Charles Taylor Denies War Crime Allegations

Former president of Liberia, Charles Taylor is on trial for war crimes in the UN Special Court for Sierra Leone at the Hague. Taylor is accused of directing war against Sierra Leone. Taking the stand today, Taylor has denied the charges, New York Times. Reuters Factbox on Taylor. More on Liberia’s bloody past, CNN.

Goldman Sachs posted a record profit for last quarter. The company received $10 billion in rescue funds from the US government earlier this year, Bloomberg.

Jerzy Buzek, former prime minister of Poland, was elected president of the European Parliament. Hoping to increase Eastern Europe’s influence in the EU, Poland lobbied hard for the post, even though it is largely ceremonial, New York Times.

A new study indicates that swearing may lessen an individual’s perception of pain, WebMD.

Yesterday was the first day of confirmation hearings for Supreme Court candidate Judge Sonia Sotomayor. Members of the Senate Judiciary Committee gave opening statements outlining what their questioning of Sotomayor will be. Sotomayor also gave an opening statement where she discussed her judicial philosophy.The Los Angeles Times has full text of the statements. CSPAN has live coverage of second day of hearings starting today at 9:30am EDT.

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