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  • Liberia confirms new Ebola case as outbreak spreads

    07/14/2015 7:56:03 AM PDT · by wtd · 9 replies
    Fox News ^ | 07/14/2015 | Reuters
    A Liberian woman has died of Ebola in a hospital in Monrovia shortly after being admitted, becoming the sixth confirmed case of the virus since it resurfaced last month after a seven-week lull, a senior medical official said on Tuesday.
  • Last Known Ebola Patient in Liberia Is Discharged

    03/05/2015 6:18:29 PM PST · by Oliviaforever · 10 replies
    NYT ^ | 3/5/15
    Liberia’s last Ebola patient was discharged on Thursday after a ceremony in the capital, Monrovia, bringing to zero the number of known cases in the country and marking a milestone in West Africa’s battle against the disease.
  • Another two journalists dead from Ebola in Liberia

    10/09/2014 2:46:02 PM PDT · by Prospero · 42 replies
    allAfrica/Press Union of Liberia (PUL) ^ | 10/9/2014 | FrontPageAfrica (Liberia - Staff)
    Monrovia — Two more journalists have died of the killer Ebola virus disease, the Press Union of Liberia (PUL) has regrettably announced.Journalist Alexander Koko Anderson, former employee of the Liberia Women Democracy Radio died at the ELWA Ebola Treatment Unit Wednesday morning (Oct. 8), while Cassius Saye, a cameraman at Real TV passed off over the weekend at the ELWA Ebola Treatment Unit in Monrovia. Rea TV staff Cassius Saye was among the station's non-essential staff sent home in the wake of the Ebola outbreak, while Alexander Anderson was no longer in the employ of LWDR, officials of the two...
  • US Military Planes Arrive at Epicenter of Ebola

    10/09/2014 1:38:02 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 39 replies
    MONROVIA, Liberia - Six U.S. military planes arrived in the Ebola hot zone Thursday with more Marines, as West Africa's leaders pleaded for the world's help in dealing with "a tragedy unforeseen in modern times." The fleet that landed outside the Liberian capital of Monrovia consisted of four MV-22 Ospreys and two KC-130s. The 100 additional Marines bring to just over 300 the total number of American troops in the country, said Maj. Gen. Darryl A. Williams, the commander leading the U.S. response. Williams joined U.S. Ambassador to Liberia Deborah Malac at the airport to greet the aircraft, which arrived...
  • Liberian President Appeals to Obama for US Help to Beat Ebola

    09/14/2014 8:17:17 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 44 replies ^ | September 13, 2014 | Thomson/Reuters
    Liberian President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf has appealed to U.S. President Barack Obama for urgent aid in tackling the worst recorded outbreak of the deadly Ebola virus, saying that without it her country would lose the fight against the disease. The outbreak, which was first discovered in March, has now killed more than 2,400 people mostly in Liberia, neighbouring Guinea and Sierra Leone, as understaffed and poorly resourced West African healthcare systems have been overrun. The World Health Organization (WHO) has warned that the epidemic is spreading exponentially in Liberia, where more than half of the deaths have been recorded. It...
  • Liberia’s West Point Slum Reels From the Nightmare of Ebola

    08/22/2014 4:30:57 PM PDT · by PJ-Comix · 22 replies
    Time ^ | August 22, 2014
    A few weeks ago, West Point was merely the worst slum in war-racked Liberia. Today, it is both that and the most notorious urban center of the world’s worst Ebola outbreak. It is also quarantined from the rest of the Liberian capital Monrovia, and its dank alleyways subject to a nightly curfew. Barricades and barbed wire have gone up, and troops posted. Ships started patrolling the waterfront on Wednesday to further restrict the movement of the 70,000 or so residents. Food prices have skyrocketed. On Thursday, hundreds of people lined up for government handouts of rice and water.
  • Ebola patients flee armed attack on Liberian isolation ward

