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Sierra Leone: Country on the coast of West Africa
Sierra Leone, officially the Republic of Sierra Leone, informally Salone, is a country on the southwest coast of West Africa. It is bordered by Liberia to the southeast and Guinea to the northeast. Sierra Leone has a tropical climate with a diverse environment ranging from savanna to rainforests, a total area of 71,740 km2 (27,699 sq mi) and a population of 7,092,113 as of the 2015 census. The capital and largest city is Freetown. The country is divided into five administrative regions which are subdivided into sixteen districts.

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Five inmates and two prison officers were killed in a riot at a prison in Sierra Leone's capital on Wednesday, a police spokesman said.
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Riot rocks coronavirus-hit prison in Sierra Leone

Smoke billowed from the central prison in Sierra Leone's capital and gunfire could be heard from nearby streets on Wednesday after a riot broke out, a Reuters reporter said.
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For one Sydney man, coronavirus brings back traumatic memories of Ebola

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Sierra Leone has confirmed its first case of coronavirus, president says

Sierra Leone has confirmed its first case of coronavirus, a 37-year-old man who traveled from France on March 16 and had been in isolation since, the president said on Tuesday.
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Coronavirus comes to rescue of Sierra Leone's plundered rosewood

The unpaved road leading to Sierra Leone's Outamba-Kilimi national park was busy last month with men loading rosewood logs into trucks for export to China, an illegal trade that has devastated some..
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Shoppers threaded their way between stalls hawking everything from watches to pigs' feet in Sierra Leone's capital on Wednesday, two days after the government banned large gatherings to combat the..
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Expelled from the US and now in limbo in Sierra Leone

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Nigeria ranks 174 globally for child flourishing, survival

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In a landmark report released by a Commission convened by the World Health Organization (WHO), United Nations Children Fund (UNICEF) and The Lancet on Tuesday, Nigeria ranked 174 for performance on..
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Sierra Leone gangster leaves streets for life of poetry

In his poem "Rough Path", Yousef Kamara reflects on his years selling drugs and stealing as the leader of a street gang in Sierra Leone's capital, Freetown.
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Sierra Leone grants Idris Elba and his wife honorary citizenship

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Idris Elba and his wife have been granted honorary citizenship in his late father’s homeland of Sierra Leone. Sierra Leonean authorities gave diplomatic passports to the British star and his Canadian..
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Idris Elba to receive Sierra Leone citizenship on first visit

It comes during the British actor's first visit to the country where his late father grew up.
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Pregnant schoolgirls no longer banned from school in Sierra Leone

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The government of Sierra Leone has been ordered to lift a policy banning pregnant students from attending schools, as a court rules it as unlawful. The “landmark” ruling found the policy to be..
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West African court voids Sierra Leone's ban on pregnant schoolgirls

West Africa's top court on Thursday ordered Sierra Leone to revoke a ban on pregnant girls in school, a move activists hope could lead to challenges against similar laws across Africa.
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Warrior pose: Sierra Leone's soldiers heal trauma with yoga

Sergeant Felixon Musa stands tall, arms raised in front of a group of 100 Sierra Leonean soldiers, taking them through a yoga routine he thinks is as important as any arms drill.
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Chinese ambassador provides major boost to Sierra Leone’s education sector

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President Bio seeks investments in Russia and UAE for key economic sectors

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Sierra Leone Telegraph: 22 October 2019: President Julius Maada Bio yesterday left Freetown for Russia and the United Arab Emirates, where he will meet investors and discuss the potential Sierra Leone..
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Venkaiah Naidu departs for 5-day trip to Comoros

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New Delhi: Vice President M Venkaiah Naidu on Thursday departed for a five-day trip to the Union of Comoros and Sierra Leone with an aim to intensify India’s bilateral ties with the African..
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An exhibition in London is seeking to raise awareness of the history of Sierra Leone's Krio people.
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Sierra Leone fans attack player's house after penalty miss

Angry fans of Sierra Leone pelt the captain's house with stones after he missed a decisive penalty.
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Sierra Leone's president opened a tender process on Wednesday for building a 7 km bridge at a cost of up to $2 billion to link Freetown to the country's only international airport.
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