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March 15, 2006 3:00 AM

Liberian leader gets red-carpet welcome in Washington

The nations capital rolled out the red carpet Wednesday for Liberian President Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf, applauding her as Africas first elected female head of state. The American-educated Johnson-Sirleaf kicked off her first U.S. visit as president by addressing a joint session of Congress, an honor usually reserved for royalty, war heroes, pioneering astronauts and more seasoned heads of state.

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