    08/17/2014 7:29:39 AM PDT · by CorporateStepsister · 90 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | 17 August 2014 | Sam Webb for MailOnline
    Armed men attacked an Ebola isolation ward in the Liberian capital Monrovia overnight, prompting 29 patients to flee the facility, witnesses said Sunday. 'They broke down the doors and looted the place. The patients all fled,' said Rebecca Wesseh, who witnessed the attack and whose report was confirmed by residents and the head of Health Workers Association of Liberian, George Williams. Meanwhile, a Nigerian man was today at the centre of an Ebola health scare on the Spanish Costas, which contains an estimated British population of more than 82,000.
  • Did Anders Behring Breivik act alone? — Updated

    07/25/2011 7:48:01 PM PDT · by Texas Fossil · 12 replies
    War in Context ^ | July 25, 2011 | Paul Woodward
    In his manifesto, 2083 A European Declaration of Independence, Anders Behring Breivik — who will soon go on trial for murdering at least 93 fellow Norwegians — writes: Solo-cell systems in combination with martyrdom is the most efficient and deadly form of modern warfare. This strategy was adapted by Jihadist groups. And now we will be using it as well. It is even more valuable to us as we enjoy more “invisibility” than individuals who have Arabic/Asian appearance and customs. This compendium of his writings, whose promotion was his central objective, describes in great detail the lonely pursuit of his...
  • Bush arrives in Liberia, last stop of Africa tour

    02/21/2008 2:08:45 AM PST · by HAL9000 · 7 replies · 111+ views
    Reuters ^ | February 21, 2008
    MONROVIA, Feb 21 (Reuters) - President George W. Bush arrived on Thursday in Liberia, the United States' staunchest ally in Africa, on the fifth and final stop of his visit to the world's poorest continent. Air Force One, carrying Bush and his wife Laura, landed at Monrovia's Spriggs Payne airport. It was the first visit in 30 years by a U.S. president to Liberia, Africa's first republic founded by freed slaves from America in 1847.
  • Charles Taylor arrives in the Netherlands

    06/20/2006 11:39:04 AM PDT · by HAL9000 · 20 replies · 483+ views
    Associated Press ^ | June 20, 2006
    Excerpt - THE HAGUE, Netherlands - Former Liberian President Charles Taylor arrived in the Netherlands on Tuesday for a war crimes trial on charges accusing him in the death, rape or mutilation of hundreds of thousands of people in West Africa. An airport official said Taylor's U.N.-chartered plane landed after a direct flight from Sierra Leone, where he had been in detention since March 29. Two police vans and five motorcycle outriders were waiting on the tarmac at a small commercial airport south of The Hague. ~ snip ~
  • We Gotta Have Hartz!

    05/18/2006 9:36:52 AM PDT · by DesertGOP · 6 replies · 387+ views
    May 18, 2006 | Rick J. Radecki
    Well, it seems as if the rank and file elitist Country Club Republicans are flexing their muscles in the High Desert, not to mention down the hill, too, when it comes to who backs whom for the 59th assembly district race and why. When it comes to the two most likely frontrunners in the Victor Valley—encompassing Hesperia and Apple Valley—longtime GOP grass-roots crusader and people’s champion, Barry Hartz, versus government bureaucracy insider and recipient of Supervisor (San Bernardino County First District) Postmus’ back-scratching political favors, Anthony Adams, the battle lines have clearly been drawn and it’s easy to see, when...
  • Liberia - Charles Taylor arrives in Monrovia, then taken away in UN helicopter

    03/29/2006 9:12:29 AM PST · by HAL9000 · 4 replies · 469+ views
    AFP via Babelfish translation | March 29, 2006
    ALARM - Charles Taylor arrived to Monrovia and transferred in a helicopter MONROVIA - former bast president Charles Taylor, expelled Wednesday of Nigeria, arrived at the Roberts airport of Monrovia on board an apparatus of the Nigerian presidency and was immediately led in a helicopter of the United Nations, noted a correspondent of AFP.
  • Nigeria - Fugitive Liberia ex-president Charles Taylor arrested

