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20

Jul

2014

‘There is no such thing as Ebola’

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Health workers carry the body of an Ebola virus victim in Kenema, Sierra Leone, on June 25, 2014. (Umaru Fofana/Reuters)

“I don’t believe in Ebola,” Craig Manning’s local driver told him as he chauffeured the viral emergency specialist through Freetown, Sierra Leone, where infection rates are rising. The man came from a rural part of the country where people were already dying from the virus. He was adamant, like many others in his community, that “there is no such thing as Ebola.”

 

He is wrong. The epidemic, the deadliest on record, continues to batter Sierra Leone, Guinea and Liberia, with 85 new cases and 68 new deaths reported in only four days earlier this month, according to the World Health Organization (WHO). Sierra Leone bore the brunt of new infections and deaths, with 49 new cases and 52 deaths reported. The total number of cases stands at 982, with 613 deaths as of July 17.

 

Yet, as the Ebola virus continues to spread in West Africa, so do the rumors. Some say you can contract Ebola from a motorcycle helmet. Others say you can cure the deadly virus by

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Sat

19

Jul

2014

An 'Overhappy' Survivor, A Guarded Forecast: Reporting On Ebola

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Saidu Kanneh speaks to the community in Koindu, Sierra Leone, about surviving Ebola. He spent 12 days in a treatment center and was released this week.

by MARC SILVER

July 18, 201412:16 PM ET

 

Saidu Kanneh speaks to the community in Koindu, Sierra Leone, about surviving Ebola. He spent 12 days in a treatment center and was released this week.

 

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Ebola Wreaks Economic Woe In West Africa

NPR's Jason Beaubien is in Sierra Leone, covering the Ebola outbreak that began in March in Guinea and has spread to neighboring countries. When we spoke Friday, he had an inspirational story to share.

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Fri

18

Jul

2014

WHO can’t fully deal with Ebola outbreak, health official warns

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Marianne LeVine

 

WASHINGTON — International health officials warned Thursday that recent budget cuts have impeded the ability of the World Health Organization to respond to the Ebola outbreak that has killed at least 603 people in Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone.

 

"The situation in West Africa should be a wake-up call to recognize that this weakening of this institution on which we all depend is not in anybody's interest," Scott Dowell, director

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Sat

05

Jul

2014

A Fight as U.S. Girls Face Genital Cutting Abroad

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Naima Abdullahi runs a support group for victims of genital cutting. She was cut at age 9.

ATLANTA — Last summer, an American-born teenager of Somali descent fled her parents’ home in a suburb here after she discovered that a coming vacation to Somalia would include a sacred rite of passage: the cutting of her genitalia. In Guinea, a New Yorker escaped to the American Embassy after an aunt told her that her family trip would involve genital cutting. And in Seattle, at least one physician said parents had sent girls back to Somalia to undergo cutting.

 

Immigrant parents from African and other nations have long sent their daughters back to their ancestral homes for the summer, a trip intended to help them connect with their families and traditions.

 

During their stays, some girls are swept into bedrooms or backwoods and subjected to

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Sat

05

Jul

2014

West Africa states adopt new Ebola strategy

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At least 467 people have died of the virus since February, according to the World Health Organization

Health ministers commit to better surveillance and increased local collaboration and engagement with global partners.

 

At least 467 people have died of the virus since February, according to the World Health Organization.

 

West African countries and international health organizations adopted a fresh strategy to fight the world's deadliest Ebola epidemic, which has killed hundreds of people in Guinea, Sierra Leone and Liberia.

 

At a two-day meeting in the Ghanaian capital, Accra, officials committed to better surveillance to detect cases of the virus, enhance cross-border collaboration, better

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Sat

28

Jun

2014

A look at how West Africa is combating Ebola

A Liberian woman reads an Ebola information poster on the prevention of the Ebola epidemic, during UNICEF's sensitization campaign at the Mission for Today Holy Church, in Newkru Town, Monrovia, Liberia, on June 22, 2014.
A Liberian woman reads an Ebola information poster on the prevention of the Ebola epidemic, during UNICEF's sensitization campaign at the Mission for Today Holy Church, in Newkru Town, Monrovia, Liberia, on June 22, 2014.

The World Health Organization says there is an "urgent need" to coordinate the response across the borders and is convening a meeting in Accra, Ghana on July 1 with the three countries involved as well as other nations that experienced outbreaks in the past.

There is no cure for the deadly disease caused by the Ebola virus which has an incubation period of two to 21 days and starts with fever and fatigue before descending into headaches, vomiting, violent diarrhea and then multiple organ failure and massive internal bleeding.

Ebola was first reported in 1976 in Congo and is named for the river where it was recognized. The virus can be transmitted through direct contact with the blood or secretions of an infected

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Tue

24

Jun

2014

Ebola epidemic in West Africa 'out of control'

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(CNN) -- The deadly Ebola virus outbreak in West Africa has hit "unprecedented" proportions, according to relief workers on the ground.

 

"The epidemic is out of control," Dr. Bart Janssens, director of operations for Doctors Without Borders, said in a statement.

There have been 567 cases and 350 deaths since the epidemic began in March, according to the latest World Health Organization figures.

 

In April, CNN Chief Medical Correspondent Dr. Sanjay Gupta traveled to Conakry, Guinea, to report on what was being done to treat patients and contain the outbreak.

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Sun

22

Jun

2014

$50mil to Revamp Electricity Sector in Guinea

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Electric in Guinee

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The electricity sector in Guinea is getting a $50 million (£29.5m) boost which is expected to benefit around 1.5 million people in the West African nation.

 

The cash will be used for the Power Sector Recovery Project, which will help improve the “technical and commercial performance” of the national power utility, the Electricite de Guinee (EDG).

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Sun

22

Jun

2014

Guinean President donates tractors to farmers

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Alpha Conde

President Alpha Conde of Guinea has offered 24 tractors and 75 motorized pumps to a group of young farmers from 26 settlements in the country.

 

President Conde said the donation was intended to reduce rural exodus and explained that in three years, government has invested 70 billion CFA francs in agriculture.

 

The donation falls within the framework of a program dubbed “Hope for Young Farmers in Guinea,†in the form of a revolving credit by the Youth Ministry.

 

According to the Minister of Youth, Moustapha Naite, the project will generate over 20,000 jobs in the rural area.

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Wed

18

Jun

2014

Over 1 Million in Guinea Get Meningitis Vaccine

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VoA - News Tuesday 17th June, 2014

 

DAKAR, SENEGAL - More than 1.1 million people have been successfully vaccinated against meningitis in eastern Guinea, according to the country's Ministry of Health, the United Nations Children's Fund and the World Health Organization (WHO).

 

Health workers in Guinea say the mass vaccination campaign could help stop a deadly outbreak of meningitis, which has claimed at least 52 lives since the first cases were reported in January.

