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Dutch to lobby for new climate satellite at European conference

The Hague - Dutch Economy Minister Maria van der Hoeven will lobby her European colleagues to support the financing of a new climate satellite developed by the Dutch, a ministry spokesman said on Tuesday.

On Tuesday and Wednesday, the Dutch are hosting the triennial European Space Conference in The Hague.

The Dutch government has reserved 78 million euros (100.54 million dollars) to finance the 115-million-euro Tropospheric Ozone- Monitoring Instrument or Tropomi.

The Tropomi is a measuring instrument for ozone in the troposphere, the lowest part of the atmosphere containing 80 per cent of the world's air.

Former Berlin justice official sworn in as ICTY judge

Berlin, GermanyThe Hague - German judge Christof Fluegge, 61, was sworn in as a permanent judge Thursday afternoon at the International Criminal Tribunal for Former Yugoslavia (ICTY) located in The Hague.

He replaces Wolfgang Schomburg who resigned from the ICTY on November 18.

Berlin-born Fluegge is an expert in criminal law for the Council of Europe and the German Foundation for International Legal Cooperation.

ICJ can hear Croatia's genocide case against Serbia

Kosov MapThe Hague - The International Court of Justice (ICJ) in The Hague ruled on Tuesday it has jurisdiction to hear a claim by Croatia that Serbia committed genocide against its population in the 1991-95 war.

The ICJ said the decision was final, binding and without appeal and had been made by 10 votes to seven.

Croatia filed the case against the rump Yugoslavia, consisting of Serbia and Montenegro, in 1999, while it was still run by the strongman Slobodan Milosevic.

Zagreb claims Belgrade fomented and supported a Serb insurgency following Croatia's declaration of independence from Yugoslavia in 1991.

UN court to rule on Georgia-Russia case

The Hague - The International Court of Justice (ICJ) in The Hague is due to rule Wednesday on Georgia's claim against Russia concerning the alleged violation of its territorial integrity in August.

Georgia says Russia violated international law by entering the province of South Ossetia on August 7.

It also claims Russia previously caused unrest in South Ossetia, as well as in the breakaway province of Abkhazia.

Georgia, which filed its case against Russia in the ICJ on August 15, also claims Russia committed genocide and ethnic cleansing in South Ossetia.

Russia has rejected all allegations and says it entered Georgia's South Ossetia region to protect the civilian population from violence committed by the Georgian Army.

ICC calls for arrest of Ugandan LRA-leader Kony and commanders

International Criminal Court (ICC)The Hague  - The chief prosecutor of the International Criminal Court (ICC) in The Hague Luis Moreno Ocampo on Monday renewed his call for the arrest of Joseph Kony, leader of the rebel group Lord's Resistance Army (LRA), and his commanders.

The ICC said the decision to issue the call was taken following renewed attacks by the LRA against civilians in the Democratic Republic of Congo.

On September 17 2008 the LRA attacked Congolese villages in the Haut Uelé District of the Dungu Territory.

Prosecution: Serb war crimes suspect failed to stop atrocities

Serb nationalists, Milosevic's socialists to run BelgradeThe Hague  - A former Serb general accused of war crimes in the 1990s Balkan War did not act to stop attacks on civilians or seek punishment for perpetrators of those attacks, prosecutors said at the start of his trial on Thursday.

The trial of Serb General Momcilo Perisic before the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia (ICTY) had been set to start Wednesday, but was delayed due to a procedural error.