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Trump gives many Liberians a year to quit U.S.

Mar 28, 2018 - 3:01 PM

US President Donald Trump says in a letter to the Department of Homeland Security that he would accord the Liberians a 12-month 'wind-down' period to prepare their departure

ON IMMIGRANTS. In this file photo, US President Donald Trump attends an event at the Roosevelt Room of the White House in Washington, DC, July 20, 2017. File photo by Saul Loeb/AFP

Joy and hope in Liberia as George Weah sworn in as president

Jan 23, 2018 - 7:33 AM

Weah, 51, takes over from Nobel laureate Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, who over 12 years steered the country away from the trauma of a civil war but failed to ease dire poverty

PREDECESSOR, SUCCESSOR. Liberia's outgoing president Ellen Johnson Sirleaf (L) listens to Liberia's President-elect George Weah, during Weah's swearing-in ceremony on January 22, 2018 in Monrovia's stadium. Issouf Sanogo/AFP

Liberians hail victory of ex-football star Weah in landmark vote

Dec 29, 2017 - 6:28 PM

(UPDATED) George Weah defeats Vice President Joseph Boakai in Thursday's run-off vote

PRESIDENT WEAH. This file photo taken on September 25, 2017, shows former football player and candidate in Liberia's presidential elections, George Weah as he poses during a photo session in Paris. Photo by Joel Saget/AFP

Liberians to choose new leader in delayed presidential vote

Dec 26, 2017 - 5:44 PM

The vote comes after 7 weeks of delays caused by legal challenges against the electoral commission lodged by Vice President Joseph Boakai's party

PRESIDENTIAL ELECTIONS. A man walks past a billboard as the nation prepares to vote in upcoming national elections on December 25, 2017 in Monrovia. Photo by SEYLLOU/AFP

UN reports 31 allegations of sex abuse and exploitation

Nov 04, 2017 - 9:47 AM

UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres is 'obviously disappointed and saddened that these actions continue,' says UN spokesman Stephane Dujarric

PEACEKEEPERS IN MALI. UN peacekeepers stand guard near the airport on February 4, 2016 in Timbuktu, central Mali. File photo by Sebastien Rieussec/AFP

Poisoning appears cause of mystery Liberia illness – WHO

May 05, 2017 - 7:18 PM

The World Health Organization says as of Wednesday the number of patients has risen to 28 with the sickness still unexplained although Ebola and Lassa fever have been ruled out

After surviving Ebola, Liberian icon dies giving birth

Mar 05, 2017 - 12:08 PM

She saved lives she held babies who had Ebola and she helped them to get better She did not deserve this kind of treatment

VICTIM OF NEGLECT. Salome Karwah in the Time 2014 Person of the Year cover. Karwah survived Ebola, but died after childbirth. Courtesy Time magazine

West Africa marks end of recent Ebola outbreak

Jun 09, 2016 - 8:40 PM

UPDATED Liberia the worst hit country now enters a 90 day period of heightened surveillance for any new cases

epa05239933 A Liberian man pours sanitizer as part of measures to help curb the spread of the deadly Ebola virus, in downtown Monrovia, Liberia, 01 April 2016. According to meda reports on 01 April 2016, a Liberian woman has died of Ebola, despite the country having been declared Ebola-free by health officials. EPA/AHMED JALLANZO

New Ebola case confirmed in Liberian capital

Apr 01, 2016 - 9:38 PM

The WHO confirms it is aware of the case tweeting: A new case of Ebola is confirmed in Liberia Investigation and EbolaResponse now underway

An Ebola sign placed infront of a home in West Point slum area of Monrovia, Liberia, 25 September 2014. Ahmed Jallanzo/EPA

WHO declares world's worst-ever Ebola outbreak over

Jan 14, 2016 - 6:21 PM

The World Health Organization stresses however that the job is not over warning more flare ups are expected

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Jan 14, 2016 - 12:00 PM

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West Africa counts economic cost as Ebola outbreak ends

Jan 13, 2016 - 8:32 PM

The mining agriculture and tourism industries are trying to recover from the effects of the epidemic

