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The Hague Chosen as Site of Taylor Trial

It started 107 years ago with a somewhat cynical call by the czar of Russia for a disarmament conference that, for reasons of diplomatic niceties and international rivalries, ended up in the small capital of a neutral country, The Hague. Since that first conference in 1899, the Dutch city near the North Sea coast has become host to a confusing array of international courts, law enforcement agencies and weapons watchdogs. One of them marked its 60th anniversary last week, while another may soon be added to try Charles Taylor, the former president of Liberia, who is accused of directing rebels in Sierra Leone in rape, murder, child recruitment and trafficking in guns and diamonds during a decade-long civil war. Full Story

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