    03/29/2006 1:04:12 AM PST · by HAL9000 · 24 replies · 2,525+ views
    Associated Press | March 29, 2006
    AP News Alert ABUJA, Nigeria (AP) -- Nigerian police say they have arrested Liberian warlord Charles Taylor.
  • Breastmilk processing facility opens in Monrovia

    08/05/2005 4:05:58 AM PDT · by Alia · 13 replies · 586+ views
    Prolacta Bioscience has opened the first large-scale breastmilk processing facility in the nation. The Monrovia facility will accept donated milk from milk banks around the nation and use various pasteurization, formulation and filling processes to produce high-quality donor milk with specific calorie, fat and protein content meant for premature babies. After processing, the milk can be shipped to hospitals nationwide to help treat premature babies. "By opening this facility, we will take the burden of processing this donor milk off the shoulders of the local milk banks and provide a system that can be relied upon by physicians, nurses and...
  • Liberian Ex-Leader Stole $3 Million as He Left, U.N. Aide Says

    09/09/2003 6:43:05 AM PDT · by Pan_Yans Wife · 7 replies · 254+ views
    The NY Times ^ | September 6, 2003 | TIM WEINER
    Charles G. Taylor, who was forced out as president of Liberia on Aug. 11 and flew to exile in Nigeria, took with him $3 million donated for disarming and demobilizing thousands of armed combatants, a senior United Nations official said today. The sum is roughly equal to six months of current government revenues in Liberia, by any measure one of the poorest nations on earth. The senior United Nations official here, Jacques P. Klein, the special representative of Secretary General Kofi Annan, described the theft and said the donor was an Asian nation. Other government officials said it was Taiwan....
  • Combatants: Liberian businessman picked to lead transitional government [Gyude Bryant]

    08/21/2003 12:54:22 AM PDT · by HAL9000 · 247+ views
    Associated Press | August 19, 2003
    ACCRA, Ghana (AP) -- Liberia's rebels and government picked a Monrovia businessman to lead the country's post-war transition government, and international mediators closed peace talks after 78 tumultuous days. The chief mediator, retired Gen. Abdulsalami Abubakar, officially announced selection of Gyude Bryant to head the two-year power-sharing accord, and sent warring parties home to implement it. "The first step of unifying the people starts from today,'' Abubakar said. "Do not let your people down.'' Selection of the transitional government's leaders follows Monday's signing of a peace accord, made possible by warlord-president Charles Taylor's Aug. 11 resignation and flight into...
  • An Attaboy for America - Rebels Lift Siege of Starving Monrovia (my title)

    08/15/2003 5:17:49 AM PDT · by beachn4fun · 6 replies · 191+ views
    Yahoo News - Top Stories ^ | Thu Aug 14,12:02 PM ET | GLENN McKENZIE,
    MONROVIA, Liberia - Rebels lifted their two-month siege of Liberia's starving capital Thursday, and dozens more U.S. troops came ashore, significantly increasing the American presence in support of West African peacekeepers. With a handshake between U.S. Ambassador John Blaney and rebel leaders on the middle of a front-line bridge, insurgents ended an offensive that had brought down President Charles Taylor, killed well over 1,000 civilians, and left hundreds of thousands more trapped and starving. Dancing, singing and cheering, tens of thousands of residents and refugees massed on both sides of the New Bridge as rebels withdrew. "Thank you! Thank you,...
  • US Warships Sail Into Monrovia As Taylor Finally Goes