WHO to declare Ebola outbreak over

Jan 13, 2016 - 7:30 PM

The World Health Organization s announcement is expected on January 14 with Liberia in the clear

epa05053738 Liberian ebola survivors, Nathan Gbotoe(2-L), and his son, Abraham Gbotoe (C) walks away during discharging ceremony from the ELWA Ebola Treatment Unit in Monrovia, Liberia, 03 December 2015. Three new cases of Ebola have been confirmed in Liberia less than three months after the country was declared free of the virus, the World Health Organization (WHO) has said. EPA/AHMED JALLANZO

Liberia joins World Trade Organization

Dec 17, 2015 - 1:13 AM

WTO Director General Roberto Azevedo welcomed Liberia in the organisation and promising to support the west African nation

NEW MEMBER. Members of Liberia's delegation follow proceedings during Liberia's accession to the World Trade Organisation (WTO) in Nairobi. Photo by Tony Karumba/AFP

One new confirmed case in previously Ebola-free Liberia – WHO

Nov 20, 2015 - 11:48 PM

Initial investigations have not yet turned up a confirmed link with any other Ebola sufferer leaving many questions unanswered as health officials try to figure out the origins of the new case

Sierra Leone's last known Ebola patient leaves hospital

Aug 25, 2015 - 9:19 AM

Sierra Leone joins neighboring Liberia in the countdown to being declared Ebola free with Guinea the only country where people are still falling sick

In this file photo, a woman walks past an Ebola awareness poster in Freetown, Sierra Leone, September 18, 2014. Tanya Bindra/EPA

Breakthrough in quest for Ebola vaccine

Jul 31, 2015 - 9:54 PM

UPDATED One of two leading vaccine candidates VSV ZEBOV has been developed and tested in a super quick 12 months compared to the normal decade or more Ebola has no licensed cure or treatment

epa04601026 A Liberian nurse administers an experimental Ebola vaccine at the beginning of a trial program at the Redemption Hospital in New Kru Town, outside Monrovia, Liberia, 02 February 2015. Liberia started the first large-scale trial of experimental Ebola vaccine by injecting a small amount of Ebola virus strain into 12 volunteers to evoke an immune response. The trial will then be expanded to include 30,000 people throughout the West African nation. Liberia has been one of the countries hardest hit by the Ebola outbreak, with 8,478 reported cases and 3,605 deaths, according to the World Health Organization (WHO). EPA/AHMED JALLANZO

Liberia announces two more confirmed Ebola cases

Jul 02, 2015 - 1:33 AM

The news came a day after Health Minister Bernice Dahn announced the first Ebola infection in Liberia for more than three months

EBOLA'S RETURN. Red Cross workers, wearing protective suits, carry the body of a person who died from Ebola during a burial with relatives of the victims of the virus, in Monrovia, on January 5, 2015. File photo by Zoom Dosso/AFP

Liberia announces return of Ebola, with one new death

Jun 30, 2015 - 6:00 PM

The official told a radio station experts are able to trace and quarantine those who may have had contact with the victim without giving numbers or any details on the patient

WHO declares Liberia Ebola-free

May 09, 2015 - 6:31 PM

It is a tribute to the government and people of Liberia that determination to defeat Ebola never wavered courage never faltered the World Health Organization says

Ebola end in sight as weekly infections drop to single figures

May 06, 2015 - 10:43 AM

UN Ebola envoy David Nabarro says it is the first time since June last year that the total weekly infections in Sierra Leone and Guinea dips below 20

In this file photo, UN Special Envoy on Ebola David Nabarro speaks during a press conference on Ebola at the European headquarters of the United Nations in Geneva, Switzerland, February 5, 2015. Martial Trezzini/EPA

More than 26,000 have been infected with Ebola – WHO

Apr 23, 2015 - 11:44 AM

The UN health body also warns that the decline in confirmed cases appears to have stagnated urging increased efforts to stop transmission of the deadly virus

In this file photo, people look on as a woman reacts after her husband is suspected of dying from the Ebola virus, in the Liberian capital Monrovia, on October 4, 2014. Pascal Guyot/AFP

