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Dec 16, 2011
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Study says Dutch Catholic Church sexually abused thousands, bishops apologise

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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.

Dec 16, 2011

Dutch church sexually abused thousands: commission

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.

Dec 5, 2011

Ivory Coast’s Gbagbo appears before ICC

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.

Dec 5, 2011

Ivory Coast’s Gbagbo appears before ICC

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.

Dec 2, 2011

ICC prosecutor seeks Sudan defense minister’s arrest

AMSTERDAM/KHARTOUM (Reuters) – The International Criminal Court (ICC) prosecutor requested an arrest warrant for Sudan’s defense minister on Friday as part of the court’s investigation into atrocities in the Darfur conflict, a move that Khartoum dismissed as “political.”

The ICC has already issued arrest warrants for Sudan’s President Omar Hassan al-Bashir on charges of orchestrating genocide in Darfur, as well as for a former minister of state for the interior and a militia leader, who all remain at large.

Dec 2, 2011

ICC requests arrest warrant for Sudan defense minister

AMSTERDAM (Reuters) – The International Criminal Court (ICC) prosecutor requested an arrest warrant for Sudan’s defense minister on Friday as part of its investigation into atrocities in the Darfur conflict.

The ICC has already issued arrest warrants for Sudanese President Omar Hassan al-Bashir on charges of orchestrating genocide in Darfur, as well as for a former minister of state for the interior and a militia leader, all of whom remain at large and in the case of Bashir, free to travel widely.

Nov 25, 2011

Safra buys Sarasin stake for $1.13 billion

AMSTERDAM/ZURICH (Reuters) – Rabobank agreed to sell its majority stake in private Swiss bank Sarasin (BSAN.S: Quote, Profile, Research, Stock Buzz) to global private bank Safra for 1.04 billion Swiss francs ($1.13 billion), fending off an approach from rival Julius Baer (BAER.VX: Quote, Profile, Research, Stock Buzz) and ending months of uncertainty.

In a statement late on Friday, Rabobank said Safra Group agreed to acquire a majority shareholding in Bank Sarasin at a price of 7.20 Swiss Francs per A registered share and 36.00 Swiss francs per B registered share, to be paid in cash.

Nov 25, 2011

Mexican group asks ICC to probe president: officials

THE HAGUE/MEXICO CITY (Reuters) – Mexican human rights activists want the International Criminal Court to investigate President Felipe Calderon, top officials and the country’s most-wanted drug trafficker, accusing them of allowing subordinates to kill, torture and kidnap civilians.

Netzai Sandoval, a Mexican human rights lawyer, filed a complaint with the ICC in The Hague Friday, requesting an investigation into the deaths of hundreds of civilians at the hands of the military and drug traffickers in Mexico, where more than 45,000 have died in drug-related violence since 2006.

Nov 24, 2011

Dutch Jumbo deal poses threat to Ahold

AMSTERDAM/LONDON, Nov 24 (Reuters) – Dutch grocer
Jumbo is to buy rival C1000 from CVC to become the
clear number two in the sector and step up competition to
Ahold’s market-leading Albert Heijn chain.

Jumbo is to pay 900 million euros, including debt, for C1000
to create a supermarket chain with a 23 percent market share,
nipping at the heels of Albert Heijn which has one third of the
high-margin Dutch market, and is likely to set off a supermarket
price war.

Nov 17, 2011

Analysis: Populists exploit euro zone crisis to gain influence

AMSTERDAM (Reuters) – As the euro zone shudders, Europe’s populist politicians from the Netherlands to Austria and Finland are exploiting its woes to build up support and even threaten some governments.

Such strong smaller economies at the heart of the euro zone, which have benefited significantly from membership, are unlikely to leave the euro unilaterally, as some far-right parties want.

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