    08/11/2003 4:53:20 PM PDT · by blam · 3 replies · 258+ views
    Independent (UK) ^ | 8-12-2003 | Declan Walsh
    US warships sail into Monrovia as Taylor finally goes By Declan Walsh in Monrovia 12 August 2003 Up to the last moment many Liberians could hardly believe it was true. But after six years of destructive rule, Charles Taylor surrendered power to his deputy, Moses Blah, at his executive mansion yesterday and flew into exile abroad. Almost immediately, the momentum for a peaceful solution to Liberia's war started to spin faster. Three US warships sailed before the shores of Monrovia, causing joyful residents to flood onto the city's rubbish-strewn beaches to watch them pass. Two large helicopters rose from the...
  • Monrovia cheers arrival of peacekeepers

    08/08/2003 3:40:11 AM PDT · by JohnHuang2 · 2 replies · 142+ views
    Washington Times ^ | Friday, August 8, 2003 | By Alexandra Zavis
    <p>MONROVIA, Liberia &#8212; West African peacekeeping forces drove into Liberia's rebel-besieged, famished capital yesterday to deafening cheers from its residents.</p> <p>The triumphant arrival came as President Charles Taylor announced his successor &#8212; a step toward the leader's much-anticipated resignation and toward ending two months of warfare in Monrovia that has left at least 1,000 persons dead.</p>
  • Peacekeepers in Monrovia; Taylor Set to Go

    08/07/2003 12:10:11 PM PDT · by Gabrielle Reilly · 2 replies · 199+ views ^ | Aug 7th, 2003 | By ALEXANDRA ZAVIS
    MONROVIA, Liberia (AP) - West African peacekeeping forces drove into Liberia's rebel-besieged, famished capital on Thursday to deafening cheers from the city's people. The triumphant arrival came as President Charles Taylor announced his successor - a step toward his much-anticipated resignation and toward ending two months of bloody warfare in Monrovia that has killed at least 1,000 people. In a letter to Congress, Taylor said he would hand power to his vice president, Moses Blah. Lawmakers approved the decision, paving the way for Taylor's stepping down Monday, as promised. Blah said Taylor called him Thursday morning to tell him the...
  • Bush OKs Small Support Force for Liberia

    08/05/2003 11:29:11 PM PDT · by HAL9000 · 41 replies · 188+ views
    Associated Press | August 5, 2003
    CRAWFORD, Texas Aug. 5 — President Bush has authorized a small contingent of U.S. troops to enter Liberia to provide logistical support for West African peacekeeping forces in the war-ravaged country, a senior administration official said Tuesday. The official, who spoke on condition of anonymity, said Bush approved the contingent of six-10 U.S. troops Tuesday morning, at his ranch. The troops could enter Liberia as early as Wednesday, the official said, and the team could grow to as large as 20 in coming days. A defense official in Washington, also speaking on condition of anonymity, confirmed the deployment, but...
  • Liberians Rejoice as Peacekeepers Arrive

    08/04/2003 9:13:19 AM PDT · by HAL9000 · 8 replies · 262+ views
    Reuters | August 4, 2003
    MONROVIA (Reuters) - West African peacekeepers swooped into Liberia by helicopter on Monday, as hundreds of war-weary Liberians danced for joy in the capital's ruined streets on hopes of an end to 14 years of bloodshed. Nigerian soldiers in flak jackets and helmets leapt out into driving rain at the international airport near the war-battered capital Monrovia, as hundreds of Liberians welcomed them with cheers and chants of "No more war, we want peace." In Rome, the leader of the main rebel group, LURD, which controls Monrovia's vital port, said his fighters would withdraw once the Nigerians moved in....
  • Liberia - The battle for Old Bridge: letter from Monrovia

    08/02/2003 10:58:51 PM PDT · by HAL9000 · 147+ views
    Agence France-Presse | August 2, 2003
    MONROVIA, Aug 3 (AFP) - The soldiers approach at a run, supporting a wounded comrade. Bullets whistle around them, smash into the ground, explode on the guard rail of the bridge. The men send off a rapid volley of covering fire. They get the wounded man into the back of a jeep and there he dies in the arms of a comrade who bellows his grief and anger. An officer arrives, revolver in his hand. "You are fighting for Charles Taylor; don't cry like a woman, you know why you are in battle. Back to the front! Back to...
  • Extraordinary Summit Held As Military Team Visits Monrovia

