• 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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Jul
12

Sweden: African film festival in October

The annual CinemAfrica film festival held in Sweden will be a wholly online affair to be staged in October. CinemAfrica film festival 2020 is a new and exciting concept, which is due to Covid-1. The organizers, Sweden-based CinemAfrica, will also collaborate with the online streaming platform Festivalscope to keep the film festival going through on […]

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Jul
10

Africa could experience economic growth next year

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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Jul
8

Switzerland: Liberian war crimes suspect trial put off

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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Jul
7

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

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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Jul
5

Sweden: Commission to evaluate Covid-19 response

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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Jul
4

Agenda for recovery of tourism in Africa

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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Jul
2

Coronavirus: Sweden extends entry ban

To mitigate the effects of the spread of COVID-19 (coronavirus) and reduce the outbreak, a temporary ban on entry to the European Union (EU) via Sweden is in force. The Swedish government today decided to extend the entry ban until 31 August 2020. At the same time, the government decided to ease the restrictions for […]

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Jul
1

Liberia’s dual citizenship issue settled, says Mueller

A Switzerland-based Liberian says there is no need for Liberians in the diaspora to support a referendum on dual citizenship in Liberia as the country’s supreme court has settled the issue. Michael Muller in an open letter in May noted that “by the Grace of God, we have won the fight and there is no […]

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Jun
30

Millions raised for COVID-19 education emergencies

Finland and Verizon, one of the world’s largest companies, announced new contributions to Education Cannot Wait, of €3 million and US$1 million respectively, joining others to highlight the importance of education in building resilience to the COVID-19 pandemic. The contributions were announced during the ‘Global Goal: Unite for our Future’ concert and summit events held […]

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Jun
27

Liberians in Sweden aid coronavirus fight back home

Early this month, the Liberian Swedish Association (LSA) donated 150 bags of rice to nurses at three major hospitals in Liberia to help in the fight against the coronavirus. John F. Kennedy Medical Center and Redemption Hospital, both in the nation’s capital Monrovia and the 14 Military Hospital in Margibi County each received 50 bags. […]

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