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The commander of the Liberian President’s motorcade has been arrested for allegedly smuggling 300kg of cannabis.

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If the trial of the Nigerian Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab for attempting to blow up a plane over Detroit draws some attention to his country of origin it can only be for the better. For more than a month now one of Africa's richest and most important states has been without an effective leadership, as its president Umaru Yar'Adua, has disappeared abroad, reportedly to a hospital in Saud Arabia where he lies virtually incommunicado.

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From Liberia to Ethiopia, Beijing is constructing a 21st century empire thousands of miles from home

Gareth Thomas: Basic healthcare for the world's poor should be a right, not a luxury

Last week I was in Sierra Leone, where I met Aisata Jabbie, an 18 year old mother in agony after complications during a home birth. She couldn't afford to give birth in the local hospital.

Research highlights needless death of a million babies

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Art in Paris: Big Sister is watching you

This weekend hundreds of immense pairs of eyes will be gazing at the river boats on the Seine. They belong to heroic women from the world's worst trouble spots. John Lichfield meets the artist

Hilary Clinton wins hearts as she concludes African tour

In Liberia, Hillary Clinton brought out the crowds despite torrential rain.

Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf: We will not rest until the gains of peace are felt by all Liberians

When, on 16 January 2006, I spoke to the nation, I recognised that the vote for me was a vote for change. More than that, it was a vote for peace, security and stability; a vote for individual and national prosperity; a vote for healing and leadership. I expressed humility in the enormity of the challenges that lay ahead – to heal our nation's wounds, redefine and strengthen its purpose, make democracy a living and effective experiment, promote economic growth, create jobs, revitalise our health and education facilities and services, and quicken the pace of social progress and individual prosperity in our country.

Raped eight-year-old shunned by family

A refugee girl aged eight who was gang-raped in a shed by four boys from her homeland, Liberia, has been shunned by her family.

Taylor denies Sierra Leone invasion

Former Liberian president Charles Taylor has told a war crimes court in The Hague that he played no part in forming the guerrilla force that invaded Sierra Leone in the early 1990s.

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