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Welcome to the New World Court!

by Reuters News Service

UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) -- Despite militant opposition from the United States, the first permanent global criminal court to prosecute the world's most heinous crimes becomes a reality on Thursday. At a ceremony at U.N. headquarters, ten countries bring the total number of ratifications from 56 to 66 -- six more than needed to bring the treaty establishing the tribunal into force on July 1. The ten are Bosnia, Bulgaria, Cambodia, Congo, Ireland, Jordan, Mongolia, Niger, Romania and Slovakia. All deposit their ratification papers at the same time so that the honor of being the 60th nation will not just go to one country.

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