Former Ebola patient calls attention to current outbreak
ATLANTA (AP) — As the second deadliest Ebola outbreak in history rages in Congo, a doctor who survived the deadly disease five years ago worries that people aren't paying enough...
PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — A former pro soccer player from Liberia has been convicted of lying about his marriage to a Rhode Island woman in order to gain permanent legal residency in the...
RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — The first thing white people did after Nat Turner's violent slave insurrection in 1831 was round up more than 120 black people and kill them.
MONROVIA, Liberia (AP) — Thousands of demonstrators descended on Liberia's capital on Friday to protest former soccer star-turned-President George Weah and the sinking economy while critics...
YORK, Pa. (AP) — Much like plants, a person's roots can be unclear without a little digging. And, when it comes to music, those roots can influence a harmony, use of instruments, and an entire...
HELENA, Mont. (AP) — Helena Mayor Wilmot Collins, a refugee from Liberia who became the first black mayor in the state, announced Monday he is seeking the Democratic nomination for the U.S. Senate...
BOSTON (AP) — When Alfred Brownell arrived in a remote Liberian village, the surrounding tropical rainforest had been leveled by bulldozers. Burial grounds were uprooted, religious shrines were...
An American woman who established a charity to help vulnerable girls in Liberia has resigned six months after taking a leave of absence in the wake of allegations that a local staffer raped...
MONROVIA, Liberia (AP) — A spokesman says Liberia's president is working from home after two snakes were found in the building that contains his office.
WASHINGTON (AP) — The United States on Friday added two companies involved in shipping oil from Venezuela to Cuba, along with nearly three dozen ships, to a financial sanctions list aimed at...
HARBEL, Liberia (AP) — The 6,500 workers at the Firestone rubber plantation in Liberia are bracing for job cuts after the American-owned company announced it will substantially reduce its...
PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — President Donald Trump on Thursday signed a one-year extension of a humanitarian program that allows Liberians to live and work in the U.S., days before it was set to...
ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Minnesota Attorney General Keith Ellison is helping lead a coalition of attorneys general in supporting Liberians fighting to stay in the U.S.
MUNICH (AP) — Canadian teen Alphonso Davies scored his first goal for Bayern Munich to help his team return to the top of the Bundesliga on Sunday with a 6-0 rout of Mainz.
Smith, Phillips call for extension for Liberians
BROOKLYN PARK, Minn. (AP) — Sen. Tina Smith and Rep. Dean Phillips are trying to rally support for extending the legal status of thousands of Minnesota Liberians facing possible...
BOSTON (AP) — Two civil rights organizations sued the Trump administration Friday on behalf of 15 Liberian immigrants over the president's decision to end a humanitarian program that allows them...
MONROVIA, Liberia (AP) — Liberian police on Monday formally charged the 61-year-old son of the country's former president, Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, in connection with the unlawful overprinting of...
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Correction: Liberia-Missing Millions story
MONROVIA, Liberia (AP) — In a story Feb. 28 about Liberia's central bank ordering three times the number of bank notes it was authorized to print, The Associated Press reported erroneously that...
About 40 people remain trapped in Liberian gold mine
MONROVIA, Liberia (AP) — Fellow miners have been using their bare hands to remove debris in an effort to free some 40 gold miners who have been trapped for a week, a spokesman for Liberia's disaster management agency said Sunday.
Authorities are now trying to arrange for an excavator to help in the rescue effort in Gbonipea, located in northeastern Liberia's Nimba county, said Archievego M. Doe, spokesman for the National Disaster Management Agency.
5 dead, 40 still trapped in collapsed Liberian gold mine
MONROVIA, Liberia (AP) — Liberian officials say five bodies were recovered Wednesday and 40 are still trapped in a collapsed gold mine.
Officials fear those still in the pit mine in northeastern Liberia, which collapsed on Saturday, may also be dead, although some survivors have been rescued.
2 tanker crewmen hurled into ocean while repairing lifeboats
CHINCOTEAGUE, Va. (AP) — The U.S. Coast Guard says two crewmen repairing lifeboats on an oil tanker were hurled into the ocean when one of the boats launched itself off the ship.
US doctor who survived Ebola honored for service in Liberia
HOLDEN, Mass. (AP) — Almost five years have passed since he nearly died of Ebola in Liberia, but Richard Sacra has never wavered from his commitment to the struggling West African nation.
The 56-year-old family doctor from Massachusetts was among a handful of Americans treated and cured of Ebola during West Africa's deadly epidemic in 2014, which was the worst ever outbreak of the virus, claiming more than 11,000 lives over two years, primarily in Liberia, Sierra Leone and Guinea.
