UN demands Britain end rule of Chagos Islands in 6 months
UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The U.N. General Assembly voted overwhelmingly Wednesday to demand that Britain end its "colonial administration" of the Chagos Islands, which include the U.S. air base on...
The Latest: Mauritius ruling a ‘tool’ for Cyprus on UK bases
THE HAGUE, Netherlands (AP) — The Latest on the status of the Chagos Islands (all times local):
Cyprus' attorney general says a United Nations top court ruling on Mauritius...
UN court: UK must end administration of Chagos Islands
THE HAGUE, Netherlands (AP) — In a victory for a group of displaced Indian Ocean islanders, the United Nations' highest court said Monday that Britain must end its administration of the Chagos...
Pakistan says India using UN court for ‘political theater’
THE HAGUE, Netherlands (AP) — Pakistan accused India on Tuesday of sponsoring terrorism and of using the United Nations' highest court for "political theater" as it urged judges to dismiss an Indian case seeking to save an alleged spy from execution.
The International Court of Justice case centers on the fate of Kulbhushan Jadhav, who was convicted of espionage and sabotage by a Pakistani military tribunal and sentenced to death in April 2017.
India takes Pakistan to UN’s highest court in spying case
THE HAGUE, Netherlands (AP) — India on Monday accused Pakistan of breaching the rights of an alleged spy who was sentenced to death by a Pakistani military court, a case at the U.N.'s highest court that has exacerbated tensions between the longtime rivals.
Indian lawyer Harish Salve told judges at the International Court of Justice that Pakistan's claims of espionage and sabotage against Kulbhushan Jadhav have "always been strong on rhetoric and blurry on facts."
UN court has jurisdiction to hear part of Iran-US dispute
THE HAGUE, Netherlands (AP) — The International Court of Justice ruled Wednesday that it has jurisdiction to hear part of a case brought by Iran against the United States that seeks to claw back around $2 billion worth of frozen Iranian assets.
The U.S. Supreme Court awarded the money to victims of a 1983 bombing in Lebanon and other attacks linked to Iran.
US urges UN court to toss out Iranian case on frozen assets
THE HAGUE, Netherlands (AP) — The U.S. on Monday urged the United Nations' highest court to toss out a case filed by Iran that seeks to recover around $2 billion worth of frozen assets the U.S. Supreme Court awarded to victims of a 1983 bombing in Lebanon and other attacks linked to Iran.
US terminates 1955 treaty with Iran after UN court ruling
WASHINGTON (AP) — In response to a U.N. court order that the U.S. lift sanctions on Iran, the Trump administration said Wednesday it was terminating a decades-old treaty affirming friendly relations between the two countries. The largely symbolic gesture highlights deteriorating relations between Washington and Tehran.
UN court orders US to lift some Iran sanctions
THE HAGUE, Netherlands (AP) — The United Nations' highest court on Wednesday ordered the United States to lift sanctions on Iran that affect imports of humanitarian goods and products and services linked to civil aviation safety.
The ruling by the International Court of Justice is legally binding, but the Trump administration said the U.S. was terminating a decades-old treaty that Iran used as the basis for its case.
UN court rejects Bolivia’s Pacific Ocean access case
THE HAGUE, Netherlands (AP) — The United Nations' highest court has rejected landlocked Bolivia's bid to force Chile to the negotiating table over granting access to the Pacific Ocean.
In a legal ruling Monday from the Hague-based International Court of Justice that was broadcast live throughout Bolivia, the 15-judge panel said that a string of agreements, memorandums and statements produced over decades of talks hadn't created a legal obligation on Chile to enter negotiations.
Palestinians ask court to order US embassy out of Jerusalem
THE HAGUE, Netherlands (AP) — The Palestinian Authority filed a case Friday with the United Nations' highest court asking its judges to order Washington to remove the recently relocated U.S. embassy from Jerusalem.
UN court hears case over strategic Indian Ocean islands
THE HAGUE, Netherlands (AP) — Officials from the Indian Ocean island nation of Mauritius told United Nations judges Monday that former colonial power Britain strong-armed its leaders half a century ago into giving up territory as a condition of independence, a claim that could have an impact on a strategically important U.S. military base.
US insists re-imposition of Iran sanctions is legal
THE HAGUE, Netherlands (AP) — The United States on Tuesday defended its re-imposition of sanctions against Iran as a legal and justified national security measure that cannot be challenged by Tehran at the United Nations' highest court.
U.S. State Department legal advisor Jennifer Newstead urged judges at the International Court of Justice to reject an urgent request by Iran to order the suspension of sanctions re-imposed by President Donald Trump in May.
Iran asks UN’s highest court to suspend US sanctions
THE HAGUE, Netherlands (AP) — Iran warned Monday that re-imposed U.S. sanctions would cripple its economy and plunge the volatile Middle East deeper into crisis as it urged the United Nations' highest court to suspend the Trump administration's economic pressure on Tehran.