UN Ebola head warns against complacency as fight enters last lap

Mar 30, 2015 - 8:23 AM

Ismail Ould Cheikh Ahmed s comments came a day after Guinea announced a health emergency in 5 regions in the south west and west for 45 days

ALERT. A picture made available on 04 November 2014 shows medical workers in protective suits working in the patient area of an Ebola treatment center in Conakry, Guinea, 13 October 2014. Kirstin Palitza/EPA

Guinea president declares 45-day Ebola 'emergency' in 5 regions

Mar 29, 2015 - 11:30 AM

The focus of the virus has shifted to our country s coastal areas President Alpha Conde says in a statement published in national media

ALERT. A picture made available on 04 November 2014 shows medical workers in protective suits working in the patient area of an Ebola treatment center in Conakry, Guinea, 13 October 2014. Kirstin Palitza/EPA

Liberia reports first Ebola infection in a month

Mar 21, 2015 - 1:20 PM

A woman has been confirmed as an Ebola patient This is a new case after we have gone more than 27 days without a single case It is a setback

NATIONAL MEMORIAL DAY. Family members offering prayers for lost relative at the National Cemetery in Disco Hill, margibi County, Liberia, 11 March 2015. Liberia on 11 March observed a National Memorial Day to remember, honour, and decorate the graves of the dead. File photo by Ahmed Jallanzo/EPA

Ebola death toll passes 10,000 – WHO

Mar 13, 2015 - 10:47 AM

Almost all the deaths and cases come from the 3 west African countries worst hit by the outbreak: Sierra Leone Liberia and Guinea

An adhesive bandage is placed on the arm of a volunteer after she was administered an experimental Ebola vaccine at Redemption Hospital in New Kru Town, a suburb of Monrovia, on February 2, 2015. The first large-scale trials of two Ebola vaccines were due to begin in Liberia on February 2, the partnership conducting the research said. The vaccines contain harmless fragments of the virus that trigger an immune response, according to the Partnership for Research on Ebola Vaccines in Liberia (PREVAIL), a collaboration between the United States and Liberia. AFP PHOTO / ZOOM DOSSO

Liberia's last Ebola patient discharged

Mar 05, 2015 - 11:32 PM

Almost 24 000 people have been infected with the virus since December 2013

Liberians rejoice as Ebola curfew is lifted

Feb 24, 2015 - 8:33 AM

In Monrovia people feel like celebrating – in their thousands – and the night air is alive with music and laughter

NIGHT OUT. People play pool in a street of Monrovia on February 22, 2015 during the first night with the Ebola curfew lifted. Zoom Dosso/AFP

Schools reopen as Liberia turns page on Ebola epidemic

Feb 17, 2015 - 9:29 AM

The school term began a day after the leaders of Liberia and Sierra Leone in their first trips abroad since the peak of the epidemic vowed at a summit in Guinea to eradicate the virus by mid April

BACK TO SCHOOL. Students stand in line before heading to their classrooms at Don Bosco High School in the Liberian capital Monrovia on February 16, 2015. Zoom Dosso/AFP

Ebola nightmare does not end with recovery – WHO

Feb 07, 2015 - 1:52 PM

Experts agree that far more attention is needed to be paid to survivors of the virus

ONGOING CARE. A Liberian nurse administers an experimental Ebola vaccine at the beginning of a trial program at the Redemption Hospital in New Kru Town, outside Monrovia, Liberia, February 2, 2015. File photo by Ahmed Jallanzo/EPA

Ebola vaccine trials begin in Liberia

Feb 03, 2015 - 2:48 PM

The vaccines are administered to 12 volunteers at the start of a trial which will eventually involve up to 27 000 adults

VACCINE TRIAL. An adhesive bandage is placed on the arm of a volunteer after she was administered an experimental Ebola vaccine at Redemption Hospital in New Kru Town, a suburb of Monrovia, on February 2, 2015. Zoom Dosso/AFP

UN warns Ebola epidemic 'not yet contained'

