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International court judges authorize Rohingya investigation

Nov. 14, 2019 1:04 PM EST

THE HAGUE, Netherlands (AP) — International Criminal Court judges on Thursday approved a request from prosecutors to open an investigation into crimes committed against Myanmar’s Rohingya Muslim minority. A prominent rights group said the decision will give fresh hope to victims that those...

MH17 probe reveals close ties between Russia, Ukraine rebels

Nov. 14, 2019 10:04 AM EST

THE HAGUE, Netherlands (AP) — An international team of investigators piecing together a criminal case in the July 2014 shooting down of Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 over eastern Ukraine said Thursday that evidence suggests links between Russia and separatists in the region were closer than previously...

Dest: Best decision was stay with US and not switch to Dutch

Nov. 13, 2019 5:27 PM EST

DAVENPORT, Fla. (AP) — Sergiño Dest’s decision to stay with the U.S. national team rather than switch to the Netherlands got a mixed reaction from his Ajax teammates. "Some of them, they didn't like it," Dest said. "Some of them, they said just: `Congratulations: You followed your heart. So...

Slow down: Dutch cut max speed limit to rein in pollution

Nov. 13, 2019 6:47 AM EST

THE HAGUE, Netherlands (AP) — The Dutch government is lowering the top speed limit on highways in a bid to put the brakes on emissions of the pollutant nitrogen oxide. Prime Minister Mark Rutte announced Wednesday that the maximum speed limit will be cut from 130 kilometers per hour to 100 km/h (81-62...

Turkey starts returning IS fighters; deports US national

Nov. 11, 2019 6:05 PM EST

ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — Turkey on Monday deported citizens of the United States and Denmark who fought for the Islamic State and made plans to expel other foreign nationals as the government began a new push to send back captured foreign fighters to their home countries, a Turkish official said. The move...

Myanmar accused at UN court of genocide against Rohingya

Nov. 11, 2019 11:52 AM EST

THE HAGUE, Netherlands (AP) — Myanmar was accused Monday of genocide at the U.N.'s highest court for its campaign against the country's Rohingya Muslim minority, as lawyers asked the International Court of Justice to urgently order measures "to stop Myanmar's genocidal conduct immediately." Gambia filed...

Court orders Dutch state to repatriate children from Syria

Nov. 11, 2019 9:32 AM EST

THE HAGUE, Netherlands (AP) — A Dutch court says the government must attempt to bring home children whose mothers traveled to Syria to join Islamic extremist groups. The decision Monday at a court in The Hague came in a case filed by lawyers on behalf of 23 women and their 56 children who are housed in...

Socialists win Spain's election, but far right surges

Nov. 10, 2019 11:19 PM EST

MADRID (AP) — Prime Minister Pedro Sánchez's Socialists won Spain's national election on Sunday but large gains by the upstart far-right Vox party appear certain to widen the political deadlock in the European Union's fifth-largest economy. After a fourth national ballot in as many years and the...

The Hague court summons Kosovo speaker for questioning

Nov. 7, 2019 11:27 AM EST

PRISTINA, Kosovo (AP) — Kosovo's outgoing Parliament speaker says he has been summoned for questioning by a Netherlands-based court investigating crimes against ethnic Serbs during and after the country's 1998-99 war. Kadri Veseli said Thursday he would be questioned at The Hague on Dec. 4 and is convinced...

Court sentences Congo warlord to 30 years for atrocities

Nov. 7, 2019 11:18 AM EST

THE HAGUE, Netherlands (AP) — The International Criminal Court passed its highest ever sentence Thursday, sending a Congolese warlord known as "The Terminator" to prison for 30 years for crimes including murder, rape and sexual slavery. Bosco Ntaganda was found guilty in July of 18 counts of war crimes and...