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November 30, 1996 | From Times Wire Reports
President Ahmad Tejan Kabbah and rebel army leader Foday Sankoh will sign an accord today to end five years of civil war in Sierra Leone, government officials said. Ivory Coast President Henri Konan Bedie, who hosted peace talks earlier this year, will oversee the signing in the Ivory Coast city of Abidjan, according to a spokesman for Bedie. A U.N. official in Sierra Leone confirmed the plan. The accord had been reached after months of sporadic talks.
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May 26, 1997 | From Associated Press
Rebellious soldiers toppled Sierra Leone's elected president in a bloody coup Sunday, and an army major said he was seizing power because the government failed to maintain the peace. Soldiers led by Maj. Johnny Paul Koroma took control of the legislature in this small West African country after heavy fighting. They then burned the national treasury, prompting President Ahmad Tejan Kabbah to flee into exile in neighboring Guinea.
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May 26, 1997 | From Associated Press
Rebellious soldiers toppled Sierra Leone's elected president in a bloody coup Sunday, and an army major said he was seizing power because the government failed to maintain the peace. Soldiers led by Maj. Johnny Paul Koroma took control of the legislature in this small West African country after heavy fighting. They then burned the national treasury, prompting President Ahmad Tejan Kabbah to flee into exile in neighboring Guinea.
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November 30, 1996 | From Times Wire Reports
President Ahmad Tejan Kabbah and rebel army leader Foday Sankoh will sign an accord today to end five years of civil war in Sierra Leone, government officials said. Ivory Coast President Henri Konan Bedie, who hosted peace talks earlier this year, will oversee the signing in the Ivory Coast city of Abidjan, according to a spokesman for Bedie. A U.N. official in Sierra Leone confirmed the plan. The accord had been reached after months of sporadic talks.
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January 19, 2002 | From Times Wire Reports
Sierra Leone's government and rebel leaders declared a decade-long civil war over as they watched thousands of weapons burn on a ceremonial bonfire. Sierra Leone has been torn apart by war since 1991, when rebels of the Revolutionary United Front launched an insurgency to oust the government and take over the nation's lucrative diamond fields. President Ahmad Tejan Kabbah led the ceremony held just outside the capital, Freetown.
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March 22, 1995 | Associated Press
Seven Roman Catholic nuns held by rebels since Jan. 26 were freed Tuesday, and a priest said they were in "good shape and good spirits." Vatican officials refused to say whether a ransom was paid. The nuns, six from Italy and one from Brazil, range in age from 35 to 65. At least 16 foreigners, including the nuns, have been abducted since November.
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August 9, 1999 | Times Wire Services
A rebel faction holding Western and other hostages here freed groups of them Sunday, the fifth day of their captivity, sources close to U.N. negotiators said. At least half the 34 who remained captive earlier Sunday had reportedly been released by day's end. U.N. officials listed those released as seven U.N. military observers, six local drivers, two members of the West African ECOMOG peacekeeping force, two journalists, a Ghanaian aid worker and a Sierra Leone government official.
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December 21, 2004 | From Associated Press
Ten men charged with plotting to overthrow Sierra Leone's government last year were convicted Monday of treason and sentenced to death by hanging. Friends and relatives of the condemned men wailed and wept outside the heavily guarded court gates after the 11-man jury found the defendants guilty and the judge ordered them to the gallows. The 10, including ex-army officers and rebels who fought during Sierra Leone's brutal 1991-2002 war, have 21 days to appeal.
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July 28, 2000 | From Reuters
The United States circulated a Security Council resolution Thursday to set up a special mixed Sierra Leone-international court to prosecute rebels accused of the worst atrocities in the war-ravaged West African nation. U.S. Ambassador Richard Holbrooke said the draft was "endorsed in its general framework by all the other" council members during closed-door consultations. He said he hoped that it would be voted on next week.
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May 17, 2000 | From Times Wire Services
Ninety-three exhausted Zambian and Kenyan U.N. peacekeepers, held hostage for two weeks in the bush by rebels in Sierra Leone, flew back to this government-controlled capital late Tuesday from neighboring Liberia. But there was no sign of progress in efforts to secure the release of about 350 U.N. troops of many nationalities still apparently being held by the Revolutionary United Front.
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June 21, 2007 | From the Associated Press
Three former Sierra Leonean military leaders were found guilty of war crimes Wednesday in the first verdicts stemming from the country's civil war and the first convictions in an international court for using child soldiers. A United Nations-backed court found the three guilty of 11 of 14 charges, including terrorism, using child soldiers, enslavement, rape and murder.
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July 31, 2003 | From Associated Press
Foday Sankoh, an indicted Sierra Leone war criminal whose rebel forces were notorious for dismembering thousands of civilians, died in U.N. custody at a Freetown hospital, the war crimes court said Wednesday. He was 65. Sankoh died late Tuesday, said David Hecht, spokesman for the U.N.-Sierra Leone war crimes court. No cause of death was given, but Sankoh reportedly had suffered a mild stroke after his capture in early 2000 and had been ill and disoriented.
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