Sierra Leone

Top Africa stories: Zim, Gambia, DRC

2017-01-16 20:31

President Barack Obama has extended sanctions against Zimbabwe, and fearful of a looming political violence, Gambians are fleeing their tiny west African nation.

No deal in talks to persuade Gambian leader to step down

2017-01-14 17:30

No deal has been reached in last-ditch attempts by a regional mediation team to persuade Gambia's longtime leader to step down.

Top Africa stories: Zim, Nigeria, Lesotho

2016-11-09 19:32

Social media users mock Nigerian prophet TB Joshua over his inaccurate prophecy regarding the winner of the just ended US elections. Read this and more...

Sierra Leone police officers held over deadly protests

2016-08-27 09:28

A police official in Sierra Leone says three police officers have been detained and questioned in connection with the shooting deaths of two demonstrators.

Schoolboy shot dead by police at Sierra Leone protest

2016-08-17 06:30

A secondary school student and a street seller have been shot dead by security forces in northern Sierra Leone during a demonstration by youth angered by the relocation of a job training centre.

Putrid poultry scramble sparks Sierra Leone spat

2016-07-24 20:50

A scramble by thousands of people for scraps of imported rotten chicken has sparked a huge stand-off between police and residents in Sierra Leone's capital.

Kidnapped Sierra Leonean diplomat freed in Nigeria

2016-07-06 12:01

Alfred Nelson-Williams released unharmed five days after his abduction in Nigeria, government officials say.

$40m ransom wanted for Sierra Leone diplomat kidnapped in Nigeria

2016-07-01 21:41

Kidnappers in northwest Nigeria have seized a diplomat from Sierra Leone and are demanding a $40m, that country's information minister and Nigerian workers at the embassy say.

Ebola-hit Sierra Leone gets Mecca all clear

2016-06-24 21:22

Saudi Arabia's government has allocated 800 places to Sierra Leone for hajj pilgrims, lifting a two-year ban imposed due to the Ebola crisis, officials say.

PICS: Alone and at risk - Sierra Leone's baby-faced mothers

2016-05-11 13:25

Dizzy and sweating, 15-year-old Isatu Koroma sits with her eyes closed in the maternity ward in Sierra Leone where she has spent the last 10 days, as her tiny little daughter begins to cry.


'Fearful' Gambians flee 'looming political violence'

2017-01-16 14:46

Gambians fearful of a looming political violence are reportedly fleeing the tiny west African nation's capital Banjul, as the deadline for long-time leader Yahya Jammeh to hand over power nears.

Nigerian legislators OK offering asylum to Gambia leader

2017-01-13 15:16

Nigerian legislators have voted to offer asylum to Gambia's longtime leader, who is refusing to cede power after losing elections.

Sierra Leone slashes spending in huge austerity drive

2016-10-04 20:21

Sierra Leone has announced it will slash spending across the board and freeze all government projects to stabilise its finances following a prolonged economic slump.

Two girls die after circumcisions

2016-08-19 12:00

A teenage girl has died after undergoing a botched female circumcision in Sierra Leone, just days after the death of a 10-year-old girl in Guinea.

Sierra Leone, Liberia risk Ebola-like outbreaks from poor sanitation

2016-08-10 09:24

Sierra Leone and Liberia risk new deadly epidemics akin to the impact of the Ebola virus due to lack of clean water and hygienic conditions in most homes.

Nigeria arrests 11 after diplomat kidnapping

2016-07-12 20:34

Nigerian police say they have arrested 11 members of a daredevil gang after the kidnapping of a senior Sierra Leone diplomat to Abuja.

Kidnapped Sierra Leone diplomat 'alive and well'

2016-07-04 19:01

A senior Sierra Leonean diplomat kidnapped in Nigeria last week is alive and in good health, officials in Freetown say.

Man tries to set fire to Air France plane in S Leone

2016-06-28 15:27

A man tried to set fire to an Air France plane at Sierra Leone's biggest airport after gaining access to the aircraft without a passport or boarding card, a court has heard.

Water crisis hits Sierra Leone capital

2016-05-14 16:01

Sierra Leone's capital is in the grip of a fortnight-long drought that has forced residents to spend hours searching for water.

New Sierra Leone Ebola alert

2016-04-10 22:49

Sierra Leone has called for increased vigilance to prevent a resurgence of the Ebola virus after new cases in neighbouring Liberia and Guinea.

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