Lost and found
Rail company NS has declared this week ‘lost cuddly toy week’ in an effort to unite toys lost on the train and at stations with their owners. Its aim is to return at least five creatures from ‘a complete zoo of lost cuddly toys’ before Sinterklaas brings new ones.
Anglo-Dutch oil giant Shell played a part in a ‘brutal campaign’ by the Nigerian security forces to silence protests in the oil-producing Niger Delta region in the 1990s, according to a new report by Amnesty International. The human rights group is calling on governments to investigate Shell’s potential involvement with ‘a view to prosecution’.
First come, first served
On a trial until December 11, Schiphol airport is allowing some passengers travelling within the Schengen open border zone to book a time slot to go through security controls. Passengers can reserve a 15-minute slot using the airport app if their flights are between 10.00am and 1.30pm.
The Dutch national centre for war and genocide studies NIOD has confirmed that a painting it acquired from an anonymous donor is an original watercolour by Adolf Hitler.
A man who posted a racist message on Facebook in response to a demonstration against Zwarte Piet has been ordered to carry out 40 hours’ unpaid work. The 31-year-old man from Lelystad said protesters at the welcoming parade in 2015 should be ‘put to work again as slaves’.