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Showing footage of a disfigured civil war victim, prosecutors finally began making their case against ex-Liberian President Charles Taylor in The Hague. His trial before the UN special tribunal for Sierra Leone had to be adjourned six months ago after he boycotted the opening session and fired his lawyer. Taylor (above, r.) is charged with 11 counts of murder, rape, enslavement, and recruiting child soldiers to fight in the 1991-2002 war that spilled across the Liberia-Sierra Leone border.Skip to next paragraph
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Embattled President Abdullahi Yusuf of Somalia was flown to London for medical tests Sunday, the second such trip in less than a month. Yusuf collapsed last week while at his duties, although aides insist he's able to handle the stress of Somali politics. Opposition leaders contend he is critically ill.
Soldiers from Italy's Army bulldozed tons of trash from around public schools in Naples Monday so they could reopen for the first time since Christmas. Mob-controlled removal services stopped collecting two weeks ago, all local landfills are full, and a new incinerator that was to go online by year's end is still unfinished, leaving residents no choice but to dump household waste in the streets (above). Prime Minister Romano Prodi was expected to hold an emergency cabinet meeting on the issue.
Between them, Microsoft chairman Bill Gates and former company executive Charles Simonyi have donated $30 million to help build the world's first telescope capable of surveying the entire sky every 72 hours, reports said. The project, estimated to cost almost $400 million when finished, is to be based in Chile and be operational in seven years.