Amb von Ballmoos presents credentials to Pope Francis

Liberia’s Ambassador accredited to the Holy See and the Sovereign Order of Malta  Rudolf von Ballmoos has presented his letters of credence to the Holy Father, Pope Francis at the Vatican City and the Prince and Grand Master of the Sovereign Order of Malta, Fra’ Matthew Festing at the Magisterial Palace in Rome, Italy. A dispatch from […]

Refugees divided on future of northern Mali

Fighting has once again escalated in northern Mali’s Kidal region, with clashes between Tuareg separatists and the army reportedly killing 36 people on 16 and 17 May. Despite the failure of the 2012 rebellion in northern Mali and the loss of most of the territory they briefly laid claim to, Tuareg separatists say the fight […]

African refugees get mental health care in Israel

Thousands of African refugees and asylum seekers in Israel suffering from trauma and depression after fleeing abuses in their home country or surviving torture camps in Egypt are now getting improved mental health care, though more needs to be done, say refugee groups. Until recently the only help available has come from NGOs, notably Physicians […]

Turkey, Liberia sign agreements in three key areas

Liberia and Turkey on Tuesday signed three key agreements to enhance bilateral relations. The countries agreed to work together in the areas of education, mutual visa waiver for holders of diplomatic passports and a collaboration between their diplomatic institutes. Augustine Kpehe Ngafuan and Ahmet Davutoglu, the respective foreign ministers of Liberia and Turkey signed behalf of […]

Sweden hosts global meeting on migration

On 14-16 May more than 450 delegates from 140 countries will gather in Stockholm, Sweden to discuss migration and development. Minister for Migration and Asylum Policy Tobias Billström and Minister for International Development Cooperation Hillevi Engström will host the meeting.  Crown Princess Victoria, Prime Minister Fredrik Reinfeldt and UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon will be speaking at […]

Mills: We are not wasting gov’t money

Central Bank of Liberia (CBL) Executive Governor, Dr. Joseph Mills Jones has rejected claims in some quarters that the institution was wasting government money under CBL’s Micro-Finance Loan Scheme across the country. “We are not throwing money away, but investing in the future of the country. Moreover, there is nothing wrong with helping Liberians in […]

Not enough women in Liberian government

A former Liberian government official has expressed serious concern about the lack of equity within the governance structure of Liberia. Edith Gongloe–Weh, former superintendent of the Nimba County, said the lack of equity for women in key positions in the governance process of the country has slowed the pace of development in many parts of the nation. The […]

Africa needs to protect its poor children

Africa needs to do more to translate its commitments to social protection into practical programmes that reach the poorest and most marginalized children, participants said today at the conclusion of the African Union Expert Consultation Meeting on Children and Social Protection. Social protection is widely considered a critical investment for children, particularly in helping families […]

EFLA appointed to National Symbols Project

The Government of Liberia through the Governance Commission has appointed the European Federation of Liberia Associations (EFLA) to the National Symbols Review Project. A letter to the president of EFLA John Nimly Brownell stated that EFLA has been selected to appoint a representative that will serve as a member of the project’s advisory board. “We […]

African Progress Report to be released

On Thursday, May 8th, the Africa Progress Panel will release its annual Africa Progress Report – Grain, Fish, Money – Financing Africa’s Green and Blue revolutions, at the World Economic Forum on Africa held in Abuja, Nigeria. Chaired by former UN Secretary-General, Kofi Annan, last year’s report Equity in Extractives – Stewarding Africa’s Natural Resources […]