The United Nations Mission in Liberia (UNMIL) was deployed in 2003 to monitor a ceasefire agreement in Liberia following the conclusion of a brutal civil war. At its peak it consisted of up to 15,000 United Nations military personnel from and 1,115 police officers, along with a civilian component, from at least 10 troop contributing countries. From 2005 to 2013, Pakistan contributed more than 2,000 peacekeepers to UNMIL per annum, with a high of 3,400 in 2007 and 2008. For a long period of time at least up to 3,000 Pakistani troops were serving in Liberia per year. And I’m sure this relationship that was built through the United Nations would also be taken forward on a bilateral basis in the future.”Source: UN News Wires |UrduPoint(Visited 36 times, 2 visits today)Commentscomments

February 24, 2018 15:00 UTC

What will it take to convince Liberians that Liberia has long since been at war with Al Qaeda, ISIS, and Boko Haram? Our Al Qaeda is not the Al Qaeda of the Middle East. It is the Al Qaeda of corruption and its crippling grip that has kept Liberia, one of Africa’s oldest republics underdeveloped; has left its citizens susceptible to dangerous diseases; dreadful civil wars and marginal survival. Our Boko Haram is not the Boko Haram of Nigeria. A peripheral nation like Liberia always hangs on the cliff precipitously.

February 24, 2018 01:52 UTC

Monrovia – President George Manneh Weah has issued a two-week ultimatum to former officials to hand in all government’s vehicles in their possessions. President Weah gave the ultimatum Friday, February 23rd, following his return from Paris, France, where he had fruitful discussions with President Emmanuel Macron. It was at the service that the President Weah warned former officials of Government to turn over all government vehicles in their possession. He cautioned officials of his government, who have being given the opportunity to serve to do it with due diligence". “Those of you with the opportunity to serve, you need to do due diligence and for Liberia to change we must change our attitude.”

February 24, 2018 00:45 UTC

The Liberian leader, George Manneh Weah upon his arrival from his 3-nation visit including France has given a 2-week ultimatum to all former government officials who are still in possession of government vehicles to turn them over, noting that those who continue to hold on these vehicles will have themselves to be blamed. The Liberian leader made the call during a welcome worship service for his safe arrival to Liberia held at the Dominion Christian Church in Monrovia, and further warned those in possession of those vehicles to take note of his call. (Visited 116 times, 71 visits today)Commentscomments

February 23, 2018 20:26 UTC

Monrovia - On February 16, the largely anticipated movie by Marvel Comics, the Black Panther had it’s world premier, and Liberia was part of the action. Wakanda is a fictional African nation in the Marvel Universe, which is home to the Black Panther and his people. In Wakanda, the slave trade never existed, and the nation was never colonized — not by Westerners, and not by freed-slaves. The Black Panther is a film which must be experienced, as I believe it feeds each of its viewers with something different. For me, I was fed with a delicious serving of the idea of reconciliation among Africans in Africa, Africans in the Diaspora, and African-Americans.

February 23, 2018 20:15 UTC

By Anna Paganini ||A 4-year-old Liberia girl who was sent to the Netherlands in 2016 will not be deported to Liberia, the lawyer of the girl told reporters, noting that the young girl was approved for a residence permit. After her birth, the girl was brought to Liberia, where the family has roots. The Dutch immigration service IND ordered the girl deported, claiming Deedee could be adequately cared for in Liberia. But in an appealed decision, the fact that the girl has been going to primary school in Waddinxveen for a year influenced the IND. School director Clazien Sonneveld told newspaper AD that the entire school is very thankful and happy about the positive outcome.

February 23, 2018 15:22 UTC

By Ayushman Basu @ayushmanbasu |An Argentine police official and a former Russian diplomat were among the five people arrested following a 14-month-long investigation, which started after hundreds of pounds of cocaine were found at the Russian Embassy in Buenos Aires, Argentina, in 2016, authorities said Thursday. The cocaine was valued at more than $60 million. Koronelli and Bullrich then gave the keys to enter the school premises to the Argentine border guards. Bullrich said the guards entered the school at 2 a.m. ART (12 a.m. EST) and they confirmed that there was cocaine inside the bags. Read more of this article(Visited 25 times, 25 visits today)Commentscomments

February 23, 2018 13:41 UTC

This week, GNN-Liberia is pleased to profile Liberia’s new Minister of Public Works, Mobutu Vlah Nyenpan, is professional and academic credentials will be highlighted in the profile of this respected and youthful Liberian who was recently confirmed by the Liberian Senate to serve his Country as Cabinet Minister. Minister Nyenpan is one of Liberia’s committed civil servants who has spent more of his life contributing to the growth and development of Liberia and improving the lives of its citizenry. At the Senate Minister Nyenpan served as Chairman of the Sinoe County Legislative Caucus from 2006 to 2013, and also served as Member of the ECOWAS Parliament from 2010 to 2015. Minister Nyenpan who has a vast experience in the Non-Governmental Organization (NGO) in2016 served as Senior Advisor at the Ministry of Internal Affairs as Inter-Governmental and Non-Governmental Affairs. In 1993 to 1994 Minister Nyenpan served at the MCC as Director of Sanitation and Environmental Health Department and Special Assistant to the Mayor of the Monrovia City Corporation from 1992 to 1993.

