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The commander of the Liberian President’s motorcade has been arrested for allegedly smuggling 300kg of cannabis.

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All over the Liberian capital yesterday, people were straining to hear a voice they had not heard in more than three years. They ignored the black clouds threatening a deluge and congregated on Monrovia's street corners around communal radios; they asked taxi drivers to retune the station. Then came that calm tone, the familiar stresses on certain words. Charles Taylor was a world away in a European courtroom, but he was still speaking as if he were the president of my country.

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The trial of Charles Taylor, the former President of Liberia, at the war crimes tribunal in The Hague, could take up to four more years. Taylor has plenty to answer given the testimony of the 91 prosecution witnesses who have set out a catalogue of war crimes by his drug-crazed, machete-wielding child-soldiers who killed and maimed thousands of victims in furtherance of the illicit diamond trade.

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Liberia's former President Charles Taylor, the first African ruler to stand trial for war crimes, took the stand in his own defense on Tuesday, arguing that the case against him was full of misinformation and lies.

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For one year, prosecution witnesses accused the former Liberian President Charles Taylor of atrocities that ranged from cannibalism to commanding Sierra Leone rebels who had hacked off villagers' limbs, and of selling weapons and ammunition in exchange for "blood diamonds".

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Taylor's request for war crimes acquittal rejected

Judges at the Special Court for Sierra Leone ruled today against a defence request to acquit former Liberian President Charles Taylor on war crimes' charges.

Clinton vows Somali pirates will have hostage money frozen

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England's desperate opportunism make them into game's Liberia

If we learned one thing here yesterday, it is that obscurity and celebrity are just different shades on the same spectrum. All it takes to bring them together is unreasonable expectation. We may think we know an awful lot more about Andrew Flintoff than Darren Pattinson, whose names stood out like neon when the team sheet was handed out on a dank, melancholy morning in Leeds. But just as the superhero exists in only two dimensions, the judgements that brought Pattinson here can hardly be deemed any less trite.

Zimbabwe opposition to demand end to violence in first talks with Mugabe

Zimbabwe's ruling Zanu-PF party and the opposition Movement for Democratic Change (MDC) have began their first talks since the widely condemned and violent elections last month that returned Robert Mugabe to power.

Bodyguard testifies against Taylor at war crimes trial

A bodyguard of the former Liberian president Charles Taylor has given dramatic evidence against him, revealing the existence of a secret radio room that connected his mansion with the machete-wielding rebels on the front line in neighbouring Sierra Leone.

Taylor trial hears of mutilation

The first witness in Charles Taylor's war crimes trial testified yesterday that Sierra Leone rebels backed by Taylor mutilated and terrorized civilians to seize diamond fields, and that Taylor used the profits to buy weapons.

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