 

The country had an estimated 400 suspected cases last year, according to the WHO.

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Mon

09

Jun

2014

Guinea opposition pulls out of parliament, threatening protests

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(Reuters) - Guinea's main opposition parties withdrew from parliament on Monday and threatened to hold street protests over delays in organizing local elections promised in a political deal with the government last year. Mineral-rich Guinea completed its transition to civilian rule with parliamentary elections last year but tensions run deep between the rival camps and protests frequently turn violent.

 

Although many in the political class have already turned their attention to 2015 elections in which President Alpha Conde is expected to seek a second term, local elections were due to be held early this year, according to the deal signed between rival parties in 2013.

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Mon

12

May

2014

Alpha Conde moots ruling party restructuring

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Alpha Conde

Guinean president, Alpha Conde has underlined the need for his ruling Rally of the Guinean People (RPG-Rainbow) to undergo massive restructuring ahead of the next elections.
Conde said this is to address the lack of confidence between its leadership and the grassroots.

 

Speaking on the sidelines of the party’s weekly traditional meeting held at Hamdallaye, President Conde pointed out that he was not dishing out instructions but taking stock of the situation surrounding the rainbow coalition.

 

There is a crisis of confidence between the sympathizers and the officials. And let me be clear, when members of the party want their leaders changed it simply means that the latter are not workingâ€, the Guinean leader pointed out.

Conde said the party which won 53 seats out of the 114 up for grabs during the last legislative polls, is presently undermined by “lies and lack of confidence.

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Tue

06

May

2014

Senegal re-opens border with Guinea as Ebola threat eases

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Health workers wearing protective suits walk in an isolation center for people infected with Ebola at Donka Hospital in Conakry on April 14, 2014 (AFP Photo/Cellou Binani)

DAKAR May 6 (Reuters) - Senegal reopened its border with Guinea on Tuesday, over a month after it sealed land crossings with its southern neighbour to try to prevent the spread of the Ebola virus that has killed dozens in Guinea.

 

The move comes days after Guinea's President Alpha Conde said the 4-month outbreak - which has spread from Guinea's remote southeast to the capital, Conakry, and also into neighbouring Liberia - was under control.

 

"Border crossings with Guinea have been open since 8 a.m. this morning," Mbaye Sadi Diop, an advisor in Senegal's interior ministry, told Reuters on Tuesday.

 

The threat of the virus has put a string of weak national health systems under strain across the region and governments said it posed a threat to national security.

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Mon

05

May

2014

Guinea Opposition Says Stability Hangs on Transparency in Vote

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Voting in Guinea

By Jesse Riseborough and Pauline Bax

 

Guinea’s leading opposition politician, Cellou Dalein Diallo, said the country’s stability will hinge on the transparency of a 2015 presidential election, in which he plans to run against President Alpha Conde.

 

The head of the Union of Democratic Forces of Guinea said in a May 2 interview in London that he has enough support to win the vote and warned that any attempt to rig the ballot may result in violence. Diallo challenged the outcome of the 2010 presidential election in court and also rejected the results of a legislative ballot last year.

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Wed

30

Apr

2014

Guinea reports six more Ebola cases

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Guinea's health ministry has reported six more cases in the country's Ebola virus disease (EVD) outbreak, lifting the total to 224, the World Health Organization (WHO) said in an update yesterday.

 

So far, of 202 patients tested, 121 have been lab confirmed, the agency said. Two more deaths have been reported, pushing that number to 143, an increase of 2 since the WHO's previous update on Apr 25.

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Tue

29

Apr

2014

Guinea Ebola Cases in Decline

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CAPE TOWN – Although fewer cases of Ebola hemorrhagic fever are being reported in Guinea the outbreak is still being treated as an epidemic, Doctors Without Borders said on Tuesday.

 

According to the health ministry’s latest figures, more than 140 people have died in Guinea and Liberia.

 

Ebola spread to Conakry in March , a city of some two million people, signalling an escalation of the outbreak in one of the world’s poorest nations.

 

Doctors Without Borders Guinea spokesperson Sam Taylor says the infection rate appears to be slowing down.

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Tue

08

Apr

2014

West Africa Ebola outbreak among 'most challenging' ever: WHO

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Map of African containment of the virus

Geneva (AFP) - West Africa's Ebola unprecedented outbreak is among the "most challenging" for health workers since the deadly disease emerged elsewhere in Africa four decades ago as the suspected death toll topped 100, the WHO said Tuesday.

 

Keiji Fukuda, assistant director-general of the World Health Organization (WHO), said the agency was concerned about the spread of the virus from its epicentre in the forests of southern Guinea.

 

"We have not had an Ebola outbreak in this part of Africa before," said Fukuda, whose agency has rushed scores of aid workers to the region to contain the epidemic.

 

"This is one of the most challenging Ebola outbreaks we have

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Sat

05

Apr

2014

Crowd attacks Ebola treatment center in Guinea

CONAKRY, GUINEA — A crowd angry about an Ebola outbreak that has killed 86 people across Guinea attacked a center where victims were being held in isolation, prompting an international aid group to temporarily evacuate its team, officials said Saturday.

 

The violence took place in the southern town of Macenta, where at least 14 people have died since the outbreak emerged last month. The mob who descended upon the clinic accused Doctors

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Mon

24

Mar

2014

Virus in Guinea capital Conakry NOT Ebola

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There is no known cure or vaccine for Ebola

Tests on the suspected cases of deadly Ebola virus in Guinea's capital Conakry are negative, health officials say.

 

On Sunday, United Nations officials said that the virus had spread to the capital, a port city of up to two million, from remote forests in the south, where some 61 people have died.

 

The government has sent out text messages, urging people to stay calm and wash their hands with soap.

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Sat

22

Mar

2014

Guinea confirms Ebola as source of epidemic

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Medical experts identify highly contagious virus in epidemic that has killed 59 people in the West African nation.

 

Guinea's government raised the death toll in the Ebola epidemic raging through its southern forests to 59.

The health ministry told the AFP news agency workers battling to contain the outbreak in the border region had added a further 25 deaths to the toll of 34 given earlier on Saturday, with a total of 80 cases registered.

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Sat

15

Mar

2014

GUINEA: Obstacles, omens and opportunities

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Recent History in Guinea

 

 

President Alpha Condé: Promising to steer a new course for GuineaDAKAR, 21 March 2011 (IRIN) - Alpha Condé, a former student activist, trade unionist, radical publisher, lecturer, political prisoner and exiled opposition leader, finally took over the presidency of Guinea at 72. 

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Tue

18

Feb

2014

2 killed in protests in Guinea over power cuts

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Boys pick up stones during a demonstration in Conakry, Guinea on February 18, 2014 (AFP, Cellou Diallo)

(Reuters) - At least two people were killed and 30 others injured in Guinea's capital Conakry on Tuesday when protests against frequent power cuts turned violent and the offices of a Brazilian construction firm were attacked.