February 23, 2018 09:10 UTC

New decree sees Abdul al-Kawakibi and Humam Debyyat named to take governorships, official media reportsPresident Bashar al-Assad on Thursday issued a decree naming Abdul Majeed al-Kawakibi as governor of the province of Deir-ez-Zor, ending the appointment of Mohammad Ibrahim Samra. Assad also issued a decree naming Humam Sadeq Debyyat as governor of Quneitra, ending the appointment of Ahmad Sheikh Abdul-Qader. This article was edited by The Syrian Observer. Responsibility for the information and views set out in this article lies entirely with the author. Source: News Now(Visited 29 times, 11 visits today)Commentscomments

February 23, 2018 07:30 UTC

By Jones Nhinson WilliamsIn looking at causes and indicators, Robert I. Rotberg once categorized dysfunctional countries as Failed States, Collapsed States, and the Weak States. While in the opposition for 12 years, His Excellency George Manneh Weah spoke passionately about ending corruption and Fixing Liberia––a Failed State, Collapsed State and Weak State. President Weah has the right patriotism and love for Liberia and the Liberian people but does that translate into having the right priorities. But with the new government of President Weah in Liberia, they do. President Weah and his administration must therefore seize this opportunity to change Liberia for the better.

February 23, 2018 07:18 UTC

By Noah Cohen | |A 16-year-old Neptune Township boy was charged with murder Thursday in an Asbury Park shooting that killed a 10-year-old boy and left the child’s mother wounded, authorities said. Neither the slain 10-year-old nor his 39-year-old mother was the intended targets of the shooting, according to authorities. Instead, the prosecutor’s office investigation found that the shooter was gunning for a man who was in the same Ridge Avenue home as the two victims. “The Prosecutor’s Office alerted both the school and the district to the impending arrest,” Gramiccioni said in a statement. “Due to school protocols, Neptune High School was briefly in a lockdown status following the arrest.”Read more of this article(Visited 7 times, 7 visits today)Commentscomments

February 23, 2018 06:11 UTC

Monrovia – The Chinese UNMIL contingent, assigned at the Freeport of Monrovia, Thursday, February 22, turned over several items and equipment to the Liberian government for use by the Liberian National Police (LNP). The Chinese contingent is one of the last uniformed United Nations troop departing after what many have described as a successful UN mission in Liberia. The equipment included police protective gears, generators, vehicles and the UNMIL facility at the Freeport of Monrovia. Mr. Patrick Sudue, the Police Inspector General, also thanked the Chinese and pleaded with the Liberian Government to allow the LNP use the facility left behind by the Chinese. The donation is part of support UNMIL has given the Liberian National police (LNP) over the years.

February 23, 2018 03:56 UTC

Monrovia – The Center for Transparency and Accountability in Liberia’s (CENTAL) report has announced results of the 2017 Corruption Perception Index (CPI) putting Liberia 122 out of 180 countries. The report states that Globally, Liberia ranks 122/180 with a CPI score of 31. Liberia’s CPI score has declined from 41 in 2012 to 37 and 31 in 2016 and 2017 respectively. Compared to other countries globally, Liberia is the second biggest decliner with minus 6 points from its CPI score in 2016 (37) to (31) in 2017. The score ranges from 0 to 100, where 0 equals the highest level of perceived corruption, while 100 equals lowest level of perceived corruption.

February 23, 2018 03:33 UTC

Tumanburg, Bomi County- Wednesday, February 21 was a jubilant day for people living with disability in Tubmanburg, Bomi County as a local non-governmental organization (NGO) donated wheelchairs and crutches worth USD$ 5,000 to the disabled Community in the county. Florence A. Tolbert and Disabled Advocates (FATDA), the group that made the donation, said it was a way of helping disabled people in dire need of the items. Presenting the items at the Liberia Government Hospital in Tumanburg, the Founder and Executive Director of FATDA, Sam Dean said the main goal of the organization is to help disabled people. Dean said his organization’s donation to the disable community in Bomi County intends to enhance the capacity of the physically challenged and buttress the government’s Pro-poor agenda. Sao Saetuah, a student of the Bomi County Community College, commended FATDA for the donation.

February 23, 2018 03:33 UTC

Sanniquellie, Nimba County - The Resident Judge of the Eighth Judiciary Circuit Court has accused magistrates, county attorney, state securities and the public defenders of corrupt. Judge Gilayeneh told FrontPageAfrica that the actions of the law enforcement agencies have caused the public “not to build trust in the court system”. He later challenged magistrates, lawyers, the police and law enforcement agencies to prioritize “God and human dignity” in the discharge of their duties. For his part, Helton Quoigbeh, County Attorney of Nimba County, agreed with the judge’s allegation and cautioned his colleagues to avoid acts that might bring the legal profession to public disrepute. Robertson P. Mehn, Nimba County Public Defender, said the delay of witnesses to testify in court is impeding court hearing.

February 23, 2018 03:22 UTC