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Charles Taylor sentenced to 50 yearsupdated: Wed May 30 2012 08:38:00

Vladimir Duthiers is in Sierra Leone with reaction to Charles Taylor's sentence.

Charles Taylor sentenced to 50 years for war crimesupdated: Wed May 30 2012 08:38:00

The first former head of state to be convicted of war crimes since World War II was sentenced to 50 years in prison Wednesday by an international court in The Hague, Netherlands.

Charles Taylor's defense to counter prosecutor sentencing recommendation updated: Thu May 10 2012 06:05:00

The defense for Charles Taylor is expected to submit its counter-recommendation Thursday after prosecutors said the former Liberian president deserves an 80-year sentence for a war crimes conviction.

How diamonds fuel Africa's conflictsupdated: Mon Apr 30 2012 08:12:00

Much of the war crimes trial of former Liberian president Charles Taylor focused on the role played by so-called "conflict diamonds" in funding rebels in conflict areas.

The alleged crimes of Charles Taylorupdated: Mon Apr 30 2012 06:29:00

Former Liberian President Charles Taylor on trial for war crimes. CNN's Nima Elbagir reports.

Charles Taylor verdict 'momentous'updated: Thu Apr 26 2012 11:48:00

CNN's David McKenzie explains the significance of the Charles Taylor verdict for those in and outside Africa.

Taylor verdict: Why peace must accompany justiceupdated: Thu Apr 26 2012 11:48:00

Millions of people will breathe a sigh of relief that Charles Taylor has finally been held to account for the years of violence, misery and suffering that he brought to the people of West Africa.

Girls at risk: Starting a revolution for teenage mothers updated: Thu Mar 08 2012 09:28:00

Sierra Leone and Liberia have some of the highest maternal mortality rates in the world, with 15-24 year olds accounting for 40% of such deaths) and two years ago, agencies IPPF and FORWARD listened to hundreds of African voices talking about sexual and reproductive health and rights.

Three women jointly receive Nobel Peace Prizeupdated: Sat Dec 10 2011 14:58:00

Women's rights took center stage Saturday at the Nobel ceremonies as three women recognized for their struggles against the backdrops of the Arab Spring and democratic progress in Africa accepted this year's peace prize.

'Been a long time coming,' say women peace prize winnersupdated: Sat Dec 10 2011 14:56:00

A grassroots activist, a head of state and a symbol of the Arab Spring.

Liberians vote in runoff electionupdated: Tue Nov 08 2011 14:03:00

Liberia went to the polls Tuesday for a runoff election after incumbent President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf failed to win the votes needed for an outright victory last month.

Liberia's creative rail solutionupdated: Mon Oct 17 2011 08:35:00

CNN's Christian Purefoy rides a Liberian railroad powered by ingenuity.

Liberia's human-powered wooden trains updated: Mon Oct 17 2011 08:35:00

Sitting beside the aging railway tracks running deeper into the forest of Liberia, we waited outside the frail wooden hut that was used as a makeshift railway station.

Opposition party: Liberia election 'was not free and fair'updated: Sun Oct 16 2011 13:24:00

Opposition parties are protesting Liberia's election results, claiming irregularities in the voting process, but are ready to participate in a runoff next month, a spokesman for one party said Sunday.

Liberian president leads in early election resultsupdated: Thu Oct 13 2011 16:21:00

Liberian President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf may be headed for a runoff election, early results released Thursday by the National Elections Commission indicate.

Liberians head to the pollsupdated: Tue Oct 11 2011 12:24:00

The West African nation tests democracy in its second post-war election. CNN's Christian Purefoy reports.

Excitement as election fever grips Liberiaupdated: Tue Oct 11 2011 12:24:00

Thousands of young men shouting, driving in pick-up trucks and taking control of the streets of Monrovia was, only a few years ago, a reason to flee.

Ivory Coast boosting security on Liberian borderupdated: Mon Sep 19 2011 14:05:00

The U.N. mission in Ivory Coast is helping the Ivorian government beef up security along the border with Liberia after a deadly attack last week from alleged ''Liberian mercenaries," an Ivorian official said.

