Liberia is a country in West Africa that was colonized beginning in the 1820s by freed American slaves with the assistance of the American Colonization Society, an organization that believed that former slaves would have greater freedom and equality in West Africa. In 1847, Liberia became an independent nation with a government that was patterned after that of the United States. The country operated with a good deal of stability until 1980 when the government of President William Tolbert was overthrown in a bloody coup. By the end of that decade, the country was in the midst of a full-blown civil war. In the early 2000s the country’s 14-year war ended, after the deaths of 250,000 Liberians and the exodus of tens of thousands of the nation's citizens, many to the United States and Europe. In 2005, Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, a Harvard-educated woman with experience in international finance, was elected president, the first women elected as a head of state in Africa. She was reelected in 2011, the same year she was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize.

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Liberia Is Ebola-Free

World Health Organization declares outbreak in West African nation over, after 42 days of no new cases.

Global Week in Review: Hundreds of Migrants Killed in Mediterranean Shipwreck

The European Union is charged with antitrust violations; U.S. and Cuba are set to talk about fugitives; a new audit report in Liberia claims nearly $700,000 in Ebola spending is unaccounted for, plus more.

Global Week in Review: Boko Haram Kills at Least 90 Civilians, Wounds 500 in Cameroon

Blast hits Nigerian stadium after presidential rally; Ebola vaccine trials start in Liberia; and Ukraine rebel leader aims to recruit 100,000 fighters.

Global Week in Review: Ebola Vaccine Study Set to Begin in Liberia

In this week's global news, the Islamic State group threatens to kill two Japanese hostages; the first suspects possibly linked to Paris attacks appear in court; protests against potential delays in the Democratic Republic of Congo presidential el...

Chinese-built Ebola Center Dedicated in Liberia

President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf says the facility is "first-class."

Jonathan P. Hicks Dies at 58

Senior correspondent for died on Nov. 3 at his home in Brooklyn.
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