Jan 29, 2015 - 7:04 PM

Liberia Sierra Leone and Guinea are devastated by the outbreak but all have seen recent signs that the virus is on the wane with the number of new cases dropping weekly

A photograph made available 27 July 2014 shows Liberian health workers in protective gear on the way to bury a woman who died of the Ebola virus from the isolation unit in Foya, Lofa County, Liberia, 02 July 2014. Ahmed Jallanzo/EPA

World's largest Ebola unit dismantled as outbreak retreats

Jan 28, 2015 - 10:06 PM

Five months later to the day it registered no patients at all for the first time and staff this week mark a drastic retreat of an epidemic which has killed thousands by dismantling and burning the first tent put up at the clinic

Photo taken on January 27, 2015 shows tents being dismantled after Doctors Without Borders (Medecins Sans Frontieres, MSF) decommissioned the first section of the ELWA III Ebola Management Center in Monrovia. AFP PHOTO / ZOOM DOSSO AFP PHOTO / ZOOM DOSSO

Nigerian troops fight Boko Haram in Maiduguri

Jan 25, 2015 - 6:11 PM

Locals say the fight between extremists and troops is still ongoing

Soldiers of the Chadian army patrol on January 21, 2015, at the border between Nigeria and Cameroon, some 40 km from Maltam, as part of a military contingent against the armed Islamist group Boko Haram. Chad, seen as having the most capable military in the region, sent on January 17-18, 2015 a convoy of troops and 400 military vehicles into neighbouring Cameroon to battle Boko Haram. AFP PHOTO / ALI KAYA

Boko Haram gunmen kill 15 in Nigeria's northeast

Jan 24, 2015 - 7:20 PM

A woman from the village who simply gave her name as Kyallu says four of her children were among the dead

Soldiers of the Chadian army patrol on January 21, 2015, at the border between Nigeria and Cameroon, some 40 km from Maltam, as part of a military contingent against the armed Islamist group Boko Haram. Chad, seen as having the most capable military in the region, sent on January 17-18, 2015 a convoy of troops and 400 military vehicles into neighbouring Cameroon to battle Boko Haram. AFP PHOTO / ALI KAYA

Just five Ebola cases left in Liberia – government

Jan 24, 2015 - 7:09 PM

Three of the cases are in the capital Monrovia while the others are in the northwestern counties of Bomi and Grand Cape Mount

 A medical worker checks the temperature of a man, in quarantine since his daughter died from Ebola, in Omega town, a suburb of Monrovia, on January 21, 2015. The World Health Organization said in its latest update that 8,688 people had died, among a cumulative total of 21,759 cases. AFP PHOTO / ZOOM DOSSO A medical worker checks the temperature of a man, in quarantine since his daughter died from Ebola, in Omega town, a suburb of Monrovia, on January 21, 2015. The World Health Organization said in its latest update that 8,688 people had died, among a cumulative total of 21,759 cases. AFP PHOTO / ZOOM DOSSO

UN reports significant drop in Ebola cases

Jan 22, 2015 - 7:43 AM

The countries at the epicenter of the epidemic now have sufficient capacity to isolate and treat patients as well as bury those that have died of Ebola

FIGHTING EBOLA. Liberian President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf (C) being escorted by Dutch Captain-Commander Peter van den Berg (C-R) and diplomat Hans Docter as the Netherlands’ Special Envoy for Ebola (2-L) towards the Dutch Navy's ship Karel Doorman shortly after it docked carrying humanitarian, relief and medical supplies at the Freeport of Monrovia, Liberia, 24 November 2014. Photo by Ahmed Jallanzo/EPA

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Jan 16, 2015 - 8:43 PM

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Ebola could end in Liberia by June – study

Jan 14, 2015 - 7:57 AM

If the trend toward better hospitalization and preventive care continues in Liberia researchers at the University of Georgia and Pennsylvania State University say the end of the deadly ordeal may be in sight

Red cross workers, wearing protective suits, carry the body of a person who died from Ebola during a burial for victims of the virus, in Monrovia, on January 5, 2015. Zoom Dosso/AFP