 

The protests reflect Guineans' growing frustration with their government over the lack of development in their West African state, which despite its wealth in minerals remains mired in poverty after decades of misrule.

 

Guinea government spokesman Damatang Albert Camara, told Reuters two people including a gendarme officer were killed, but

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Tue

18

Feb

2014

Measles Outbreaks Kill 6 In Guinea, Over 2,000 Infected

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Measles in Guinea

CONAKRY, Feb 18 (Bernama) -- Measles continues to spread in parts of Guinea with six children dead and over 2,000 people infected so far, Xinhua news agency reported.

 

The Health Ministry said Monday since the epidemic was announced on Jan 19, more than 630 new cases have been reported in the capital Conakry and other affected zones.

 

About 10 suspected cases have been reported in Labe, Fria, N'Zerekore, Telemile, Kindia, Koubia and Kissidougou localities,

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Fri

31

Jan

2014

INSIGHT-Surge in cocaine trade undermines Conde's bid to revive Guinea

France's President Francois Hollande (L) greets Guinea's President Alpha Conde in the courtyard of the Elysee Palace at the start of the Elysee Summit for Peace and Security in Africa, in Paris, December 6, 2013. Forty-two representatives, including presi
France's President Francois Hollande (L) greets Guinea's President Alpha Conde in the courtyard of the Elysee Palace at the start of the Elysee Summit for Peace and Security in Africa, in Paris, December 6, 2013. Forty-two representatives, including presi

* West Africa a major transit point for cocaine into Europe

 

* Cocaine traffickers returning to Guinea under Conde's government

 

* Guinea lacks resources to tackle trafficking networks

 

By David Lewis

 

CONAKRY, Jan 31 (Reuters) - A surge in cocaine trafficking has transformed Guinea into West Africa's latest drug hot spot, jeopardizing President Alpha Conde's efforts to rebuild state institutions after a military coup and attract billion of dollars in mining investment.

Locals and Latin Americans long-accused of smuggling are

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Tue

10

Dec

2013

Republic of Guinea Will Start Implementation of Kallo MobileCare & RuralCare in 2014

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CONAKRY, GUINEA--(Marketwired - Dec 9, 2013) - Kallo Inc. (OTCQB: KALO) -- The Minister of Health and Public Hygiene, his Excellency Doctor Edouard Niankoye Lama announced today that Guinea will implement a unique healthcare delivery program to bring a high standard of healthcare to its rural population and accelerate the progress towards Guinea's healthcare Millennium Development Goals.

 

"Child mortalities and maternal health (Millennium Development Goals 4 and 5) are a major cause of concern for our government, and once fully implemented, this US 200 million dollar Healthcare project will help reduce infant mortality, enhance maternal health and deliver a high standard of healthcare in Guinea." said his

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Thu

21

Nov

2013

Guinea Conakry Again

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Guinea Protests

EDITORIAL

 

It was not long ago when we wrote on this page urging Guineans to maintain peace before and after the result of the country's parliamentary election was announced.

 

We argued that Guineans, especially the ruling and opposition parties - whether the loser or the winner - should have the bold mind to accept with grace the outcome of the election.

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Sat

16

Nov

2013

Guinea police disperse opposition protest

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Protesters run as Guinean security forces use tear gas to disperse them in Conakry.

CONAKRY, Guinea (AP) — Guinean riot police fired tear gas to disperse opposition activists protesting the Supreme Court's confirmation that the ruling party won the country's divisive elections.

 

Police Lieutenant Facinet Kouyate told The Associated Press that police responded Friday night to stone-throwing demonstrators protesting the court's decision that President Alpha Conde's party won 53 of 114 parliamentary seats.

The clashes occurred in Conakry's Hamdallaye neighborhood, an opposition stronghold.

 

Opposition leader Cellou Dalein Diallo, whose party won 37

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Wed

13

Nov

2013

Poll finds 1/3 Africans paid bribes in past year

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Aboubacar Traoré had to bribe a doctor at the Donka hospital to treat his daughter Hadya Bintou when she was sick.

By KRISTA LARSON

Associated Press

 

DAKAR, Senegal (AP) - Nearly one-third of Africans surveyed say they have been forced to pay bribes including for medical treatment, according to a 34-nation poll released Wednesday.

 

The Afrobarometer survey also found it was often the poorest people in each country who pressured to pay bribes at health clinics and hospitals.

 

The West African nation of Sierra Leone fared the worst overall, with 63 percent of respondents saying they'd paid up at least once in the previous year. Morocco and Guinea came next, each with 57 percent.

 

"Corruption is a cancer which has spread nationwide," said Onesimus Johnson, an analyst in Sierra Leone where bribes are known as a "put for me." More than 69 percent of citizens polled there said that most or all police were corrupt.

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Tue

05

Nov

2013

Steinmetz’s BSGR Queried on Payments to Guinea Officials

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Guinea Mining

Guinea asked BSG Resources Ltd., billionaire Beny Steinmetz’s mining company, to provide details of gifts and payments to officials as a review into ownership of one of the largest untapped iron-ore deposits nears completion.

 

The final hearing of a government committee probing how BSGR acquired the ground will be held Dec. 10 in the capital Conakry, according to a letter sent to BSGR’s venture in Guinea this week and seen by Bloomberg News. It asks BSGR to clarify responses to allegations made last year, and denied by BSGR, that

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Sun

27

Oct

2013

Guinea: Security Council urges restraint, calm ahead of election certification

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Woman voting in the Hamdallaye area of Conakry, the capital of Guinea

Guinea: Security Council urges restraint, calm ahead of election certification

25 October 2013 – The United Nations Security Council is urging Guineans to exercise restraint and calm as the Supreme Court certifies the results of the legislative elections held last month.

"The members of the Security Council commended the Guinean people for their peaceful participation in the electoral process," the

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Fri

25

Oct

2013

Guinea Passes New Mining Code

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Guinea Mines

New legislation promises to maximise revenues and tighten regulation.

 

Guinea’s new mining code, passed on September 9, promises to maximise the public revenues generated by foreign deposits and impose stricter regulations upon mining companies operating in the country.

 

The management of the country’s mining practices has been in dire need of reform for some time. Although Guinea possesses

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Sun

20

Oct

2013

Guinea ruling party 'wins' parliamentary poll

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The parliamentary poll was much delayed and fraught with tensions

The parliamentary poll was much delayed and fraught with tensions.

 

President Alpha Conde's ruling party in Guinea took just under half of the seats in last month's parliamentary poll, electoral officials have said.

 

They said the Rally of the Guinean People (RPG) secured 53 seats in the 114-member parliament.