Chalkboard blog brings news to Liberiansupdated: Wed Jul 13 2011 12:32:00

Alfred Sirleaf uses a chalkboard to bring news to Liberian citizens who otherwise don't have access to it.

Chalkboard blogger keeps Liberian citizens in the knowupdated: Wed Jul 13 2011 12:32:00

In 2009, Motherboard traveled to Liberia. While we were in Monrovia, we met Alfred Sirleaf, an advocate for freedom of information who runs the city's analog blog.

A life of fabrics and fashionupdated: Wed Jun 22 2011 04:12:00

Korto Momolu talks about escaping a civil war and being on the hit reality show Project Runway in the United States.

Feds: International narcotics traffickers convicted after U.S. stingupdated: Thu Apr 28 2011 20:49:00

A Russian cargo pilot and his Nigerian broker were found guilty on Thursday of conspiring to traffic more than $100 million worth of cocaine into the United States and Europe from ports in West Africa. Restrepo Director Tim Hetherington Killed in Libyaupdated: Thu Apr 21 2011 09:28:00

Hetherington, 41, director of the Oscar-nominated documentary, dies during fighting

Global cocoa trade complicit in Ivory Coast atrocitiesupdated: Wed Apr 20 2011 11:08:00

The capture of Laurent Gbagbo, whose refusal to concede the presidency of the Ivory Coast to challenger Alassane Ouattara despite his internationally recognized election loss nearly five months ago, is being accompanied by calls for him and his associates to face justice. But it is unclear what form this justice will take.

'Clock is ticking' for refugees fleeing Ivory Coastupdated: Wed Apr 06 2011 12:11:00

Aid organizations are warning of an impending humanitarian crisis for tens of thousands of refugees who have arrived in Liberia after fleeing violence in Ivory Coast.

In Liberia, rape is a weaponupdated: Fri Mar 11 2011 20:07:00

Seema Mathur investigates why there is a spike in rape cases and how Liberia is trying to combat the violence.

Women leading change in Liberiaupdated: Fri Mar 11 2011 20:07:00

Two powerful women standing side-by-side in Liberia's capital place their faith for a better future in the country's women.

At least 1 dead in clashes at refugee camp in Ghanaupdated: Sun Feb 13 2011 17:57:00

At least one person has been confirmed dead in violence that broke out Sunday morning at a refugee camp in Ghana.

Former Liberian president boycotts his war crimes trialupdated: Wed Feb 09 2011 07:14:00

Former Liberian President Charles Taylor boycotted his war crimes trial again Wednesday after judges rejected a delayed summary from his defense team, a court official said.

Surfing pioneers in Liberiaupdated: Tue Jan 11 2011 07:47:00

In a country known for suffering not surfing, CNN's Christian Purefoy found one of the sport's newest hotspots.

Crisis envoys meet with Gbagbo as pressure mountsupdated: Tue Jan 04 2011 06:15:00

Three representatives of the Economic Community of West African States and an African Union representative met twice Monday with self-declared Ivory Coast President Laurent Gbagbo in an attempt to persuade him to step down, but there was no indication late in the day that they were near their goal.

Explainer: Ivory Coast crisis -- What's at stake?updated: Wed Dec 29 2010 14:52:00

Ivory Coast remains in a political crisis triggered by the country's disputed presidential election on November 28.

Political stalemate in the Ivory Coastupdated: Wed Dec 29 2010 14:52:00

West African leaders tell Ivorian President Laurent Gbagbo step down, or else.

Call for general strike appears to go unheeded in Ivory Coastupdated: Mon Dec 27 2010 13:42:00

Ivorians appeared Monday to be ignoring the call for a general strike by the man widely recognized as the Ivory Coast's legitimate leader following last month's presidential run-off election.

Forces mounting against Gbagboupdated: Mon Dec 27 2010 13:42:00

Fourteen African nations are threatening to force Ivory Coast President Laurent Gbagbo to resign.

As tensions mount, Ivorians make the trek to Liberiaupdated: Sat Dec 25 2010 16:31:00

About 14,000 Ivory Coast residents escaping their country's political instability and violence have fled to eastern Liberia in what has been an arduous journey, the United Nations refugee agency said Saturday.

