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Liberian Politician George Weah Graduates With U.S. College Degree

Former Liberian presidential candidate and football legend George Weah of the Congress for Democratic Change Party (CDC) says it is never too late for anyone to pursue and achieve a dream. During the 2005 presidential election, some of Weah’s critics said he was not fit to be president because he did not have a college degree. Last week, Weah...

China’s Massive Appetite for Commodities Sparks Concern

China’s massive appetite for commodities is creating concerns for the global economy, the environment and workers in other countries. In a series of reports, VOA is looking at the economic power modern China wields. Correspondent Nico Colombant reports from Washington.Chinese government and company officials are signing agreements at a dizzying...

Liberian President Sirleaf: Country Making Progress, Challenges Remain

Liberian President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, who is seeking re-election this year, said U.S. aid to Liberia has helped the country rise from the ashes of war to become an emerging democratic nation. President Sirleaf spoke at the U.S. Institute of Peace in Washington Friday on the progress her government has made and the challenges it faces. She...

Clinton to Attend US-Africa Trade Forum During Visit to Zambia

Secretary of State Hillary Clinton is among delegates from the United States expected to attend the African Growth and Opportunity Act, AGOA, forum in Zambia this week.African Growth and Opportunity Act is designed to strengthen trade between the United States and sub-Saharan Africa. And Deputy Trade Representative Demetrios Marantis says AGOA...

Ivory Coast Government Pledges Reconciliation

Ivory Coast President Alassane Ouattara's new government starts its first full week of work with ministers taking a census of federal workers and an inventory of equipment.Former rebel leader Guillaume Soro continues as prime minister - a post he held in the Ouattara government named after November's disputed election and in the coalition...

Ivorian Refugees Strain Resources in Liberia

Ivory Coast is still reeling from a post-electoral crisis that killed at least 3,000 people and displaced more than a million after former president Laurent Gbagbo refused to cede power to U.N.-certified winner of last November's election, Alassane Ouattara. The Liberia office of the U.N. High Commissioner for Refugees says as many as 190,000...

Liberian Ministers Defend Government's Development Effort

Two leading Liberian economic ministers say the country’s Poverty Reduction Strategy, President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf’s signature three-year development plan, has been a success thus far. Planning and Economic Affairs Minister Amara Konneh and Finance Minister Augustine Ngafuan were in Washington to discuss the success of their government’s...

Residency Requirement Change Could Reshape Liberian Presidential Race

Liberia's electoral commission is asking voters to change the residency requirement for presidential candidates.  That would present more challengers to President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf in the scheduled October election.Liberia's national electoral commission is asking voters to lower the residency requirement for presidential candidates from 10...

Liberian Presidential Hopeful Vows New Economic Policy

One of the candidates in Liberia’s upcoming October presidential election says, if elected, he would institute a new economic policy that would empower Liberians to have a say in the management of their natural resources. Dew Tuan-Wleh Mason, Liberia’s former ambassador to France under former President Samuel Doe, is running as the candidate of...

Problems Persist for Ivory Coast

Ivory Coast president Alassane Ouattara is set to be inaugurated Saturday in the capital, Yamoussoukro. While his inauguration marks a symbolic end to six months of violent political crisis, Ouattara faces significant challenges to restoring national security.Ivory Coast is still reeling from a post-electoral crisis that killed at least 3,000...

Ivory Coast Medical Needs Rise as Violence Subsides

While the major violence may have subsided in Ivory Coast over the past month, medical needs are said to be at critical levels. Doctors Without Borders [MSF] says health centers and hospitals are overwhelmed and drug supplies in Abidjan are dangerously low. “Clearly, the emergency remains and the humanitarian situation remains worrying,” said...

E.U.-Liberia to Sign Timber Exports Agreement Monday

Liberia and the European Union will sign a landmark trade agreement Monday that would ensure that timber products exported from Liberia to E.U. countries are legal. During the regime of former President Charles Taylor, between 1997 and 2003, it is believed that all logging companies operated illegally. The World Bank estimates that the Liberian...

Study Shows Africa’s Middle Class on the Rise

The study by the African Development Bank indicates one-third of Africa’s 900 million people have more to spend on domestic goods and describes that group as middle class.However, the bank includes in the definition of middle class some 191 million Africans it describes as a floating class, who are able to spend between $2 and $4 per day per...

Global Press Freedom at Lowest Level in More Than Decade

A U.S.-based group that monitors human rights says the number of people with access to free and independent media has declined to its lowest level in more than a decade. In its newly released annual survey of 193 countries and territories, Freedom House says it rated 68 as "free," 65 "partly free" and 63 as "not free.”The group says during the...

Liberia's Referendum Campaign Gets Underway Sunday

Campaigning to amend parts of Liberia’s constitution through a referendum gets underway Sunday. The referendum is to take place August 23rd, a little more than a month before Liberia holds its presidential election in October. James Fromayan, chairman of Liberia’s National Elections Commission (NEC), says among the four referendum issues is the...