Each day Joyce goes out into the bush and assembles five tiny bundles of wood for sale, only to have one taken from her by former rebels.
At least 230 people were killed when a fuel tanker overturned and exploded in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo.
A film set in Ethiopia about a bloodthirsty regime under has won best movie award at Africa's top film festival.
Demolition teams this week smashed up popular beach bars as part of an improvement scheme to develop tourism in Sierra's Leone's capital, Freetown.
Prosecutors for Sierra Leone's war crimes court are trying to track down $375-million they say vanished from two United States bank accounts held by former Liberian President Charles Taylor when he was forced from power in 2003. But lawyers defending the former warlord challenged prosecutors to produce evidence that Taylor had salted away state funds for his personal use.
Africa will be well-placed to weather a global economic downturn if it uses high oil and commodities prices to diversify its economies, one of the continent's most successful businessmen said in an interview. Nigerian tycoon Aliko Dangote said the world's poorest continent could benefit while developed nations suffered an economic slowdown.
Sierra Leone President Ernest Bai Koroma promised "zero tolerance" on Thursday for corruption in his country after a leaked government report said rampant official graft had swallowed up donor funds. Speaking at his formal inauguration in Freetown, the 54-year-old former insurance executive called for a change of attitude in the West African state.
Boboh village used to do a roaring trade in the Pa Gbana cocktail, a mix of fermented local grasses, coconut and lime favoured by tourists to wash down freshly-cooked lobster. Nowadays there is little demand for the drink, named after the village's oldest resident: the only foreigners on Boboh's pristine beaches, south of Sierra Leone's capital, Freetown, are development workers taking time out.
Sierra Leone arrested eight Guineans, including military personnel and fisheries inspectors, whom it accused of carrying out a pirate attack on two locally licensed fishing vessels, officials said on Monday. But Guinean authorities rejected the piracy charge, saying the men were on a legitimate fisheries protection patrol.
Sierra Leone opposition leader Ernest Bai Koroma, who looks set to win the West African country's presidential election, says he will wage an implacable war on corruption and work to revive the war-scarred economy. With just over three-quarters of the votes counted from last week's run-off poll, Koroma, of the All People's Congress, has a commanding lead with 60%.
Opposition leader Ernest Bai Koroma said he had won Sierra Leone's presidential election but the ruling party accused him of trying to "steal" the poll as more results were due on Tuesday from the tense weekend vote. Partial official results from just over a fifth of polling stations showed Koroma, of the All People's Congress party, leading with 64%.