August 9th, 2010
06:22 AM ET

World update: Farrow gives evidence over diamonds

An update from the CNN newsdesk in London on stories we're following on Monday:

War crimes trial: Actress Mia Farrow has testified that supermodel Naomi Campbell named Charles Taylor as the person who presented her with a diamond. Farrow appeared in The Hague, The Netherlands, at the war crimes trial of Taylor, the former president of Liberia who prosecutors allege funded a brutal civil war in Sierra Leone using blood diamonds.

Rwanda votes: Presidential elections are being held in Rwanda with the incumbent Paul Kagame expected to win a second and final seven-year term.

Flotilla inquiry starts in Jerusalem: Israel operated within international law when it stopped a flotilla and raided the Turkish ship Mavi Marmara, on which nine people were killed, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said at the start of an inquiry into the incident.

Floods hit central Europe: Adverse weather has claimed the lives of more than 15 people in Germany, Poland, the Czech Republic and Lithuania.

Russian wildfires: A heatwave continues to cause problems, with wildfires still spreading through the countryside and Moscow plagued by intense smog and high temperatures. The Russian meteorological service says that the heatwave could last until mid-August.

'9/11' mosque: The German city of Hamburg has shut a former mosque and cultural center frequented by the suicide hijackers from the September 11 attacks, a senator with responsibility for interior issues has said.

Man nears end of Amazon hike: CNN is following English explorer Ed Stafford as he bids to become the first person to walk the entire length of the Amazon river. He started his trek in April 2008 and is due to finally finish Monday.

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  1. Smith in Oregon

    Mia Farrow mouthed the gossip she allegedly heard the morning after Namoi Campbell's dinner with Nelson Mandela. Previously Mia Farrow and Naomi's ex-agent sold that gossip for a million dollars to a tabloid. Naomi had told them two unknown men she had never met before dropped off a small pouch during the night and upon opening it she found 3 small grey pebbles. At no time did Naomi tell them Charles Taylor gave her anything, however Mia Farrow and her ex-agent sold that gossip and story for millions placing Naomi Campbell's live and future as a supermodel in question.

    August 9, 2010 at 12:33 pm | Report abuse |
  2. idn55

    Should the prosecution be using female gossip from the nite before to support its case?

    August 9, 2010 at 5:04 pm | Report abuse |