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Oil tankers ‘go dark’ off Venezuela to evade US sanctions

Nov. 14, 2019 12:02 AM EST

MIAMI (AP) — In May, after pulling out of a Chinese shipyard for repairs, a giant oil tanker set out on a perilous journey. Dialing in “Caribbean” on a mandatory tracking system, the captain of the Liberia-flagged vessel headed west. Then, weeks later, as it neared Venezuelan waters, the VL...

2 shipping companies plead guilty to hiding oil pollution

Oct. 16, 2019 6:56 AM EDT

WILMINGTON, Del. (AP) — Two shipping companies incorporated in Liberia pleaded guilty in Delaware to presenting falsified documents to the U.S. Coast Guard to hide oil pollution caused by one of their cargo ships. A U.S. Department of Justice statement says Nederland Shipping Company and Chartworld...

Post-war Liberians are demanding better mental health care

Oct. 12, 2019 5:24 AM EDT

MONROVIA, Liberia (AP) — More than a decade after back-to-back civil wars ravaged Liberia its people still await justice for countless abuses, and many say the lack of accountability is worsening a mental health crisis. The frustration soared when President George Weah recently indicated there was no need...

Judge weighs lawsuit on ending of Liberian immigrant program

Oct. 9, 2019 12:53 PM EDT

WORCESTER, Mass. (AP) — A federal judge in Massachusetts is weighing the Trump administration's request to dismiss a lawsuit challenging its decision to end a humanitarian program allowing Liberian immigrants to live and work in the country. Judge Timothy Hillman is holding a hearing Wednesday in Worcester...

Electrical short caused Liberia fire that killed 27 children

Oct. 1, 2019 2:12 PM EDT

MONROVIA, Liberia (AP) — Liberia's National Fire Service says "electrical shock" caused a fire that killed 27 children at a Quranic boarding school east of Monrovia two weeks ago. Fire Service Director Alex Dixon said Tuesday an investigation also determined that a motorcycle full of gasoline was parked...

Imam at Liberian school that burned says toll could rise

Sep. 19, 2019 11:08 AM EDT

PAYNESVILLE, Liberia (AP) — The imam at a Quranic boarding school in Liberia that burned this week says the death toll could rise above the 27 people reported. Mohammed Lamine Barry spoke to The Associated Press on Thursday, a day after the fire. It was not clear how many children had been sleeping inside...

Fire at school outside Liberia's capital kills at least 27

Sep. 18, 2019 10:35 AM EDT

PAYNESVILLE, Liberia (AP) — A fire at a Quranic school outside Liberia's capital has killed at least 27 people and many are thought to be children, police said Wednesday. The fire around midnight gutted a dormitory and school building where students slept about 7 miles (11 kilometers) east of Monrovia,...

Liberian police say a fire at a Quranic school outside the capital kills at least 27 people

Sep. 18, 2019 8:57 AM EDT
PAYNESVILLE, Liberia (AP) — Liberian police say a fire at a Quranic school outside the capital kills at least 27 people.