Sierra Leone on Monday anxiously awaited preliminary results from watershed elections that international observers declared free and fair, despite allegations of vote-rigging from some parties. Preliminary results from Saturday's presidential and legislative ballots were expected later in the day.
Sierra Leone has one of the highest maternal mortality rates in the world. In developed countries, on average there are fewer than 10 maternal deaths for every 100Â 000 live births. In Sierra Leone, the rate is nearly 200 times higher. This statistic, from the United Nations children's agency Unicef, is just one of several staggering indicators of the lethal nature of childbirth in one of the world's poorest countries.
Former Liberian president Charles Taylor's interim defence lawyer is in Sierra Leone to challenge attempts to move the warlord's trial to The Hague, sources close to Taylor said on Tuesday. Karim Khan filed an urgent application to the United Nations-backed Special Court for Sierra Leone to ask that no decision be made on the trial venue until the defence is allowed to comment on the issue.
Former West African warlord Charles Taylor received his first private visitors on Wednesday, exactly a week after he was arrested, as an international rights group said he must be treated humanely and given a fair trial for crimes against humanity.
Tax officials in Sierra Leone have infuriated Christians with the publication on Monday of newspaper advertisements saying Jesus Christ supported the paying of taxes. The half-page advertisements quoted Jesus's reply when he was asked if he was against a law requiring the payment of taxes to the Roman emperor.
The United Nations Mission in Sierra Leone may be preparing for the final pullout of its peacekeeping force by the end of the year, but it seems, the mission wants to leave behind a clean record, in so far as sexual exploitation and abuse is concerned. This follows a number of of cases of sexual exploitation in the four years that the peacekeepers have been staying in Sierra Leone.
Angry Sierra Leoneans are demanding that their government ask Guinea to withdraw its troops from their territory, which they occupied five years ago. Troops from Guinea occupied the eastern border town of Yenga during Sierra Leone's civil war between the rebels of the Revolutionary United Front and government forces.
Forced onto the backfoot by poor ping and overseas servers, African gamers are getting creative in an attempt to play one of the biggest competitive games. In the second instalment of our gaming corner, we chat to some of the innovators