The blast after the collision with a truck claimed victims among those who had flocked to collect fuel leaking from the ruptured vehicle, the mayor of Freetown said.
President Julius Maada Bio has signed the abolition bill during a ceremony in the capital Freetown after lawmakers approved the text in July.
When Edmund Kaszibuloh Koroma emerged from the jungle, leading 87 former child soldiers and sex slaves to safety, he became a hero. But he believes it is his duty to support Sierra Leone’s youth.
A wafer-thin margin separated the two frontrunners in the March 7 election when there were 16 candidates. The run-off on Saturday pits opposition challenger Julius Maada Bio against Samura Kamara of the ruling All Peoples' Congress.
The West African country will hold a run-off vote for president on March 27 after neither of the two front runners secured an outright majority in the first round.
Sierra Leone has one of the highest rates of maternal mortality and unsafe abortions account for 10 percent of those deaths, says a report by the country's health ministry and a non-profit organisation IPAS.
Thousands of people are facing stigmatisation in their own community as they were affected by deadly Ebola pandemic in 2014.
Locals from Koryardu village in Kono district in which the 709-carat diamond was found are hoping some of the funds generated from its sale will help the village's infrastructure.
Rescuers and aid groups fear that 600 people who went missing in a mudslide two weeks ago have died.
The vice governor of the affected Ituri province put the toll at around 200 based on estimates from the number of households submerged.
The United Nations says 409 bodies have been removed from the rubble. More than 600 are still missing while hundreds of victims were buried en masse.
The first mass burials will begin at 3 pm (1500 GMT) in Waterloo, in the Western area of Sierra Leone.
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