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November 27, 2004 | From Associated Press
A court in Equatorial Guinea convicted 24 men and sentenced them to prison for an alleged coup plot but waived the death penalty for two top figures. The court's rejection of death penalties requested by prosecutors potentially strengthens Equatorial Guinea's bid to extradite an alleged financier of the plot: Mark Thatcher, son of former British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher.
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May 10, 2013 | By Robyn Dixon
JOHANNESBURG -- Africa loses the benefit of billions of dollars each year through illegal tax evasion, money transfers and secretive business deals, more than all the money coming into the continent through aid and investment, according to a report released Friday. About $63 billion is lost annually, the 120-page Africa Progress Report states, and despite the continent's surging economic growth fueled by the global resources boom, poverty and inequality has worsened in many resource-rich African countries.
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NEWS
January 4, 1987 | Associated Press
The death toll in the crash of a Spanish air force transport plane off Equatorial Guinea rose to 22 with the recovery of the bodies of all those aboard, Spain's ambassador to the West African country said Saturday. The Foreign Ministry initially said 18 people were on the propeller-driven Aviocar plane when it went down in the Atlantic on Friday just after takeoff from Bata airport.
SPORTS
July 6, 2011 | By Grahame L. Jones
It might have been the width of a crossbar that knocked former world champion Norway out of the Women's World Cup in Germany on Wednesday and instead sent Australia through to the quarterfinals. The more likely reason was the play of Australia's Kyah Simon. The up-and-coming striker, who turned 20 last month, scored twice as the Matildas upset the Norwegians, 2-1, in front of 18,474 in Leverkusen for second place in Group D. "We knew it was a crucial game, and although a draw was enough for us, we always go out to win," Simon said.
NATIONAL
December 6, 2002 | Ken Silverstein, Special to The Times
Strange things happen around here when a country discovers oil. For most of its 34 years of independence, Equatorial Guinea was best known for the outlandish brutality of its rulers, which left the tiny West African country isolated on the international stage. Then in the mid-1990s, American oil companies found vast oil reserves there and Washington quickly took notice. Two years ago, Rep. William J. Jefferson (D-La.) led the first congressional delegation there.
WORLD
May 22, 2004 | Ken Silverstein, Times Staff Writer
Federal investigators have been looking into American oil companies' real estate dealings in Equatorial Guinea to determine whether they have improperly benefited the country's despotic ruler, according to sources familiar with the inquiries. Separate inquiries by the FBI and Congress examined the purchase of land from Brig. Gen. Teodoro Obiang Nguema Mbasogo, Equatorial Guinea's president, and leases made through a firm he is believed to control.
WORLD
April 10, 2004 | Ken Silverstein, Times Staff Writer
A federal grand jury and a Senate subcommittee are investigating the relationship between a prominent Washington bank and a tiny, oil-rich West African state. Investigators are scrutinizing hundreds of millions of dollars in accounts held at Riggs Bank by the government of Equatorial Guinea and its ruler, Brig. Gen. Teodoro Obiang Nguema Mbasogo.
OPINION
November 19, 2006
WEALTHY MALIBU residents may not realize it, but they have an unusual new neighbor. Mel, Cher, Barbra -- meet Teodoro, heir apparent to one of the most corrupt and repressive regimes in Africa. Earlier this year, Teodoro Nguema Obiang Mangu, eldest son of President Teodoro Obiang Nguema Mbasogo of Equatorial Guinea, bought a $35-million Malibu mansion complete with ocean views, pool and a four-hole golf course.
NATIONAL
January 20, 2003 | Ken Silverstein, Times Staff Writer
As vast offshore oil fields generate hundreds of millions of dollars for tiny Equatorial Guinea, there are few signs of the petroleum boom in the impoverished West African nation. Most of the population lives on about a dollar a day, and a U.S. State Department report found "little evidence that the country's oil wealth is being devoted to the public good." So where has the money gone? That has been declared a "state secret" by Equatorial Guinea's ruler, Brig. Gen. Teodoro Obiang Nguema Mbasogo.
WORLD
March 13, 2004 | Robyn Dixon and Ken Silverstein, Times Staff Writers
Authorities in Zimbabwe announced Friday that more than 60 alleged mercenaries would be charged with plotting to topple the Equatorial Guinean government, but the case, with its echoes of Frederick Forsyth's "The Dogs of War," has raised more questions than answers. It is a thriller with few good guys and plenty of murky intrigue.
