Liberia shuts border crossings to curb Ebola

2014-07-28 08:44

The Liberian government has closed most of its border crossings and introduced stringent health measures to curb the spread of the Ebola virus that has killed at least 660 people.

Liberia’s Sirleaf warns of Ebola epidemic

2014-07-01 07:47

Liberian President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf has expressed serious concern about a resurgence of the Ebola virus in the country.

Case against Liberian editor dropped

2013-11-20 15:18

The editor of one of Liberia's leading newspapers who was jailed over reports about government corruption says all charges against him have been dropped.

Libel case against Liberian journos dropped

2013-09-27 17:43

Two Liberian journalists arrested on suspicion of criminal libel after accusing the government of corruption on national radio have had the case against them dropped.

Hunger strike: Liberia journo in hospital

2013-09-03 17:48

The editor of one of Liberia's leading newspapers is spending his eighth day in hospital after he was jailed over reports about government corruption.

Liberian students all fail varsity test

2013-08-27 12:44

Liberia's education minister says she finds it hard to believe that none of the 25 000 school-leavers who wrote a university admission examination passed.

Liberian women's war wounds fester

2013-06-26 07:46

Liberian women still remember the terror of being shot in crossfire during the country's bloody civil war 10 years ago. For many, it was an agonising experience.

Plane crash kills Guinea army chief

2013-02-11 18:51

A plane carrying a military delegation from Guinea has crashed in the Liberian town of Charlesville, killing the army chief of staff and 10 other people.

Ivory Coast, Liberia plan joint forces

2012-10-19 13:10

West African neighbours Ivory Coast and Liberia are set to launch a joint Military operation by the end of the year along their volatile and porous border, the two nations' presidents have announced.

Joyce Banda confirms 30% pay cut

2012-10-03 14:02

Malawi President Joyce Banda has announced that she will take a 30% pay cut to show that she will sacrifice personally as part of her government’s austerity measures.

Graça Machel named to UN social panel

2012-08-01 13:02

Graça Machel, the wife of former president Nelson Mandela, has been named to a UN panel to recommend new global social and environment goals.

Sirleaf: Agree on tough arms deal

2012-07-13 09:39

Liberia's President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf says Africa will face more conflict unless arms trade treaty negotiators produce a tough accord.

UN, Ivory Coast honours slain UN troops

2012-06-14 21:29

The United Nations and Ivory Coast have jointly paid tribute to seven UN soldiers from Niger who were killed last week during an attack in the southwest, close to the border with Liberia.

Malawi's president vows to repeal gay ban

2012-05-18 22:10

President Joyce Banda has declared she wants to repeal Malawi's laws against homosexual acts, going against a trend in Africa in which gays are being increasingly singled out for prosecution.

Taylor verdict delivers 'powerful message'

2012-04-27 08:07

The conviction of Liberian ex-president Charles Taylor sends a "powerful message" to all war criminals, says the United States, hailing the "enormous" historical milestone.

Charles Taylor verdict - Liberia urges calm

2012-04-25 21:33

The government of Liberia had urged people to stay calm ahead of the imminent war crimes verdict on former president Charles Taylor from the Special Court for Sierra Leone.

Liberia vows to stand by Mali to end coup

2012-04-04 15:09

Liberia has pledged to support the restoration of the rule of law in Mali following a coup, but says it would not send troops to do so.

Liberian journo gets death threats

2012-03-14 16:13

An international media freedom group says it has asked Liberia's president to intervene to stop death and mutilation threats against a journalist.

Yemen Nobel laureate gets death threat

2012-02-17 16:02

Yemeni Nobel Peace laureate Tawakkul Karman has received a death threat from Muslim militants for alleged blasphemy, a report says.

Liberia arrests 70 'mercenaries'

2012-01-31 22:13

Liberia has arrested some 70 people near its southeastern border with Ivory Coast for their alleged involvement in plans to destabilise the neighbouring country.

Liberia's Sirleaf takes presidential oath

2012-01-16 16:38

Liberia’s Nobel peace laureate Ellen Johnson Sirleaf has been sworn in in a lavish $1.2m ceremony after her disputed re-election in the nation's second post-war polls.

Sirleaf vows to continue fighting graft

2012-01-16 10:54

Liberia’s president Ellen Johnson Sirleaf says tackling youth unemployment and fighting corruption will top her priorities after she takes the oath of office for her second term.

Women's empowerment on Peace Prize stage

2011-12-08 13:36

Liberian President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, “peace warrior” Leymah Gbowee and Yemeni activist Tawakkol Karman will receive their Nobel Peace Prize this weekend.

Liberia - calls for protests

2011-11-22 22:22

Liberia's main opposition party, the Congress for Democratic Change, is calling for more protests in the West African country, two weeks after it boycotted a presidential vote.


Liberia journo held after criticising president

2014-07-04 08:53

The editor of a Liberian newspaper critical of the government and family of President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf has been arrested, police say.

