Former President Charles Taylor's trial enters closing stages

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Charles Taylor

Charles Taylor

•The trial of former Liberian President Charles Taylor has entered its final stages at the Special Court for Sierra Leone. He is charged with war crimes and crimes against humanity committed by rebels during the civil war in Sierra Leone. Mr. Taylor has pleaded not guilty to the charges against him.

Electricity brings light to rural Mali

•A growing number of people in Mali, West Africa, are finally getting electricity under a national energy project. Only 24 percent of Malians had access to electricity but it’s now reaching more rural homes. In the town of Seribala in central Mali a power plant provides electricity for 12 hours every day.

floods in southern Africa

Floods in Southern Africa

Flooding threatens food security in Southern Africa

Heavy rain and flooding in Southern Africa could lead to severe food shortages after large areas of farmland and crops were damaged. The UN Food and Agriculture Organization says that in Lesotho up to 60 per cent of the harvest has been lost. The FAO is particularly concerned that the poorest communities in the region will suffer most.

Producer/Presenter: Derrick Mbatha
Editor: Daniel Dickinson
Production Assistant: Florence Poblete-Enriquez
Studio Engineer: Zach Prewit

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