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...
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...
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...
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."
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."
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."
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.
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.
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.
Former Oakland University defender Wilfred Williams was selected in the fourth round (No. 82 overall) by Sporting Kansas City in the Major League Soccer Super Draft Monday.
George Weah: Slum to soccer stardom and now president
George Weah's soccer talent took him from a slum surrounded by swamps in Liberia to superstardom in Paris, Milan and London, becoming the first and still only African to win FIFA's world player of the year award.
Ex-soccer star Weah elected Liberia president by wide margin
MONROVIA, Liberia (AP) — Former FIFA World Player of the Year George Weah has been elected Liberia's new president by a wide margin as the West African nation faces its first democratic transfer of power in more than 70 years.
Vice President Joseph Boakai conceded on Friday, congratulating the ex-soccer star.
The National Election Commission later declared Weah president-elect and his running mate Jewel Howard-Taylor vice president-elect.
Liberia votes as soccer star, VP hope to succeed Sirleaf
MONROVIA, Liberia (AP) — Young Liberians went straight from all-night Christmas celebrations to the polls Tuesday for a runoff election between a former international soccer star and the country's vice president, who are vying to replace Africa's first female head of state.
For the first time in more than 70 years, the West African nation founded by freed American slaves will see one democratically elected government hand power to another.
Holiday essay: ‘Christmas in Liberia, Christmas at Home,’ by Shannon Gibney
We hadnt been back to Liberia, the tiny coastal country where we had met and fallen in love, in seven years. Not since we married, had three children and shacked up in a small house in south Minneapolis; not since Ballah had gotten his MBA while enduring too many menial jobs; not since one of our babies had died; not since we had almost broken countless times under the weight of a cross-cultural relationship and all of its precarious expectations.
Liberia’s governing party backs election challenge
MONROVIA, Liberia (AP) — Liberia's governing party has joined other political parties and backed a statement challenging the election results and alleging the president attempted to influence the outcome of voting.
Weah maintains lead in Liberia election’s early results
MONROVIA, Liberia (AP) — Former international soccer star George Weah maintained an early lead in Liberia's election Friday as the West African nation released a second round of provisional results of the vote to succeed Africa's first female president.
Weah takes early lead in Liberia election’s first results
MONROVIA, Liberia (AP) — One of Liberia's largest political parties called for a halt to counting votes from the country's presidential election Thursday, alleging voting irregularities and fraud as former soccer star George Weah took an early lead based on partial provisional results.
Angry Liberty Party supporters who gathered at the party's headquarters claimed polls in the West African nation opened late and that ballot-tampering occurred in at least one location in the capital, Monrovia.
Liberia faces key poll to replace Africa’s 1st female leader
MONROVIA, Liberia (AP) — Liberia heads to the polls Tuesday for elections that for the first time in more than 70 years will see one democratically elected government hand power to another as a Nobel Prize-winning leader steps aside.
A delegation from Beaver Dam recently returned from a two-week mission trip to Liberia, West Africa.
Mark Molldrem, Sue Bentz and Morgan Moreau left the wintry weather of Wisconsin to endure the hot and humid tropical weather of Liberia, six degrees off the equator.
MONROVIA, Liberia (AP) — Salome Karwah survived Ebola after it killed both her parents and seven other relatives, then returned to her clinic to help countless others as she had become immune to the deadly virus. Her face graced the cover of Time magazine when it recognized the brave health care workers battling Ebola in 2014.