U.N.: Thousands flee Ivory Coast amid fears of regional conflictupdated: Mon Dec 20 2010 11:08:00

A political standoff has forced nearly 4,000 citizens of northwest Ivory Coast to flee to neighboring countries, prompting fears of regional insecurity, according to the United Nations.

Deadly Ivory Coast unrestupdated: Mon Dec 20 2010 11:08:00

CNN's Jim Clancy interviews a senior adviser to incumbent Ivory Coast President Laurent Gbagbo about the unrest there.

Hijacking off Tanzania shows expansion of pirate activity, Navy saysupdated: Fri Dec 10 2010 14:04:00

The hijacking of a container ship in the Indian Ocean Friday afternoon is evidence of a "constantly expanding area of pirate activity" off the Africa coast, military officials said.

U.S. gives millions of dollars to fund Taylor war crimes trialupdated: Wed Nov 24 2010 11:47:00

The United States is providing millions of dollars to fund the trial of Charles Taylor, the former Liberian president charged with war crimes for his alleged role in a civil war that killed tens of thousands.

Charles Taylor's team rests case in war crimes trialupdated: Fri Nov 12 2010 13:19:00

The defense team for Charles Taylor, the former Liberian president accused of war crimes, formally concluded its case on Friday, the Special Court for Sierra Leone said.

Liberian president disbands entire Cabinetupdated: Fri Nov 05 2010 06:38:00

The Liberian president dismissed all but one of her Cabinet ministers this week in a move she says will help give her administration a fresh start.

BET founder makes case for Liberiaupdated: Fri Sep 24 2010 09:27:00

Billionaire Robert Johnson stresses the importance of Liberia for African-Americans.

Liberia's tortured history -- and happy endingupdated: Fri Sep 24 2010 09:27:00

I moved to Liberia in 1979 believing I could make a difference in the world. I opened a business and served as a midwife. I fell in love with Liberian culture and I enjoyed palm wine and palm butter.

UN: Wartime rape no more inevitable, acceptable than mass murderupdated: Fri Aug 13 2010 01:22:00

The United Nations is trying to put sexual violence on the international policy map, telling political and military leaders that wartime mass rape "is no more inevitable than, or acceptable than, mass murder."

Did Naomi Campbell lie in court?updated: Wed Aug 11 2010 10:47:00

Did Naomi Campbell lie about receiving blood diamonds? CNN's Anderson Cooper investigates.

The supermodel, warlord and dirty little diamondsupdated: Wed Aug 11 2010 10:47:00

When international supermodel Naomi Campbell took the witness stand Friday in the trial against Liberia's former President Charles Taylor, Western media outlets showered unprecedented attention on this largely ignored war crimes trial.

Bullet-ridden building in Liberia turns into fair-trade havenupdated: Mon Aug 09 2010 14:14:00

Chid Liberty's family business high-rise was corrupted into a site of conflict, mass graves and executions during Liberia's fourteen-year civil war.

Jobs for women in Liberiaupdated: Mon Aug 09 2010 14:14:00

Liberia suffers from an 80% jobless rate. CNN?s Christian Purefoy reports on how women use other skills for employment.

Naomi Campbell at war crimes trialupdated: Mon Aug 09 2010 02:22:00

Supermodel Naomi Campbell testifies at The Hague in a trial involving former Liberian president, Charles Taylor. Naomi Campbell Testifies in 'Blood Diamonds' Caseupdated: Thu Aug 05 2010 14:10:00

The British supermodel takes to the stand in a UN war-crimes tribunal

Religion and reconciliationupdated: Thu Aug 05 2010 08:38:00

As Liberia looks to rebuild from civil war, CNN's Christian Purefoy reports on how religion is playing a central theme.

Former Liberian warlord 'finds God,' seeks presidencyupdated: Thu Aug 05 2010 08:38:00

Prince Johnson -- once a rebel commander in Liberia's civil war, and a man accused of crimes against humanity -- says he has found God.

BET founder to build spa resort in war-torn Liberiaupdated: Fri Jul 16 2010 11:56:00

Billionaire businessman Bob Johnson has chosen Liberia for his latest venture, the country's first top class hotel.

