Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas signed on to 20 international agreements on Wednesday, including the Rome Statute of the International Criminal Court (ICC), a day after a bid for independence by 2017 failed at the United Nations Security Council. The move, which angered Israel and the United States, paves the way for the court to take jurisdiction over crimes committed in Palestinian lands and investigate the conduct of Israeli and Palestinian leaders over more than a decade of bloody conflict.
The Palestinian Authority has edged closer to pressing war crimes charges against Israel after gaining observer status at the International Criminal Court (ICC). The move – agreed on a procedural vote by the court's 122 members at a gathering in The Hague – follows intensifying threats from the Palestinian leadership to seek full membership of the court, a development that would represent a dramatic stepping up of its diplomatic confrontation with the Israelis.
In the world of men's speed skating — and in the long-distance races in particular — the rest of the world is chasing the Netherlands, a country that views Olympic dominance as a quadrennial birthright.
More than 120 years after Vincent van Gogh's death, a new painting by the Dutch master has come to light. The Van Gogh Museum in Amsterdam, which holds the largest collection of the artist's work, announced Monday the discovery of the newly identified painting, a landscape titled "Sunset at Montmajour."
The Dutch are providing a sweeping arm system to try and help with the BP disaster clean up.