• Africa could experience economic growth next year

    Friday, July 10, 2020

    Africa’s economic growth could rebound in 2021, provided that governments manage the COVID-19 infection rate well, according to updated forecasts from the African Development Bank, released on Tuesday. In a comprehensive socio-economic assessment of the pandemic’s impact, the bank said growth was now projected to rebound to 3% in 2021 from -3.4% in the worst-case […]

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  • Switzerland: Liberian war crimes suspect trial put off

    Wednesday, July 8, 2020

    The trial of Alieu Kosiah, a former commander of the United Liberation Movement of Liberia for Democracy (ULIMO), has again been postponed by the Swiss Federal Criminal Court. The trial was initially scheduled to take place in April in Bellinzona, Switzerland. However in March, it was postponed by the court due to the measures imposed by the Swiss […]

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  • US-based Bong Miners to send COVID-19 aid to Liberia

    Tuesday, July 7, 2020

    When the roll call begins in Liberia to identify individuals and groups that are giving back to their communities, especially in times of need, the name – Association of Bong Miners (ABM) based in the United States, will be heard. ABM is expected to distribute rice, buckets, masks, and disinfectants products, such as Clorox, for […]

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  • Sweden: Commission to evaluate Covid-19 response

    Sunday, July 5, 2020

    The Swedish Government on Tuesday appointed a committee of inquiry to evaluate the measures taken to limit the spread of COVID-19 (coronavirus). The committee chair will be Mats Melin. He was a justice and president of the Supreme Administrative Court between 2011 and 2018. Prior to that he was chief parliamentary ombudsman between 2004 and […]

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  • Agenda for recovery of tourism in Africa

    Saturday, July 4, 2020

    United Nations World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) member states from across Africa have shared their priorities for tourism against the backdrop of COVID-19. As with every other global region, African destinations have been hit hard by the restrictions on travel introduced in response to the pandemic. The sudden and unexpected drop in tourist arrivals has placed […]

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News

Sep
22

New Ebola cases could reach 6800 in West Africa

New research published today in the online journal PLoS Outbreaks predicts new Ebola cases could reach 6,800 in West Africa by the end of the month if new control measures are not enacted. Arizona State University and Harvard University researchers also discovered through modelling analysis that the rate of rise in cases significantly increased in […]

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Sep
19

War crime arrest major step for justice

The Belgian authorities’ arrest of a Liberian for alleged war crimes and crimes against humanity during Liberia’s first civil war is a major advance for justice. It is the first arrest for crimes that violate international law committed during the conflict in Liberia from 1989 to 1996, which left tens of thousands dead. On September […]

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Sep
17

Concerned Liberian mother reaches out to kids

As Ebola has shut down schools around Liberia, a young Liberian mother, Brenda Brewer-Moore has taken on the task of making sure that the youngest in the society are not left behind educationally. On Sunday, September 14, Brenda and a small team of volunteers delivered 80 education packs to 50 boys and 30 girls in one Monrovia […]

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Sep
15

How to boost African food production

Smallholder farmers, who hold over 80 percent of all farms in sub-Saharan Africa, are struggling to adapt to rapidly rising temperature and erratic rains, according to the 2014 Africa Agriculture Status Report (AASR), released on 3 September in Addis Ababa. It says these farmers are now facing the risk of being overwhelmed by the pace […]

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Sep
14

Sweden goes to the polls

Sweden is expected to vote the Social Democrats back into power in general elections Sunday,according to the latest polls, while the anti-immigration nationalist right is likely to make historic gains. Stefan Löfven, the stocky leader of the Social Democrats, looks set to become the next prime minister for the nearly 10 million Swedes, probably in a […]

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Sep
13

Liberian Ebola burial teams stressed, traumatized

As the Ebola death toll mounts in Liberia, burial teams are having to contend with physical risk and trauma as they take charge of safely burying the dead, often in the face of local anger. Ebola has killed 1,224 Liberians as of 6 September, according to the World Health Organization (WHO), with 68 percent of […]

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Sep
9

African Union wants travel restrictions lifted

The African Union has called on all its member states to urgently lift all travel bans imposed on countries affected by the Ebola outbreak in Africa. The AU has also called on member states to respect the principles of free movement and urge that any travel-related measures should be in line with World Health Organization […]

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Sep
9

London-based charity gives to Liberia’s Ebola effort

The international charity, HIS Church, based in Lincolnshire, the United Kingdom has dispatched three- 40 foot containers to Liberia containing food and non-food items to assist indigent communities throughout the country in the wake of the untold sufferings caused by the Ebola virus outbreak. The items, estimated at $1.4m, are in response to a special […]

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Sep
8

Swedish park withdraws ‘racist’ curtains

The Astrid Lindgren’s World theme park in Sweden has withdrawn curtains it was selling in its gift shop after visitors complained the merchandise depicted scenes of slavery and racism. The curtains (pictured above) featured a seated Pippi Longstocking, Lindgren’s celebrated children’s book character, dressed in a grass skirt and wearing a crown. Standing along side her […]

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Sep
7

Friends of Urey launch Ebola fund drive in US

In a bid to help contain the spread of the Ebola virus, which is raging havoc on the West African country of Liberia, a political action group, Friends of Benoni Urey (FOBU) in the United States, is launching a fund drive to help raise money to assist the Liberian people in the fight against the […]

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