    07/31/2003 2:44:22 PM PDT · by Jemian · 3 replies · 304+ views ^ | July 31, 2003
    West African leaders pledged on Thursday to send the Nigerian vanguard of a multinational peacekeeping force into war-torn Liberia by Monday at the latest. President Charles Taylor would step down and leave the country three days later, they said in a communique at the end of a hastily convened ECOWAS summit in the Ghanaian capital Accra. Heavy fighting broke out again in the Liberian capital Monrovia within an hour of the announcement. Eyewitnesses said the Liberians United for Reconciliation and Development (LURD) rebel movement captured the northern suburb of Gardnersville sending thousands of panicking civilians rushing towards the eastern suburb...
  • Thousands Flee From Their Homes In Fierce Battle For Liberia's Capital

    07/27/2003 2:58:16 PM PDT · by blam · 6 replies · 499+ views
    Independent (UK) ^ | 7-28-2003 | Declan Walsh
    Thousands flee from their homes in fierce battle for Liberia's capital By Declan Walsh in Monrovia 28 July 2003 A fresh wave of fighting in the battle for Liberia's coastal capital, Monrovia, sent thousands more fleeing their homes yesterday as clashes erupted around the city's key bridges. Mortars slammed into the central and diplomatic districts, where only hours earlier the US ambassador, John W Blaney, called on the rebels to pull 12km back from Monrovia to the Po river to allow African peacekeepers to deploy. But the Liberians United for Reconciliation and Democracy replied with a fierce attack on government...
  • Heavy shelling pounds streets near U.S. Embassy in Liberia's capital

    07/25/2003 6:45:16 AM PDT · by Brian S · 8 replies · 228+ views
    Friday, July 25, 2003 ADVERTISEMENT MONROVIA, Liberia (AP) - Heavy shelling hit the refugee-crowded neighbourhood of the U.S. Embassy on Friday, killing at least 11 civilians, including several children. One shell in the barrage, the worst since Monday in a near week-long rebel attack on Monrovia, struck inside the U.S. Embassy compound, exploding harmlessly on rocky ground, a U.S. official said. Fifteen to 20 shells hit within 10 minutes at the height of the attack, sending residents of downtown and the blocks around the high-walled, heavily-guarded U.S. Embassy compound running, terrified, for cover. A shell at the open of the...
  • U.S. Embassy in Monrovia, Liberia shelled.

    07/22/2003 5:26:27 AM PDT · by WestPacSailor · 1 replies · 160+ views
    Washington Times ^ | 22 JUL 03 | Washington Times
    <p>News reports the shelling (with mortars) of the U.S. Embassy in Monrovia, Liberia. Since an embassy is considered sovereign territory of the government it represents, isn't this the same as someone shelling Washington, D.C.? I guess we quit defending our embassies and interests in Tehran, in 1979. It's time to blow SOMEBODY to kindgom come!</p>
  • Marines reinforce Liberia embassy

    07/21/2003 9:55:09 PM PDT · by JohnHuang2 · 2 replies · 135+ views
    Washington Times ^ | Tuesday, July 22, 2003 | From combined dispatches
    <p>MONROVIA, Liberia &#8212; Heavily armed Marine reinforcements yesterday leapt from helicopters in driving rain to help defend the U.S. Embassy after fighting between government and rebel forces swept into the capital's diplomatic quarter and at least one mortar smashed into the embassy compound.</p>
  • Pentagon Moves 4,500 Marines, Sailors Closer to Liberia