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Mon

14

Oct

2013

U.N. voices concern over delay to Guinea election results

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Guinea Vote at Risk

By Saliou Samb

 

CONAKRY (Reuters) - The United Nations and the international community on Sunday called upon Guinea's electoral commission to publish results of a September 28 election aimed at completing a transition to democracy, saying it was concerned over the delay.

Disputes over a published partial count have held up the final result and raised fears of a resurgence of violence that killed 

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Sun

13

Oct

2013

U.N. voices concern over delay to Guinea election result

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A voter prepares to cast her ballot at a polling station in Conakry

CONAKRY (Reuters) - The United Nations on Sunday called upon Guinea's electoral commission to publish results of a September 28 election aimed at completing a transition to democracy, saying it was concerned over the delay.

 

Disputes over a published partial count have held up the final result and raised fears of a resurgence of violence that killed about 50 people before the vote.

 

The opposition is calling for the election to be annulled, dampening hopes for an end to years of instability since a 2008

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Fri

11

Oct

2013

Guinea: Vote Rigging Allegations Overshadow Guinea's Elections

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Guinea Elections

BY KATRIN MATTHAEI, 10 OCTOBER 2013

 

Guinea's opposition is rejecting parliamentary elections held in late September, the results of which are still outstanding. International observers say there were irregularities. Fear of violence is growing.

 

The rift between Guinea's government and opposition appears to be unbridgeable. The opponents of President Alpha Conde refuse to recognize the validity of parliamentary elections held

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Wed

09

Oct

2013

International observers cite Guinea vote flaws

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Election Flaws

 

CONAKRY, Guinea (AP) — International observers say irregularities in Guinea's legislative elections may call into question results from eight districts, potentially bolstering opposition claims that the vote was marred by widespread fraud.

 

In a statement published late Tuesday, the observers said irregularities prevented a significant number of ballots from

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Tue

08

Oct

2013

Opposition supporters detained as Guinea awaits results of legislative election

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Election Fallout

CONAKRY, Guinea — A security official in Guinea says 30 young opposition supporters have been detained for staging an unsanctioned protest against alleged irregularities during the country's legislative elections.

 

Alpha Barry, spokesman for a special elections-related security force, said the demonstrators gathered Tuesday to denounce the disappearance of a ballot box in Conakry's administrative district where the office of the president is located.

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Tue

08

Oct

2013

International Community Reps Pressure Guinea Opposition Leaders and Get, Pretty Much, Nowhere

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OCTOBER 6, 2013

 

Said Djinit arrived in Conarky from Dakar on Friday night and spent much of the day on Saturday visiting with the primary opposition leaders at their homes: Lansana Kouyate, Sidya Toure, and Cellou Dalein Diallo. Djinnit was supposed to visit with representatives of Conde’s party, the government and the CENI, yet there is no news about whether this happened, or, if it did, what came out of it.

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Sun

06

Oct

2013

Guinea opposition calls for vote annulment

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Voting in Guinea

Guinea’s opposition coalition called on Friday for the annulment of last week’s legislative election, citing alleged irregularities and fraud in the voting process and threatening to call for protests.

 

Guinea’s political opposition demanded Friday the results from last weekend’s legislative election be invalidated, vowing to protest in the streets if their concerns about fraud and irregularities are not addressed.

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Sun

06

Oct

2013

UN envoy says Guinea election disputes should be settled in court, appeals for calm

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The opposition says the counting process has become a joke

By Associated Press, Updated: Sunday, October 6, 5:56 AM

 

CONAKRY, Guinea — A United Nations special envoy has called for disputes over Guinea’s hotly contested legislative elections to be settled in court.

 

The remarks from Said Djinnit late Saturday came one day after the opposition announced it would push for the results to be invalidated while threatening to organize street protests if its concerns about irregularities were not addressed.

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Tue

01

Oct

2013

Guinea Voter Turnout Tops 80 Percent

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A voter prepares to cast her ballot at a polling station in the Madina neighbourhood of Guinea's capital Conakry, Sep. 28, 2013

People in Guinea are awaiting results from Saturday's parliamentary elections, which officials say were marked by heavy voter turnout.

Guinea's electoral commission says it appears more than 80 percent of eligible voters cast ballots Saturday, despite some logistical problems in the capital, Conakry.

The elections are considered the last step in Guinea’s transition

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Sat

28

Sep

2013

Guinea holds long-delayed legislative polls

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View of voter cards in Conakry on Sept. 26, 2013, on the last campaign day for Guinea's parliamentary elections

CONAKRY, Sept. 28 (Xinhua) -- Nearly half of Guinea's 11 million population are expected to go to the polls Saturday to choose deputies of the West African country's National Assembly (parliament), the first time since 2002.

 

The vote, if successful, marks the completion of a transition where the presidential election was held in November 2010 to end a crisis unleashed by a military coup in December 2008, but the legislative polls have been repeatedly postponed although due within six months of the presidential race.

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Thu

26

Sep

2013

Guinea warns of 'danger from outside forces'

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People walking in Conakry street, Guinea, September 24, 2013 (AFP)

A Guinean government minister said on Wednesday the country was "in danger" from outsiders plotting against it amid media reports that a coup was being planned in the capital Conakry.

Security Minister Madifing Diane made the comments in response to a story in the latest edition of Paris-based 

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Thu

26

Sep

2013

US Issues Travel Alert Following Rescheduling Of Guinea Elections

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Guinea Elections

The U.S. State Department has urged American citizens traveling to or living in Guinea to be very careful during the election period, during which there is a possibility of political violence.

 

The African country's legislative elections, previously announced for September 24, have been rescheduled for September 28.

 

Currently, there is broad-based agreement among the political parties on the elections. Prior to the current agreement, there

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Tue

24

Sep

2013

U.S. Welcomes Agreement in Guinea to Delay Legislative Elections until September 28th

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Protesters confront the police in Conakry, where violence erupted while Guinea's long-delayed nationwide elections, which were due to be held on September 24, have been postponed to September 28

The United States Government welcomes the agreement between the government and political parties in Guinea to delay legislative elections from September 24 to September 28. With this additional time, the technical preparations are now in place for elections and all parties are focused on the campaign. 



 

President Alpha Conde and the leaders of Guinea’s political parties came together in promoting an inclusive and peaceful electoral process, one in which all parties can compete with confidence. This important decision, which was facilitated by UN Special Representative of the Secretary-General for West Africa Said Djinnit, is critical to electing a new parliament and continuing Guinea’s democratic transition.

 

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Sun

22

Sep

2013

New Clashes Erupt Before Guinea Vote

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Voting in past years in Guinea

CONAKRY, Guinea (AP) - Security forces in Guinea's capital used tear gas to break up clashes that erupted Sunday between supporters of the opposition and ruling parties campaigning for long-delayed and hotly-contested legislative elections, resulting in multiple injuries, witnesses said.

 

The clashes come one day after a United Nations special envoy announced that the vote, scheduled for Tuesday, would be pushed back to Sept. 28 in response to opposition concerns about the voter list and other issues.

