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Nov 1, 2011

Greek referendum a deal breaker – Dutch MP

THE HAGUE (Reuters) – The Dutch government’s efforts to win parliamentary backing for last week’s euro rescue plan has been thrown into question after the opposition Labour Party said Greece’s surprise referendum plan was a “deal breaker.”

The comments strongly suggest that the Labour Party is unlikely to support the rescue measures during a parliamentary debate scheduled for Tuesday evening in The Hague, and that the minority coalition government may struggle to muster a majority for the latest deal.

Nov 1, 2011

DSM sees slowing demand after Q3 tops forecast

AMSTERDAM, Nov 1 (Reuters) – Dutch food and chemicals group
Royal DSM NV said lower consumer and business
confidence was hitting demand in the electronics and electrical
sectors, raising concerns over its outlook even as the group’s
quarterly profit beat estimates.

The chemical industry is particularly exposed during
economic slowdowns because of overhead costs for production
plants as well as the dependence on highly cyclical machinery
makers, car manufacturers and the building sector.

Oct 29, 2011

Libya’s Saif al-Islam bids to escape father’s fate

THE HAGUE (Reuters) – Saif al-Islam Gaddafi is expected to try to surrender to the International Criminal Court or seek refuge in a friendly African country as he races to escape his father’s fate.

The ICC in The Hague said on Friday the 39-year-old had been in touch. It urged him to turn himself in, warning it could order a mid-air interception if he and his mercenary guards tried to flee by plane from his desert hideout for a safe haven.

Oct 28, 2011

Gaddafi son eyes safety, talks to Hague

THE HAGUE (Reuters) – From deep in the Sahara, fearing that he will share his father’s bloody fate at the hands of vengeful Libyans and calling in old favors bought with oil from desert tribes and African strongmen, Saif al-Islam Gaddafi may be bartering a future.

The International Criminal Court at The Hague confirmed on Friday that the 39-year-old heir-apparent to Libya’s slain former leader had been in touch. It urged him to turn himself in, warning it could order a mid-air interception if he and his mercenary guards tried to flee by plane for safe haven abroad.

Oct 28, 2011

ICC prosecutor seeks Gaddafi son’s surrender

THE HAGUE (Reuters) – The prosecutor for the world’s top war crimes court said on Friday informal contact has been made with Saif al-Islam Gaddafi, the fugitive son of former Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi, in order to arrest him and bring him to trial.

The International Criminal Court (ICC) charged Gaddafi, Saif al-Islam and Libya’s former intelligence chief Abdullah al-Senussi with crimes against humanity for the bombing and shooting of civilian protesters in February.

Oct 27, 2011

Gaddafi son surrender would pose challenges to ICC

AMSTERDAM (Reuters) – Negotiating the surrender of Saif al-Islam, the son of Libya’s slain dictator Muammar Gaddafi, would present logistical and security challenges to the world’s top war crimes court which is examining various possible scenarios to bring him to trial.

The International Criminal Court had charged Gaddafi, Saif al-Islam and Libya’s former intelligence chief Abdullah al-Senussi with crimes against humanity for the bombing and shooting of civilian protesters in February.

Oct 27, 2011

Q+A-How prosecution of Saif al-Islam would play out

AMSTERDAM (Reuters) – Saif al-Islam, the son of Libya’s slain dictator Muammar Gaddafi, is trying to negotiate his surrender to the International Criminal Court, a source with the National Transitional Council told Reuters on Thursday.

How would the legal process unfold?

WHAT IS SAIF AL-ISLAM CHARGED WITH?

The ICC charged Gaddafi, Saif al-Islam and Libya’s former intelligence chief Abdullah al-Senussi with crimes against humanity for the shooting and killing of civilians protesters in February.

Oct 27, 2011

European chemical groups see construction slowdown

FRANKFURT/AMSTERDAM, Oct 27 (Reuters) – European chemical
groups warned of slowing demand from construction industry
customers in both fast-growing Asia and moribund Europe,
compounding problems with rising raw materials costs.

The chemical sector’s dependence on highly cyclical
machinery makers, carmakers and builders makes it especially
vulnerable to a downturn.

Oct 27, 2011

European chemicals groups downbeat on growth, costs

FRANKFURT/AMSTERDAM (Reuters) – European chemical groups warned of slowing demand in the construction industry on Thursday, compounding problems with rising raw materials costs as they reported third-quarter results on Thursday.

Global chemical industry leader BASF (BASFn.DE: Quote, Profile, Research, Stock Buzz) reported higher-than-expected quarterly earnings, but warned that growth was slowing as customers run down inventories.

Oct 25, 2011

ICC deputy prosecutor on shortlist for boss’s job

AMSTERDAM (Reuters) – International Criminal Court deputy prosecutor Fatou Bensouda is one of four candidates on a shortlist to replace Luis Moreno-Ocampo as chief prosecutor of the world’s top war crimes court when his nine-year term ends next year.

Bensouda, 50, of Gambia, was appointed the ICC’s deputy prosecutor in September 2004 and previously worked as a legal adviser and trial attorney at the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda in Arusha, Tanzania.

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      "Aaron specialises in the chemical and biotech sectors in the Netherlands alongside daily equities and general news reporting duties. He also covers the international criminal courts from The Hague. He began his career as a newspaper reporter and sub-editor in Australia in 1994. He has lived in the Netherlands since March 2000."
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