMSTERDAM — For many, kicking back with a joint has become an integral part of any visit to Amsterdam.

Netherlands to close cannabis cafes to tourists, impose restrictions on Dutch

The Netherlands is known as having one of the most liberal "soft drug" policies, and the country's cannabis cafes, where the sale and use of cannabis is tolerated, have become popular tourist attractions, pulling in millions of tourists a year.

Northern Europeans decry ongoing support for shaky southern Europe economies

BRUSSELS — Some northern Europeans have had enough of shipping funds to what they regard as profligate peripheral partners.
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