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Omar al-Bashir

New ICC courtroom opens for business with Kenya trial

The International Criminal Court held the first public hearing in its new permanent headquarters Tuesday, with prosecutors urging judges not to throw out a crimes against humanity case against Kenya's deputy president.

The court's new home — a series of six interconnected blocks hunkered down in the dunes along The Hague's North Sea coast — may be new, but the challenges facing the world's first permanent international criminal tribunal remain unchanged — tight budgets, problems securing reliable witnesses and uncooperative governments.

Tuesday's hearing underscored the problems. It was called to discuss an application made by lawyers for Kenyan Deputy...

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