Sierra Leone

Sierra Leone scraps controversial pregnant girl school ban

2020-03-30 19:54

Sierra Leone has overturned a ban on pregnant girls attending school, the government has said, adding that it seeks to build a state that embraces every citizen.

Sierra Leone suspends minister for suspected graft

2020-01-10 22:45

Sierra Leone's labour minister and three other government officials have been suspended in an alleged corruption case involving a rice donation from China, the presidency said Friday.

Sierra Leone president declares rape a national emergency

2019-02-08 14:45

Sierra Leone's president has officially declared a national emergency on rape and sexual violence in a major step toward addressing the issue in the West African nation

Sierra Leone opens graft probe into actions of previous govt

2019-01-30 15:14

Sierra Leone's President Julius Maada Bio has tasked a special commission with investigating allegations of widespread corruption and abuse of office under the government of his predecessor.

Sierra Leone opposition protesters granted bail

2019-01-08 15:00

A court in Sierra Leone has granted bail to 14 opposition supporters after they took part in New Year's Eve protests over the arrest of a former minister for alleged corruption.

Is Africa starting to choke on China's lending glut?

2018-10-22 06:15

Sierra Leone's new government has scrapped a contract with a Chinese bank to build an airport, bluntly declaring it 'uneconomical'. Instead it will use an existing, underused airport and improve access to it.

At least 11 dead, 70 hurt in Sierra Leone military vehicle accident

2018-10-03 10:07

At least 11 people died and dozens more were injured when a Sierra Leone army vehicle overturned on a hill in the capital Freetown, the military says.

Teen killed as violence hits Sierra Leone by-election

2018-10-01 09:55

Violent clashes erupted during a local by-election in Sierra Leone leaving a teenager dead and prompting the cancellation of the ballot, police and election officials say.

Rocky start for Sierra Leone's free school programme

2018-09-18 17:38

Some two million children in Sierra Leone have went back to school in a key test of the country's landmark free education programme for primary and high school students.

Sierra Leone remembers victims of deadly mudslide

2018-08-15 11:28

Sierra Leone's president Julius Maada Bio has joined dozens of survivors of a mudslide that hit the capital of Freetown last year to remember the dead.


Sierra Leone's symbolic 'Cotton Tree' goes up in flames

2020-01-31 21:01

Sierra Leone authorities are investigating after the ancient "Cotton Tree", the historic symbol of the West African country's capital Freetown, caught fire under mysterious circumstances, government officials say.

Sierra Leone 'must scrap pregnant girl school ban'

2019-12-12 22:01

A ban on pregnant girls attending school in Sierra Leone must be scrapped, a regional West African court ruled on Thursday in a case brought by rights groups.

What a constitutional clause reveals about Liberians’ ideas of citizenship

2019-02-05 13:51

Liberian President George Weah believes the current citizenship regulations in the country are unnecessarily "racist" and restrictive, writes Robtel Neajai Pailey.

S Leone ban on initiation rites sparks rampage

2019-01-25 15:56

Members of a secret society in Sierra Leone went on a rampage in the southeast of the country to protest a new ban on initiation rites prompted by deadly unrest, police have said.

Sierra Leone's chimpanzees pay price of human expansion

2018-10-30 19:53

They have their hands full at the Tacugama Chimpanzee Sanctuary, where record numbers of orphaned chimps are being delivered to their care, victims of the relentless expansion of human activity.

Sierra Leone scraps project for Chinese-built airport

2018-10-11 10:20

Sierra Leone has scrapped a $400m scheme for a Chinese-built airport, saying the scheme was too costly.

Sierra Leone military truck flips, kills at least 10

2018-10-02 18:15

Sierra Leone's defence ministry says at least 10 people are dead and several others are wounded after a military truck had brake failure, flipped and caused an accident in the capital, Freetown.

Sierra Leone expels 38 Chinese for 'child labour' in mining

2018-09-27 10:00

Sierra Leone is to deport 38 Chinese for alleged involvement in illicit gold mining and child labour, officials say.

Sierra Leone launches free education programme

2018-08-21 06:15

Sierra Leone President Julius Maada Bio has launched his programme of free education for 1.5 million primary and secondary school children starting from September, fulfilling one of his key election pledges.

New Ebola virus found in Sierra Leone

2018-07-26 21:02

A new Ebola virus has been found in bats in Sierra Leone, two years after the end of an outbreak that killed over 11 000 across West Africa, the government has said.

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