Vladimir Duthiers is in Sierra Leone with reaction to Charles Taylor's sentence.
The first former head of state to be convicted of war crimes since World War II was sentenced to 50 years in prison Wednesday by an international court in The Hague, Netherlands.
The defense for Charles Taylor is expected to submit its counter-recommendation Thursday after prosecutors said the former Liberian president deserves an 80-year sentence for a war crimes conviction.
Much of the war crimes trial of former Liberian president Charles Taylor focused on the role played by so-called "conflict diamonds" in funding rebels in conflict areas.
Former Liberian President Charles Taylor on trial for war crimes. CNN's Nima Elbagir reports.
CNN's David McKenzie explains the significance of the Charles Taylor verdict for those in and outside Africa.
Millions of people will breathe a sigh of relief that Charles Taylor has finally been held to account for the years of violence, misery and suffering that he brought to the people of West Africa.
Sierra Leone and Liberia have some of the highest maternal mortality rates in the world, with 15-24 year olds accounting for 40% of such deaths) and two years ago, agencies IPPF and FORWARD listened to hundreds of African voices talking about sexual and reproductive health and rights.
Women's rights took center stage Saturday at the Nobel ceremonies as three women recognized for their struggles against the backdrops of the Arab Spring and democratic progress in Africa accepted this year's peace prize.
A grassroots activist, a head of state and a symbol of the Arab Spring.
Liberia went to the polls Tuesday for a runoff election after incumbent President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf failed to win the votes needed for an outright victory last month.
CNN's Christian Purefoy rides a Liberian railroad powered by ingenuity.
Sitting beside the aging railway tracks running deeper into the forest of Liberia, we waited outside the frail wooden hut that was used as a makeshift railway station.
Opposition parties are protesting Liberia's election results, claiming irregularities in the voting process, but are ready to participate in a runoff next month, a spokesman for one party said Sunday.
Liberian President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf may be headed for a runoff election, early results released Thursday by the National Elections Commission indicate.
The West African nation tests democracy in its second post-war election. CNN's Christian Purefoy reports.
Thousands of young men shouting, driving in pick-up trucks and taking control of the streets of Monrovia was, only a few years ago, a reason to flee.
The U.N. mission in Ivory Coast is helping the Ivorian government beef up security along the border with Liberia after a deadly attack last week from alleged ''Liberian mercenaries," an Ivorian official said.
Alfred Sirleaf uses a chalkboard to bring news to Liberian citizens who otherwise don't have access to it.
In 2009, Motherboard traveled to Liberia. While we were in Monrovia, we met Alfred Sirleaf, an advocate for freedom of information who runs the city's analog blog.
Korto Momolu talks about escaping a civil war and being on the hit reality show Project Runway in the United States.
A Russian cargo pilot and his Nigerian broker were found guilty on Thursday of conspiring to traffic more than $100 million worth of cocaine into the United States and Europe from ports in West Africa.
Hetherington, 41, director of the Oscar-nominated documentary, dies during fighting
The capture of Laurent Gbagbo, whose refusal to concede the presidency of the Ivory Coast to challenger Alassane Ouattara despite his internationally recognized election loss nearly five months ago, is being accompanied by calls for him and his associates to face justice. But it is unclear what form this justice will take.
Aid organizations are warning of an impending humanitarian crisis for tens of thousands of refugees who have arrived in Liberia after fleeing violence in Ivory Coast.
Seema Mathur investigates why there is a spike in rape cases and how Liberia is trying to combat the violence.
Two powerful women standing side-by-side in Liberia's capital place their faith for a better future in the country's women.
At least one person has been confirmed dead in violence that broke out Sunday morning at a refugee camp in Ghana.
Former Liberian President Charles Taylor boycotted his war crimes trial again Wednesday after judges rejected a delayed summary from his defense team, a court official said.
In a country known for suffering not surfing, CNN's Christian Purefoy found one of the sport's newest hotspots.
