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Sierra Leone pastor unearths one of the world’s largest diamonds

A pastor in Sierra Leone has unearthed one of the world largest diamonds in the district of Kono. The uncut diamond weighing 706 carats is the biggest diamond to be found in more than four decades in this West African country. The president of the country assured the community, where the gem was discovered that proceeds from the sale will benefit the community, and country. In 2015, an 813 carat diamond was discovered in Botswana by Canadian company Lucara. The diamond shattered records, fetching a massive U.S.$63 million, the highest price ever achieved for a rough diamond.

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The aftermath of Ebola sparks a rethink about aid

When will customs officials at airports stop checking your temperature upon arrival from an African destination? In countries like Ethiopia, half a dozen medics in white coats check whether travellers had recently visited Liberia, Sierra Leone or Guinea. Admittedly, Addis Ababa hosts the headquarters of the African Union (AU), where most of Africa’s 54 member states are represented. And these officials travel a lot.