 

A group supporting the ruling party of President Alpha Conde was gathering in Conakry's Bambeto neighborhood when a caravan of opposition supporters on motorbikes approached and provoked a confrontation Sunday afternoon, said Kaba Mamady, one of the Conde supporters.

 

"We were dancing and having our rally when the bikers came and entered our circle. They provoked us and we would not leave," Mamady said.

 

But opposition supporter Gadirou Barry said the altercation began when ruling party supporters lobbed stones at the

 

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Sun

22

Sep

2013

Guinea's legislative election postponed to Sept. 28 - UN mediator

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The opposition has complained that the voter list is riddled with errors

Guinea's legislative election postponed to Sept. 28 - UN mediator

 

Guinea's long-delayed legislative election scheduled for Tuesday has been postponed by four days to Sept. 28 following talks between the opposition and government on Saturday in Conakry, a United Nations mediator said.

 

The UN facilitator for dialogue in Guinea, Said Djinnit said that after widespread consultations an "exceptional delay of four days for final adjustments before the elections" was decided

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Fri

13

Sep

2013

Guinea opposition mulls new protests

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Friday, Sept. 13, 2013 | 12:17 a.m.

 

By BOUBACAR DIALLO and RUKMINI CALLIMACHI Associated Press

 

Guinea's opposition said they were considering new street protests following the expiry on Thursday of the 72-hour ultimatum they gave the government to fix the flaws they had identified in the roll of registered voters.

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2013

Guinea Travel Alert

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The U.S. Department of State alerts U.S. citizens traveling to or living in Guinea to the upcoming legislative elections scheduled for September 24, 2013. This Travel Alert expires on October 24, 2013.

 
Washington, D.C. - infoZine - Currently, there is broad-based agreement among the political parties on the elections. Prior to the current agreement, there were marches and demonstrations, some of which turned violent. The possibility of spontaneous protests during this and any election cycle remains.

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02

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2013

Guinea: Halting fight against impunity (analysis)

Survivors of the 2009 stadium massacre wonder when justice will be done
Survivors of the 2009 stadium massacre wonder when justice will be done

Guinea has seen a string of judicial firsts that sparked hope the country could finally chip away at impunity, including military officials long seen as untouchable being called before a court of law. But they have retained their posts; Col Claude Pivi remains head of presidential security; Lt Col Moussa Tiégboro Camara continues in his role as director of the national anti-drug-trafficking agency; and Sékou Resco Camara is still the Conakry governor.

 

“Every time there’s news of another indictment, [someone on the outside] might think, ‘Ah, things are progressing well

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2013

Death toll from ethnic clashes in Guinea hits 98

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Guinea violence continues

CONAKRY (Reuters) - Three days of ethnic violence in Guinea last week left 98 people dead, nearly double the previous death toll, the government said on Wednesday.

The violence erupted on July 14 after a man accused of being a thief was lynched. It took place during tense preparations for long-delayed elections meant to restore civilian rule after a 2008 military coup.

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Fri

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2013

Guinea counts dead, arrests suspects as calm returns to southeast

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Soldiers restrain civilians

CONAKRY (Reuters) - Authorities in Guinea on Thursday identified bodies of people hacked and burned to death and rounded up dozens of suspects after days of ethnic clashes that killed 58 people and injured at least 160 more, officials said.

 

Residents said that towns in southeastern Guinea where the military has moved in to restore order were mostly calm after days of violence between rival communities.

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07

Jul

2013

Election campaigns kick off in war-torn Mali

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MALI - AFRICA

The ballot will be the first since a coup in March 2012 that ousted the democratically elected president, Amadou Toumani Touré, just months before he was to step down at the end of his final term in office.

 

The transitional government lifted a nearly six-month state of emergency on Saturday, marking what officials hope will be a gradual return to normality ahead of the nationwide vote.

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Thu

04

Jul

2013

Guinea government, opposition agree to late-September election

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Guinea Elections

By Saliou Samb

 

CONAKRY (Reuters) - Guinea's government and opposition parties reached a deal on Wednesday to hold long-delayed legislative elections at the end of September to complete the mineral-rich nation's transition to civilian rule.

 

Elections scheduled for June 30 were postponed after a wave of

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Tue

02

Jul

2013

Emirates to Link Conakry to its Dakar Service

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An Emirates A340 in flight

 

 

 
 

Emirates, one of the world’s fastest growing airlines, has announced a linked service to Conakry, the capital city of Guinea, from 27 October 2013. 

 

The linking of Conakry to the four times weekly Dubai to Dakar service will provide new opportunities for business and leisure travelers in Guinea to seamlessly connect to Emirates worldwide network through its Dubai hub, particularly destinations in China, the Middle East, India, Far East and Australia.  

 

Conakry is the largest city of Guinea in West Africa. It’s situated on the Atlantic Ocean and serves as the economic,

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Mon

24

Jun

2013

Guinea opposition withdraws from election talks

Guinea opposition leader Cellou Dalein Diallo
Guinea opposition leader Cellou Dalein Diallo

CONAKRY, June 21, 2013 (AFP) - Guinea's opposition has withdrawn from talks aimed at paving the way for elections in the restive west African nation after fresh violence which left several anti-government activists wounded.

 

The clashes broke out as police moved Wednesday to disperse supporters of former prime minister Cellou Dalein Diallo, a key opposition leader, with three activists shot and nine others wounded, according to several sources.

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2013

Guinea may postpone June 30 parliamentary election - president

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Guinea's President Alpha Conde addresses the 66th United Nations General Assembly at the U.N. headquarters, in New York, September 23, 2011. REUTERS/Chip East

LONDON (Reuters) - Guinea could be forced to postpone a long-awaited parliamentary election scheduled for June 30 after opposition parties refused to register candidates, President Alpha Conde said.

 

The West African country's legislative election - the first in over a decade - is intended to complete a transition to civilian rule after a military coup in 2008 in the world's biggest exporter of the aluminium ore bauxite.

 

But Conde's opponents accuse him of preparing to rig the election. More than 50 people have been killed during three months of protests.

 

Conde, speaking to Reuters in London ahead of meetings on the

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Tue

11

Jun

2013

Zetes provides ABIS services to Republic of Guinea

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Voting in Guinea

The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) of the Republic of Guinea has entrusted Zetes with the deduplication of voters’ data in legislative elections scheduled for this summer. The aim is to create a reliable electoral roll. The entire process is supported by the international community.

 

The project helps to achieve objectives of the People ID division for 2013. It includes centralised data consolidation, including back-up systems, and the verification of print and facial biometric data using an ABIS (Automated Biometric

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Tue

11

Jun

2013

Talks on Guinea Polls Inch Forward

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Alpha Conde

DAKAR — The U.N. special representative to West Africa, Said Djinnit, says talks between Guinea's government and opposition about the upcoming legislative elections are making headway. The opposition says it will agree to the government’s choice of poll operator and call off its boycott if the government agrees to ten conditions. Political analysts are cautiously optimistic.