Human tests of Ebola vaccines 'about to begin' in affected countries – WHO

Jan 09, 2015 - 8:29 PM

The new vaccines would be tested on thousands in Guinea Liberia and Sierra Leone

Red Cross workers, wearing protective suits, carry the body of a person who died from Ebola during a burial with relatives of the victims of the virus, in Monrovia, on January 5, 2015. Zoom Dosso/AFP

Ebola death toll hits 8,235 – WHO

Jan 08, 2015 - 10:27 AM

Almost all the deaths and cases have been reported in the three west African countries worst hit by the outbreak: Sierra Leone Liberia and Guinea

Red Cross workers, wearing protective suits, carry the body of a person who died from Ebola during a burial with relatives of the victims of the virus, in Monrovia, on January 5, 2015. Zoom Dosso/AFP

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Jan 04, 2015 - 11:47 AM

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Ebola-hit UK nurse in critical condition

Jan 04, 2015 - 7:26 AM

As of December 28 – not counting Cafferkey – a total of 678 healthcare workers were known to have contracted the virus and 382 of them had died

An ambulance pulls away from The Royal Free hospital in north London on Janurary 3, 2015, where it was announced that British nurse Pauline Cafferkey, who contracted Ebola while working in Sierra Leone, is in 'critical condition'. Photo by Justin Tallis/AFP

Ebola death toll rises to 7,842 –WHO

Dec 30, 2014 - 8:47 AM

Almost all the deaths and cases were recorded in 3 west African countries: Sierra Leone Liberia and Guinea

VICTIMS. Liberian nurses bury the body of an Ebola victim in the Banjor Community on the outskirts of Monrovia, Liberia 06 August 2014. Ahmad Jallanzo/EPA

IMF policies criticized over Ebola outbreak

Dec 22, 2014 - 9:28 AM

A study finds IMF programs held back the development of effective health systems in Guinea Liberia and Sierra Leone

French NGO Medecins Sans Frontieres (MSF - Doctors Without Borders) staff members standing wearing protective gear at the MSF ELWA hospital in Monrovia, 21 August 2014. Zoom Dosso/AFP

Long-delayed elections kick off in Ebola-hit Liberia

Dec 20, 2014 - 8:03 PM

The vote for 15 seats in the upper house of parliament is now underway after being postponed twice already due to the Ebola epidemic

Ban pledges UN support in tour of Ebola-hit West Africa

Dec 20, 2014 - 9:43 AM

Today we have reason to be cautiously optimistic that this terrible outbreak can be defeated says UN chief Ban Ki moon

MORE UN SUPPORT. A handout image released by the United Nations (UN) shows UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon (L) and Liberian President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf (R) sit for a meeting at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Monrovia, Liberia, December 19 2014. Photo by Evan Schneider/Handout/EPA

Ebola-hit Liberia delays election until weekend

Dec 15, 2014 - 10:19 PM

The vote for 15 seats in the upper house of parliament has been postponed twice already as the epidemic ravaged the impoverished west African nation

ANOTHER VICTIM. Liberian nurses bury the body of an Ebola victim in the Banjor Community on the outskirts of Monrovia, Liberia 06 August 2014. Ahmad Jallanzo/EPA

How a Pinay doctor helped fight Ebola in Liberia

Dec 13, 2014 - 11:48 AM

The Philippines may not be sending health workers to Ebola hit countries but there s no stopping Filipino doctors who want to fight the outbreak at its epicenter

EBOLA FIGHTER. Dr Natasha Reyes is one of the few Filipino health workers who helped fight the Ebola outbreak in West Africa this 2014. File photo from Doctors Without Borders

Ebola death toll climbs to 6,583

Dec 13, 2014 - 9:42 AM

The World Health Organization reports that as of December 10 there had been 18 188 cases of infection from the deadly virus in Guinea Liberia and Sierra Leone

DEATH TOLL CLIMBS. Nearly 6,600 people have now died from the Ebola virus according to the World Health Organization. Ahmed Jallanzo/EPA