WASHINGTON — The president of Liberia will visit the United States later this month, her first trip to the country since the Ebola outbreak in West Africa.
Many Liberians and their friends in the West had hoped the country, once plagued by civil war, was continuing its march to democracy. But the presidential run-off election Tuesday has dashed some of those hopes as violence erupted and the major opposition candidate boycotted the race. Continue reading
In other news Monday, Yemeni officials reported that at least 18 people were killed in intense fighting between troops and opposition forces in the capital of Sana’a. Also, Central America struggled to recover from flooding and landslides that have left at least 81 people dead in Guatemala, Honduras, Nicaragua and El Salvador. Continue reading
Liberian President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf and two other women were awarded the Nobel Peace Prize Friday. The committee recognized Sirleaf, who is currently competing for reelection, for her work to advance women’s safety and her non-violent approach to peace and reconciliation. Continue reading
The 2011 Nobel Peace Prize was awarded Friday to three women from the Middle East and Africa who have fought for peace and women’s rights. Margret Warner reports on the winners: Liberian President Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf and peace activist Leymah Gbowee plus Tawakkul Karman of Yemen. Continue reading
The 2011 Nobel Peace Prize was awarded Friday to three women who have fought for peace and women’s rights. Margret Warner discusses the achievements of the three winners with the Institute for Policy Studies’ Emira Woods and Vital Voices’ Malini Patel. Continue reading
Liberian President Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf details her rise to power and her personal experiences with domestic abuse in her book “This Child Will Be Great: Memoir of a Remarkable Life.” Johnson-Sirleaf talks about her life and her country with Margaret Warner. Continue reading