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FILE - In this Sunday, March 21 2009 file photo, Sudanese refugees gather behind the Oxfam logo at the site of the looted compound of the expelled British aid group, Oxfam at Al Salam refugee camp, outside the Darfur town of al-Fasher, Sudan. Oxfam, one of the world’s leading aid agencies, is to severely curtail its work around the world because of the financial strain caused by the coronavirus pandemic, including the closure of operations in 18 countries at the potential cost of over 1,000 jobs. (AP Photo/Nasser Nasser, File)

Shock and sadness as Oxfam plans exit from 18 countries

May. 21, 2020 12:46 PM EDT

LONDON (AP) — The decision by Oxfam International to close operations in 18 countries in response to the devastating financial impact of the coronavirus pandemic was met with shock and sadness Thursday across developing countries where the aid organization has often been helping the needy for decades....

In this photo taken Friday, May 15, 2020, a follower of the Senegalese Mouride brotherhood, an order of Sufi Islam, films with his smartphone as he and others practice social distancing as they attend Muslim Friday prayers at West Africa's largest mosque the Massalikul Jinaan, in Dakar, Senegal. A growing number of mosques are reopening across West Africa even as confirmed coronavirus cases soar, as governments find it increasingly difficult to keep them closed during the holy month of Ramadan. (AP Photo/Sylvain Cherkaoui)

As mosques reopen in West Africa, COVID-19 fears grow

May. 17, 2020 5:05 AM EDT

DAKAR, Senegal (AP) — It’s been a Ramadan unlike any other for Abdourahmane Sall, far from the mosque during the Muslim holy month as coronavirus cases mount. With only a little over a week left, he decided joining thousands of others in tradition was worth the risk after authorities allowed prayers...

In this photo taken Thursday, Feb. 20, 2020, Joselia Kollie, who is the daughter of a popular gospel singer, explains how she desires to spread developmental messages through music with a song reminding Liberians of how much the country already has been through, in Gbarnga, Liberia. Liberian radio stations are getting the word out about how to prevent coronavirus, and one tune here is especially gaining praise: The person singing it is only 9 years old. (AP Photo/Jonathan Paye-Layleh)

Liberian girl's song about COVID-19 being played on radio

May. 6, 2020 3:32 AM EDT

MONROVIA, Liberia (AP) — The voice is strong, and the words are resolute: “Let’s protect ourselves to save our family and our country; let’s stop the public gatherings.” The singer? She’s 9 years old. Joselia Kollie’s song has been getting airplay on Liberian...

Former Liberian security forces commander deported from US

Apr. 29, 2020 5:46 PM EDT

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — A member of imprisoned former Liberian President Charles Taylor's security forces has been deported from the United States back to the West African country, immigration enforcement officials said. Alexander Mentol Zinnah, 56, had been living in Minnesota. Officers with U.S. Immigration...

Liberian dies of COVID-19 before sentencing, denying justice

Apr. 14, 2020 11:18 AM EDT

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — A Liberian convicted of lying on his U.S. immigration forms about his ties to war criminals has died while awaiting sentencing. Federal prosecutors said in a letter to witnesses that Jucontee Thomas Woewiyu, a former top lieutenant for Liberian warlord Charles Taylor, died Sunday in a...