The almanac

UPI Almanac for Monday, Nov. 11, 2013.
By United Press International

The almanac

UPI Almanac for Tuesday, Oct. 29, 2013.
By United Press International

List of Nobel Peace Prize winners

OSLO, Norway, Oct. 11 (UPI) -- List of Nobel Peace Prize winners:

China backs Liberian peacekeepers

BEIJING, Sept. 30 (UPI) -- The Chinese government said it was sending 140 members of a police unit to deploy alongside U.N. peacekeepers in Liberia.

Liberia has work to do, president says

UNITED NATIONS, Sept. 25 (UPI) -- Liberia has come a long way since the end of civil war, notably with its economy, but still has a long way to go on the road to recovery, its president said.

No one passes University of Liberia's entrance exam

MONROVIA, Liberia, Aug. 27 (UPI) -- Not a single person passed this year's test to gain admission to the University of Liberia, mostly because of a lack of English skills, a school official said.

U.S. warns of violence in Ivory Coast

WASHINGTON, May 17 (UPI) -- The security situation in Ivory Coast could quickly deteriorate despite recent security gains, the U.S. State Department warned.

Guinea's army leader killed in plane crash

MONROVIA, Liberia, Feb. 11 (UPI) -- The leader of Guinea's army and some other Guinean officials were killed in an airplane crash in Liberia Monday, officials said.

Liberian oil sector gains interest

WEST LEEDERVILLE, Australia, Jan. 8 (UPI) -- Africa Petroleum Corp., an Australian company, announced that it started tapping into oil deposits situated off the coast of Liberia.

Eni enters Liberian waters

MILAN, Italy, Aug. 3 (UPI) -- Italian energy company Eni announced it took a minority interest in three blocks off the coast of Liberia.

Drugs, arms fueling African crises

ADDIS ABABA, Ethiopia, July 17 (UPI) -- Unchecked arms trading and drug trafficking in Africa are in part to blame for growing instability in Africa, Liberian President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf said.

Good grade for Liberia's oil sector

WASHINGTON, April 25 (UPI) -- The Liberian government is taking a step in the right direction by offering to open its books in its emerging oil sector, Global Witness said.

Liberia courts oil industry

HOUSTON, April 24 (UPI) -- A transparent economy may bring more investments from international oil companies, Liberian President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf said in Houston.
Sirleaf son sues papers for nepotism story

Sirleaf son sues papers for nepotism story

MONROVIA, Nigeria, April 6 (UPI) -- A son of Liberian President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf has sued two newspapers over published criticism of his appointment as chairman of a state-run oil company.

Africa land grabs 'could cause conflicts'

FREETOWN, Liberia, Feb. 3 (UPI) -- The stampede by wealthy states for arable land across Africa and other developing regions could trigger a series of conflicts.
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Ellen Johnson Sirleaf
U.S. President George W. Bush (L) is introduced by Liberian President Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf at the White House Summit on International Development, "Sustaining the New Era", in Washington on October 21, 2008 (UPI Photo/Brendan Hoffman/POOL)

Ellen Johnson Sirleaf (born 29 October 1938) is the 24th and current President of Liberia. She served as Minister of Finance under President William Tolbert from 1979 until the 1980 coup d'état, after which she left Liberia and held senior positions at various financial institutions. She placed a distant second in the 1997 presidential election. Later, she was elected President in the 2005 presidential election and took office on 16 January 2006. Sirleaf is the first modern, and currently the only elected, female head of state in Africa.

Ellen Johnson Sirleaf was born in Monrovia, the capital of Liberia, to educated parents. While not Americo-Liberian by ancestry, Sirleaf is considered culturally Americo-Liberian by some observers or assumed to be Americo-Liberian. However, Sirleaf does not identify as such. Her ethnic background is 1/2 Gola from her father's side, and 1/4 Kru and 1/4 German from her mother's side.

Sirleaf’s father, Jahmale Carney Johnson, was born into rural poverty. He was the son of a Gola chief named Jahmale and one of his wives, Jenneh, in Julijuah, Bomi County. Her father was sent to Monrovia, where his last name was changed to Johnson because of his father's loyalty to President Hilary R. W. Johnson, Liberia's first Liberian-born president. He grew up in Monrovia where he was raised by an Americo-Liberian family with the surname McGritty. Sirleaf's father later became the first Liberian from an indigenous ethnic group to sit in the country's national legislature.

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