Three representatives of the Economic Community of West African States and an African Union representative met twice Monday with self-declared Ivory Coast President Laurent Gbagbo in an attempt to persuade him to step down, but there was no indication late in the day that they were near their goal.
Ivory Coast remains in a political crisis triggered by the country's disputed presidential election on November 28.
West African leaders tell Ivorian President Laurent Gbagbo step down, or else.
Ivorians appeared Monday to be ignoring the call for a general strike by the man widely recognized as the Ivory Coast's legitimate leader following last month's presidential run-off election.
Fourteen African nations are threatening to force Ivory Coast President Laurent Gbagbo to resign.
About 14,000 Ivory Coast residents escaping their country's political instability and violence have fled to eastern Liberia in what has been an arduous journey, the United Nations refugee agency said Saturday.
A political standoff has forced nearly 4,000 citizens of northwest Ivory Coast to flee to neighboring countries, prompting fears of regional insecurity, according to the United Nations.
CNN's Jim Clancy interviews a senior adviser to incumbent Ivory Coast President Laurent Gbagbo about the unrest there.
The hijacking of a container ship in the Indian Ocean Friday afternoon is evidence of a "constantly expanding area of pirate activity" off the Africa coast, military officials said.
The United States is providing millions of dollars to fund the trial of Charles Taylor, the former Liberian president charged with war crimes for his alleged role in a civil war that killed tens of thousands.
The defense team for Charles Taylor, the former Liberian president accused of war crimes, formally concluded its case on Friday, the Special Court for Sierra Leone said.
The Liberian president dismissed all but one of her Cabinet ministers this week in a move she says will help give her administration a fresh start.
Billionaire Robert Johnson stresses the importance of Liberia for African-Americans.
I moved to Liberia in 1979 believing I could make a difference in the world. I opened a business and served as a midwife. I fell in love with Liberian culture and I enjoyed palm wine and palm butter.
The United Nations is trying to put sexual violence on the international policy map, telling political and military leaders that wartime mass rape "is no more inevitable than, or acceptable than, mass murder."
Did Naomi Campbell lie about receiving blood diamonds? CNN's Anderson Cooper investigates.
When international supermodel Naomi Campbell took the witness stand Friday in the trial against Liberia's former President Charles Taylor, Western media outlets showered unprecedented attention on this largely ignored war crimes trial.
Chid Liberty's family business high-rise was corrupted into a site of conflict, mass graves and executions during Liberia's fourteen-year civil war.
Liberia suffers from an 80% jobless rate. CNN?s Christian Purefoy reports on how women use other skills for employment.
Supermodel Naomi Campbell testifies at The Hague in a trial involving former Liberian president, Charles Taylor.
The British supermodel takes to the stand in a UN war-crimes tribunal
As Liberia looks to rebuild from civil war, CNN's Christian Purefoy reports on how religion is playing a central theme.
Prince Johnson -- once a rebel commander in Liberia's civil war, and a man accused of crimes against humanity -- says he has found God.
Billionaire businessman Bob Johnson has chosen Liberia for his latest venture, the country's first top class hotel.
Businessman Bob Johnson is extending his empire onto the African continent with a gleaming new "first" class hotel in Liberia.
Billionaire businessman Bob Johnson has chosen Liberia for his latest venture, the country's first top class hotel.
When it comes to tough-to-watch subjects, the aftermath of more than a decade of civil war is one of them, but rapper Nas says he has started to pay attention.
They are trained in sophisticated combat tactics and weaponry, crowd and mob control, counter-insurgency. They patrol the streets of the Liberian capital, expected to keep the peace after years of war.
VBS.TV goes into Liberia for a firsthand look at its complicated and often violent history. Viewer discretion advised. For more episodes, go to VBS.TV.
