The commander of the Liberian President’s motorcade has been arrested for allegedly smuggling 300kg of cannabis.
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Sunday 03 April 2011
Thursday 31 March 2011
Ivory Coast has been plunged back into civil war after a slow-burning election crisis developed into violence with forces loyal to the internationally recognised president-elect, Alassane Ouattara, poised to take the capital.
Saturday 12 March 2011
The war crimes trial of the former Liberian president, Charles Taylor, ended yesterday with judges expected to take months to reach a verdict on whether he can be linked to murders and amputations during Sierra Leone's civil war.
Friday 04 March 2011
The Weekend's TV: Abraham Lincoln: Saint or Sinner? Sun, BBC4<br/>Toughest Place to Be a Midwife, Sun, BBC2
Monday 28 February 2011
Sunday 20 February 2011
Saturday 12 February 2011
The former Liberian president Charles Taylor and his lawyer, who boycotted the West African ruler's war crimes trial for a third day yesterday, have been granted the right to appeal over key documentation.
Sunday 26 December 2010
About 14,000 people have fled Ivory Coast for Liberia, the UN said yesterday, amid fears that a dispute over the 28 November election will rekindle a civil war.
Thursday 23 December 2010
Ivory Coast appeared to be sliding back into civil war yesterday as foreign nationals were warned to leave the country, while government-backed "death squads" were reported to be abducting opposition supporters.
Friday 17 December 2010
Friday 17 December 2010
Street gun battles in Ivory Coast's main city, Abidjan, left at least four dead yesterday as supporters of the man widely recognised as the winner of last month's presidential poll tried to wrest control of key state institutions from the incumbent, Laurent Gbagbo.
Wednesday 10 November 2010
Friday 05 November 2010
Liberian President Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf dismissed her cabinet on Wednesday in a move that will provide her with a "fresh slate" for the next phase of her administration, her office said in a press release.
Friday 24 September 2010
It's not unusual in West Africa to see dancing "devils" entertaining a crowd of amused local people. Tim Butcher encountered one shortly after crossing the border between Sierra Leone and Liberia, and he describes it in his new book as a masked figure – the headpiece carved from a single piece of jet-black wood – with a floor-length raffia skirt. Everyone knows there's a human being underneath, but the "devil" is accompanied by a young man who keeps brushing its skirt flat to maintain the illusion.
Friday 17 September 2010
I rather think Graham Greene, an eager war correspondent himself, would have approved of the setting when I first read 'Journey Without Maps'. I was locked down after curfew in a dank hotel in Monrovia, Liberia's capital, trying as a reporter to work out whether noises outside were thunderclaps from rainy-season storm clouds or mortars going off as rebels circled the dying regime of the West African warlord, Charles Taylor. The only book I could find on the country was Greene's first travel book, the account of his 1935 journey by train and truck through Sierra Leone and then on foot for 350 miles through Liberia and Guinea.
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