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Is Africa starting to choke on China's lending glut?

Oct 18, 2018 - 10:23 PM

China is the single largest bilateral financier of infrastructure in Africa, exceeding the combined total of the African Development Bank (ADB), the EU, International Finance Corporation, the WB and the G8 countries

WELCOME. File photo of China's President Xi Jinping applauding as he attends the Forum On China-Africa Cooperation - Round Table Conference at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing on September 4, 2018. Photo by Lintao Zhang/Pool/AFP

New Ebola virus found in Sierra Leone

Jul 27, 2018 - 8:19 PM

It is not yet known whether the new Bombali species of the virus – which researchers say could be transmitted to humans – can develop into the deadly Ebola disease

SIERRA LEONE AND EBOLA. People walk under an Ebola's information board featuring Sierra Leone's president Ernest Bai Koroma on January 22, 2016 in a street of Freetown. File photo by Sia-Kambou/AFP

Former soldier Bio wins Sierra Leone presidential vote

Apr 05, 2018 - 9:59 AM

Julius Maada Bio, a former soldier who briefly led a military junta more than two decades ago, wins 51.81% of ballots in last month's election, according to official results

NEW PRESIDENT. Julius Maada Bio (L) prepares to take the oath of office as new president of Sierra Leone on April 4, 2018 in Freetown, Sierra Leone. Photo by Saidu Bah/AFP

Vote count row delays Sierra Leone presidential race result

Apr 03, 2018 - 3:34 PM

'Final results are expected within 72 hours,' says Albert Massaquoi, external relations officer at the National Electoral Commission

ELECTIONS. Men look at results of Sierra Leone run-off presidential election on April 1, 2018 ouside the polling staion in Freetown. Photo by Issouf Sanogo/AFP

Sierra Leone court halts preparations for presidential run-off

Mar 24, 2018 - 10:31 PM

The order stops the National Electoral Commission from working until 'the hearing and determination' of the High Court

Sierra Leone picks president in shifting political climate

Mar 07, 2018 - 1:50 PM

Partial tallies are expected within 48 hours and complete results within two weeks

The week in photos: August 12-18, 2017

Aug 19, 2017 - 1:12 PM

This week s selection of photo highlights here and around the world

ANTI-RACISM. Protesters block both directions of the Interstate 580 freeway during a rally against racism in Oakland, California on August 12, 2017. Photo by Josh Edelson/AFP

Humanitarian crisis looms as Sierra Leone deaths reach 400

Aug 19, 2017 - 12:02 AM

For the first time on Friday the Red Cross confirms an official death toll of more than 400 According to Save The Children 122 of the dead are children and it says the disaster also orphaned 123 children

SIERRA LEONE CRISIS. Chinese doctors provide medical attention to flood victims on August 18, 2017 in Freetown, following heavy rains which resulted in more than 400 deaths. Photo by Seyllou / AFP

Sierra Leone mourns 100 children among dead in massive flooding

Aug 17, 2017 - 6:16 AM

With 600 people still missing in Freetown President Ernest Bai Koroma described the humanitarian challenge ahead as overwhelming

DISASTER SITE.A general view of the site of a mud slide in the Sierra Leone capital Freetown on August 15, 2017.  Saidu Bah/AFP

Sierra Leone appeals for urgent help after deadly floods

Aug 15, 2017 - 9:58 PM

Entire communities have been wiped out President Ernest Bai Koroma says at the disaster site where heavy rains streaming down the hill cause a landslide and engulf homes 3 or 4 stories high many of them built illegally

MUDSLIDES. Search and rescue team members and soldiers operate near a mudslide site and damaged building near Freetown on August 15, 2017, after landslides struck the capital of the west African state of Sierra Leone. Photo by Saidu Bah/APF

Sierra Leone diplomat kidnapped in Nigeria

Jul 02, 2016 - 10:15 AM

Local security officials say they are still investigating how the kidnapping of Alfred Nelson Williams took place

