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Thursday, April 26, 2012

World News - Ex-Liberia leader Charles Taylor guilty in 'watershed' war-crimes case

Updated at 7:49 a.m. ET: THE HAGUE -- A U.N.-backed court on Thursday convicted ex-Liberian President Charles Taylor of war crimes during a conflict that left 50,000 dead.
He is the first former head of state to be found guilty by an international tribunal.
Taylor, 64, was charged with murder, rape, conscripting child soldiers and sexual slavery during intertwined wars in Liberia and Sierra Leone. However, the court found him guilty of only some of the charges.
The Associated Press reported that thousands celebrated in Sierra Leone after learning that Taylor had been convicted for his role in the country's brutal civil war. Countless survivors bear emotional and physical scars from the war. Rebels hacked off the limbs of many of their victims.....

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