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LEIDSCHENDAM, Netherlands - Naomi Campbell's former agent is denying fabricating her testimony that the fashion model acknowledged receiving diamonds from former Liberian President Charles Taylor, who is on trial for war crimes.

JOHANNESBURG - The party to raise money for Nelson Mandela's children's charity started with an odd guest list: Dining among the celebrities was Liberian warlord Charles Taylor, also known as the "Butcher of Monrovia." Before the night was over, supermodel Naomi Campbell says she had been given a pouch of "dirty-looking stones" by two men who knocked on her door as she slept.

NEW YORK - David Clowney has been all over the map this summer, working with charities from New Jersey to Haiti.

JOHANNESBURG - The United States' 2-1 loss to Ghana in extra time, which eliminated the Americans from the tournament in South Africa, was the most-watched men's World Cup game ever in this country.

RUSTENBURG, South Africa - With a cushy road into the semifinals theirs for the taking, the Americans showed they're still, at best, a second-tier team.
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