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Two suspected Ebola cases in Sierra Leone: health ministry

Sierra Leone's health ministry said on Tuesday it was investigating two suspected cases of the Ebola virus as neighbouring Guinea struggled to contain an outbreak of the deadly virus. "We still do not have any confirmed cases of Ebola in the country. What we do have are suspected cases which our health teams are investigating and taking blood samples from people who had come in contact with those suspected to have the virus," chief medical officer Brima Kargbo told reporters.

Sierra Leone bids farewell to peacemaker president

Thousands of Sierra Leoneans gathered under a tropical sun in Freetown's national stadium on Sunday to pay their last respects to celebrated former president Ahmad Tejan Kabbah. Widely credited with returning peace to the shattered west African nation after years of brutal civil war, Kabbah died at home in Freetown after a long illness on March 13, aged 82.

Sierra Leone sells 2013's largest diamond

Sierra Leone said on Friday it had exported the largest diamond discovered in the west African nation last year -- a 125-carat stone worth around $800,000. The "high quality" diamond was dug up by a miner in the eastern district of Kono in November, according to a statement issued by the state-run National Minerals Agency. The agency did not say where the stone had gone but confirmed it was "the largest single diamond found in Sierra Leone in 2013", adding that it was "one of the finest and most valuable reported in the country in recent times".

Sierra Leone hopes cricket can help heal war wounds

By Nina de Vries FREETOWN, Feb 1 (Reuters) - It has no fence around it or any grass on its pitch but the Kingtom Oval cricket ground represents for many inhabitants of Sierra Leone's capital Freetown a reminder of happier times before the West African country's brutal civil war. The only cricket ground to have survived the 11-year conflict, which killed some 50,000 people and devastated the impoverished country's infrastructure, the Oval is now the focus of an attempt to revive the sport.
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