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33K pounds of cocaine seized in one of biggest US drug busts

Jun. 18, 2019 7:49 PM EDT

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — U.S. authorities seized 33,000 pounds, or 15,000 kilograms, of cocaine from a ship at Philadelphia's port in what they described as one of the largest drug busts in American history. They said the haul could have been worth more than $1 billion on the street. The U.S. attorney's office...

Thousands descend on Liberia's capital to protest president

Jun. 7, 2019 11:32 AM EDT

MONROVIA, Liberia (AP) — Thousands of demonstrators descended on Liberia's capital on Friday to protest former soccer star-turned-President George Weah and the sinking economy while critics accused the government of blocking social media. While Weah has said citizens have the constitutional right to...

Lawyer fighting palm oil among 6 to win environmental prize

Apr. 29, 2019 10:05 AM EDT

BOSTON (AP) — When Alfred Brownell arrived in a remote Liberian village, the surrounding tropical rainforest had been leveled by bulldozers. Burial grounds were uprooted, religious shrines were desecrated and a stream people depended upon for water was polluted. Brownell, an environmental lawyer and...

Charity founder resigns after alleged rapes at Africa school

Apr. 20, 2019 5:22 PM EDT

An American woman who established a charity to help vulnerable girls in Liberia has resigned six months after taking a leave of absence in the wake of allegations that a local staffer raped several girls in the charity's care. More Than Me founder and chief executive officer Katie Meyler announced her resignation...