Sierra Leone News
FREETOWN (Reuters) – Police in Sierra Leone said on Wednesday they had seized three tons of marijuana with an estimated street value of some $10 million, one of the biggest seizures in recent years in the fragile West African nation.
West Africa is increasingly used as a transit point for Latin American cocaine and Asian heroin, but authorities
Sierra Leone was "anxiously" awaiting the verdict in the war crimes trial of Liberian ex-president Charles Taylor, a top official said Saturday, as prosecutors from six international criminal tribunals gathered in the capital Freetown.
"The proceeding of Taylor's trial... is being followed closely and we still continue to wait anxiously for the verdict," Vice President Sam
Freetown - An abandoned grenade thought to be have left over from Sierra Leone's 10-year civil war killed four children and seriously injured another, doctors in the northern town of Rochen Mara told AFP Sunday.
The children had found it in a bush and took it to a nearby playground, eyewitnesses said.
Freetown - Sierra Leone police head the west African country's corruption league, with up to 85.6% of them bent, but other officials are not far behind, the head of national anti-graft said on Thursday.
Addressing a seminar on the fight against corruption, Joseph Kamara said "police traffic officers are the highest among corrupt officials with 85.6%involvement."
Sierra Leone police head the west African country's corruption league, with up to 85.6 percent of them bent, but other officials are not far behind, the national anti-graft czar said Thursday.
Addressing a seminar on the fight against corruption, Joseph Kamara said "police traffic officers are the highest among corrupt officials with 85.6 percent involvement."
Sierra Leone's parliament ratified Wednesday a $31-million-dollar loan agreement as part of a project to lay a fibre optic cable from South Africa to Europe, state television reported.
The loan from the World Bank's development agency, the International Development Association (IDA), will finance landing the offshore cable in Sierra Leone, Deputy Finance Minister Momodu Kargbo was
Freetown - An elderly man was trampled to death and a dozen people hurt in a stampede in Sierra Leone for free medical screening from the British Mercy Ship floating hospital, doctors said on Tuesday. More than 5 000 people had crowded the national stadium in the capital Freetown on Monday for the free screening, nearly half of them arriving
Sierra Leone's Armed Forces (RSLAF) confirmed they will soon deploy troops to Ivory Coast, a third country in the Mano River Union. A press release from the Joint Forces Command reads: "On the situation in Ivory Coast, the Commander of Joint Force disclosed that RSLAF is expected to deploy peacekeepers once the ECOWAS military force deployment is finalized during
Freetown witnessed the worst atrocities in human history exactly 12 years ago when rebels of the Revolutionary United Front (RUF) and rebellious soldier invaded the capital. The invasion lasted for a week and few days but the suffering was untold. Hundreds were amputated, a quarter of the capital was burnt down and many more were raped.
Police in Sierra Leone Monday began a high level investigation into a jail break by 26 inmates who shot their way out of the maximum security Pademba Prison in the capital.
Seven prisoners were caught within the precincts of the prison but 19 others, considered dangerous, are still at large, the authorities said.
Freetown — Sierra Leone's Information and Communication minister says government was taken by surprise by what he described as the "sudden closure" of border by the Guinean authorities as a result of political tensions in that country.
Guinea has given no details about late Saturday's closure of its land, sea and air borders and minister Alhaji
Sierra Leone health workers Friday began a massive campaign to distribute three million mosquito nets in an effort to cut malaria by up to 40 percent in the country of six million people.
"It is the most radical move ever embarked on against the disease in Sierra Leone," Dr Foday Samai, a member of the campaign team, told
Sierra Leone's government said in a statement on Wednesday it welcomed the news of another major offshore oil discovery by a consortium led by Texas-based Anadarko Petroleum Corp.
A press release from the president's office said "the government is looking forward to the continued exploration ... which is geared towards future production of oil and gas in Sierra
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