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Sierra Leone bank director charged with fraud

Sierra Leone prosecutors have charged the managing director of a government-owned bank and 13 other officials with attempting to steal around $6 million. Full story

Sierra Leone slaps travel ban on bank workers, taxmen in corruption probe

FREETOWN (Reuters) - Sierra Leone has banned the country's bank workers, tax officers and some shipping officials from travelling abroad without permission in a wide-scale crackdown on tax fraud. Full story

African nations increase farm spending, winning poverty battle

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Barack Obama hosts the leaders of four African nations this week, all of which are cited in a new report for effectively increasing spending on agriculture to combat extreme poverty and hunger. Full story

Sierra Leone charges state employees in graft probes

FREETOWN (Reuters) - Sierra Leone's anti-graft commission has indicted 29 state employees - including the country's top doctor - for corruption, most of it linked to the misuse of funds from a Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation-backed vaccine provider, officials said on Friday. Full story

Detective in Liberian ex-president's trial jailed for bribery

FREETOWN (Reuters) - An investigator hired by former Liberian President Charles Taylor's defense team will spend 30 months in jail for tampering with prosecution witnesses in the landmark case, a U.N.-backed court decided on Friday. Full story

Sierra Leone hopes cricket can help heal war wounds

FREETOWN (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. Full story

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