West Africa marks end of recent Ebola outbreak

Jun 09, 2016 - 8:40 PM

UPDATED Liberia the worst hit country now enters a 90 day period of heightened surveillance for any new cases

epa05239933 A Liberian man pours sanitizer as part of measures to help curb the spread of the deadly Ebola virus, in downtown Monrovia, Liberia, 01 April 2016. According to meda reports on 01 April 2016, a Liberian woman has died of Ebola, despite the country having been declared Ebola-free by health officials. EPA/AHMED JALLANZO

Sierra Leone on alert after new W.Africa Ebola cases

Apr 11, 2016 - 12:50 AM

The alert comes after the World Health Organization confirmed a link between a fatality in Liberia months after it was declared Ebola free and new cases in its neighbor Guinea

NEW CASES. Sierra Leone calls for increased vigilance to prevent a resurgence of the Ebola virus.

Guinea gov't says 2 people have died from Ebola

Mar 18, 2016 - 10:48 AM

The announcement comes on the same day that the World Health Organization said the latest flare up of Ebola in neighboring Sierra Leone had officially ended

WHO says Sierra Leone Ebola flare-up over

Mar 17, 2016 - 6:09 PM

UPDATED The World Health Organization is careful to warn that a recurrence of cases of the deadly tropical disease remained possible in the 3 worst affected countries

FLARE-UP OVER. A picture taken on November 7, 2014 shows people walking past a billboard with a message about ebola in Freetown. File Photo by Francisco Leong/AFP

Diamond exports in Ebola-hit Sierra Leone plummet in 2015

Feb 25, 2016 - 12:52 PM

The exports fall by 20 as the Ebola virus prevents miners from going into fields

epa01028505 Picture made available 04 June 2007 shows a Lebanese diamond dealer sorting a collections of rough diamonds by size in his shop in Koidu town eastern Sierra Leone, 23 May 2007. During Sierra Leone's 11-year civil war which ended in 2002 Revolutionary United Front (RUF) rebels occupied the diamond fields exchanging 'blood diamonds' for weapons to fuel their brutal campaign. On 04 June 2007 the RUF's chief backer, former Liberian president Charles Taylor, goes on trial in The Hague before the Special Court for Sierra Leone charged with war crimes, crimes against humanity and violations of international law becoming the first African head of state to face such charges. Meanwhile in Sierra Leone the rebels are gone but an estimated 200,000 continue to mine diamonds as they did during the war. Last year Sierra Leone's official diamond exports were worth $136-million yet the country remains desperately poor. EPA/TUGELA RIDLEY

109 quarantined in Sierra Leone after new Ebola death

Jan 17, 2016 - 11:10 AM

Of the 109 who had been in contact with the victim 28 are considered high risk

FIGHTING THE DISEASE. Ebola has claimed the lives of more than 11,000 people since 2013. File photo by Dominique Faget/AFP

Suspected Ebola death in Sierra Leone hours after WHO gives all-clear

Jan 15, 2016 - 9:48 AM

3rd UPDATE A senior health ministry official says complete findings will be made known to the public on Friday January 15

In this file photo, a woman walks past an Ebola awareness poster in Freetown, Sierra Leone, September 18, 2014. File photo by Tanya Bindra/EPA

WHO declares world's worst-ever Ebola outbreak over

Jan 14, 2016 - 6:21 PM

The World Health Organization stresses however that the job is not over warning more flare ups are expected

West Africa counts economic cost as Ebola outbreak ends

Jan 13, 2016 - 8:32 PM

The mining agriculture and tourism industries are trying to recover from the effects of the epidemic

WHO to declare Ebola outbreak over

Jan 13, 2016 - 7:30 PM

The World Health Organization s announcement is expected on January 14 with Liberia in the clear

epa05053738 Liberian ebola survivors, Nathan Gbotoe(2-L), and his son, Abraham Gbotoe (C) walks away during discharging ceremony from the ELWA Ebola Treatment Unit in Monrovia, Liberia, 03 December 2015. Three new cases of Ebola have been confirmed in Liberia less than three months after the country was declared free of the virus, the World Health Organization (WHO) has said. EPA/AHMED JALLANZO

