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Taylor's acquittal plea thrown out

afrol News, 4 May - The Special Tribunal for Sierra Leone judges, have today rejected an application for acquittal by former Liberian President, Charles Taylor, ordering the trial to resume on 29 June.

Mr Taylor, who had made an acquittal pleas has now been ordered to resume his defense on war crimes charges that include murder, rape and other violence in the neighbouring Sierra Leone, during the reign of terror that gripped the country from 1991-2002.

More than 100,000 people were killed during the Sierra Leone war, fuelled by greed for illicit diamonds

Amongst evidence gathered against Mr Taylor, are allegations that he supported and armed rebels in Sierra Leone, who amongst others, recruited child soldiers to carry out the attrocities.

The 61 years old Mr Taylor, who was Liberia's president from 1997-2003, was arrested in Nigeria in 2006 where he was exiled.

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Rwanda succeeds including citizens in formal financial sector

afrol News - It is called "financial inclusion", and it is a key government policy in Rwanda. The goal is that, by 2020, 90 percent of the population is to have and actively use bank accounts. And in only four years, financial inclusion has doubled in Rwanda.

Famine warning: "South Sudan is imploding"

afrol News - The UN's humanitarian agencies now warn about a devastating famine in Sudan and especially in South Sudan, where the situation is said to be "imploding". Relief officials are appealing to donors to urgently fund life-saving activities in the two countries.
Panic in West Africa after Ebola outbreak in Guinea

afrol News - Fear is spreading all over West Africa after the health ministry in Guinea confirmed the first Ebola outbreak in this part of Africa. According to official numbers, at least 86 are infected and 59 are dead as a result of this very contagious disease.
Ethiopia tightens its already strict anti-gay laws

afrol News - It is already a crime being homosexual in Ethiopia, but parliament is now making sure the anti-gay laws will be applied in practical life. No pardoning of gays will be allowed in future, but activist fear this only is a signal of further repression being prepared.
Ethiopia plans Africa's biggest dam

afrol News / Africa Renewal - Ethiopia's ambitious plan to build a US$ 4.2 billion dam in the Benishangul-Gumuz region, 40 km from its border with Sudan, is expected to provide 6,000 megawatts of electricity, enough for its population plus some excess it can sell to neighbouring countries.

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