Aminatta Forna tells Maya Jaggi that Africa scares the West, but that there’s as much reason to be scared in Croatia as in Sierra Leone.
Liberian warlord Charles Taylor has begun his appeal against a 50-year prison sentence handed down by Sierra Leone's UN-backed special court.
Sierra Leone's main opposition party has conceded defeat to President Ernest Bai Koroma, weeks after complaining the election was marred by fraud.
Sierra Leone People's Party has called on members to boycott government proceedings, claiming electoral fraud had undermined the recent elections.
Sierra Leone saw a largely peaceful, well-conducted vote despite reports of money changing hands and polling stations marred by bees or lack of light.
Electoral officials tallied votes on Sunday from general elections seen as a key test of the west African nation's post-war recovery.
Sierra Leoneans have crowded polling stations to vote, saying they wanted to elect leaders who would bring prosperity to the poor West African state.
Fears of corruption, or a return to instability, remain in Sierra Leone as presidential hopefuls seek to convince voters they can maintain peace.
With Sierra Leone still recovering from a long and bloody civil war, citizens will vote in presidential and parliamentary elections on Saturday.
Sierra Leone kicked off a month-long campaign on Wednesday for its national elections but few women have featured as candidates in the race.
Lying in Sierra Leone's mineral-rich eastern belt, the Koidu Holdings diamond mine was once at the heart of the country's decade-long civil war.
Charles Taylor's 50-year sentence for war crimes shows that no man is above the law, writes Owen Bowcott.
Charles Taylor's 50-year sentence is but the first victory at the ICC for Africa's human rights campaigners. Stern tests of global justice remain.
Convicted war criminal Charles Taylor has accused the international community of selectively targeting African heads of state with prosecutions.
Sierra Leone was in festive mood for the 51st anniversary of independence, a day after Liberian warlord Charles Taylor was convicted of aiding rebels.
Ex-Liberian president Charles Taylor has been found guilty of terrorism, murder and rape committed by rebels during Liberia's 11-year civil war.
Disgraced former Liberian leader Charles Taylor is due to hear his fate as a four-year war crimes trial at The Hague draws to a close.
A Sierra Leone city's plan to give scholarships to girls who keep their virginity until they finish university has run into trouble.
An Indian college is training 12 Sierra Leonean women to become solar engineers as part of a drive to bring electricity to rural communities.