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One killed, 20 injured in stampede at SLeone presidential inauguration

Freetown - At least one person was killed and 20 injured Saturday in a stampede at Sierra Leone's packed main stadium with tens of thousands gathered for the swearing in of the country's new president Julius Maada Bio, police and the Red Cross said.

Former soldier Bio wins Sierra Leone vote but opponent vows to contest

Freetown - Sierra Leone's opposition challenger Julius Maada Bio secured his first term in office as a civilian Wednesday when he was declared the winner of a controversial presidential run-off -- but his opponent vowed to contest the result.

Vote count row delays S.Leone presidential race result

Freetown - The results of Sierra Leone's run-off presidential vote are "expected" by Thursday after a delay due to disagreements over the method of counting, the National Electoral Commission announced.

West African bloc satisfied' with S. Leone vote

Freetown - The West African bloc ECOWAS declared itself "satisfied" with Sierra Leone's run-off presidential vote, as vote counting continued Sunday, while noting intimidating levels of security at some polling stations.

Sierra Leone votes in delayed presidential run-off

Freetown - Vote counting was under way in Sierra Leone Saturday after the final round of a delayed run-off presidential election, pitting the handpicked successor of the outgoing president against a former coup leader,The election, the result of which is expected...

Sierra Leone heads to polls after bitter campaign

Freetown - Voters in the West African state of Sierra Leone were called out to vote on Saturday in the final round of a presidential campaign marked by verbal sparring, sporadic violence and a last-minute legal battle.

Sierra Leone picks new president after court delay

Freetown - Sierra Leone chooses a new president on Saturday following a delay caused by a ruling party-backed court case over alleged electoral fraud, spiking tensions following an already fractious campaign.The West African nation's 3.

Sierra Leone court lifts order halting presidential election

Freetown - Sierra Leone's High Court on Monday lifted an order that had halted the country's presidential runoff, although the electoral commission has requested a brief postponement after losing valuable time to prepare the vote.

Legal challenges threaten Sierra Leone presidential vote

Freetown - Sierra Leone is due to go the polls on Tuesday to pick a new president, but a court case could delay the vote following a campaign marked by violence and ethnic divisions.The West African nation's 3.

Rivals clash as Sierra Leone poll runoff looms

Freetown - Rival supporters clashed in Freetown on Saturday after results from Sierra Leone's presidential election indicated a runoff would be needed with no candidate set to secure the 55 percent required to win outright.

Sierra Leone parties spar as vote count continues

Freetown - Sierra Leone's two main parties traded verbal blows on Friday, with the opposition accusing the government of planning to announce an unconfirmed victory for its candidate in presidential elections.

Counting begins in Sierra Leone as opposition residence raided

Freetown - Counting began on Wednesday in Sierra Leone following a general election, as the residence of an opposition leader was raided by police.Polls closed at 5 pm as expected for the West African nation's 3.

Sierra Leone votes: little that glitters for gold miners

- Down a dirt road that slopes off a bridge, hundreds of men and women waist-deep in the river sift through gravel, separating specks of gold from the sludge.

Sierra Leone, cut down by war and Ebola

Freetown - The West African nation of Sierra Leone is among the world's poorest countries despite its significant mineral wealth, and scarred by a brutal civil war and the deadly Ebola virus.

Shifting fortunes for main parties as S. Leone votes

Freetown - Sierra Leone holds a general election on Wednesday with uncertainty over the impact of new movements vying to break the stranglehold of two parties which have ruled since independence from Britain in 1961.

Sierra Leone leader defends presidential candidate, record

- Sierra Leone's outgoing leader has defended the presidential candidate widely seen as his handpicked successor on amid accusations of personal interference, and hit out at opponents of an election day vehicle ban.

Sierra Leone warns against swimming in Freetown waters

Freetown - Authorities in Sierra Leone on Tuesday warned tourists and locals against swimming in the capital's waters after 60 bodies washed up following deadly flooding and mudslides in Freetown last week.

'It could have been me': S.Leone struggles to recover from disaster

Freetown - Gathered in a Freetown church, worshippers struggled Sunday to come to terms with the devastation wrought by the flooding and mudslide that struck the Sierra Leone capital six days ago, as the arduous search for bodies continued.

Death toll in SLeone flood disaster reaches 441

Freetown - The death toll from a mudslide and flooding that struck Sierra Leone's capital Freetown has reached 441, the government said on Saturday.

Mass burials begin for 300 Sierra Leone flood victims

Freetown - Sierra Leone buried at least 300 victims of devastating floods on Thursday, as fears grew of more mudslides and accusations of government "inaction" over deforestation and poor urban planning mounted.
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