    07/21/2003 10:21:36 AM PDT · by Brian S · 5 replies · 5,719+ views
    <p>WASHINGTON — Some 4,500 more American sailors and Marines have been ordered to position themselves closer to Liberia (search) amid renewed fighting in the West African nation, officials said Monday.</p> <p>Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld signed a deployment order over the weekend ordering a three-ship amphibious ready group from its position off the Horn of Africa (search) into the Mediterranean Sea, defense officials said. That would put the group in a position to get to the west coast of Africa faster, if needed for an evacuation of Americans, peacekeeping or some other mission.</p>
  • Liberia - U.S. Embassy hit by mortar shells, no injuries reported

    07/21/2003 7:53:12 AM PDT · by HAL9000 · 1 replies · 229+ views
    The American embassy in Monrovia touched by a shell, not of victim The embassy from the United States in Monrovia was touched Monday at the beginning of afternoon by a shell, which did not make victims, noted a journalist of the AFP. "the American embassy was touched level of a building sheltering a deposit, it did not have a victim in this attack there", confirmed a military spokesman of the embassy, the lieutenant commander Terrence Dudley. Another shell touched a building close to the American diplomatic mission accomodating bast agents of safety working for the embassy and one of...
  • Rebel forces enter Liberian capital; thousands of civilians, government soldiers flee

    07/19/2003 9:52:28 AM PDT · by HAL9000 · 2 replies · 193+ views
    Associated Press | July 19, 2003 | ALEXANDRA ZAVIS
    MONROVIA, Liberia (AP) -- Rebels battling to oust President Charles Taylor pushed into the capital Saturday, as thousands of civilians and government soldiers fled the assault. Using heavy machine gun and mortar fire, rebels crossed the bridge marking the boundary of Monrovia, said Liberia's military chief Gen. Benjamin Yeaten -- the third time in the recent fighting that rebels made it into the city. At the end of June, rebels retreated after government retaliation and international pressure. Insurgents appeared to be heading toward Monrovia's port, said residents of the Duala neighborhood, a largely commercial area where rebel troops have...
  • Explosions shake edge of Liberian capital, prompting thousands to flee downtown

    07/19/2003 3:06:15 AM PDT · by HAL9000 · 2 replies · 158+ views
    Associated Press | July 19, 2003
    MONROVIA, Liberia (AP) -- Thousands of panicked residents streamed toward Monrovia's city center Saturday, fleeing explosions that shook the Liberian capital's northwest edge. Sources said the fighting had reached Iron Gate Junction, less than 3 miles from the city. People grabbed bags and were seen running downtown in long columns as far as the eye could see. Some had bundles of clothes and rolled-up matresses balanced on their heads. Others pushed wheelbarrows. One resident was seen fleeing with a chair on his head. "The sounds are terrifying. We want to move, but besides not knowing where it's safe to...
  • Liberian Rebels Capture Key Bridge in Push

    07/18/2003 2:26:42 PM PDT · by HAL9000 · 5 replies · 197+ views
    Reuters | July 18, 2003
    MONROVIA (Reuters) - Liberian rebels captured a key bridge Friday, smashing through one of the last main lines of defense before the capital Monrovia and sparking fears of another bloody battle in the city, an army commander said. Po River bridge is just eight miles from the outskirts of the city where hundreds of people were killed last month in two failed assaults by the rebel Liberians United for Reconciliation and Democracy (LURD). "The rebels are there. They came very heavily armed," chief of army staff Benjamin Yeaten told Reuters by phone after leaving the battlefront. "It looks like...
  • Caption - Just some of what we are up against in Liberia.