Liberia’s footballer president Weah marks year in office
MONROVIA, Liberia (AP) — Star footballer-turned-politician George Weah marks a year as Liberia's president on Tuesday as many in the impoverished country debate whether he has begun to deliver on dramatic campaign promises.
FIFA's 1995 player of the year in his inaugural speech vowed to give the West African nation's young population hope through job creation and a war on corruption, saying "Liberians will no longer be spectators in their own economy."
UK hacker jailed for attack on Liberian telecoms firm
LONDON (AP) — A British computer hacker has been sentenced to 32 months in prison for a cyberattack that knocked out telecommunications services in Liberia.
Daniel Kaye was paid by an employee of a rival firm to launch a distributed denial of service attack on Liberian phone and internet provider Lonestar.
Second-division Paderborn signs Shelton, Kamara from US
PADERBORN, Germany (AP) — German side Paderborn has signed two forwards from the United States to help its bid for promotion back to the Bundesliga.
The second-division club says Khiry Shelton is joining from Major League Soccer side Sporting Kansas City, and Mohammed Kamara is switching from University of California. Both took part in training on Saturday.
The 25-year-old Shelton, who made his MLS debut in 2015 for New York City, was getting a contract through June 2021.
Dutch Supreme Court upholds weapon smuggling conviction
THE HAGUE, Netherlands (AP) — The Dutch Supreme Court has upheld the war crimes conviction of a timber dealer who was found guilty last year of selling arms to former Liberian leader Charles Taylor and of complicity in war crimes committed by Taylor's forces in Liberia and Guinea from 2000 to 2003.
Guus Kouwenhoven was first convicted of arms smuggling in 2006 but later cleared on appeal. He was convicted in April last year based on new evidence and sentenced to 19 years in prison.
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Peacekeepers left more than 6,000 children in Liberia
MONROVIA, Liberia (AP) — The only memento Moses Z. Kaine has from his father is a T-shirt, left more than two decades ago when the peacekeeper's tour of duty finished and he returned home, leaving his pregnant girlfriend behind.
"I was still in my mother's womb when my father ended his duties and left Liberia," the 21-year-old told The Associated Press. "My mother says my father wore this T-shirt when he came around to visit her. She still can remember those moments well."
Ethiopia elects 1st female president; ‘sets the standard’
ADDIS ABABA, Ethiopia (AP) — Ethiopian lawmakers unanimously elected the country's first female president on Thursday, days after approving one of the world's few "gender-balanced" Cabinets as the country's dramatic reforms continue.
As seasoned diplomat Sahle-Work Zewde assumed the largely ceremonial post, many celebrated Africa's only current female head of state. The continent's first female president, Liberia's Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, left office this year.
Liberia investigates US-backed charity after alleged rapes
MONROVIA, Liberia (AP) — Liberia's government on Tuesday announced is investigating a charity founded by a young American woman after allegations that a local staffer raped several girls in its care.
A rape case has been re-opened in order to determine new evidence, the information ministry said, adding that the government is "greatly concerned."
$100M in new bank notes not missing, Liberian official says
MONROVIA, Liberia (AP) — Liberia's Central Bank executive governor says that despite earlier government reports that about $100 million in newly printed bills went missing, the money is accounted for.
Nathaniel Patray on Tuesday told reporters that the Liberian currency printed in Sweden had been delivered into bank vaults and recorded as arriving between 2016 and 2018.
Liberia investigating $100 million in missing new bank notes
MONROVIA, Liberia (AP) — Liberia's government says it is investigating the disappearance of newly printed bills worth about $100 million that were imported into the West African nation.
That amount is nearly 5 percent of the country's GDP.
Information Minister Eugene Nagbe tells The Associated Press the money entered the country between November and August in containers at the port of Monrovia.
Tim Weah can’t escape famous name on back of PSG & US jersey
WHIPPANY, N.J. (AP) — Tim Weah knows he can't escape the name on the back on his jersey.
The 18-year-old midfielder is the son of George Weah, the 1995 FIFA Player of the Year and current president of Liberia.
"I use that to my advantage," Tim Weah said at training with the U.S. national team this week ahead of Friday's exhibition against Brazil. "With whatever I do, there's always going to be hate, there's always going to be people who are going to say, 'He's not as good as his dad.'"
Liberia President Weah honors his former coach Wenger
MONROVIA, Liberia (AP) — Liberia President George Weah handed his former Monaco coach Arsene Wenger one of the west African nation's highest honors at a ceremony held in the capital on Friday.
Wenger, who stepped down in April after serving as manager of English club Arsenal for 22 years, received The Humane Order of African Redemption for nurturing Weah and other Africans during their soccer careers in Europe.
Several missing after canoe capsizes near Liberia’s capital
MONROVIA, Liberia (AP) — Authorities in Liberia say they are searching for several teens and young adults after a canoe carrying 12 people capsized in a river south of the capital.
