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Sierra Leone sex worker killed after court testimony on friend’s murder

A post-mortem is being carried out on a sex worker who was murdered in Sierra Leone after giving evidence in the trial for the murder of another sex worker. Memuna Jabbie's throat was...

Court acquits Sierra Leone FA boss Isha Johansen of graft

Two former heads of the Sierra Leone Football Association (SLFA) were cleared of corruption charges on Monday after a high-profile case that led to a bustup with FIFA.Ex-SLFA president Isha Johansen, a...

Sierra Leone ex-president cries foul over change of guards

Sierra Leone's former President Ernest Bai Koroma - who stepped down last year after serving the maximum two terms in office - says he feels unsafe after being left without state security details.

Sierra Leone drops plans for China-funded airport

The Sierra Leonean government says it has cancelled a $400m contract with China to build a new airport. The aviation minister, Kabineh Kallon, told the BBC the facility wasn't necessary and the current...

Military truck flips over in Sierra Leone, killing 13

Thirteen people were killed and at least 30 more injured on Monday when a military transport truck flipped over on a major road in the Sierra Leone capital, a military spokesman said. The...

FIFA axe dangles on Sierra Leone after raid of FA offices

Sierra Leone face the prospect of a ban from international competition by FIFA after the country’s Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) followed through on a threat to raid the offices of its football association on Tuesday.

Freetown mayor rallies residents to end deforestation

Sierra Leone’s capital Freetown must tackle deforestation, poor housing and decrepit drainage if it is to prevent the next disaster, its mayor said one year after a devastating mudslide killed an estimated 1,000 people and left thousands...

Sierra Leone’s ex-VP, another ex-official arrested for corruption

Two former top officials in Sierra Leone were arrested on Thursday, the country’s anti-corruption chief said, under a sweeping crackdown on graft by new President Julius Maada Bio’s government. Anti-Corruption Commission head Francis Ben Kaifala said Victor Foh, ex-President Ernest...

Sierra Leone militia set to be freed after completing jail term

Former Sierra Leone militia leader to walk free Monday, after serving a 15-year sentence, the first to complete a term imposed for crimes in the country's civil war, a UN court said. The Residual Special Court for Sierra Leone "has...

Sierra Leone mudslide survivors live in fear of fresh disaster

Kadiatu Koroma only narrowly escaped the mudslide that engulfed her home in Sierra Leone’s capital last August, killing an estimated 1,000 people in one of the worst flooding-related disasters to hit Africa in living memory. Koroma had already left for...
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