Displaced Sudanese afraid to return home

Civilians displaced by brutal fighting in South Sudan are ignoring calls from government officials to return to their homes, preferring the safety of squalid UN bases to the risk that conflict could again engulf towns already devastated in the six-month conflict. Amid a massive humanitarian operation, aid agencies had hoped that a cease-fire agreed in […]

Ivory Coast wins first World Cup match

Ivory Coast scored two goals in as many minutes to come from behind and get their World Cup campaign off to a winning start with victory over Japan. The Elephants trailed to a stunning Keisuke Honda strike in the first half. But the introduction of Didier Drogba as a substitute inspired the comeback, with Wilfried […]

13 convicted in Liberian ‘mercenary’ trial

After 96 days of legal proceedings, jurors in a Liberian criminal court Thursday slapped the rest of 13 defendants with a unanimous guilty verdict for subversive activities in Ivory Coast in 2011 and 2012. The jurors, through the foreman, informed the court that they were convinced by the number of evidence presented in court by state lawyers. They claimed that […]

Tensions as World Cup sets to open

Simmering civil tension and the stench of corruption threatens to sully Brazil’s global football party when the World Cup kicks off on Thursday against a backdrop of protests, unrest and alleged political graft. What was to be a football celebration is in danger of being hijacked by off-field issues as a growing furore surrounding FIFA […]

Sierra Leone closes borders to battle ebola

Sierra Leone shut its borders to trade with Guinea and Liberia on Wednesday and closed schools, cinemas and nightclubs in a frontier region in a bid to halt the spread of the Ebola virus. Sixteen people have died of Ebola in Sierra Leone, a figure that has doubled in the last week, Ministry of Health […]

Unknown Unknowns hamper malaria fight

Some 60 percent of countries where malaria is endemic lack solid information about the quality of available drugs to treat the deadly disease, according to a new study. The study, published in the Malaria Journal in April, looked at 251 reports from 104-malaria endemic countries since 1946. It found that of the 43 countries that […]

Sweden organizes Somali trade conference

Increasing investment, in which the Somali diaspora plays an important part, has strengthened interest and confidence in the region among foreign investors. The Swedish Government, together with Business Sweden, is therefore organising a trade and investment conference on 10 June in the Swedish capital, Stockholm for 150 representatives, primarily from Somali and Swedish businesses. The […]

British firms encouraged to invest in Liberia

Liberia’s ambassador to the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland says his preoccupation will be to encourage more British investment firms to take advantage of the conducive investment climate in Liberia. “Liberia needs more investors to ease the pressure of unemployment that has permeated the African continent. The Liberian government is pursuing a robust […]

Nearly One-third of world’s population is Overweight

  Over two billion people – or 30 per cent of the world’s population – are either obese or overweight, and no country has successfully reduced obesity rates to date, according to a new study published this week by the British medical journal, The Lancet. The number of overweight and obese people increased from 857 […]

National symbols must reflect unity- Ngafuan

Liberia’s Foreign Minister Augustine Kpehe Ngafuan has described the history of Liberia as a puzzle to which Liberians must correctly add all of its pieces if they must form the correct image. Minister Ngafuan  spoke at the National Symbols Review Symposium held at the Paynesville City Hall under the theme “Reviewing Liberia’s National Symbols to Renew […]