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Dutch summon Russian ambassador over MH17 comments

Den Haag - Dutch Foreign Minister Bert Koenders has summoned Russia's ambassador over "unacceptable" comments by Moscow criticising a report into the downing of flight MH17, officials said on Friday."Responding to the presentation of the initial findings...

Watchdog unable to say if chemical weapons used in Sudan

Den Haag - The global chemical weapons watchdog said Friday that it was unable to support allegations that Sudanese government forces used suspected toxic arms in war-torn Darfur.

Dutch 'Black Pete' violates children's rights: ombudswoman

Den Haag - The Dutch children's ombudswoman ruled Friday that "Black Pete," the Christmas sidekick of Saint Nicholas, violates UN conventions and children's rights and could incite bullying and discrimination.

Dutch sex workers take charge of their own business

Den Haag - Amsterdam sex workers on Thursday launched a project described as unique in Europe -- a brothel run by prostitutes by themselves with no exploitation, thanks to financing from a social investment fund.

ICC prosecutor opens initial probe into Gabon unrest

Den Haag - The chief prosecutor of the International Criminal Court said Thursday she was opening an initial probe into the deadly unrest in Gabon triggered by disputed elections.

Dutch name two Russian speakers in MH17 probe

Den Haag - Dutch prosecutors, for the first time in their long inquiry, on Wednesday released the names of two Russian-speaking men in connection with the MH17 disaster after investigators found the missile to down the plane had been transported from Russia.

DR Congo's Bemba appeals ICC war crimes conviction

Den Haag - Former Congolese vice-president Jean-Pierre Bemba, jailed for 18 years for war crimes, has formally appealed against his conviction by the International Criminal Court, arguing his trial was "flawed," his lawyers said Wednesday.

Live stream child sex abuse among rising cybercrime: Europol

Den Haag - Live streaming of child sexual abuse and so-called "revenge porn" is on the rise on the internet, Europe's police agency warned Wednesday, saying vulnerable children are increasingly falling victim to sexual predators."Live distant child abuse is...

MH17 shot down by missile brought into Ukraine from Russia

Nieuwegein - The missile that downed flight MH17 over eastern Ukraine was transported from Russia, a criminal inquiry revealed Wednesday, announcing about 100 people were being investigated for playing "an active role" in the disaster.

Dutch Srebrenica peacekeepers may sue for 'mission impossible'

Den Haag - About 100 former Dutch UN peacekeepers may sue the government for sending them to defend the Bosnian enclave of Srebrenica in 1995, after the defence ministry admitted it had been a mission "impossible," lawyers said Tuesday.

Timbuktu attacker jail term a 'warning' to others: ICC prosecutor

Den Haag - The chief prosecutor for the International Criminal Court welcomed Tuesday a nine-year jail term handed to a Malian jihadist for destroying Timbuktu's shrines, saying it sent "a warning" to others planning such attacks.

Malian jihadist jailed for Timbuktu attacks

Den Haag - War crimes judges jailed a Malian jihadist Tuesday for nine years for demolishing Timbuktu's fabled shrines, a landmark ruling seen as a warning that destroying mankind's heritage will not go unpunished.

Malian jihadist to be judged for Timbuktu attacks

Den Haag - A Malian jihadist faces judgement Tuesday in a landmark case before the International Criminal Court for razing Timbuktu's fabled shrines, with experts hoping it will send a strong message to safeguard the world's ancient monuments.

What is a war crime? How are suspects tried?

Den Haag - As Aleppo reels from air strikes, UN chief Ban Ki-moon has warned the use of bunker bombs and other advanced munitions against Syria civilians may constitute a war crime.

Global court takes up E. Timor, Australia sea border row

Den Haag - In a blow to Australia, an international arbitration court agreed Monday to take up a decade-long maritime border dispute between East Timor and Canberra which cuts through lucrative oil and gas fields in the Timor Sea.

Court urged to drop 'political trial' against Dutch anti-Islam MP

Schiphol - Lawyers for Dutch far-right MP Geert Wilders on Friday urged judges to drop an upcoming hate speech case against the controversial politician, slamming it as a "political trial".

World’s first self-driving boats to be launched in Amsterdam

The Hague - As self-driving cars slowly become a reality, the world will soon see driverless floating vessels as the next big thing in transportation.

DR Congo warlord 'Terminator' breaks hunger strike at ICC

Den Haag - Congolese former rebel leader Bosco Ntaganda has started eating again after an unprecedented nearly two-week hunger strike in his detention cell in The Netherlands, refusing to attend his war crimes trial.

Somalia slams Kenya for dragging out maritime border row

Den Haag - Somalia accused Kenya on Tuesday of unnecessarily prolonging a battle over lucrative Indian Ocean oil and gas reserves, saying "both impoverished nations" had an interest in swiftly resolving the dispute.

Somali border claims 'absurd, hurtful', Kenya tells top UN court

Den Haag - Kenya on Monday rebuked Somalia for dragging it before the UN's top court to defend a maritime border dispute that could decide the fate of potentially lucrative Indian Ocean oil and gas reserves.
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