Guinea's government says it could be willing to meet certain opposition demands, such as allowing Guineans living abroad to vote in the upcoming legislative polls and resuming the revision of electoral registers.

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Tue

11

Jun

2013

Guinea's opposition may agree to election

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Guinea elections very near

CONAKRY, Guinea — After weeks of violent clashes, Guinea's ruling party and opposition succeeded in drafting a framework which might allow the country to move forward with much-delayed legislative elections, according to the international mediator brought in to help bridge the chasm between the two sides.

 

Said Djinnit, the special representative of the United Nations Secretary-General, explained on Sunday that the opposition has

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Jun

2013

U.N. mediator sees breakthrough in Guinea election talks

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CONAKRY (Reuters) - The Guinean government and opposition parties in the West African nation have made a breakthrough during talks on Sunday that could end a violent political impasse and pave the way for legislative elections, a United Nations envoy said.

President Alpha Conde's government and Guinea's opposition parties are locked in a United Nations-mediated talk over the organization of a long-delayed legislative election.

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Jun

2013

Pink lemonade sale in Cobourg helps raise funds for Guinea school

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Raya Rickerby, 10, left, pours a cool glass of lemondae into a cup held by Jenna Ryan, 11, on June 1

Raya and Dylan's School of Hope. 

 

COBOURG --

 

Raya Rickerby, 10, left, pours a cool glass of lemondae into a cup held by Jenna Ryan, 11, on June 1 outside All Creature Great and Small on King Street in Cobourg.

 

The girls, along with other friends and family, raised $115.15 selling pink lemonade to support Raya and Dylan's School of Hope. As of December 2012, the campaign has raised $5,000 of their $10,000 goal. June 6, 2013.

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Jun

2013

Guineans flee Conakry unrest, ethnic tension

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A pro-Condé rally in Guinea’s capital Conakry. Political unrest has intensified recently
DAKAR, 7 June 2013 (IRIN) - Guinea’s political violence is hitting residents of the capital Conakry increasingly hard, with some families forced to flee their homes and others relocating for fear of ethnically based attacks.

President Alpha Condé has ordered an investigation into the latest violence, which followed a 23 May opposition protest over upcoming legislative elections. The government says 12 people were killed and about 100 others injured.

"It’s difficult to swallow - that fellow Guineans would come and
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07

Jun

2013

SG executive detained in Guinea taking case to regional court

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Guinea, West Africa

* Two employees of Israeli-owned mining firm held in Guinea

* BSG denies bribery , criticises government contract review

* U.S. authorities also investigating Simandou deal

 

CONAKRY, June 7 (Reuters) - An executive of Israeli mining firm BSG Resources (BSGR) will appeal to a West African regional court over his detention in Guinea where he is accused of corruption, his lawyers said on Friday.

 

The government alleges that BSGR bribed officials and the wife of a former president to win a licence in 2008 to develop a

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May

2013

Eradication/Elimination of Malaria from Sierra Leone

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The Mosquito

Is this feasible?  YES.  

 

Malaysia eradicated it successfully after Independence.

 

How?  It cannot be done by Sierra Leoneans alone working exclusively within Sierra Leone because mosquitoes will fly in from Guinea and Liberia – particularly the deadliest Plasmodium Falciparum transmitted by the female Anopheles contributing to cerebral malaria, etc.

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2013

Guinea government launches campaign for disputed June vote

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Voting in Guinea

CONAKRY | Thu May 30, 2013 1:15pm EDT

 

(Reuters) - Guinea's government on Thursday officially declared open campaigning for a disputed June 30 legislative election despite an unyielding stance by opposition parties that have demanded the date of the vote be annulled.

 

The government's decision to go ahead with the election is likely to set it on a collision course with the opposition and

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25

May

2013

At least five killed as Guinea protests escalate

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Protests in Guinea

(Reuters) - At least five people were killed on Saturday when security forces in Guinea opened fire on protesters in opposition strongholds in the capital, medical sources and witnesses said.

 

The violence brings to 11 the number of people killed since Thursday in unrest that began over election preparations but has frequently degenerated into looting and clashes between

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Thu

23

May

2013

Consultations between Government, opposition leaders Kicks off in Guinea

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Woman voting in the Hamdallaye area of Conakry, the capital of Guinea in June 2010. Photo: IRIN/Nancy Palus

22 May 2013 – A United Nations envoy today convened a consultative meeting in the Guinean capital, Conakry, between the Prime Minister and opposition leaders, pressing ahead with UN efforts to assist the parties in resolving differences over preparations for stalled legislative elections and other contentious issues through peaceful means.

 

Said Djinnit, the Special Representative of the Secretary-General for West Africa, initiated the meeting in his capacity as International Facilitator on Guinea, a UN spokesperson said.

The envoy congratulated the two parties for this “initial promising step” towards creating the conditions for the holding

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2013

UPDATE 1-One dead, around 10 injured in Guinea opposition protest

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Violence in Guinea

Thu May 23, 2013 8:10pm BST

 

* Protest against June election plans turns violent

* Opposition says president plans to rig the poll

* Election meant to complete transition to civilian rule

 

CONAKRY, May 23 (Reuters) - One person was killed and around 10 injured when security forces and supporters of Guinea's president clashed with protesters marching in the

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2013

Around 10 injured in Guinea opposition protest - hospital source

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Opposition Protest - Guinea

CONAKRY | Thu May 23, 2013 1:01pm EDT

 

May 23 (Reuters) - Ten people were injured when security forces and supporters of Guinea President Alpha Conde clashed with protesters marching in the capital against planned legislative elections on Thursday, a hospital source said.

 

The opposition accuses Conde of attempting to rig the long-delayed polls due to take place on June 30. Conde took office in 2010 following the first democratic transfer of power in the

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May

2013

Q&A: Equatorial Guinea parliamentary election

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Guinea Elections

People in the West African nation of Equatorial Guinea will vote on 26 May in parliamentary and municipal elections.

 

President Teodoro Obiang Nguema has held power since 1979, making him the world's longest-serving, non-royal head of state. His party currently holds 99 of the 100 seats in parliament.

 

Human rights groups are concerned about the credibility of

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18

May

2013

Increased Pressure To Force The Hand of Guinea’s President

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Alpha Conde

The EU has come under increased pressure to force the hand of Guinea’s president Alpha Condé over stalled legislative elections. Martin Banks reports.

 

Alpha Condé was elected back in 2010 but free and transparent legislative elections and the establishment of a new national assembly have yet to take place. Some €40m in EU emergency support was immediately made available to Guinea in 2010 to assist its transition to democracy.

