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Australians in Liberia Urged to Leave at Once

Australia urged its citizens in Liberia to leave immediately due to a worsening security situation in the West African country. The foreign office upgraded a travel warning which had previously advised Australians not to travel to Liberia. “Australians in Liberia should leave by the first available commercial means,” said the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade. “The security situation in Liberia, including the capital Monrovia, is at its worst since the first rebel insurgency in 1999. On-going fighting between government troops and rebels has increased.” Two rebel groups are fighting to oust President Charles Taylor, a former warlord, who won elections in 1997 after emerging victorious from a seven-year civil war in which 200,000 people were killed. Full Story

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