WHO declares end of Ebola outbreak in Sierra Leone

Nov 07, 2015 - 9:51 PM

The announcement represents a hugely significant milestone in UN backed efforts to wipe out Ebola leaving neighbouring Guinea as the only country still registering cases

WHO to declare end of Ebola in Sierra Leone

Nov 07, 2015 - 2:10 PM

Aside from deaths the crisis has also wiped out development gains in the nation devastated by 11 years of civil war ending in 2002

EBOLA-FREE. Taken in 2014, Liberian health workers in protective gear on the way to bury a woman who died of the Ebola virus from the isolation unit. Ahmed Jallanzo/EPA

Sierra Leone emerges from Ebola nightmare

Nov 05, 2015 - 12:10 PM

Jubilation over ending the outbreak in the impoverished nation where almost 4 000 deaths have been reported is tempered by caution with neighboring Guinea still battling the virus

In this file photo, a woman walks past an Ebola awareness poster in Freetown, Sierra Leone, September 18, 2014. Tanya Bindra/EPA

Sierra Leone's last known Ebola patients leave hospital

Sep 28, 2015 - 1:07 AM

Sierra Leone also lifts its quarantine restrictions in the north

DAILY STRUGGLE. A Medecins Sans Frontieres (Doctors Without Borders) medical worker feeds an Ebola child victim at an MSF facility in Kailahun, Sierra Leone, on August 15, 2014. File photo by Carl de Souza/AFP

Sierra Leone's last known Ebola patient leaves hospital

Aug 25, 2015 - 9:19 AM

Sierra Leone joins neighboring Liberia in the countdown to being declared Ebola free with Guinea the only country where people are still falling sick

In this file photo, a woman walks past an Ebola awareness poster in Freetown, Sierra Leone, September 18, 2014. Tanya Bindra/EPA

Breakthrough in quest for Ebola vaccine

Jul 31, 2015 - 9:54 PM

UPDATED One of two leading vaccine candidates VSV ZEBOV has been developed and tested in a super quick 12 months compared to the normal decade or more Ebola has no licensed cure or treatment

epa04601026 A Liberian nurse administers an experimental Ebola vaccine at the beginning of a trial program at the Redemption Hospital in New Kru Town, outside Monrovia, Liberia, 02 February 2015. Liberia started the first large-scale trial of experimental Ebola vaccine by injecting a small amount of Ebola virus strain into 12 volunteers to evoke an immune response. The trial will then be expanded to include 30,000 people throughout the West African nation. Liberia has been one of the countries hardest hit by the Ebola outbreak, with 8,478 reported cases and 3,605 deaths, according to the World Health Organization (WHO). EPA/AHMED JALLANZO

Sierra Leone president unveils post-Ebola 'battle plan'

Jul 26, 2015 - 11:46 PM

The UN conference urges 3 Ebola stricken countries to focus on rebuilding health care systems reopening schools and restoring government services

LIVING WITH EBOLA. A Liberian woman washes her hands from a bottle of chlorine water to curb the spread of Ebola in Jene Wonde village, heavily hit by the virus near the border with Sierra Leone, Liberia, November 9, 2014. File photo by Ahmed Jallanzo/EPA

Ebola patients' escape spreads alarm in Sierra Leone

Jul 13, 2015 - 11:19 PM

A highly infectious 32 year old woman and 8 year old girl spark a nationwide alert by absconding together from the clinic on the outskirts of the capital Freetown

Ebola setback for Sierra Leone as capital records new cases

Jun 25, 2015 - 10:34 AM

Three cases have emerged in the east end slum of Magazine Wharf – 3 weeks after the last known infections in the capital

Sierra Leone announces new curfew to halt Ebola

Jun 13, 2015 - 8:53 AM

The latest lockdown is called over fears that the disease that has killed about 3 900 in Sierra Leone is making a comeback in the northwest

