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After turning down $7.8m bid Sierra Leone diamond sells for $6.5m

Sierra Leone sold one of the world’s largest uncut diamonds for $6.5 million at a New York auction on Monday to raise funds for development projects in the West African country. The egg-sized gem -- known as the “Peace Diamond”...

Urgent plea for help as death toll rises in Sierra Leone mudslide

Sierra Leone needs "urgent support" for thousands of people hit by mudslides and massive flooding in the capital, the country's president says. Ernest Bai Koroma said entire communities had been wiped out and that the "devastation was overwhelming us". Nearly 400...

Hundreds die in Sierra Leone mudslide, thousands homeless

At least 312 people have been killed in a mudslide near Sierra Leone's capital, Freetown, the Red Cross says. A hillside in the Regent area collapsed early on Monday following heavy rains, leaving many houses covered in mud. A BBC reporter...

Sierra Leone’s Bai Koroma promises to hand over to successor “graciously” in 2018

President Ernest Bai Koroma of Sierra Leone said Thursday he will be leaving office next year and "graciously hand over" to his successor. In his last state-of-the-nation address, delivered on the country's 56th independence anniversary, Koroma said he was leaving...
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After arrest, Zimbabwean novelist decries state “chokehold”

Award-winning Zimbabwean novelist and filmmaker arrested at recent protests accused President Emmerson Mnangagwa’s government on Tuesday of holding its people in a repressive “chokehold”...