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Naomi Campbell's Blood Diamonds?


Did Naomi Campbell accept war bounty from an international war criminal?

If you have not been keeping up with the latest turn in the Charles Taylor war crimes tribunal (at the UN's Hague outpost of the Special Court for Sierra Leone), let us bring you up to speed in this extremely abridged idiot's guide to the Charles Taylor War Crimes Tribunal. After the jump, watch testimony from Mia Farrow and Naomi Campbell, as they tell very different versions of the same story. (In other words, Mia to Naomi: you lie, woman!)

Charles Taylor, once president of Liberia, raped and pillaged his country, causing years of war not only in Liberia, but in neighboring Sierra Leone. All the amputations, bloated bodies, and the other war porn carnage you may have heard about  or watched on video is all, ultimately, the responsibility of this man. Much of the war was fueled by the now infamous "blood diamonds" (thanks Leonardo and Kanye!) - where enslaved Africans dug in mud pits for stones that Western women believed were manipulated into thinking held the epicenter itself of endless love. These stones were also prized by, um, musicians.

The tricky issue is proving that Charles Taylor had a direct link to blood diamonds. In this installation of the saga, Mia Farrow recounts Naomi Campbell boasting that Charles Taylor gave her a gift of blood diamonds. Naomi, meanwhile, denies it. Watch the vids here (by clicking photos. BBC does not allow Americans to embed. Not cool, BBC, not cool!!)

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The Netherlands Returns Nigeria's Centuries-Old Stolen Artefact

The Netherlands has returned to Nigeria a 600-year-old stolen artefact, the Ife Terracotta, which has been received by Nigeria's Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed.

According to The Guardian Nigeria, the Netherlands has returned a 600-year-old artefact to Nigeria. This comes after the artefact was reportedly smuggled using fraudulent papers through Ghana to the Dutch country. Netherlands ambassador to Nigeria, Harry van Dijk, handed over the Ife Terracotta to Alhaji Lai Mohammed, Nigeria's Minister of Information and Culture. The repatriation of the small but "priceless" Ife Terracotta has been a long journey considering it was reportedly smuggled out of Nigeria in 2019.

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