In a written statement about the case at the International Court of Justice, U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo called Iran's claims "meritless" and defended the sanctions as a way of keeping Americans safe.
Africa asks UN to seek court opinion on immunity for leaders
UNITED NATIONS (AP) — Kenya is asking the United Nations on behalf of African states to request an advisory opinion from the International Court of Justice on immunity for heads of state and government and other senior officials.
The request by Kenya's U.N. ambassador, Lazarus Ombai Amayo, follows a decision by the African Union in January to seek an opinion from the court, the U.N.'s highest judicial body that deals with disputes between states.
UAE offers its defense in Qatar lawsuit at UN high court
DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — The United Arab Emirates on Thursday disputed Qatar's discrimination lawsuit before the United Nations' highest court, alleging there was evidence of Doha's "support of terrorism, its interference in the affairs of its neighbors and its distribution of hate speech."
UN’s highest court begins hearing Qatar lawsuit against UAE
DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — The United Nations' highest court on Wednesday began hearing a lawsuit by Qatar accusing the United Arab Emirates of "discrimination against Qatar and Qatari citizens" amid a yearlong boycott by four Arab nations. The UAE denies the allegations.
THE HAGUE, Netherlands (AP) — A United Nations court ruled Wednesday that it has jurisdiction over a dispute between France and Equatorial Guinea that centers on whether a mansion on a swanky Paris avenue is a diplomatic outpost for the Central African nation.
THE HAGUE, Netherlands (AP) — Malaysia has dropped its request for a review of a U.N. court's ruling on the ownership of a small island at the eastern entrance of the Singapore Straits.
The move announced Friday by the International Court of Justice brought an end to its involvement in the long-running dispute over Pedra Branca, known in Malaysia as Batu Puteh, which the court awarded to Singapore in 2008.
The court says Malaysia and Singapore agreed to drop the case, but did not explain why.
Guatemalans OK effort to end territorial dispute with Belize
GUATEMALA CITY (AP) — Guatemalans have moved a step closer to resolving a longstanding territorial dispute with neighboring Belize, voting to send the issue to the International Court of Justice.
Vote counts show that a plebiscite on the question passed overwhelmingly on Sunday, winning about 95 percent of the vote, though abstention was high.
KOBANI, Syria (AP) — The Latest on two detained notorious British IS group members (all times local):
Two British members of the Islamic State group thought to be members of a cell notorious for beheading hostages in northern Syria say the International Court of Justice may be "fairer" than a trial in the United States.
Alexanda Amon Kotey tells The Associated Press in an interview Friday that would be the "logical solution or the logical option."
THE HAGUE, Netherlands (AP) — The president of land-locked Bolivia said Tuesday he is prepared to discuss options with neighboring Chile for gaining access to the Pacific, but said that powerful forces in Chile do not want talks.
"At the moment, some people representing the Chilean oligarchies" don't want negotiations, President Evo Morales said Tuesday in an interview with The Associated Press.
THE HAGUE, Netherlands (AP) — Bolivia made an emotional appeal Monday for the International Court of Justice to order Chile to enter talks over granting its landlocked neighbor access to the Pacific Ocean, saying the dispute will remain a source of conflict if it's not resolved.
Bolivia lost its only seacoast to Chile during a war that lasted between 1879 and 1883. The nation has demanded ocean access for generations and accuses Chile of reneging on pledges to negotiate.
France argues World Court has no jurisdiction in graft case
THE HAGUE, Netherlands (AP) — French lawyers on Monday urged the International Court of Justice to throw out a case brought by Equatorial Guinea in 2016 seeking to prevent the prosecution in France — which has since happened — of the African nation's vice president on money laundering and other charges linked to his opulent lifestyle.
UN court lays down Costa Rica, Nicaragua maritime borders
THE HAGUE, Netherlands (AP) — The International Court of Justice laid down definitive maritime boundaries Friday between Costa Rica and Nicaragua in the Caribbean Sea and Pacific Ocean and a small land boundary in a remote, disputed wetland.
As part of the complex ruling, the United Nations' highest judicial organ ruled that a Nicaraguan military base on part of the disputed coastline close to the mouth of the San Juan River is on Costa Rican territory and must be removed.
Britain loses seat on world court for first time since 1946
UNITED NATIONS (AP) — Britain lost a seat on the International Court of Justice on Monday for the first time since the tribunal started work in 1946, a setback seen by some diplomats and commentators as the result of waning international influence following its vote to leave the European Union.
Based at The Hague, Netherlands, the 15-member world court is the U.N.'s top judicial organ and its job is to settle disputes between countries.
PARIS (AP) — The International Court of Justice has begun hearings in a maritime and land boundary dispute between Costa Rica and Nicaragua involving their Pacific and Caribbean borders.
Costa Rica started presenting its case Monday, asking the U.N.'s highest court to define the borders between the two countries off both their eastern and western shores.
