AllAfrica News: Liberia

The Lebanese Community Must Speak
[NEWS] It Is Little over a week since ten Liberian girls were repatriated home from Lebanon after they were allegedly abused sexually and subjected to inhumane treatments. The girls were repatriated following public outcry that the government should intervene to ensure their safety. There are various accounts regarding how our girls were promised, but later humiliated and abused simply because they were miles away from home.

MSF, WHO Trade Blame Ebola Response
[New Dawn] A war of words broke out Monday between aid agency Doctors Without Borders and the World Health Organization over who was to blame for the slow response to the Ebola epidemic that broke out a year ago.

Liberian Women Seeking Gender Parity in Constitutional Review
[FrontPageAfrica] Since the Ascendency of President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf to the Presidency of Liberia, there has been a growing anthem for more women participation in the governance structure of the country. As the constitution review process is ongoing, women in Liberia are now using this opportunity to demand that their participation in all sectors is guaranteed by the constitution.

Ebola Trial Vaccines Prove Safe for 600 Participants - Researcher
[LINA] The Ebola trial vaccines have proven safe for 600 participants in their Phase Two study in Liberia, the Co-principal Investigator of the Partnership for Research on Ebola Vaccines in Liberia (Prevail), Dr. Fatorma Bolay, has disclosed.

Senate Endorses AfDB Loan Agreement
[LINA] The Liberian Senate has concurred with the House of Representatives on the ratification of a US$78.11 loan agreement between Liberia and the African Development Bank (AfDB) and African Development Fund (ADF).

'One Ebola Case Constitutes Medical Emergency'
[NEWS] The United States Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Representative in Liberia, Dr. Kelvin Decok has told a news conference in Monrovia that one Ebola case constitutes a medical emergency.

Group to Collect 10,000 Signatures
[NEWS] Recommendations of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC) might have taken long to be implemented, but there are reports that some Liberians are cognizant of the reality that a war crimes court would address the issue of justice and impunity.

Economic Sabotage Case Dismissed
[NEWS] The assigned Judge at the Criminal Court "C" at the Temple of Justice in Monrovia has dismissed a US$10,000 Economic Sabotage and Bribery case involving three former employees of the Ministry of Finance.

'Girls Whereabouts Will Remain Unknown'
[NEWS] Gender, Children and Social Protection Minister Julia Duncan Cassell has disclosed that the whereabouts of the 10 Liberian girls brought back into the country from Lebanon will not be disclosed.

New Ebola Patient Stable
[NEWS] A Liberian woman who recently became the country's first Ebola patient in nearly a month ago is said to be stable.

Ebola Survivors Stopped From Traveling
[New Dawn] A local organization, Young Liberia, dedicated to de-stigmatizing Ebola survivors across the country, has strongly expressed frustration and condemned recent decision by the Nimba County Health Team to prevent Ebola survivors from joining their colleagues from across Liberia at a program held in Gbarnga, Bong County, Central Liberia.

Ebola On the Rampage Again
[New Dawn] The Ministry of Health has disclosed that so far, there are only two new suspected Ebola cases in Monrovia. The deputy head for the Incident Management System, Dr. Francis Kateh, detailed that one suspect is a resident of the Clara Town Community, while the other is an active contact, who associated with the recent confirmed case in Caldwell, Montserrado County.

CDC, NPP Concede - NEC Wants Certification of Margibi Senator
[FrontPageAfrica] Barely three months after he was denied entry into the Capitol Building due to a writ of prohibition filed against him by his opponents, Margibi County Senator- elect Jim Tornonlah was a happy man on Thursday, when the National Elections Commission (NEC) prayed the Supreme Court to give it the green light to certificate him.

Kenya Airways - Kq 509 Resumes Flight to Liberia
[FrontPageAfrica] After a year of international ban of flights by several airlines, which has made travels in and out of Liberia difficult, the country has received a major boost with one of the reliable international airlines expected to resume flights to the country Monday.

Liberians Want NEC Commissioners Elected
[NEWS] Several Liberians who made inputs in the country's constitution review process are calling for the election of individuals serving on the Board of Commissioners at the National Elections Commission (NEC).

