• Voters’ roll update: Liberia opposition goes to court

    Thursday, September 24, 2020

    Liberia’s main opposition group, the Collaborating Political Parties (CPP) says it will on Friday file a writ of “prohibition or cancellation” with the country’s supreme court against an ongoing Voters Roll Update (VRU) process. The CPP, together with another opposition block, the Rainbow Alliance, made this known in a press conference on Wednesday in Monrovia, […]

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  • International tourism down 65% in first half of 2020

    Tuesday, September 22, 2020

    International tourist arrivals plunged 93% in June when compared to 2019, with the latest data from the World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) showing the severe impact COVID-19 has had on the sector. According to the new issue of the World Tourism Barometer from the United Nations specialized agency, international tourist arrivals dropped by 65% during the […]

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  • Covid-19: Global focus on aid for unsafe children, youth

    Sunday, September 20, 2020

    World leaders on Thursday committed to expand education in emergency aid for children and youth impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. The beneficiaries are girls and boys already suffering the brunt of armed conflict, forced displacement, climate-change induced disasters and protracted crises – with a focus on the most marginalized, including girls, refugees and children with […]

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  • Commonwealth supports tackling climate change

    Friday, September 18, 2020

    A virtual gathering has galvanised political backing amongst Commonwealth countries to tackle the key challenge of land degradation linked to climate change and biodiversity loss, which is impacting ecosystems across the globe and over half of the global population. Alongside the United Nations General Assembly meetings, ministers, high commissioners, officials and experts from across the […]

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  • On rights, democracy in global fight against COVID-19

    Wednesday, September 16, 2020

    The COVID-19 pandemic threatens to accelerate the global trends of democratic backsliding and weakening respect for human rights. It is intensifying existing inequalities, hitting those who are already marginalised, subjected to discrimination and living in poverty the hardest. The Nordic governments advocate international cooperation, solidarity, human rights and democracy in fighting the pandemic. Disproportional response […]

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Apr
21

Emotions high at Barway Collins memorial service

If the killer of charming Liberian 10 year-old Barway Collins thought his victim would go down into child-missing-murder history as yet another victim without much notice, he certainly made a great mistake as more than 500 people Sunday attended a second memorial to honor the lad at the Mississippi Regional Park, Minneapolis, Minn., the site the […]

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Apr
20

South Africa’s xenophobic violence is barbaric

The founder of the Nordic-African Association, Mr. Ayoola Lawal says the killings and burning of foreigners in South Africa is beastly, barbaric and completely absymal. According Mr. Lawal, anti-foreigner statements credited to the  Zulu King Goodwill Zwelithini and the son of Edward Zuma, the son of President Jacob Zuma, asking non-South Africans to return to their respectful countries […]

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Apr
18

What was the search for Barway Collins like

If the Mississippi River that runs through Brooklyn Center and Minneapolis could speak, it would tell a tale of horror for it was along the banks of the Mississippi, near Regional Park off 53RD and Lyndale Aves., that the killer(s) of 10 year-old Barway Edwin Collins dumped his lifeless body; writes James Kokulo Fasuekoi.  His […]

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Apr
18

On phobic violence in South Africa

“Afrophobia”? “Xenophobia”? “Black on black racism”? A “darker” as you can get hacking a “foreigner” under the pretext of his being too dark — self hate par excellence? Of course all of that at once! Yesterday I asked a taxi driver: “why do they need to kill these “foreigners” in this manner?”. His response: “because […]

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Apr
18

Who wins African innovation prize?

What do an environmentally-friendly minicab, a water distillation system and a fire alert detector have in common? They all represent outstanding innovation talent across Africa, applied for the celebrated Innovation Prize for Africa (IPA) award this year, and are now being considered for the grand share prize of US$150 000! Since its inaugural launch in […]

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Apr
16

Liberia: 200-year-old ‘sacred’ rocks preserved

While planning for the start of the Direct Shipping Ore (DSO) phase of its mining operations, ArcelorMittal Liberia did surveys in the villages close to its mining sites at Tokadeh, Yuelliton and Gangra in Nimba County, northern Liberia to determine the location of sites that are sacred to these communities. A series of consultative meetings […]

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Apr
15

Thousands flee Burundi as election tension rises

Thousands of Burundians have fled their country, fearing it might descend into violence ahead of a presidential election scheduled for June. “Burundi is sitting on a time-bomb and it’s sad that the outside world does not care,” Justin Rwasa, one of around 4,000 Burundians to have sought refuge in neighbouring Rwanda, told IRIN. Burundi is […]

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Apr
14

Slow African growth this year, says World Bank

Sub-Saharan Africa’s growth will slow in 2015 to 4.0 percent from 4.5 percent in 2014, according to World Bank projections released Monday. This downturn largely reflects the fall in the prices of oil and other commodities, notes Africa’s Pulse, a twice-yearly World Bank Group analysis of the issues shaping Africa’s economic prospects released today at […]

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Apr
13

US: Liberians mourn deaths of two brothers

At the Cross of Glory Lutheran Church located on Brooklyn Blvd, Brooklyn Center, Minn., one of several Christian worship centers for African-Liberian Americans, words proved inadequate in describing the true personality of a youthful Liberian official, Lee Sonny Mason Sr., who died in the US about one month ago during a brief visit; writes James Kokulo Fasuekoi. Saturday, April […]

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Apr
12

Swedish-South Africa links go back a long way

One of the proudest moments in modern Swedish history was when Nelson Mandela visited Sweden in 1990 – the first country outside of Africa – after his long imprisonment. Sweden’s relations with South Africa are unique. As far back as the 1960s, a country-wide Swedish anti-apartheid movement arose. In the early 1970s, we were the […]

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