BET millionaire expands to Africaupdated: Fri Jul 16 2010 11:56:00

Businessman Bob Johnson is extending his empire onto the African continent with a gleaming new "first" class hotel in Liberia.

BET founder to build spa hotel in war-torn Liberiaupdated: Fri Jul 16 2010 10:48:00

Billionaire businessman Bob Johnson has chosen Liberia for his latest venture, the country's first top class hotel.

Nas sees ties with victims of Liberian warupdated: Tue May 04 2010 17:16:00

When it comes to tough-to-watch subjects, the aftermath of more than a decade of civil war is one of them, but rapper Nas says he has started to pay attention.

Indian women peacekeepers hailed in Liberiaupdated: Tue Mar 02 2010 04:14:00

They are trained in sophisticated combat tactics and weaponry, crowd and mob control, counter-insurgency. They patrol the streets of the Liberian capital, expected to keep the peace after years of war.

'It's World War III' in Liberiaupdated: Wed Jan 27 2010 15:52:00

VBS.TV goes into Liberia for a firsthand look at its complicated and often violent history. Viewer discretion advised. For more episodes, go to VBS.TV.

The Vice Guide to Liberiaupdated: Wed Jan 27 2010 15:52:00

In previous episodes of The Vice Guide to Travel, we road-tripped through North Korea, shopped for dirty bombs in Bulgaria, and hunted mutant wild boars in Chernobyl. Little did we know that all of our harrowing journeys would leave us only semi-prepared for a recent trip to war-ravaged, godforsaken Liberia.

Women who create gifts that give backupdated: Tue Dec 22 2009 16:27:00

Joan Hornig's jewelry comes from the heart. And 100 percent of the profits go to a charity of your choice.

Kimmie Weeks: Liberia's young heroupdated: Wed Nov 04 2009 14:24:00

Great survivors were molded from Liberia's bloody war that ended just six years ago. Among the violence and tragedy, new leaders emerged, including youth activist Kimmie Weeks.

Making a differenceupdated: Wed Nov 04 2009 14:24:00

Human rights activist Kimmie Weeks talks about the horrors of Liberia's civil war and how it inspired him to fight for children's rights.

Liberia's most celebrated artistupdated: Sun Sep 13 2009 23:24:00

Leslie Lumeh talks to CNN about his love for art.

Arizona girl's attack sheds light on rape in Liberiaupdated: Wed Jul 29 2009 18:35:00

The allegation is shocking: an 8-year-old girl lured to a storage shed with the promise of chewing gum, pinned down and sexually assaulted by four boys, none of them older than 14.

Crime and culture clashupdated: Wed Jul 29 2009 18:35:00

Law enforcement and culture clash after the alleged rape of an 8-year-old Liberian girl. CNN's Thelma Gutierrez reports.

'Shame' felt by young assault victim's family decriedupdated: Fri Jul 24 2009 22:38:00

The president of Liberia spoke Friday on the sexual assault of an 8-year-old Liberian refugee in Phoenix, Arizona, decrying reports that the parents believe their family has been shamed by the girl.

Prosecutor: Juvenile sexual assault is 'heartrending'updated: Fri Jul 24 2009 10:05:00

With four Phoenix, Arizona, boys ages 9 to 14 charged with sexual assault on an 8-year-old girl, a prosecutor vowed Thursday his office will "seek justice for the young victim in this heartrending situation."

Escape from the 'land of blood and tears'updated: Tue Jun 09 2009 15:02:00

Michael Chea can't forget what they did to him. Though he is standing in the morning sunlight, surrounded by giggling teenagers and chirping birds, his face is twisted by grief.

Amputees in Liberia find hope in footballupdated: Fri May 15 2009 07:57:00

On a dusty pitch in the middle of the capital of Monrovia limbless young men play football as though their lives depended on it.

Liberian uncertaintyupdated: Mon Feb 09 2009 22:06:00

Thousands of Liberians in the U.S. face deportation next month. CNN's Jeanne Meserve reports.

Liberians facing mass deportation from U.S.updated: Mon Feb 09 2009 22:06:00

Thousands of Liberians living in the United States face deportation March 31 when a federal immigration status created for humanitarian purposes expires.