A picture taken on November 7,2014 shows people walking past a billboard with a message about ebola in Freetown. Francisco Leong/EPA

Sierra Leone berates Ebola quarantine escapees as cases surge

May 21, 2015 - 8:52 AM

The country s National Ebola Response Centre NERC speaks out as the World Health Organization WHO reveals the west African nation and its neighbor Guinea had seen cases quadruple in a week

CHECKPOINT. Sierra Leone health officials check passengers transiting at the border crossing with Liberia in Jendema on March 28, 2015. Zoom Dosso/AFP

Ebola end in sight as weekly infections drop to single figures

May 06, 2015 - 10:43 AM

UN Ebola envoy David Nabarro says it is the first time since June last year that the total weekly infections in Sierra Leone and Guinea dips below 20

In this file photo, UN Special Envoy on Ebola David Nabarro speaks during a press conference on Ebola at the European headquarters of the United Nations in Geneva, Switzerland, February 5, 2015. Martial Trezzini/EPA

Mediterranean shipwreck survivors describe smugglers' abuse

Apr 23, 2015 - 11:04 PM

The men describe how the people smugglers operated a reign of terror while the migrants were held prior to embarkment in a disused building near Tripoli

More than 26,000 have been infected with Ebola – WHO

Apr 23, 2015 - 11:44 AM

The UN health body also warns that the decline in confirmed cases appears to have stagnated urging increased efforts to stop transmission of the deadly virus

In this file photo, people look on as a woman reacts after her husband is suspected of dying from the Ebola virus, in the Liberian capital Monrovia, on October 4, 2014. Pascal Guyot/AFP

Ebola-hit Sierra Leone arrests 13 at unsafe burial

Apr 07, 2015 - 10:34 PM

Police in Ebola hit Sierra Leone raid a funeral on arrest 13 people suspected of organizing an unsafe burial and risking spreading the disease

SURVIVORS. Sierra Leone Ebola survivors wait with relatives and friends during a discharge ceremony from the Hastings treatment center outside Freetown, Sierra Leone, 06 October 2014. Stringer / EPA

Baby dies of Ebola in Sierra Leone area where outbreak started

Apr 07, 2015 - 9:38 AM

The case deals a blow to the recovery weeks after the Kailahun district had eradicated the virus

A picture taken on November 7,2014 shows people walking past a billboard with a message about Ebola in Freetown, Sierra Leone. Francisco Leong/AFP

UN Ebola head warns against complacency as fight enters last lap

Mar 30, 2015 - 8:23 AM

Ismail Ould Cheikh Ahmed s comments came a day after Guinea announced a health emergency in 5 regions in the south west and west for 45 days

ALERT. A picture made available on 04 November 2014 shows medical workers in protective suits working in the patient area of an Ebola treatment center in Conakry, Guinea, 13 October 2014. Kirstin Palitza/EPA

Guinea president declares 45-day Ebola 'emergency' in 5 regions

Mar 29, 2015 - 11:30 AM

The focus of the virus has shifted to our country s coastal areas President Alpha Conde says in a statement published in national media

ALERT. A picture made available on 04 November 2014 shows medical workers in protective suits working in the patient area of an Ebola treatment center in Conakry, Guinea, 13 October 2014. Kirstin Palitza/EPA

UK nurse cured of Ebola after receiving new treatment

Mar 28, 2015 - 10:31 AM

Doctors say Anna Cross is the first patient in the world to have received a new special treatment for Ebola the MIL 77

CURED. Corporal Anna Cross who contracted Ebola in Sierra Leone talks at a press conference before being discharged from the Royal Free Hospital in London, Britain, March 27, 2015. Photo by Hannah Mckay/EPA

Ebola-hit Sierra Leone delays school reopening

Mar 26, 2015 - 4:17 AM

Education Minister Minkailu Bah says authorities are taking adequate measures to ensure that our schools are safe and disinfected so that our children can return to school without any risk

