Liberia starts vote counting

Liberian president Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf has won 44.5 per cent of votes counted so far in the West African country’s election, with nearest rival, Winston Tubman, on 26.5 per cent, the election commission said yesterday.

People's war: Images collected over decades brings the harsh reality of conflict home

Photographs collected from war zones by the International Red Cross over the past 150 years go on show in a new exhibition at Edinburgh Castle later this month. They offer a rare insight into how conflict affects ordinary lives

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The model, the dictator and the 'dirty' diamonds gift

NAOMI Campbell has admitted accepting a gift of "dirty" diamonds after a charity dinner attended by former Liberian president Charles Taylor, who is standing trial for war crimes.

Naomi Campbell will give evidence in Taylor war crimes trial

SUPERMODEL Naomi Campbell will give evidence in the war crimes trial of Charles Taylor, the former president of Liberia, her spokeswoman said last night.

Antoinette Sayeh: Liberia has a real chance with debt burden lifted

In LATE 2003, Liberia began to emerge from two decades of brutal military government and civil war that had left the country with no functioning public services, spawned large-scale theft of timber and diamonds, and generated massive debts to foreign creditors.

War crime trial to summons model Naomi and actress Mia

NAOMI Campbell and actress Mia Farrow will be summoned to testify at the war crimes trial, of former Liberian President Charles Taylor in the Hague.

Diamond trade returns to Liberia

LIBERIA'S government yesterday began issuing licences to diamond miners and foreign companies for the first time since a civil war tore the country apart.

250,000 child soldiers fighting in conflicts, reveals UN

MORE than a quarter of a million child soldiers are still participating in armed conflicts around the world and tens of thousands of girls are being sexually exploited by combatants, according to the United Nations.

Aid workers 'using girls as young as 12 for sex'

GIRLS as young as 12 in Liberia are having sex with humanitarian workers and peace-keeping soldiers in return for money or food, a UK charity revealed today.

No takers for war crime trial leader

THE US and Britain said finding a country to take former Liberian President Charles Taylor if his war crimes trial is moved to the Netherlands is proving difficult.

Taylor trial makes history

CHARLES Taylor made history yesterday by becoming the first African head of state to be tried for war crimes by a UN court.

Ex-Liberian president faces war crimes trial in Europe

FORMER Liberian president Charles Taylor faces being tried for war crimes in Europe.

Liberian despot in the hands of UN

UNITED Nations officials yesterday took custody of former Liberian president Charles Taylor in Liberia and flew him to Sierra Leone to face trial for war crimes.

Ex-Liberia president wanted over war crimes disappears

CHARLES Taylor, the former Liberian president wanted for war crimes in Sierra Leone, has disappeared from his home in south-eastern Nigeria.

Africa's first female leader sworn in

AFRICA greeted its first female elected head of state yesterday as Ellen Johnson- Sirleaf was sworn in as Liberia's president, pledging a "fundamental break" with the country's violent past.

Former footballer Weah drops legal claim for presidency

Defeated Liberian presidential candidate George Weah yesterday dropped his legal challenge against the result.

'Coup plot' investigated by Liberia

THE Liberian government is investigating reports of a coup plot after the loser of last month's election renewed claims he was the rightful president-elect.

'Iron Lady' is new president of Liberia

LIBERIA'S "Iron Lady", Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf, became Africa's first elected female head of state yesterday when she was declared the winner of a presidential run-off with the former football star George Weah.

Liberia votes for Africa's Iron Lady to end years of civil war

SHE has swept floors as a waitress and graduated from Harvard. She has been imprisoned at home and exiled abroad. Now she is on the verge of making history.

Liberia backs female leader in African first

LIBERIANS have voted into office Africa's first elected female president, with Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf, the former finance minister, seeing off a challenge from George Weah, a former world footballer of the year.

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