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DR Congo former child soldiers awarded $10 million in damages in landmark ruling

It's a landmark punishment for the use of child soldiers: a former warlord in the Democratic Republic of Congo is liable for 10 million dollars in reparations. Also, seven years after the Tunisian Revolution began, people in the country are still setting themselves on fire to protest conditions in the country. And can art classes help pull children out of poverty in Uganda? One artist there is sharing his talents in a bid to keep them off the streets.

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It's the largest reparation of its kind. Judges at the International Criminal Court have ruled that Thomas Lubanga, a former warlord from the Democratic Republic of the Congo convicted of using child soldiers, is liable for $10 million in reparations to victims in the African nation. Hundreds and possibly thousands of children were coerced into fighting in a violent conflict more than a decade ago.

Also, seven years after the Tunisian Revolution began, people in the country are still lighting themselves on fire to protest conditions in the country. We look at one such woman's story.

Finally, an artist in Uganda is using his talent to try to reduce the number of children living on the streets of Kampala. The hope is that free art classes will inspire new talent and help tackle poverty.

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