Nicaragua starts presenting its case Thursday at the court, based in The Hague, Netherlands.
World Court opinion sought on UK-Mauritius islands dispute
UNITED NATIONS (AP) — In a setback for the United Kingdom, the General Assembly voted Tuesday to seek an opinion from the top U.N. court on Mauritius' claim that Britain illegally maintains sovereignty over the Chagos Islands, including Diego Garcia, where the United States has a major military base in the Indian Ocean.
UN court orders Pakistan not to execute Indian national
THE HAGUE, Netherlands (AP) — The International Court of Justice on Thursday ordered Pakistan not to execute an Indian naval officer convicted of espionage and terrorism, a case that has further strained relations between the Asian neighbors.
India seeks UN court order to bar execution of naval officer
THE HAGUE, Netherlands (AP) — India took Pakistan to the United Nations' highest court Monday in an attempt to save the life of an Indian naval officer sentenced to death last month by a Pakistani military court after being convicted of espionage.
UN court rejects Ukraine request to block rebel funding
THE HAGUE, Netherlands (AP) — The International Court of Justice on Wednesday rejected Ukraine's request for measures aimed at blocking Russian support for rebels in eastern Ukraine, saying Kiev did not provide enough evidence to back up its claim that Moscow sponsored terrorism by funding and arming the rebels.
Russia: World court has no jurisdiction in Ukraine case
THE HAGUE, Netherlands (AP) — Russia on Tuesday rejected allegations that it sponsors terrorism by funneling arms and money to separatist rebels in eastern Ukraine and is also responsible for discriminating against ethnic groups in Crimea.
Ukraine takes Russia to UN court over rebel funding, Crimea
THE HAGUE, Netherlands (AP) — Ukraine's deputy foreign minister on Monday accused Russia of financing terrorism by shipping arms, ammunition and funds to separatist rebels in eastern Ukraine and of discriminating against non-Russians in the annexed Crimean Peninsula.
The charges came as a case between Kiev and Moscow opened at the U.N.'s highest judicial organ.
Hague police reject brutality claim by black American lawyer
THE HAGUE, Netherlands (AP) — Dutch police have rejected claims by a black American lawyer working at the United Nations' highest court that she was a victim of racially motivated brutality by officers in The Hague.
In a Facebook post that had been taken down Friday, Chaka Laguerre wrote that she was violently arrested by two Hague police officers after they spotted her jaywalking on Tuesday morning.
Ukraine files case against Russia at UN’s highest court
THE HAGUE, Netherlands (AP) — Ukraine has filed a case against Russia at the United Nations' highest court, accusing Moscow of illegally annexing Crimea and illicitly funding separatist rebel groups in eastern Ukraine.
Kiev also is seeking compensation for deadly incidents including the 2014 shooting down of Malaysia Airlines Flight 17.
UN gives Venezuela and Guyana 1 year to end border dispute
UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The United Nations announced Friday it is giving Venezuela and Guyana one final year to settle a longstanding border dispute and if significant progress isn't made toward an agreement the case will be handed over to the International Court of Justice.
U.N. spokesman Stephane Dujarric said U.N. chiefs over the last 25 years have appointed three personal representatives and engaged in "intensive efforts" to find a solution.
World court refuses to block trial of Equatorial Guinea VP
THE HAGUE, Netherlands (AP) — The corruption trial of the son of Equatorial Guinea's president can go ahead next month after the United Nations' highest court on Wednesday refused to order France to halt the prosecution.
France: Equatorial Guinea’s world court case is abuse of law
THE HAGUE, Netherlands (AP) — France told judges at the United Nations' highest court on Tuesday that they do not have jurisdiction in a case brought by Equatorial Guinea aimed at halting a Paris money-laundering case against the son of the African nation's president.
Alain Pellet, a law professor representing France, told the International Court of Justice that Equatorial Guinea's case was a "flagrant and evident abuse of law."
Equatorial Guinea calls for end to French case against VP
THE HAGUE, Netherlands (AP) — Equatorial Guinea on Monday called on the United Nations' highest court to urgently order France to halt a criminal case against the son of the African nation's leader on charges of misspending millions of euros of public funds, arguing that he is immune from prosecution.
World court has no jurisdiction in nuclear disarmament case
THE HAGUE, Netherlands (AP) — The United Nations' highest court on Wednesday rejected nuclear disarmament cases filed by the tiny Pacific nation of the Marshall Islands against Britain, India and Pakistan, saying it did not have jurisdiction.
Kenya: World court has no jurisdiction in Somalia dispute
THE HAGUE, Netherlands (AP) — Kenya says that the International Court of Justice has no jurisdiction in a case filed by Somalia covering a dispute over potentially oil-rich seabed off the two countries' Indian Ocean coasts.
Somalia launched a case with the United Nations' highest judicial organ in 2014 asking it to rule on the maritime border between the east African states, saying that diplomatic efforts to resolve the disputed boundary had failed.