Ellen Johnson Sirleaf

Liberia grand jury indicts Sable Mining, officials for bribery

Photo©ReutersA grand jury in Liberia on Wednesday indicted government officials, including the speaker of parliament and the head of the ruling party, along with London AIM-listed Sable Mining on charges including bribery.

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Liberia: Africa's unknown tax haven with much to lose

Photo©Emrah/AP/SIPAAs world leaders consider what to do about the revelations emerging from the Panama Papers, Liberia's government will be worrying about the fall-out that may cross the Atlantic Ocean from the affair.

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Liberia: New finance minister and central bank governor named

Liberia's President Johnson Sirleaf must step down next year due to a two-term limit. Photo©ReutersLiberia's President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf named a new finance minister and central bank governor late on Friday, as the West African nation seeks to recover from a two-year Ebola outbreak.

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Liberia to slash 2015-16 budget spending

President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf says Liberia will be unable to meet the targeted level of public sector investment. Photo©ReutersLiberia expects to slash spending in the current 2015-16 budget by 11 percent due to a slowdown of its mining sector, resulting in a reduction in public sector investment, President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf said on Monday.

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Liberia: Exxon Mobil to drill offshore in 2017

Exxon Mobil Corp said it plans to start drilling in Liberia in 2017, in what President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf said was a sign of economic recovery after the Ebola epidemic.

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Liberia: Land rights to cement Sirleaf's legacy

Liberian President, Ellen Johnson Sirleaf. Photo©ReutersIn Liberia, many rural communities are on edge as encroaching economic development projects that force families off their land continue to worry the countryside. But this could pave the way for the West African country to address the emotive land tenure issue and empower its people.

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For a more human-focused financing

Reckya Madougou, Benin's former microfinance minister. Photos© Vincent Fournier/ JABenin's former microfinance minister set up International Key Consulting to lobby for inclusive development finance

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Africa sees a boost in the number of women legislators

Presidents Ellen Johnson Sirleaf and Joyce BandaThe number of seats held by women in various parliaments around Africa is inching upwards.

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Liberia: We empowered communities against Ebola- Ellen Johnson Sirleaf

Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, President, Liberia. Photo© Francis Kokoroko for The Africa ReportLiberia's president talks to The Africa Report about how changing policy during the crisis was key to eradicating the disease, the country's relationships with the US and the government's plans beyond ebola.

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Oil, Liberia's hope for development

Photo©ReutersWhile oil could potentially accelerate the country's development, Liberians also remember that mismanagement of its forestry, gold and diamonds resources was one of the causes of the last war.

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Africa in 2014: African voices in the development debate

Maternal and child mortality are two targets of the MDGs. Photo©Jan GRARUP/LAIF-REAOne of the chief criticisms of the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) – the United Nations (UN) anti-poverty targets that include reducing child mortality by two-thirds and halving the proportion of people living on less than $1.25 per day by 2015 – was that they were drawn up without consulting African countries.

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The difference between Ethiopia's Gabrselassie and Liberia's Weah

Haile Gabrselassie (L) George Weah (R)/Photo©ReutersEthiopia's Track legend Haile Gebrselassie plans to run for the presidency of Ethiopia. But will his sporting fame be enough to administer the fate and future of a nation and its people?

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Nigeria: Affirmative action for women in politics

Despite Africa having seen two Nobel Peace prizes for women, a second serving female president and the first female head of the African Union Commission, the World Economic Forum's Global Gender Gap 2012 report indicates that 10 of the 21 countries with the highest inequality between men and women are in Africa.

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People to watch in Liberia

Photo©MICHEL SPILOTRO/UN; ALL RIGHTS RESERVED; PEWEE FLOMOKU/AP/SIPA; TALEB AHMED BAAH/PANAPRESS/MAXPPPClaims of fraud in the 2011 presidential election contributed to a hostile political environment, and both governing and opposition parties are now looking for the men and women to lead the next campaigns.

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