Fifty year prison sentence for Liberia's Charles Taylor

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Charles Taylor

• Liberia's former president, Charles Taylor was this week sentenced to 50 years in prison. The 64-year-old Taylor was convicted in April on 11 counts, including terrorism, murder, rape, sexual slavery, and recruitment of child soldiers during the 1991 to 2002 civil war in Sierra Leone. Thousands of people were killed and others had their limbs hacked off by rebels during the war.

UNAMID peacekeepers

• The International Day of UN Peacekeepers was observed on 29 May. The UN honoured 112 police officers and soldiers who died in the line of duty. It also thanked the 120,000 peacekeepers who are currently serving in operations around the world. This year the day highlights  partnerships.

African governments fight tobacco companies

No tobacco day

• Tobacco use is adding to the health burden that African countries are already facing as they tackle diseases such as malaria, HIV and tuberculosis. World No Tobacco Day, observed on 31 May, puts the spotlight on the problem of tobacco use which kills about six million people a year. This year the day is focusing on what companies are doing to undermine efforts by governments to stop cigarette smoking.

Producer/Presenter: Derrick Mbatha
Editor: Dianne Penn
Production Assistant: Florence Poblete-Enriquez
Studio Engineer: Rosie Starr
Duration: 10'00"

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