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Dutch anti-Islam MP Wilders to snub hate speech trial

Den Haag - Defiant Dutch anti-Islam politician Geert Wilders said Friday he will refuse to attend his hate speech trial next week, dubbing it a travesty aimed at silencing him as the country prepares for 2017 elections.

ICC 'bias' handy cover-up for African detractors: experts

Den Haag - Complex diverse political agendas are driving African nations to quit the International Criminal Court, with leaders seeking to cloak the move by reigniting age-old anger at the West, analysts say.

ICC asks South Africa, Burundi to reconsider withdrawal

Den Haag - The International Criminal Court on Saturday asked South Africa and Burundi to reconsider their decisions to withdraw from the troubled institution that was set up to try the world's worst crimes.

Africa in the dock at the International Criminal Court

The Hague - The International Criminal Court -- dealt a blow Friday with South Africa's decision to withdraw from the tribunal -- has launched nine investigations in eight African countries since its establishment in 2002.

ICC judges find Congo's ex-VP guilty of bribing witnesses

Den Haag - International judges Wednesday sent a strong message that anyone caught trying to distort war crimes trials will be punished as they found former Congolese vice president Jean-Pierre Bemba and four aides guilty of bribing witnesses.

Ex-Congo VP and aides face verdict in bribery trial

Den Haag - Judges will Wednesday deliver their verdict against former Congolese vice president Jean-Pierre Bemba and four close aides accused of bribing witnesses in a bid to derail his landmark war crimes trial.

Scientists map the ‘dark matter’ of DNA

Saarland - Understanding DNA variations can inform about health risks and it can also provide the basis for personalized medicine. There are still some knowledge gaps — which some call the ‘dark matter' of DNA.

Burundi seeking to hide crimes from the world: rights groups

Den Haag - Rights organisations Friday condemned a vote by Burundian lawmakers to withdraw from the International Criminal Court, warning the government was trying to hide abuses from the eyes of the world.

Dutch court upholds hate speech case against far-right MP Geert Wilders

Den Haag - A Dutch court on Friday upheld hate speech charges against anti-Islam politician Geert Wilders, meaning his trial will now start later this month."The court rejects all the defence's objections," judge Hendrik Steenhuis told The Hague district court.

DRCongo warlord 'not scapegoat for all child soldiers'

Den Haag - Former Congolese warlord Thomas Lubanga should not have to pay reparations to all child soldiers conscripted into the country's brutal northeastern conflict, his lawyer told war crimes judges Thursday.

Dutch mull assisted suicide for those whose 'life is complete'

Den Haag - Almost 15 years after legalising euthanasia, the Dutch government may broaden the law to give elderly people who are not sick the legal right to assisted suicide if they feel their lives are "complete".

EU security czar pledges more backing in terror fight

Den Haag - Europe's new security commissioner Julian King on Tuesday praised EU members for their work in beefing up security, as he pledged more backing from Brussels to fight the growing terror threat.EU member states have done "a lot of work in this area.

Britain's Kate charms Dutch on first solo foreign trip

Den Haag - The Duchess of Cambridge made her first solo official trip abroad Tuesday with a day-long visit to The Netherlands, seen as part of a British charm offensive after the Brexit vote.

Dutch freeze court action against Pokemon Go makers

Den Haag - Dutch authorities said Tuesday they have suspended plans to sue the US makers of Pokemon Go after the company deleted its virtual pets from a protected beach in The Hague.

How much is a child soldier's lost youth worth? ICC asks

Den Haag - "How do you calculate a lost childhood?" That was the question Tuesday before war crimes judges trying to set the amount of landmark reparations to be paid to former Congolese child soldiers.

ICC to hold first public hearings into war crimes reparations

Den Haag - The International Criminal Court announced Friday it will hold its first ever public hearings into awarding reparations to the victims of war crimes, focusing on child soldiers recruited by a Congolese warlord.

'Nobody could have foreseen Srebrenica': Dutch court told

Den Haag - The Dutch state on Thursday appealed against a court ruling which found it liable for the deaths of over 300 Bosnians during the 1995 Srebrenica massacre, saying nobody could have foreseen the massacre.

UN court rejects Marshall Islands nuclear case against Pakistan

Den Haag - The UN's highest court Wednesday threw out a bid by tiny Marshall Islands to sue Pakistan for "failing to halt the nuclear arms race", moments after rejecting a similar case against India.

UN's highest court rejects epic Marshall Islands nuclear case

Den Haag - The UN's highest court on Wednesday narrowly threw out landmark cases brought by the tiny Marshall Islands against India, Pakistan and Britain for allegedly failing to halt the nuclear arms race.

How the 'flat screen' symbol protects precious goods

Tired of having bicycles damaged in transit from the warehouse to the customer, a Dutch company has come up with an innovative way to protect its goods.
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