Ebola-hit Sierra Leone to lock down 2.5 million people

Mar 19, 2015 - 9:42 PM

The lockdown is scheduled for March 27 to March 29

Ebola death toll passes 10,000 – WHO

Mar 13, 2015 - 10:47 AM

Almost all the deaths and cases come from the 3 west African countries worst hit by the outbreak: Sierra Leone Liberia and Guinea

An adhesive bandage is placed on the arm of a volunteer after she was administered an experimental Ebola vaccine at Redemption Hospital in New Kru Town, a suburb of Monrovia, on February 2, 2015. The first large-scale trials of two Ebola vaccines were due to begin in Liberia on February 2, the partnership conducting the research said. The vaccines contain harmless fragments of the virus that trigger an immune response, according to the Partnership for Research on Ebola Vaccines in Liberia (PREVAIL), a collaboration between the United States and Liberia. AFP PHOTO / ZOOM DOSSO

Sierra Leone vice president in Ebola quarantine

Mar 01, 2015 - 8:36 AM

Vice President Sam Sumana places himself in a 21 day precautionary quarantine following the Ebola death of one of his guards

Sierra Leone reports sharp spike in Ebola cases

Feb 26, 2015 - 9:13 AM

Sierra Leone warns that the decline in new Ebola cases is being threatened by people flouting a ban on traditional funeral rites seen as a key factor in the spread of the highly infectious virus

A picture taken on November 7,2014 shows people walking past a billboard with a message about ebola in Freetown. Francisco Leong/EPA

Schools reopen as Liberia turns page on Ebola epidemic

Feb 17, 2015 - 9:29 AM

The school term began a day after the leaders of Liberia and Sierra Leone in their first trips abroad since the peak of the epidemic vowed at a summit in Guinea to eradicate the virus by mid April

BACK TO SCHOOL. Students stand in line before heading to their classrooms at Don Bosco High School in the Liberian capital Monrovia on February 16, 2015. Zoom Dosso/AFP

Ebola nightmare does not end with recovery – WHO

Feb 07, 2015 - 1:52 PM

Experts agree that far more attention is needed to be paid to survivors of the virus

ONGOING CARE. A Liberian nurse administers an experimental Ebola vaccine at the beginning of a trial program at the Redemption Hospital in New Kru Town, outside Monrovia, Liberia, February 2, 2015. File photo by Ahmed Jallanzo/EPA

Ebola-hit Sierra Leone to reopen schools March 30

Feb 04, 2015 - 9:15 PM

The announcement clarifies a commitment made by the government in January to have all schools open by the end of March

SLOWING DOWN? A Liberian woman washes her hands from a bottle of chlorine water to curb the spread of Ebola in Jene Wonde village, heavily hit bythe virus near the border with Sierra Leone, Liberia, November 9, 2014. File photo by Ahmed Jallanzo/EPA

UN warns Ebola epidemic 'not yet contained'

Jan 29, 2015 - 7:04 PM

Liberia Sierra Leone and Guinea are devastated by the outbreak but all have seen recent signs that the virus is on the wane with the number of new cases dropping weekly

A photograph made available 27 July 2014 shows Liberian health workers in protective gear on the way to bury a woman who died of the Ebola virus from the isolation unit in Foya, Lofa County, Liberia, 02 July 2014. Ahmed Jallanzo/EPA

UN reports significant drop in Ebola cases

Jan 22, 2015 - 7:43 AM

The countries at the epicenter of the epidemic now have sufficient capacity to isolate and treat patients as well as bury those that have died of Ebola

FIGHTING EBOLA. Liberian President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf (C) being escorted by Dutch Captain-Commander Peter van den Berg (C-R) and diplomat Hans Docter as the Netherlands’ Special Envoy for Ebola (2-L) towards the Dutch Navy's ship Karel Doorman shortly after it docked carrying humanitarian, relief and medical supplies at the Freeport of Monrovia, Liberia, 24 November 2014. Photo by Ahmed Jallanzo/EPA