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Friday News Roundup - International

The U.S. and Afghanistan reached a deal Sunday on a long-delayed strategic partnership agreement; Spain and the U.K. fell back into recession; and the U.N. said it will take a month to get the full 300-member observer mission on the ground in Syria. Yochi Dreazen of National Journal, Indira Lakshmanan of Bloomberg News and Stephan Richter of The Globalist join Diane for analysis of the week's top international news stories.

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Charles Taylor Guilty of War Crimes: Liberia's Former President Convicted

The prosecution took 6 years and cost around $250 million dollars. Today, a despot was convicted, but was it worth the cost?


Swedish Woman Gets Invitation Meant For Official

In Stockholm, an invitation to a dinner hosted by a government minister went to the wrong address. Meant for a former deputy prime minister, it went instead to a woman with the same name. She showed up and they seated her anyway.

After Conviction, Pakistani Prime Minister 'Imprisoned' For Just A Few Minutes

Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani was found guilty of contempt for refusing to push for the reopening of a corruption case involving President Asif Ali Zardari. The court sentenced Gilani to a term lasting until it adjourned — just minutes later.

Conflicting Claims On Cause And Death Toll After Explosion In Syria

Activists inside Syria say government forces are responsible for an explosion today in the city of Hama, and that about 70 people were killed. The Assad regime says 16 people died in an explosion at a bomb factory used by "armed terrorist groups."

Liberia's Charles Taylor Aided And Abetted War Crimes, Court Finds

Taylor armed and assisted fighters in neighboring Sierra Leone in exchange for "blood diamonds." During a brutal war that ended 10 years ago, about 50,000 people died in Sierra Leone.

Murdoch Apologizes For News Corp. Scandal

News Corp. Chairman Rupert Murdoch is facing another day of uncomfortable questions in London. The questions focus on the wiretapping activities of his now-defunct tabloid News of the World. This is a judicial inquiry into a scandal that has reached the highest levels of British government. And for the first time, Murdoch is apologizing for "not paying enough attention" to the unfolding scandal.

Pakistan's Prime Minister Found Guilty Of Contempt

Pakistan's Supreme Court has convicted Prime Minister Yusuf Raza Gilani of contempt over a corruption case involving President Asif Ali Zardari. Gilani has resisted court demands to pursue graft charges against Zardari.