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May

2013

Orange aims to strengthen West African services with training program

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Orange

Orange plans to bolster its services in West Africa with a new facility in Dakar, Senegal, that will offer development programs for managers of the mobile service in the region.

Region leads revenue growth for Africa and Middle East

 

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2013

Guinea opposition to renew protests as U.N.-led talks founder

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Protests in Guinea

CONAKRY | Tue May 14, 2013 11:29am EDT(Reuters) - Guinean opposition leaders called on Tuesday for renewed protests next week, accusing President Alpha Conde of sabotaging U.N.- mediated talks aimed at ending the impasse over the organization of a parliamentary election.

 

The opposition, which accuses the president of attempting to rig the long-delayed election, due to take place on June 30, suspended protests last week to allow the talks to take place.

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2013

Guinea Marine becomes US citizen

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Cpl. Mamadou Balde

CAMP DWYER, Afghanistan - Lance Cpl. Mamadou Balde’s father, Al, always hoped his son would earn his U.S. citizenship. Balde, a maintenance mechanic with General Support 2 Platoon, Retrograde Operations Company, Redeployment and Retrograde in Support of Reset and Reconstitution Operations Group, finally earned his citizenship in a ceremony at Kandahar Air Field, Afghanistan, March 1.

Balde’s journey to citizenship took patience, strength, and sacrifice. Balde was born in Guinea, a war-torn country in West

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09

May

2013

Guinea: Opposition Demonstrators Attacked, Killed and Journalists Threatened in Guinea Protests

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Guinean army fights back protestors

On 2 May 2013, supporters belonging to the Guinean Opposition Coalition were brutally attacked with live bullets and tear gas by police officers and gendarmes drawn from the Guinea Security Force.

 

The attack, which occurred on the Fidel Castro Highway in Conakry, left several demonstrators with serious wounds, while three people unfortunately lost their lives through gunshots. A police officer also got killed when he was stabbed with a sharp object.

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May

2013

First rape charges over Guinea massacre

A GUINEAN paramilitary police officer has been slapped with the first rape charges over the 2009 Conakry Stadium massacre during which at least 157 protesters were killed, rights groups say.


The International Federation for Human Rights (FIDH) welcomed the move as a strong signal that justice could finally be served to the more than 100 women raped during the tragedy.

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Fri

03

May

2013

Violent demonstrations in Guinea over upcoming legislative elections leave 4 dead

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Violence in Guinea

CONAKRY, Guinea — Victims’ relatives and authorities in West African nation of Guinea say four people are dead following violent demonstrations against an upcoming legislative election.


A cousin said Friday that student Cherif Souleymane Diallo died after being shot by a police officer Friday. A second man, Mamady Camara, who was wounded Thursday by a thrown rock, also died.

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03

May

2013

Community-Based Program: More Women Refuse Female Genital Mutilation

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FGM in Guinea and West Africa

The founder of an international group that educates people about the dangers of female genital mutilation - also known as female genital cutting or FGM/C - says a growing number of women are refusing to undergo the practice.

 

Molly Melching, founder of the non-profit group, Tostan, says her community-based program of education and training has helped reduce the practice in more than 6,000 communities in eight African countries.

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02

May

2013

Guinea on brink of chaos over long-delayed poll

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(Reuters) - Failure by Guinea's politicians to reach agreement for a long-delayed legislative poll is stirring up tribal violence, jeopardizing economic gains and raising fears that the military could once again step in.

 

The election, first scheduled for 2011, is meant to complete a transition to civilian rule after a military coup in 2008, but has been postponed several times as government and opposition parties remain at loggerheads over the organization of the vote.

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2013

One dead, five wounded in Guinea anti-govt demo: hospital

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CONAKRY — Guinean police shot dead a teenager Thursday when it opened fire on protesters marching against a government decision to hold a long-delayed election in June, a hospital source said.

 

The 16-year-old was killed in front of his home in an opposition stronghold area of the capital Conakry as security forces

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Apr

2013

Teenage protester killed at Guinea demonstration

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Guinea protests

CONAKRY, Guinea (AP) — Family members say a 16-year-old boy who took part in an opposition demonstration in Guinea has died from a gunshot wound.

 

Relatives identified the victim as Boubacar Diallo, a young mechanic, who was shot during Thursday’s demonstration in which dozens marched in the capital.

 

The boy’s father told The Associated Press it wasn’t known how his son was wounded, though he said security forces in the area were shooting into the air.

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Apr

2013

Guinea arrests executives in mining licence probe

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Guinea Mining

LONDON — Guinea has arrested two executives of BSG Resources (BSGR), the mining company controlled by Israel’s richest citizen, Beny Steinmetz, as a US investigation into how it won rights to a "lucrative" iron-ore deposit widened.

 

Local police arrested BSGR vice-president and director of public relations Ibrahima Sory Toure as part of a probe into whether bribes were paid to win two licences covering the Simandou deposit, Mr Toure’s lawyer, Momo Sacko, said on Monday.

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Apr

2013

One dead in Guinea election protests

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One Dead in Protests

CONAKRY (Reuters) - One man has died from wounds suffered during clashes in the Guinean capital of Conakry between security forces and demonstrators protesting against preparations for a long-delayed parliamentary election, a government spokesman said on Friday.

 

Damantang Albert Camara said more than 15 others were wounded, including four from gunshots, during Thursday's protests sparked by President Alpha Conde's decision last week to fix June 30 as the date for the ballot.

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Apr

2013

Guinea Police Fire Tear Gas to Disperse Protesters

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By BOUBACAR DIALLO Associated Press

CONAKRY, Guinea April 18, 2013 (AP)

 

Security forces in Guinea clashed with opposition protesters on Thursday who are opposed to the June date set for legislative elections, leaving at least 15 people wounded, the government said.

 

Police also arrested the opposition's spokesman and another leader after the demonstration went ahead despite the

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Wed

17

Apr

2013

Guinea opposition to relaunch protests over new election date

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Alpha Conde

(Reuters) - Guinea's opposition said it would stage protests this week against the president's decision to hold parliamentary elections in June, raising the risk of more bloodshed after violent demonstrations last month.

 

The vote is meant to complete a transition to civilian rule in the mineral-rich country after a 2008 military coup and could unlock hundreds of millions of dollars in European aid.

It was originally supposed to be held in 2011, but has been held up by wrangling over the makeup of the electoral commission

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Mon

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Apr

2013

Guinea Opposition Pulls Out of Talks

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Guinea Elections

CONAKRY, Guinea (AP) - Aboubacar Sylla, a spokesman for Guinea's coalition of opposition parties, announced that the country's opposition is pulling out of talks with the ruling party, negotiations initiated by President Alpha Conde last month in an attempt to resolve the political feud that has consumed the West African nation since the 2010 presidential election.