SPORTS
July 3, 2011 | By Grahame L. Jones
Marta, voted the world's top female soccer player for the last five years in a row, scored her first two goals of the 2011 Women's World Cup in Germany on Sunday to help Brazil overpower Norway, 3-0, and clinch a place in the quarterfinals. Earlier, Australia survived a blatant refereeing error and edged Equatorial Guinea, 3-2, to stay in the hunt for a place in the tournament's last eight. First, the Brazilians. Playing in front of a crowd of 26,067 in Wolfsburg, Brazil took the lead midway through the first half when Marta danced through a slow and lumbering Norwegian defense to slot the ball home.
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SPORTS
June 29, 2011 | By Grahame L. Jones
Goals continued to be difficult to come by at the Women's World Cup in Germany, and Wednesday was the leanest day yet. Brazil, with five-time world player of the year Marta leading its attack, managed to score only once in a 1-0 victory over Australia in Moenchengladbach. Earlier, former world champion Norway struggled to accomplish even that much in a 1-0 win over Equatorial Guinea in Augsburg. So far, in eight World Cup matches involving each of the 16 teams in the tournament, only 14 goals have been scored, an average of 0.875 per game.
WORLD
July 8, 2008 | From Times Wire Reports
A court in this West African nation convicted former British officer Simon Mann of being the key player in a 2004 coup plot and sentenced him to 34 years in prison. During his trial, Mann, 55, acknowledged that he knowingly took part in the attempt to topple the government. His lawyer, however, argued that Mann was a secondary player and not the author of the botched coup. The prosecution charged that Mann and the other plotters intended to install an exiled opposition leader in exchange for a share of the nation's oil wealth.
OPINION
November 19, 2006
WEALTHY MALIBU residents may not realize it, but they have an unusual new neighbor. Mel, Cher, Barbra -- meet Teodoro, heir apparent to one of the most corrupt and repressive regimes in Africa. Earlier this year, Teodoro Nguema Obiang Mangu, eldest son of President Teodoro Obiang Nguema Mbasogo of Equatorial Guinea, bought a $35-million Malibu mansion complete with ocean views, pool and a four-hole golf course.
WORLD
July 18, 2005 | From Associated Press
A Russian-made plane believed to be carrying more than 50 passengers and crew crashed in a forest in Equatorial Guinea, killing all aboard, officials said Sunday. The Antonov-32 plowed into dense woods 18 miles south of the country's capital, Malabo, on the island of Bioko, shortly after leaving the city's airport Saturday for the southern town of Bata on the mainland, Information Minister Alfonso Nsue Mokuy said. "There are no survivors.
SPORTS
June 29, 2011 | By Grahame L. Jones
Goals continued to be difficult to come by at the Women's World Cup in Germany, and Wednesday was the leanest day yet. Brazil, with five-time world player of the year Marta leading its attack, managed to score only once in a 1-0 victory over Australia in Moenchengladbach. Earlier, former world champion Norway struggled to accomplish even that much in a 1-0 win over Equatorial Guinea in Augsburg. So far, in eight World Cup matches involving each of the 16 teams in the tournament, only 14 goals have been scored, an average of 0.875 per game.
NEWS
October 10, 1993 | GEORGE GEDDA, ASSOCIATED PRESS
The mere mention of Equatorial Guinea around the State Department usually is greeted with knowing nods, based mostly on an incident there years ago worthy of Agatha Christie. On a steamy late August day in 1971, amid signs of a homosexual relationship gone sour, a U.S. diplomat plunged a pair of scissors into a colleague inside the Embassy compound, killing him. The full explanation as to why Alfred J. Erdos, 46, murdered Donald Leahy, 47, has never come to light.
WORLD
January 14, 2005 | Robyn Dixon, Times Staff Writer
The son of former British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher flew out of South Africa on Thursday after he pleaded guilty to charges relating to a coup attempt in the small, oil-rich African country of Equatorial Guinea. Mark Thatcher, a businessman, denied any knowledge of, or participation in planning, the coup against the government of President Teodoro Obiang Nguema Mbasogo, but admitted he had suspicions that associates may have been plotting mercenary activities.
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