In previous episodes of The Vice Guide to Travel, we road-tripped through North Korea, shopped for dirty bombs in Bulgaria, and hunted mutant wild boars in Chernobyl. Little did we know that all of our harrowing journeys would leave us only semi-prepared for a recent trip to war-ravaged, godforsaken Liberia.
Joan Hornig's jewelry comes from the heart. And 100 percent of the profits go to a charity of your choice.
Great survivors were molded from Liberia's bloody war that ended just six years ago. Among the violence and tragedy, new leaders emerged, including youth activist Kimmie Weeks.
Human rights activist Kimmie Weeks talks about the horrors of Liberia's civil war and how it inspired him to fight for children's rights.
Leslie Lumeh talks to CNN about his love for art.
The allegation is shocking: an 8-year-old girl lured to a storage shed with the promise of chewing gum, pinned down and sexually assaulted by four boys, none of them older than 14.
Law enforcement and culture clash after the alleged rape of an 8-year-old Liberian girl. CNN's Thelma Gutierrez reports.
The president of Liberia spoke Friday on the sexual assault of an 8-year-old Liberian refugee in Phoenix, Arizona, decrying reports that the parents believe their family has been shamed by the girl.
With four Phoenix, Arizona, boys ages 9 to 14 charged with sexual assault on an 8-year-old girl, a prosecutor vowed Thursday his office will "seek justice for the young victim in this heartrending situation."
Michael Chea can't forget what they did to him. Though he is standing in the morning sunlight, surrounded by giggling teenagers and chirping birds, his face is twisted by grief.
On a dusty pitch in the middle of the capital of Monrovia limbless young men play football as though their lives depended on it.
Thousands of Liberians in the U.S. face deportation next month. CNN's Jeanne Meserve reports.
Thousands of Liberians living in the United States face deportation March 31 when a federal immigration status created for humanitarian purposes expires.
Liberia's president has declared a state of emergency after hordes of ravenous caterpillars infested the country.
The abuses Chucky Taylor is accused of committing were perpetrated in Liberia. Prosecuting them on U.S. soil could make the trial a legal landmark
Liberia banned all food exports Monday, saying profiteers have been taking advantage of its cheap rice prices to truck the grain -- already in short supply in Liberia -- to neighboring countries to sell at higher prices
This week on Inside Africa we have an update on the political crisis in Zimbabwe, then we head to the Big Apple for a look at the 15th annual New York African Film Festival.
An endangered and secretive animal rarely seen in the wild has been caught on camera in West Africa.
The war crimes trial of Charles Taylor resumes after a six-month break. Nick Valencia reports.
One of Liberia's most notorious rebels, known as Gen. Butt Naked for charging into battle wearing only boots, has returned to confess his role in terrorizing the nation
1. ARGENTINA The government's decision to ration gas and electricity for firms rather than raise prices for residential consumers does little to address mounting woes in the energy sector and helps set the stage for future economic problems.
Just imagine for a moment that everything you own -- from your hard-earned money to your home to your car to little mementos like pictures on the wall -- has just been taken from you by a group of people who don't like the way you look or the shade of your skin or the shape of your nose. Everything gone except, perhaps, the clothes on your back.
Liberia's newly installed President Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf, living up to her reputation as an "Iron Lady", has dismissed all Finance Ministry employees in a bid to curb the rampant corruption crippling her country.
Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf has been sworn in as Liberia's new president, becoming Africa's first elected female head of state and vowing to lead the country away from its turbulent past.
Ahead of her trip to witness the inauguration of Africa's first elected female president, first lady Laura Bush said Friday that the United States could elect a female president in the next few terms, and said she would like to cast a ballot for Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice.
Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf has been declared president of Liberia following runoff elections, having received nearly 60 percent of the vote.
U.N. peacekeepers in Liberia now have the authority to arrest former President Charles Taylor and transfer him to Sierra Leone for trial should he return to the country.
Searching for a land of freedom and opportunity, thousands of former slaves left the United States in the 19th century and sailed across the Atlantic to a continent their ancestors had unwillingly left.
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