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The commander of the Liberian President’s motorcade has been arrested for allegedly smuggling 300kg of cannabis.

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THE GOVERNMENT must rue the day it ever chose to involve itself in the post-colonial conflicts in Sierra Leone. The poorest country in the world is revealing an uncanny ability to embarrass the old imperial power.

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SIERRA LEONE'S President, Ahmad Tejan Kabbah, said yesterday he was in talks with the detained rebel leader Foday Sankoh on a ceasefire in fighting in the capital, Freetown.

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Art mart

Automobile art - this lifesize, walking, trunk-waving elephant, 8ft tall and 12 ft long, seats 12 and is for sale at the summer Olympia Fine Art and Antiques Fair - now celebrating its 25th anniversary. British- made in the 1940s from toughened paper and wood, the elephant's 10hp Ford engine gives it six mph. The jumbo-sized price, from new exhibitors Hawkins & Hawkins, is pounds 100,000. The Fair, with 400 exhibitors and prices from pounds 50 to pounds 250,000, is from Thursday (11am) until 14 June (0171-370 8186/8212). The Antiquarian Book Fair is also at Olympia, for the first time, with 149 dealers, Thursday (11am)-Sunday. Entry to both fairs is pounds 15 on Thursday and pounds 5 thereafter. Free tickets to the book fair are available from the Antiquarian Booksellers' Association (0171-439 3118).

Football: Wenger's eye for talent rewarded

NIGEL WINTERBURN'S reaction at the final whistle - beaming grin, tapering run, arms whipping up the applause in a kind of mad, reverse-butterfly stroke - amply demonstrated Arsenal's relief at reaching their 13th FA Cup final.

Nigeria plays for status in Sierra Leone

WHEN forces acting in the name of democracy overthrow dictatorships, the international community is supposed to applaud. But when a Nigerian- led peace-keeping force chased Major Johnny Paul Koromoa's military junta from Freetown, the world responded with only a polite murmur.

Liberia confusion hits minerals firm

Commonwealth Gold, a minerals company capitalised at pounds 30m whose shares trade over the counter on the volatile Ofex exchange, may have to cut earnings projections as a result of deep confusion over its interests in war-torn Liberia.

Ali goes the rounds with care package to Africa

Fans chanted "Ali! Ali!" as the former world heavyweight boxing champion Muhammad Ali visited the city of San Pedro near the Liberian border this week to deliver food and gifts to war refugees.

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