AMSTERDAM, Feb 16 (Reuters) – AkzoNobel NV,
the world’s largest paintmaker and owner of the Dulux brand,
said on Thursday it was now passing on to customers most of the
rise in raw material prices that pulled down its fourth-quarter
The escalating cost of materials such as titanium dioxide, a
paint pigment, and oil-related resins and solvents was
particularly painful last year for paintmakers such as AkzoNobel
and rival U.S. maker Sherwin-Williams Co.
THE HAGUE, Feb 14 (Reuters) – In a tiny office on
Zeestraat 100, Alice Helbing puts the final touches to a script
for an imaginary counter-terrorism exercise in the Netherlands.
A few doors down the corridor, staff from a legal aid group are
digging into real war crimes in Ivory Coast.
Nearby at Humanity House, a small museum devoted to raising
awareness about aid for the victims of disaster, visitors can
find out what it’s like to be a refugee – to have to flee your
home, leaving dinner on the table, with no money, no mobile
phone, no passport, just the clothes you are wearing.
AMSTERDAM, Jan 24 (Reuters) – Dutch maritime oil and
gas engineer SBM Offshore said a dispute with a client
would lead to “a significant additional adverse impact” on its
2011 results, and that its chief financial officer was quitting
The world’s largest supplier of floating production, storage
and offloading (FPSO) platforms shocked investors in July with
the announcement of a $450 million impairment charge, resulting
in a first-half operating loss and a shake-up at the top.
THE HAGUE/NAIROBI (Reuters) – Uhuru Kenyatta, Kenya’s finance minister and son of its founder president, must stand trial at the International Criminal Court for directing a militia to murder and rape after a disputed 2007 election, ICC judges ruled Monday.
Three more Kenyans, including former minister William Ruto, must also face trial for crimes against humanity during post-election violence that killed at least 1,220 people.
THE HAGUE (Reuters) – Kenya’s presidential contenders Uhuru Kenyatta and William Ruto, and two other men must stand trial at the International Criminal Court on charges of crimes against humanity during post-election violence in 2008, a judge ruled on Monday.
The decision by the Hague-based court – whose proceedings have been closely followed in Kenya – is likely to have far-reaching political consequences for the biggest economy in east Africa.
AMSTERDAM (Reuters) – The International Criminal Court rules Monday whether Kenyan presidential contenders, Uhuru Kenyatta and William Ruto, and four others should face trial for crimes against humanity for stirring violence after a disputed election in 2007.
The decision to hold a trial could wreck the plans of either politician, or both, to run in a presidential election expected next year and risks sparking protests, possibly riots, in Kenya if people feel it is unfair or fails to hold those responsible for the violence accountable.
AMSTERDAM, Dec 21 (Reuters) – Dutch Post and
Telecommunications Authority OPTA has put KPN, the
country’s telecoms market leader, under close supervision with
immediate effect, saying it may have broken the law to the
detriment of consumers and competitors.
KPN and other mobile phone operators in the Netherlands are
already under investigation by the country’s competition
authority, known as NMA, for possible price-fixing.
Tens of thousands of children have been victims of sexual abuse by the Roman Catholic Church in the Netherlands since 1945, an independent commission said on Friday, criticizing what it called the church’s cover-up and culture of silence. Church leaders said the findings filled them with shame and sorrow and offered a “heartfelt apology,” saying not only the perpetrators were to blame, but church authorities too.
AMSTERDAM (Reuters) – Tens of thousands of children have been victims of sexual abuse by the Roman Catholic Church in the Netherlands since 1945, an independent commission said on Friday, criticizing what it called the church’s cover-up and culture of silence.
Church leaders said the findings filled them with shame and sorrow and offered a “heartfelt apology,” saying not only the perpetrators were to blame, but church authorities too.
AMSTERDAM (Reuters) – Ivory Coast’s former president Laurent Gbagbo appeared at the International Criminal Court on Monday, facing charges of crimes against humanity, including murder and rape, the first former head of state expected to be tried by the court since its inception in 2002.
Gbagbo, 66, was arrested and flown from Ivory Coast to the Netherlands last week, and held since then at a detention centre in The Hague, under the same roof as a who’s who of the world’s genocide and war crimes suspects.