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Sierra Leone's secret societies mark bodies and minds

Freetown - Wearing a fading Mickey Mouse T-shirt, her knees hugged to her chest, eight-year-old Musu Kamara sits in a corrugated shack in Sierra Leone's capital waiting for her initiation into a secret society.

Sierra Leone tackles overfishing but gets small fry

Freetown - With a single deep-sea patrol boat, Sierra Leone was hard put to stop vessels looting its waters despite a month-long ban on industrial fishing.

Hundreds march in Sierra Leone against sexual violence

Freetown - Hundreds of people demonstrated in Freetown on Saturday against sexual violence against women, days after the Sierra Leone government promised a crackdown on rape and sexual abuse.

Doing time in 'Hell': Life in Sierra Leone's rundown prisons

Freetown - A shaft of light penetrates the foul air through a fist-sized vent.It reveals naked, sweating bodies packed side-by-side like sardines, lying in darkness on a greasy concrete floor.

Sierra Leone remembers victims of deadly mudslide

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

Anger over inflation, freedoms mark start of S. Leone presidency

Freetown - Sierra Leone's president, Julius Maada Bio, has encountered strong headwinds since he took office in April, buffeted by mounting concern over inflation and freedom of speech.

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.
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