The state-run Liberia Broadcasting System reports that up to nine people are missing.
Police spokesman Moses Carter tells The Associated Press, however, that five are missing and feared drowned. Those rescued are being attended to at area clinics.
Liberian President Weah criticized for honoring Wenger
MONROVIA, Liberia (AP) — Liberian President and former soccer star George Weah's plan to honor Arsene Wenger with the West African country's highest award was criticized by opposition politicians on Wednesday.
Weah, who was elected president of his country last year, plans to honor the former Arsenal manager and another French soccer coach, Claude Le Roy, at a ceremony on Friday after they both played crucial roles in his career.
US player Timothy Weah scores first Ligue 1 goal for PSG
PARIS (AP) — Timothy Weah, the son of former Paris Saint-Germain player and current Liberian President George Weah, scored his first Ligue 1 goal for Paris Saint-Germain during a match against Caen on Sunday.
The 18-year-old Weah, who also plays for the U.S. national team, took advantage of a mistake by Caen goalkeeper Brice Samba to score in the 89th minute of a 3-0 victory.
LONDON (AP) — A Liberian woman who probably caught Ebola in 2014 may have infected three relatives a year after she first fell sick, doctors reported in a study published Monday.
There have been previous instances of men spreading Ebola to women via sexual transmission — the virus can survive in semen for more than a year — but the new case is the first time scientists have suggested that Ebola was spread from a woman after such a prolonged period.
PHILADELPHIA (AP) — A Liberian man who was accused of lying on his U.S. immigration forms about his ties to his country's war criminals was convicted on Tuesday, a few months after another man was found guilty of similar offenses.
MUSCATINE, Iowa (AP) — While putting down roots in Muscatine, Esther Deseh is also pulling a few out of the ground.
She and other Liberian in the community plant vegetable gardens near Mulford Church. The space, plots and water supply are provided by the church. Many people garden in the early evening after work.
PHILADELPHIA (AP) — A Liberian man living outside Philadelphia is a war criminal who misled immigration officials on his U.S. citizenship application, prosecutors said Tuesday during opening statements in his immigration trial.
But a lawyer for Jucontee Thomas Woewiyu emphasized that he was charged with an immigration crime, not war crimes, and that jurors were not in a history class.
PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Jury selection began Monday in the federal trial of a Liberian man accused of lying on his U.S. citizenship application about his ties to convicted war criminals, including former Liberian President Charles Taylor, just months after another man from the west African country was sentenced to decades in prison in a similar case.
PHILADELPHIA (AP) — The Latest on the trial of Jucontee Thomas Woewiyu, a Liberian man accused of lying on U.S. citizenship forms about his ties to convicted war criminals (all times local):
Jury selection is under way in the federal trial of a Liberian man accused of lying on his U.S. citizenship application about his ties to convicted war criminals.
WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. (AP) — Justin Miayen Woazeah Jr. was 5 years old when he left Liberia as a child of war.
He remembers people killing each other in the street and hiding for days in the woods in the pouring rain with his family to escape the slaughter, he said.
And now — almost 30 years later — the U.S. government is telling him he has one year to pack up and go back to the previously war-torn country that frequents his nightmares.
Shawn Vestal: The barber, the exchange student and Spokane’s “Haircut Uproar”
On an October day in 1963, Jangaba Johnson walked into a downtown Spokane barbershop, sat down and waited for a haircut.
And waited and waited.
At long last, the barber, 76-year-old John W. Wheeler, came out and told Johnson, an exchange student from Liberia and Fulbright scholar at Gonzaga University, that he did not cut “colored hair.”
Liberian rebel commander sentenced to 30 years in prison
PHILADELPHIA (AP) — A Liberian man convicted of lying about his past as a rebel commander accused of brutal attacks and killings so he could enter the U.S. has been sentenced to 30 years in federal prison on Thursday.
Mohammed Jabbateh, 51, was found guilty last October of immigration fraud and perjury for deceiving officials about his role during the Liberian civil war in the 1990s in his asylum application.
Liberia’s promising future is a symbol of international solidarity
Gwendolyn Myers, founder of Liberia’s Messengers of Peace civil society organization, and Jefferson Koijee, youngest-ever mayor of Monrovia, were born after the outbreak of war in their country 28 years ago. Like most of Liberia’s young people, who make up the majority of the country’s population, they have known only war or post-conflict recovery.
But both harbor a strong desire to be at the helm of transforming their country and shaping a prosperous future for its citizens.
The perspectives on voting among Caribbean and African immigrants are as diverse as their backgrounds, translating into groups that view the right as a non-negotiable must and those that don’t entertain it at all.