Hungry caterpillars force Liberian emergencyupdated: Wed Jan 28 2009 10:02:00

Liberia's president has declared a state of emergency after hordes of ravenous caterpillars infested the country. A War-Crimes Trial in Florida updated: Fri Oct 03 2008 16:00:00

The abuses Chucky Taylor is accused of committing were perpetrated in Liberia. Prosecuting them on U.S. soil could make the trial a legal landmark Liberia Bans All Food Exportsupdated: Mon May 12 2008 15:00:00

Liberia banned all food exports Monday, saying profiteers have been taking advantage of its cheap rice prices to truck the grain -- already in short supply in Liberia -- to neighboring countries to sell at higher prices

This week on Inside Africaupdated: Fri Apr 11 2008 13:58:00

This week on Inside Africa we have an update on the political crisis in Zimbabwe, then we head to the Big Apple for a look at the 15th annual New York African Film Festival.

Rare pygmy hippos caught on cameraupdated: Mon Mar 10 2008 13:21:00

An endangered and secretive animal rarely seen in the wild has been caught on camera in West Africa.

Liberia Reconciliationupdated: Mon Jan 28 2008 04:25:00

The war crimes trial of Charles Taylor resumes after a six-month break. Nick Valencia reports. 'Naked' Rebel Confesses to Deathsupdated: Mon Jan 21 2008 16:00:00

One of Liberia's most notorious rebels, known as Gen. Butt Naked for charging into battle wearing only boots, has returned to confess his role in terrorizing the nation

Fortune: THE WORLD AT RISKupdated: Mon Jul 09 2007 00:00:00

1. ARGENTINA The government's decision to ration gas and electricity for firms rather than raise prices for residential consumers does little to address mounting woes in the energy sector and helps set the stage for future economic problems.

No end in sight for Africa's suffering massesupdated: Mon Jun 19 2006 17:19:00

Just imagine for a moment that everything you own -- from your hard-earned money to your home to your car to little mementos like pictures on the wall -- has just been taken from you by a group of people who don't like the way you look or the shade of your skin or the shape of your nose. Everything gone except, perhaps, the clothes on your back.

Liberian president fires entire ministryupdated: Thu Feb 02 2006 09:03:00

Liberia's newly installed President Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf, living up to her reputation as an "Iron Lady", has dismissed all Finance Ministry employees in a bid to curb the rampant corruption crippling her country.

New leader's pledge: Unite Liberiaupdated: Mon Jan 16 2006 06:30:00

Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf has been sworn in as Liberia's new president, becoming Africa's first elected female head of state and vowing to lead the country away from its turbulent past.

Laura Bush: Rice in '08?updated: Fri Jan 13 2006 15:21:00

Ahead of her trip to witness the inauguration of Africa's first elected female president, first lady Laura Bush said Friday that the United States could elect a female president in the next few terms, and said she would like to cast a ballot for Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice.

Woman wins historic Liberia voteupdated: Wed Nov 23 2005 05:39:00

Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf has been declared president of Liberia following runoff elections, having received nearly 60 percent of the vote.

U.N. sends 'signal' to Liberia's Taylorupdated: Fri Nov 11 2005 16:51:00

U.N. peacekeepers in Liberia now have the authority to arrest former President Charles Taylor and transfer him to Sierra Leone for trial should he return to the country.

Nation settled by ex-slaves struggles for unity updated: Fri Jul 23 2004 11:28:00

Searching for a land of freedom and opportunity, thousands of former slaves left the United States in the 19th century and sailed across the Atlantic to a continent their ancestors had unwillingly left.

Fortune: Pat Robertson's Quest For Eternal Life He's making bets to ensure that his evangelical empire outlasts him. His updated: Mon Jun 10 2002 00:01:00

Jesus mania swept Liberia. For eight nights last December the nation's TV channels--both of them--simultaneously showed programs created by Pat Robertson's Christian Broadcasting Network. There was...

Fortune: Why Do Ships Register In Liberia?updated: Mon Jun 11 2001 00:01:00

We're fine with wearing clothes made in China, drinking wine from Chile, and watching movies shot in Toronto. But one piece of international cross-pollination baffles us. Why are so many cruise shi...

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