    07/09/2003 9:04:13 AM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 32 replies · 747+ views
    Yahoo! News Photos ^ | 7/9/03 | AP
    A male government soldier stands guard at the Irongate checkpoint as the U.S. military assessment team are refused passage to enter a refugee camp, in Liberian capital Monrovia Tuesday, July 8, 2003.
  • Liberians Storm Airport in Plea for U.S. Peace Force

    07/09/2003 9:13:50 AM PDT · by areafiftyone · 21 replies · 647+ views
    Reuters ^ | 7/9/03
    MONROVIA (Reuters) - Hundreds of Liberians chanting "We want peace, no more war" burst onto an airport runway under pouring rain on Wednesday to urge a U.S. military team to send peacekeepers as soon as possible. Liberian troops kept the crowd away from the U.S. survey team, which is in Monrovia ahead of a possible peacekeeping mission to a war-wrecked West African country founded by freed American slaves over 150 years ago. President Bush, on an African tour, has promised to work with the United Nations and African countries for peace Liberia, but he has not yet decided whether to...
  • Thousands rush convoy, plead for U.S. to send help

    07/08/2003 10:49:38 PM PDT · by kattracks · 2 replies · 190+ views
    Washington Times ^ | 7/09/03 | Glenn McKenzie, AP
    <p>MONROVIA, Liberia — U.S. military specialists again received a jubilant welcome yesterday from thousands of Liberians pleading for an American-led rescue mission to help end their country's civil war.</p> <p>Waving handkerchiefs and American flags, refugees swarmed the U.S. team's convoy as it visited some of the camps housing tens of thousands of people displaced by the fighting.</p>
  • Liberian Forces Block U.S. Military Mission

    07/08/2003 11:03:04 AM PDT · by propertius · 33 replies · 318+ views
    Reuters ^ | 07?08/03 | By Emmanuel Braun
    Liberian Forces Block U.S. Military Mission 18 minutes ago Add World - Reuters to My Yahoo! By Emmanuel Braun MONROVIA (Reuters) - Gun-toting Liberian troops stopped a U.S. military team from reaching a refugee camp on Tuesday as President Bush (news - web sites) vowed to work with the United Nations (news - web sites) and Africans for peace in the country. Bush said he had still not decided whether to send U.S. peacekeepers into the West African state, founded by freed American slaves as a haven of liberty in the 19th century. Thousands of war-fatigued Liberians surged out to...
  • U.S. Military Team Lands in War-Wrecked Liberia

    07/07/2003 5:54:28 AM PDT · by Brian S · 14 replies · 195+ views
    Reuters ^ | 07-07-03
    July 7 — By David Clarke MONROVIA (Reuters) - A U.S. military team flew into Liberia on Monday to look at how best to bring stability to the broken West African country as President Charles Taylor prepares for foreign exile. The first group of the humanitarian survey team touched down in a helicopter at the heavily-fortified U.S. embassy in the steamy coastal capital Monrovia. Gun-toting U.S. Marines leapt out in flak jackets and helmets. The 20-member team is seen as a possible precursor to a larger force, which the United States is considering and Liberians are praying will come in...
  • Liberia - Mob dumps bodies at US embassy

    06/26/2003 10:57:11 PM PDT · by HAL9000 · 39 replies · 277+ views
    The Guardian (UK) ^ | June 27, 2003 | James Astill
    A mob deposited seven corpses outside the US embassy in Monrovia yesterday, urging America to intervene in a battle for the Liberian capital that has claimed about 300 lives in three days. The fighting waned in the centre of the city yesterday, with the government claiming to have driven the main rebel group - Liberians United for Reconciliation and Democracy (Lurd) - to the city's outskirts. But to the sporadic crackle of gunfire, the ragged soldiers of the president, Charles Taylor, began looting furiously. "Most aid agencies were ransacked during the night, and now I hear they're looting shops...
  • Draft accord for Liberia cease-fire calls for Taylor's resignation

    06/17/2003 7:15:08 AM PDT · by HAL9000 · 1 replies · 144+ views
    Associated Press | June 17, 2003 | KWASI KPODO
    ACCRA, Ghana (AP) -- Liberia's government has agreed to a proposed cease-fire deal calling for President Charles Taylor to cede power in 30 days and stay out of the interim administration that would replace him, the defense minister confirmed Tuesday. There was no immediate confirmation from Taylor that he had accepted the proposal, reached with rebels in peace talks held in the nearby West African nation of Ghana. But Defense Minister Daniel Chea said Taylor made clear when talks started June 4 that he would surrender power in the interests of peace. The agreement is "in conformity with President...
  • US marines diverted to Liberia

