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Liberia’s Upcoming Presidential Election Most Unpredictable

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Twenty candidates will be combating the presidential election in Liberia following the step down of President Sirleaf after 12 years. The polls will be held on October 10 this year and is said to be most hotly contested one. It is unpredictable as several new faces have emerged as contestant. The country will also select members of the House of ...

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Liberia President Urges For Peaceful Elections In October

Liberia is scheduled for third presidential and general elections on October 10 and amid the start of campaigning by candidates the president has urged the countrymen for peaceful voting. Among the top candidates are vice president Joseph Nyumah Boakai and former soccer star George Weah, who is a senator and lost the 2011 vice president election. He also was unable ...

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Footballer, Ex-Model, Soft Drinks Tycoon In Liberia President Race

The first elected female leader of Africa is about to step down and with this the race for the post of Liberian president has started equipped with candidates having profiles like a football superstar, soft drinks millionaire and former warlord. Array of potential candidates have lined up to replace Nobel Peace Prize winner Ellen Johnson Sirleaf in October when the ...

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Liberian Girls Reveal Education Challenges At White House

In June this year first lady Michelle Obama visited Liberia and Morocco to highlight education of girls. As a follow-up some 22 Liberian girls are now in Washington, D.C. to attend workshops and attend the screening of a CNN documentary about girls’ education at the White House. Titled as “We Will Rise: Michelle Obama’s Mission to Educate Girls Around the ...

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Drug dealers now use books, tea leaves

Drug traffickers are coming up with new tactics to escape detection at entry points, including the airports. They are now using ...

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Rwandan officer named head of UN force in Ivory Coast

The United Nations has appointed a Rwandan Commissioner of Police Vianney Nshimiyimana, as its Police Commissioner for the United Nations Operation in Ivory Coast (Unoci)...

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Military photographer smuggles 55,000 ‘torture’ photos out of Syria

A military police photographer has smuggled out of Syria evidence of the torture and killing of 11,000 detainees, according to a report by three former war crimes prosecutors. Shocking: This picture is one of 55,000 taken by a Syrian military police defector showing emaciated corpses which investigators say are evidence of extreme torture by Assad’s regime The shocking images show emaciated corpses with strangulation marks, cuts, bruising and signs of electrocution – evidence of extreme torture, claim investigators. Some victims had no eyes. The 55,000 photos will ratchet up the pressure on President Bashar Al Assad who the US and its Western allies – including the UK – say has committed war crimes against his own people. Assad denies the claims, insisting he is fighting terrorists. Graphic: The defector’s evidence, which records deaths of those in custody from March 2011 until August 2013, were smuggled out along with files detailing the victims on memory sticks The 31-page report – released by The Guardian and CNN – was commissioned by Carter-Ruck solicitors in London on behalf of Qatar, a staunch supporter of the Syrian uprising. The report is being made available to the United Nations, governments and human rights groups just as peace talks are due to begin in Switzerland tomorrow to try to end the three-year conflict. The defector’s evidence records deaths of those in custody from March 2011 until August 2013. The photos were smuggled out along with files detailing the victims on memory sticks.Three lawyers, all former prosecutors at the criminal tribunals for the former Yugoslavia and Sierra Leone, examined the evidence and said they found the defector, who goes by the name of Caesar, credible. He said his job was to take pictures of killed detainees, though he did not claim to have witnessed executions or torture. ‘There could be as many as 50 bodies a day to photograph which require 15 to 30 minutes of work per corpse,’ he told an inquiry team. The photographs allowed a death certificate to be produced without requiring families to view bodies, and also confirmed that execution orders had been carried out, he claimed. Families of the dead were told cause of death was either a heart attack or breathing problems. The inquiry team said it was satisfied there was ‘clear evidence, capable of being believed by a tribunal of fact in a court of law, of systematic torture and killing of detained persons by the agents of the Syrian government’. The evidence would ‘support findings of crimes against humanity and could also support findings of war crimes’. Caesar’s path to defection began in September 2011, around seven months after the conflict broke out, when he was contacted by a relative who had fled the country. The man – known as ‘Caesar’s contact’ – was working for ‘international human rights groups’, according to the report. Caesar began sending him thousands of images, but soon became concerned for his safety, so the Syrian opposition arranged for him and his family to be smuggled out of the country. It is not clear in the report how this was carried out. The report’s authors are Sir Desmond de Silva, former chief prosecutor of the special court for Sierra Leone, Sir Geoffrey Nice, the former lead prosecutor of former Yugoslavian president Slobodan Milosevic, and Professor David Crane, who indicted President Charles Taylor of Liberia at the Sierra Leone court. The Syrian regime has also funded and co-operated with al-Qaeda in a complex double game – even as the terrorists fight Damascus, it was claimed last night...

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