According to a media release about the decision, the three judge panel "concluded that an investigation into the situation in Afghanistan at this stage would not serve the interests of justice".
The refusal of the Pre-Trial Chamber to authorize the investigation does not preclude the Prosecutor presenting a new request based on new facts or evidence regarding the same situation.
The time elapsed since the opening of a preliminary probe in 2006, Afghanistan's changing political scene and the "lack of political cooperation the prosecutor has received" was likely to grow scarcer should an investigation proceed, the judges said.
In a statement released by the White House, the Trump administration hailed the decision not to investigate US personnel as "a major worldwide victory, not only for these patriots, but for the rule of law". In March, Secretary of State Michael Pompeo announced that the U.S. would restrict visas of ICC staff responsible for a potential Afghanistan investigation, and Bensouda confirmed on April 5 that the USA had revoked her visa.
Angered, President Donald Trump's administration said it would deny visas to any ICC members involved in probing United States troops and, last week, it revoked the visa of the Gambian-born Bensouda.
"We welcome this decision and reiterate our position that the United States holds American citizens to the highest legal and ethical standards", the release said.
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"This is a vindication of the president's support for American sovereignty and a rejection of the idea that there can be accountability for American citizens by any authority other than American constitutional institutions", Bolton said.
Some human rights advocates are slamming the decision as a unsafe precedent.
In an unusual ruling, the ICC judges said Bensouda's case seemed to have met the court's criteria for jurisdiction and admissibility, but given an array of practical considerations that made chances of success remote, it did not make sense to pursue it further.
Last month, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said ICC officials who prosecute Americans or Israelis would be denied entry into the United States. She said that the groups allegedly responsible for possible crimes are the Taliban and other armed groups, Afghan forces, and USA personnel.
Atlanta Hawks wing Kent Bazemore shot two of 10 from the field and was a minus-16 as his team fell to the Indiana Pacers 135-134. The Pistons put their postseason position in peril by losing four straight before rallying to beat the short-handed Grizzlies .
Wolff has always been clear that his drivers are free to race as long as it is not at the cost of the team's overall result. It was not clear if the auto could be repaired in time for qualifying later on Saturday.
Li Haotong's appearance at this week's Masters will be the 25th time a Chinese golfer has teed off in a major championship. I just have to hope it starts sooner than later and results in, hopefully, more [wins] than less of them.
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Aaron Ramsey put the Gunners in front before Kalidou Koulibaly's own goal sealed a quarter-final first-leg victory. When he's here with our supporters, he gives us all he can, not individually, but in the collective".
Every US presidential candidate since 1976 has released their tax returns, but there is no law requiring it. The government's failure to respond by an April 23 deadline could send the dispute into federal court.
About two minutes later, its center core landed successfully on the "Of Course I Still Love You" droneship in the Atlantic Ocean. The so-called Arabsat 6A satellite was placed into an equatorial orbit some 22,000 miles (36,000km) above the Earth.
Importantly, Saturday's flight was just a test - no rockets were launched from the giant plane as it soared at 17,000 feet. And the payload would sit under the conjoined center wing, which is created to carry up to 500,000 pounds.
However, the Daily Mail reported that when David Cameron was the British Prime Minister, he expressed regret for the incident. Gandhi wrote in the visitors' book, "The cost of freedom must never ever be forgotten".
Even if the apps become united in terms of infrastructure, they'll each still operate separately, per the Times . Until 2014, Facebook users were able to send and receive Facebook messages in the primary app.
Chapel Street was home to a number of popular nightclubs and the shooting on Sunday occurred while many people were still out. Police are investigating and appealing for anyone with video footage or information to come forward.
Ex South Sudan rebel leader doubt unity government
When South Sudan gained its independence from Sudan in 2011 after years of war, the people were filled with hope, the pope said. There will be many problems but they will not overcome us. "You have begun a process, may it end well", he said.
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The same though can not be said about the bowling as only Krunal Pandya and Jasprit Bumrah have looked good on a consistent basis. Saini has by far been the most impressive bowler for RCB and Mumbai Indians too would look to play him cautiously.
How to share screen on Skype for Android?
To be clear, they could do all of those things with Skype's desktop screen-sharing feature, which has been around for years. Adding this feature also brings Skype up to speed with other business-oriented apps, such as Cisco's WebEx or GoTo Meeting.
Apple Podcasts now offers web playback feature
However, those rooting for the demise of iTunes , Apple is still keeping iTunes for the syncing older iPhones and iPods . In its stead, the company from Cupertino is planning on separating the app's functions into three different apps.
Julian Assange Arrested In London
The sexual assault charges in Sweden have since been dropped, but an arrest warrant remained open against the WikiLeaks founder. According to the indictment, in March 2010, Assange conspired with former U.S.