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Dozens Feared Dead in Guinea Boat Accident

Posted September 1st, 2012 at 9:05 am (UTC-5)
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Dozens of people are feared dead after an overloaded boat sank off the coast of Guinea. Officials said Saturday eight people were confirmed dead, including at least two children. Investigators say about 50 people were on the vessel Friday, traveling from the capital, Conakry, to an island off the west African coast. Some passengers on […]

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Pirated Tanker Found off Nigeria Coast, 24-Member Crew Reported Safe

Posted August 29th, 2012 at 11:35 am (UTC-5)
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An oil tanker hijacked in the Gulf of Guinea has been spotted off the coast of Nigeria and the 24 Russian crew members on board are believed to be safe. The vessel’s Greek-based operator, Golden Energy Management, said Wednesday that pirates still have control of the tanker. The hijackers seized the Greek-owned Energy Centurion off […]

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EQ Guinea President’s Son Wanted in France

Posted July 13th, 2012 at 12:55 pm (UTC-5)
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A French judge has issued an arrest warrant for the son of Equatorial Guinea’s president, after the son refused to be interviewed about corruption charges. Teodorin Obiang has previously denied any wrongdoing. His lawyer, Olivier Pardo, told VOA Friday that his client is not subject to arrest because of his post in Equatorial Guinea’s government. […]

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Guinea-Bissau Coup Leaders Say Power Returning to Civilians

Posted May 23rd, 2012 at 3:10 am (UTC-5)
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The leaders of a military coup in Guinea-Bissau say they are handing power to a new transitional government. A junta spokesman made the announcement Tuesday and said coup leaders would no longer speak publicly to the press. Meanwhile, the leader of the transitional government, Manuel Serifo Nhamadjo, named 28 government ministers. The installation of the […]

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First Group of West African Troops Arrives in Guinea-Bissau

Posted May 17th, 2012 at 1:40 pm (UTC-5)
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About 70 soldiers have arrived in Guinea-Bissau as part of a West African contingent sent to restore order after last month’s coup. The Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) says it will send about 600 troops in all to Guinea-Bissau over the coming days. The first troops from Burkina Faso flew into the capital, […]

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Guinea-Bissau Names New Interim PM

Posted May 16th, 2012 at 7:20 pm (UTC-5)
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Officials in Guinea-Bissau say the head of the country’s new interim government has named a prime minister to help lead a transition following last month’s military coup. The officials said Wednesday that Manuel Serifo Nhamadjo selected former finance minister Rui Duarte Barros to be prime minister. The tiny African nation has been at an impasse […]

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US: Mali, Guinea-Bissau Must Return to Civilian Rule

Posted May 16th, 2012 at 3:35 pm (UTC-5)
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The United States has urged military leaders in Mali and Guinea Bissau to agree to West African demands and return their countries to democratic rule following recent military coups. U.S. Assistant Secretary of State Johnnie Carson said Wednesday a strong regional response by the Economic Community of West African States makes clear that “military misadventures” […]

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ECOWAS troops headed to Guinea Bissau

Posted May 14th, 2012 at 1:10 pm (UTC-5)
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West African bloc ECOWAS says it will send troops to Guinea-Bissau to oversee a return to civilian rule after last month’s coup. Nigerian Defense Minister Bello Haliru Mohammed said Monday the troops will be in Guinea-Bissau by Friday. He did not specify how large the force would be. Officials from 15 West African countries met […]

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Protests in Guinea Turn Violent

Posted May 10th, 2012 at 7:40 pm (UTC-5)
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Police in Guinea have used tear gas and batons to disperse protesters demanding the government open talks with the opposition about the organization of the long-delayed legislative elections. A VOA reporter said clashes between police and demonstrators took place Thursday as the crowd tried to gather for a march to a stadium in the capital, […]

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Guinea Police Fire Tear Gas at Protesters

Posted May 10th, 2012 at 6:50 pm (UTC-5)
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Police in Guinea have used tear gas and batons to disperse protesters demanding the government hold long-delayed legislative elections. A VOA reporter said clashes between police and demonstrators took place Thursday as the crowd tried to gather for a march to a stadium in the capital, Conakry. The reporter said the protesters were also attacked […]

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