1. Ex-Liberia leader Charles Taylor guilty of war crimes

    - The former Liberian president was found guilty of supporting fighters to commit atrocities during an 11-year civil war in neighboring Sierra Leone.

  2. Mass. escapee turned Liberian dictator had US spy agency ties

    - Charles Taylor, the first African leader tried for war crimes who had escaped from prison in Plymouth in 1985, worked with US spy agencies during his rise to power.