Court Denies Taylor Transfer to Rwanda
[NEWS] The Residual Special Court for Sierra Leone (RSCSL) has denied in its entirety a motion by convicted former Liberian President Charles Taylor requesting that the court terminates the enforcement of his sentence in the UK and transfers him to Rwanda to serve the remainder of his 50-year prison sentence.

Ebola Management Centre Closed
[NEWS] Due to the decreased number of Ebola cases in Liberia, the international medical organization Doctors Without Borders/ Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) has closed its ELWA 3 Ebola Management Center in Monrovia.

'Corruption Keeps Liberia Poor'
[NEWS] The Special Representative of the Secretary General (SRSG) to Liberia has declared that corruption is a setback that keeps Liberia poor.

Suspected Ebola Case in Clara Town
[Inquirer] The Ministry of Health through the Deputy of the Incident Management System, Francis Ketter, has disclosed that so far there are two new suspected Ebola cases in Monrovia. Dr. Ketter disclosed that one suspect is a resident of the Clara Town Community while the other is an active contact who associated with the recent confirmed case in Caldwell.

Charles Taylor Denied Transfer From UK Prison
[Special Court for Sierra Leone] A news release from the Residual Special Court for Sierra Leone (RSCSL):

Russia, Columbia Commit to Liberia
[New Dawn] Ambassadors of four governments have separately presented letters of credence to President Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf in Monrovia, including the Ambassadors of Russia and Columbia, who separately made commitments in social development, agriculture and education, among others.

President Sirleaf Receives Letters of Credence From New Turkish Ambassador to Liberia, H.e. Penbe Nersrin Bayazit
[Liberia Govt] President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf has received the Letters of Credence from the new Ambassador of Turkey to Liberia, Her Excellency Penbe Nersrin Bayazit.

President Sirleaf Signs Law Creating National Lottery Authority
[FrontPageAfrica] Monrovia -President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf has signed into law an Act repealing the 1993 Act of the Liberia National Lotteries Corporation thus creating the National Lottery Authority. According to a release, the new Act gives the agency the exclusive power to conduct, manage, regulate, and supervise Lotto and all other games of chance within the entire country.

CNDRA Completes Storage of 93 Percent of Land Records
[LINA] The Center for National Documents and Records Agency (CNDRA) has disclosed that it has organized and stored 93 percent of land records in Liberia over the last three years.

Ebola Fear Dwarfs School Enrollment in Tewor District
[LINA] The Principal of Sewu Public School in Tewor District, Mr. B. Biokai Kaiwu, says the drastic drop in student population is attributed to the Ebola uncertainty among parents to send their children to school.

Rivercess Politics - Campaign Starts for District #2 By-Election
[FrontPageAfrica] Cestos -The National Elections Commission (NEC) of Liberia has declared campaign activities officially open a By-election to replace a vacancy left by Representative Francis Paye as a result of his election as senator in the December 20 special senatorial election.

Pres. Sirleaf Consoles Australia, Singapore On National Mourning
[LINA] President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf has sent a message of Condolence to the Government and People of the Commonwealth of Australia, following the death of that country's Former Prime Ministers, Malcolm Fraser.

Pres. Sirleaf Consoles Germany After Tragic Plane Crash
[LINA] President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf has sent a message of condolence to the Government and People of the Federal Republic of Germany following the crash of the German wings Airbus A302 in Southern France, killing about 150 persons.

MPW Minister Hails Work On Red Light-Guinea Border Road
[LINA] Public Works Minister W. Gyude Moore has expressed satisfaction over work being done by the two Chinese companies constructing the Red Light-Gbarnga-Guinea border highway.

President Sirleaf Receives Letters of Credence From Two New Ambassadors
[Liberia Govt] President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf has received the Letters of Credence from two new Ambassadors accredited near this capital, H.E. Mr. Dmitry Suslov, Ambassador of the Russian Federation to the Republic of Liberia and H.E. Claudia Turbay Quintero, Ambassador of Colombia to Liberia.