Liberia to prosecute for hiding Ebola patients

2014-06-30 20:11

Liberia's president has vowed to prosecute anyone caught hiding suspected Ebola patients.

Children two thirds of Liberia rape victims

2014-01-28 21:04

Two-thirds of rape victims in Liberia last year were children, with ten under-14s dying as a result of their injuries.

Liberia leader's guard 'smuggled drugs worth $4m'

2013-11-13 07:43

Liberia's Drug Enforcement Agency says marijuana smuggled over the border from Sierra Leone by a member of President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf's motorcade is valued at more than $4m.

Liberia keeps editor in jail

2013-09-04 18:53

Liberia has rejected pleas from international press groups to release the jailed editor.

Liberian newspaper shut down

2013-08-27 14:02

One of Liberia’s leading local daily newspapers has shut down after its publisher was jailed for libel over a report about government corruption, its staff says.

Police corruption harms Liberia's progress

2013-08-22 15:15

Rampant police corruption is impeding Liberia’s development a decade after its 14-year civil war ended, Human Rights Watch says.

Women don't like female bosses – Banda

2013-05-21 12:37

Africa's second female president Joyce Banda of Malawi has decried the lack of support for one another amongst women, saying "women don’t like female bosses".

Nobel Peace Prize losing some of its prestige?

2012-12-07 10:58

Described as the most prestigious award in the world, the Nobel Peace Prize risks losing some of its lustre because unexpected and controversial choices of late.

Nobel laureate Gbowee slams Sirleaf

2012-10-08 17:39

Leymah Gbowee, the social worker who won last year's Nobel Peace Prize with Liberian President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf has publicly disowned her co-laureate for failing to fight graft and nepotism.

UN force in Liberia to be cut

2012-09-18 10:43

The UN Security Council has backed a cut of more than 50% in the size of the UN peacekeeping force in Liberia as it presses the government to take greater control of security.

Sirleaf moves to boost press freedom

2012-07-23 19:42

Liberia's President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf has signed a pledge drawn up by global media rights bodies to boost press freedom and stop the criminal prosecution of journalists.

Sirleaf rejects nepotism charges

2012-07-12 10:41

Liberia's president Ellen Johnson Sirleaf has denied accusations by some members of her ruling party that she placed 17 close relatives in senor government positions, saying only her three sons work in government.

UN praises progress in Liberia

2012-05-20 21:30

Liberia has made considerable progress in the years since back-to-back civil wars devastated the nation and killed about 250 000 people, a UN Security Council delegation says.

Liberia to get high-speed internet

2012-05-08 18:28

Liberian President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf says the west African nation will get high-speed internet from October, as it connects to a fibre optic cable running along the west African coast.

Taylor verdict: Liberians fear instability

2012-04-26 22:11

Liberians have shed few tears for Charles Taylor after their ex-president was found guilty of war crimes but there are fears his conviction could undermine a still fragile peace.

Malawi’s Banda takes charge with energy

2012-04-13 13:26

In less than a week in office, Malawi's first woman president had fired the police chief, information minister and top state broadcaster and opened an investigation into the 2011 death of an activist.

Sirleaf defends gay stance amid controversy

2012-03-23 14:20

Liberian President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, a Nobel Peace Laureate, has defended her country’s stand on gay rights after controversy following an interview she gave to a British newspaper.

Liberia's senate to consider anti-gay bill

2012-02-24 07:50

Liberia’s senate will consider a bill to strengthen the nation’s existing anti-gay laws, a senator says, as another western country nation, Cameron, announced the arrest of 10 women suspected of being lesbians.

Nobel Peace Prize jury probed

2012-02-02 10:01

Nobel Peace Prize officials are facing an inquiry over accusations they have drifted away from the prize's original selection criteria by choosing such winners as President Barack Obama.

Corruption hampering Liberia: Clinton

2012-01-16 22:34

US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton has warned that corruption in Liberia was hampering the war-torn nation's growth prospects, after attending President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf's inauguration.

Sirleaf to be inaugurated in lavish ceremony

2012-01-16 13:02

Liberia's Nobel peace laureate Ellen Johnson Sirleaf is set to be sworn in in a lavish $1.2m ceremony after her disputed re-election in the nation’s second post-war polls.

$1.2m for Liberia's Sirleaf inauguration

2012-01-06 11:30

Thirty heads of state will attend Liberian President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf’s $1.2m inauguration on January 18, the country’s foreign minister says.

Liberia police chief fired

2011-11-28 19:34

Liberia’s police chief has been fired after a police shooting at an opposition rally on the eve of elections earlier this month, the presidency says.

Liberia opposition gathers for funeral rally

2011-11-21 17:32

Hundreds of Liberian opposition supporters have gathered in Monrovia for a funeral march to honour the victims of a police shooting that marred disputed elections earlier this month.

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