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Mon

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Apr

2013

Timbuktu's Desert Scrolls: Re-writing the History of Africa

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Ancient manuscripts in Timbuktu

You may have witnessed a moment, an event or a discovery that would change the future of a community. This event or discovery would have to be something exceptional and dramatic to write a new chapter in the books of history.

But imagine witnessing a moment or discovery that would re-write the history of an entire nation! That has got to be something spectacular to erase and replace the pages of history.

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Mar

2013

Guinea: resource nationalism, or just getting things straight?

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Resource nationalism is a growing threat for companies in many emerging markets. The challenge for investors lies in distinguishing between arbitrary or predatory interventions, and legitimate attempts to clean up a broken system.


In Guinea, a mining code reform, an unchecked executive and simmering political tensions have prompted some risk analysts and lawyers to raise alarm bells. Are they justified, or is this a case of the country getting things straight?


Risk consultancy Maplecroft put the west African state in the ‘extreme risk’ category in their 2013 Resource Nationalism

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Mar

2013

Guinea president picks ally to replace army chief

Brigadier General Namory Traore
Brigadier General Namory Traore

CONAKRY: Guinea President Alpha Conde named Brigadier General Namory Traore as head of the West African state’s armed forces on Tuesday, replacing General Souleymane Kelefa Diallo who died in a plane crash with five other top army officials on Feb. 11. 


Traore is seen as a close ally of Conde’s who will carry on a UN-backed reform effort to rein in the notoriously undisciplined and bloated Guinea armed forces, blamed for killings and coups since 1958 independence.

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28

Mar

2013

Guinea opposition abandons vote talks, threatens protests

* Opposition says too many groups represented

 

* Government says surprised by decision

 

By Saliou Samb and Bate Felix

 

CONAKRY, March 26 (Reuters) - Guinea's opposition leaders on Tuesday abandoned talks with the government and threatened to resume street protests, accusing the president's camp of

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Wed

20

Mar

2013

New Leaf Africa Opens New Office Location in Conakry, Guinea

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New Leaf Africa

WASHINGTON, March 20, 2013 /PRNewswire/ — New Leaf Africa (NLA) 


New Leaf Africa, a team of leaders in technology, population health and renewable energy, has opened a new office in Conakry, Guinea.


“The Republic of Guinea is critical to global and regional biodiversity conservation,” stated Thomas Babbington, CEO of NLA. “The new office in Conakry will allow local employees to quickly coordinate efforts with NLA teams in Europe and America as well as increase the coordination between local conservation, development organizations and government representatives.”


Right now, it is estimated that a staggering 75,000 acres of forest is lost in Guinea each year due to slash and burn

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Mon

18

Mar

2013

Saudi Fund offers US$24 million to Guinea

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Saudi Assisting with Schools

The Saudi Development Fund has pledged US$24 million for the construction of four schools in Guinea, a communiqué from the Presidency's press office said on Thursday.


It said this was announced by Mr. Youssef Al-Bassam, Director-General of the Saudi Development Fund, on Wednesday during discussions with Guinean President Alpha Condé.


The Saudi fund boss also informed his host of the Kingdom's willingness to cancel some of Guinea's debt and reschedule

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Mon

18

Mar

2013

Guinea: Attacks on 2 private radio stations

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Radio Stations Attacked

CONAKRY, Guinea -- A journalists' association in Guinea says that two privately-owned radio stations have been attacked, as political tensions rise before Guinea's legislative elections on May 12.

 

The Union of Free Radio and Television of Guinea said Monday that the Renaissance FM station was attacked on Sunday and the Planet FM radio station was shot at on Friday when Faya Millimo, leader of the opposition Liberal Bloc, was being interviewed at the station.

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14

Mar

2013

South Africans litter the pages of Guinea report

FROM time to time over the last few months I’ve had cause to write about the goings-on in Guinea, an unhappy country sandwiched between other West African states, all of which have doubtful track records.

 

The big difference is that Guinea is hugely mineral wealthy.

 

That wealth is the only possible reason for South Africa’s keen interest in it. As set out previously in this column, there is a

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Tue

05

Mar

2013

Guinea Suffering From 'Gridlock Fatigue'

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Anti-riot policemen deploy across Conakry to separate rival gang fighters, March 1, 2013

DAKAR, SENEGAL — The political deadlock in Guinea shows little sign of easing, as the government and opposition trade accusations and violent street clashes once again eclipse all other agendas. On Monday, opposition leaders opted out of a meeting the government says was a bid to tackle disputes about much-delayed legislative elections.

The meeting came days after a clash involving opposition protesters, security forces and pro-government youths in the capital, Conakry, left at least three people dead and many more injured. Each political faction says the other is not serious

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Tue

05

Mar

2013

Guinea Government Says 36 Injured in Conakry Political Unrest

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Opposition protesters dispersed after teargas was fired in their midst, in Conakry, Guinea.

Guinea’s government said at least 36 people were injured in the capital, Conakry, yesterday in clashes triggered by disagreement over a legislative vote.

 

Youth put up barricades and damaged cars in several areas of the capital before security forces were deployed to restore calm, government spokesman Albert Damantang Camara said in an e- mailed statement. Gangs with knives and Molotov cocktails attacked homes in several suburbs, Camara said, without giving further details.

 

Guinea is the world’s biggest exporter of aluminum raw material bauxite, and also has a gold mine owned by AngloGold

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Tue

05

Mar

2013

African Union “concerned” about Guinea

AU Commission chair Dr Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma is “concerned” about political developments in Guinea.

With a May date tentatively set for elections in the west African country, she has urged Guineans and other stakeholders to remain calm and “engage in genuine dialogue on the way forward”.

Her plea follows a weekend marked by street clashes and violence that saw killings and the destruction of property in the

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Tue

05

Mar

2013

Guinea's Conde meets with campaigners

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Alpha Conde

Conakry - Guinea's President Alpha Conde on Monday met with political representatives and campaigners to try to resolve a conflict that last week led to the death of at least six people, an AFP journalist said.

 

Violence broke out in the Guinean capital Conakry last Wednesday as the opposition staged a demonstration calling for transparency during the 12 May legislative polls and to protest against the South African company selected to revise the electoral roll. Dozens were also wounded in the clashes between demonstrators and security forces.

 

Monday's meeting lasted for about an hour and was "aimed at finding ways and measures to exit the crisis that is penetrating (sic) the country," a source close to the presidential palace said.

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05

Mar

2013

Guinea: Attacks on 2 private radio stations; police tear gas anti-government protesters

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Guinea Radio Stations Attacked

CONAKRY, Guinea — A journalists’ association in Guinea says that two privately-owned radio stations have been attacked, as political tensions rise before Guinea’s legislative elections on May 12.

 

The Union of Free Radio and Television of Guinea said Monday that the Renaissance FM station was attacked on Sunday and the Planet FM radio station was shot at on Friday when Faya Millimo, leader of the opposition Liberal Bloc, was being

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