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United States: Palestinian Authority can't join ICC

The US has re-affirmed its position that the Palestinian Authority is unable to join the International Criminal Court as it is not a sovereign nation.

Reuters report that President Barack Obama spoke by phone on Monday with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu about ongoing nuclear talks with Iran and about the Palestinian move to become a member of the International Criminal Court, the White House said.

"President Obama underscored that the United States does not believe Palestinian accession to the ICC is a constructive way forward," a White House spokesperson said, repeating the US position that the Palestinian Authority is not a sovereign state and does not qualify to join the court.

ICC investigates 'crimes against humanity' in Ukraine

The International Criminal Court has begun a preliminary investigation into allegations of crimes against humanity in Ukraine leading up to the fall of ousted president Viktor Yanukovich.

The ICC said on Twitter:

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ICC acquits Congolese warlord of war crimes

The International Criminal Court has acquitted the Congolese warlord Ngudjolo Chui of all charges of war crimes and crimes against humanity.

Ngudjolo had been accused by prosecutors of directing militias to kill, pillage and rape during a conflict in the northeastern Ituri province of Congo in 2003.

Presiding judge Bruno Cotte said atrocities had been committed during the conflict but prosecutors had failed to tie them to Ngudjolo.