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Hague court convicts Taylor of war crimes in Sierra Leone

Judges at a war crimes tribunal in the Netherlands give their ruling on the former Liberian president Charles Taylor, accused of arming Sierra Leone's rebels who paid him in "blood diamonds".

(THE GUARDIAN) THE HAGUE - Taylor is guilty of "aiding and abetting" war crimes in Sierra Leone, the judge says.

Taylor's "practical assistance, encouragement and moral support" for the RUF had "a substantial effect" on the commission of crimes in Sierra Leone, the ruling says. Taylor knew the RUF was committing crimes, it adds.

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García Márquez And Truth: How Journalism Fed The Novelist's Fantasy

In his early journalistic writings, the Colombian novelist Gabriel García Márquez showed he had an eye for factual details, in which he found the absurdity and 'magic' that would in time be the stuff and style of his fiction.

Colombian novelist Gabriel Garcia Marquez reads his book

J. D. Torres Duarte

BOGOTÁ — In short stories written in the 1940s and early 50s and later compiled in Eyes of a Blue Dog, the late Gabriel García Márquez, Colombia's Nobel Prize-winning novelist, shows he is as yet a young writer, with a style and subjects that can be atypical.

Stylistically, García Márquez came into his own in the celebrated One Hundred Years of Solitude. Until then both his style and substance took an erratic course: touching the brevity of film scripts in Nobody Writes to the Colonel, technical experimentation in Leaf Storm, the anecdotal short novel in In Evil Hour or exploring politics in Big Mama's Funeral. Throughout, the skills he displayed were rather of a precocious juggler.

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