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Liberia: Man drowns trying to rescue $20 note in river

Police in Liberia have said that a man drowned after he jumped into a river in the capital, Monrovia, to retrieve a $20 note he had dropped. Tamba Lamine according to eyewitnesses was walking with a friend on a bridge when the bank note fell. He reportedly jumped from the bridge into the river and successfully located the note which he showed to onlookers. Police spokesman Moses Carter told the media though that the street hawker drowned shortly after that. His body is yet to be recovered according to Mr…

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Liberia arrests 11 Ghanaians for engaging in illegal mining

– Advertisement – Liberian officials have arrested eleven Ghanaians for engaging in what they call ‘illegal gold and diamond mining’. They were arrested in the Bong County following a joint operation comprising the National Security Agency (NSA) and the Ministry of Mines and Energy, according to officials. The Liberian security agency officials paraded publicly on Friday the Ghanaians who were handcuffed for the alleged crime. They would now be facing further probe and prosecution by the Ministry of Justice. Liberia’s Mines and Energy Minister Gesler E. Murray told the media…

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Liberia’s Weah angry at ‘rude citizens’ asking him for money

– Advertisement – Liberia’s President George Weah has expressed anger at some of his citizens who continue to ask him for favours but refuse to show him respect. According to the Liberian leader, he receives on daily basis numerous text messages from many citizens especially young people. But the tone of the messages according to him is distasteful and full of insults from people claiming to be his supporters. In a sermon on Sunday, the FrontPage Africa newspaper quoted the President as saying that “1000 persons who text me, 999…

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Liberia: Banknotes in short supply, banks run-out of cash

Liberian commercial banks have run out of money resulting in shortage of banknotes across the country. The shortage of banknotes means customers of banks have to form long queues at cash machines. Liberia’s ministry of finance said on Tuesday that there is not sufficient money in the vaults of commercial banks. It claimed people are keeping money at home. Liberia’s economy is struggling, flattening the confidence people have in the local currency. There have been protests in recent months after the disappearance of some $104million worth of bank notes in…

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Israel shuts embassy operations in Ghana, Liberia and Sierra Leone

Israel has shut down it’s embassy operations in Ghana, Liberia and Sierra Leone. The country said it has suspended diplomatic activities until further notice. The development has been attributed to internal budgetary issues between the Israeli Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Israel’s Ministry of Finance. This has resulted in strike actions by all Israeli missions abroad. In a statement the Israeli Embassy in Ghana’s capital Accra said this has affected all services including consular services, meetings and events. “Due to the decision of the Israeli Ministry of Finance to breach…

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Liberia ranks topmost globally in helping strangers

Liberia has emerged top when it comes to countries around the world that help strangers. The West African nation that is struggling to rebuild its economy came on top in the category of helping strangers in the latest World Giving Index, an annual ranking of people’s generosity. The index showed that helping strangers which is a component of the overall generosity rankings is something Liberia is good at. Charities Aid Foundation, a UK-based group that developed the index was rating countries based on their level of generosity. The group looked…

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Liberia: Radio station critical of President Weah shutdown

Liberian President George Weah’s resolve for press freedom is coming under serious scrutiny after riot police shut a popular radio station critical of him. The police reportedly broke into offices of Roots FM in the capital, Monrovia following a discussion on the alleged wasteful spending by the President. Henry Costa, the station’s US-based owner who hosts the show that discussed the president said live on air police broke into their offices that “We have to hold together; don’t let them take our equipment away”. But the government said it received…

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Liberia: Dozens of children killed in school fire

At least 27 school children have been killed in a fire outbreak at an Islamic school in Liberia. There were two survivors who were taken to the hospital, the police said. The victims were 10 years old and above. Police spokesman Moses Carter said on Wednesday that “The kids were learning the Koran when the fire broke out.” According to police the fire outbreak was caused by an electrical issue, but the police say investigations are still ongoing. Meanwhile President George Weah has said that the fire started late on Tuesday…

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Liberia says the West must return stolen African artifacts

The Liberian government has announced its resolve to keep pushing for all stolen artifacts from Africa which are currently dotted across Europe and America to be returned. During the years of slavery and subsequent colonization, many artifacts belonging to many African countries were wrongly taken and in some instances stolen. Some of these artifacts are now all over museums across Europe and America, with push for their return hardly yielding any results. But the advocacy and campaign to have these artifacts returned has been reignited again. Liberia’s vice president, Jewel…

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Liberia: Anti-George Weah protesters arrested

At least 15 protesters agitating against the George Weah Presidency were arrested on Wednesday in the capital, Monrovia. They were arrested for defying a government order not to stage a protest against President Weah, police said. According to the police, the protesters broke through police lines to assemble and had no permit to getting unto the street. The group of protesters was protesting despite an earlier plan by the main organizers to suspend the march. Some Liberians for most parts of July have been agitating over rising cost of living…

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