    06/14/2003 2:43:35 PM PDT · by HAL9000 · 27 replies · 457+ views
    Financial Times ^ | June 13, 2003
    A US marine expeditionary force was heading for the strife-riven west African state of Liberia on Friday night after Washington came under increased pressure to deploy troops in what would be its biggest military engagement in Africa since the early 1990s. The USS Kearsarge, carrying 1,800 marines, 1,200 sailors and attack helicopters, was diverted on its homeward voyage from Iraq to prepare for the possible evacuation of civilians from Liberia where rebel fighters have reached the edge of the capital, Monrovia. The ship's redeployment comes amid concerns in the US military that its forces are overstretched. The US army is engaged...
  • Monrovia, Liberia - Liberian rebels 'moving on capital'

    06/05/2003 11:02:13 PM PDT · by HAL9000 · 2 replies · 234+ views
    BBC News ^ | June 5, 2003
    Rebels in Liberia are reported to have entered the suburbs of the capital, Monrovia, as President Charles Taylor struggles to hold on to power. At the same time, aid workers said thousands of refugees had fled in terror from camps on the outskirts of the city. The refugees were trying to reach the centre of Monrovia despite the army trying to block them, said Ramin Rafirasme, West African spokesman for the World Food Programme. "People are in the street, in the rain. The situation remains very tense in Monrovia. We are very worried by the situation of these people,"...
  • Liberia - Taylor vows to crush rebels advancing on capital city

    02/05/2003 7:29:50 PM PST · by HAL9000 · 7 replies · 180+ views
    Agence France-Presse | February 5, 2003 | Terence Sesay
    MONROVIA, Feb 5 (AFP) - Liberian President Charles Taylor Wednesday vowed to crush rebels advancing on the seaside capital Monrovia and scoffed at their ultimatum that he should leave the city in a week or face the consequences. In a nationwide address shortly upon return from the African Union summit in the Ethiopian capital Addis Ababa, Taylor said he was back in Monrovia to take the rebels head on. "I have heard of the new dissident attacks on our positions. I'm back home. I am not one of those leaders who runs from his country in times of conflict,"...
  • Liberia - Rebels 'approach capital'

    02/04/2003 10:41:54 PM PST · by HAL9000 · 3 replies · 145+ views
    BBC News ^ | February 4, 2003 | Jonathan Paye-Layleh
    Tuesday, 4 February, 2003, 16:30 GMT Liberian rebels 'approach capital' By Jonathan Paye-Layleh BBC correspondent in Monrovia There are reports that rebels in Liberia have taken two key towns north of the capital, Monrovia. Defence Minister Daniel Chea confirmed rebels recaptured the iron-ore rich town of Bopolu on Monday , situated approximately 100 kilometres north-west of the capital. The Liberians United for Reconciliation and Democracy (Lurd) have been trying to overthrow the government of President Charles Taylor since 1999. Panic has gripped Monrovia, following news of the advances. In an interview on the Tubmanburg highway, Mr Chea told the BBC...
  • Council poised to vote on goats

    07/25/2002 6:37:21 AM PDT · by robowombat · 7 replies · 221+ views
    Pasadena Star News ^ | July 24, 2002 | Lisa Faught
    Published: Wednesday, July 24, 2002 Council poised to vote on goats By Lisa Faught Staff Writer MONROVIA - The City Council was poised to decide on whether to allow a herd of 400 goats to clear dense brush in the hillsides, but had not decided by late Tuesday night. To combat the threat of wildfires, the city had proposed deploying the goats for two months to Ruby Canyon, known for its steep terrain. The proposal had gotten the goat of several local residents, who feared the herd would devastate one of the most environmentally pristine spots in the foothills. Although...