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Pressure grows in Liberia over US charity in 'school rape' storm

Monrovia - Liberian Vice President Jewel Taylor on Tuesday lent her voice to demands for a probe into a US educational charity after girls were raped at a school supposed to save them from a life of sexual exploitation.

US charity school in Liberia in rape scandal storm

Monrovia - An acclaimed US charity operating in Liberia has admitted to major failings after girls at a school set up to save them from a life of sexual exploitation were systematically raped.

Liberian cash safely in govt coffers: central bank

Monrovia - Liberia's central bank said Wednesday that $100 million US has been safely deposited in the West African country's reserves, dismissing rampant rumours that container-loads of banknotes had disappeared.

France charges Liberia 'ex-militant' for crimes against humanity

Paris - France has detained a suspected former militant commander from Liberia's brutal civil war and charged him with crimes against humanity for alleged atrocities including torture and cannibalism, police said Friday.

President Weah presents honours to former coaches Wenger and LeRoy

Paynesville - Liberian President George Weah on Friday gave his country's top honour to Arsene Wenger and Claude LeRoy, the two French coaches who gave his football career an early boost.

Liberia's leader looks abroad for help tackling poverty

Monrovia - After stoking expectations among Liberia's voters for rolling back poverty, President George Weah is facing the twin pressures of time and money to carry out his promises.

Liberia ex-warlord 'Jungle Jabbah' jailed for 30 years in US

New York - A Liberian former warlord whose forces committed atrocities including murders and cannibalism during the country's civil war was sentenced Thursday to 30 years in US prison -- for immigration-related fraud and perjury.

Liberia struggles with past as UN peacekeepers exit

Monrovia - As UN peacekeepers leave Liberia after 14 years, headway in reforming the security forces is being undermined by lack of progress in tackling the country's traumatic legacy of war crimes, officials say.

Trump gives many Liberians a year to quit US

Washington - US President Donald Trump decided Tuesday to end the protected status of thousands of Liberian migrants to the United States and gave them a year to leave the country.

Ebola effects on Liberia health system 'killed more than virus'

Washington - The devastating effect of Ebola on Liberia's fragile health system may have killed more people than the virus itself, a new study says, many of them pregnant women and malaria patients.

'I inherited a broke country', says new Liberian president

Paris - Liberia's new President George Weah on Tuesday pledged to fight endemic corruption as he spoke about conditions in his "broke country" on the first day of an official visit to Paris.

Sirleaf wins prestigious Ibrahim Prize for African leadership

London - Former Liberian president Ellen Johnson Sirleaf on Monday won the rarely-awarded Ibrahim Prize for Achievement in African Leadership -- the world's biggest individual prize.

Liberia's youth betting on Weah economic miracle

Monrovia - New President George Weah is nothing less than revered among Liberia's youth, who view his rise from the slums to stellar success in European football as proof he can also turn around their fragile economy.

Liberia's Weah makes first cabinet appointments

Monrovia - New Liberian President George Weah has appointed the first members of his cabinet, all of them men, largely naming party allies but picking a foreign minister close to former president Ellen Johnson Sirleaf.

Weah sworn in as Liberian president, completes historic transition

Monrovia - Former international football star George Weah was sworn in as Liberia's new president on Monday, in the country's first transition between democratically-elected leaders since 1944.

Joy and hope in Liberia as George Weah sworn in as president

Monrovia - To the cheers of a crowd fired by his promise to bring them jobs and prosperity, former football star George Weah was sworn in as president of Liberia on Monday, completing the country's first transition between democratically-elected leaders in three ...

Liberia's Sirleaf: Africa's first elected female leader

Monrovia - Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, who shared the 2011 Nobel Peace Prize as a champion of women's rights, is stepping down after making history as Africa's first elected female president in Liberia.

Liberia's Weah seeks to reassure ahead of inauguration

Monrovia - Incoming Liberian president George Weah on Saturday sought to dispel accusations he is ill-prepared to take the reins of his fragile west African country, and said his priority would be maintaining peace.

Liberia party drops Sirleaf after Weah poll win

Monrovia - Liberia's ruling party said Sunday it had expelled outgoing President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf for not backing her vice-president, Joseph Boakai, in a presidential election run-off lost to former footballer George Weah.

Liberia's Ellen Sirleaf: women's icon with nerves of steel

Monrovia - Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, who shared the 2011 Nobel Peace Prize as a champion of women's rights, made history in 2005 when she became Africa's first elected female president in Liberia.

From stardom to politics: some precedents

Paris - Former international football star George Weah, who has won Liberia's presidential run-off, follows several celebrities who have achieved the top job in their countries.

Liberians hail victory of ex-football star Weah in landmark vote

Monrovia - Liberians revelled Friday in former football star George Weah's presidential victory, in the country's first democratic transfer of power in seven decades scarred by civil wars, political assassinations and an Ebola crisis.

Liberians hopeful of first democratic handover since 1944

Monrovia - Liberians were awaiting Wednesday the result of a presidential election they say represents far more than the choice of a successor to Africa's first elected female head of state, Ellen Johnson Sirleaf.

Liberia, scarred by war and Ebola

Monrovia - Liberia, which elects a new president in a run-off on Tuesday, is an English-speaking nation in West Africa that still bears the scars of a gruesome civil war and a devastating Ebola outbreak.

Liberia's Howard-Taylor: the Jewel in George Weah's crown

Monrovia - Liberian presidential candidate George Weah's running mate Jewel Howard-Taylor began life in politics as first lady to former warlord leader Charles Taylor, but has since established a formidable political reputation in her own right.

George Weah: ex-football star who could be Liberia's next leader

Monrovia - George Weah emerged from Liberia's slums to become a superstar footballer in the 1990s, and has leveraged his status as a revered figure among the country's young and poor in his second run for the presidency.

Joseph Boakai: Liberian vice president shaking off sleepy image

Monrovia - Vice-president since 2005, Joseph Boakai has campaigned for president as a natural transition candidate after helping to ensure peace has prevailed in Liberia after back-to-back civil wars.

Liberians choose ex-footballer or vice-president as new leader

Monrovia - Former international footballer George Weah and Vice-President Joseph Boakai joined voters in casting their ballots in Liberia on Tuesday as they went head-to-head in a delayed run-off vote for the presidency.

Liberia to vote in delayed run-off for new president

Monrovia - Liberians choose a new leader Tuesday in a run-off between Vice President Joseph Boakai and footballing icon George Weah, a vote that will mark the country's first democratic transition since 1944.

George Weah rallies Liberia faithful ahead of Dec 26 vote

Monrovia - Former football star George Weah has waited 12 years to become president of Liberia, and with his dream now within touching distance fans danced and sang in support in a Monrovia stadium on Saturday.
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Vaccines need to be empowered as Liberia gears up for yet another stint with Ebola
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The former Liberian President Charles Taylor has lost his appeal against a 50-year jail term for war...
The former Liberian President Charles Taylor has lost his appeal against a 50-year jail term for war crimes at a special UN-backed tribunal in The Hague.
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In Liberia, doctors are in short supply. So are beds for patients. With this clinic full, patients wait for a bed to become available.
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Patrick Sawyer  an official with the Liberian Ministry of Finance  died on Friday.
Patrick Sawyer, an official with the Liberian Ministry of Finance, died on Friday.
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