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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 5, 1991
I commend The Times for your coverage of the democratization movement and political change in Africa, including your survey article ("Democracy and Despots: The State of Government in Black Africa," World Report, Aug. 13). It is satisfying to see that Americans are beginning to acknowledge the profound political and economic changes under way in Africa. I was very disappointed, however, at your inaccurate characterization of Guinea's democratic evolution, and particularly your description of Guinea as "probably not serious about reform."
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WORLD
October 24, 2013 | By Shashank Bengali
WASHINGTON - Two Americans were taken hostage by pirates who attacked their ship off the coast of Nigeria, a U.S. official said Thursday. The captain and chief engineer of the C-Retriever, a U.S.-flagged oil supply ship, were kidnapped in the attack early Wednesday in the Gulf of Guinea, according to news reports. The ship is owned by Edison Chouest Offshore, a maritime company based in Cut Off, La. A company spokesman didn't immediately respond to a request for comment. The identities of the hostages weren't immediately known.
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BUSINESS
July 27, 2009 | Ben Fritz
If there has been one consistent surprise at the box office this year, it's kids' flicks. Pre-release audience polling, called tracking, has a tough time divining the interests of the youngest moviegoers. As a result, studio executives usually rely on the interests of parents as proxies. But that system is far from exact, and this year it has resulted in a number of family films that beat expectations, including "Paul Blart: Mall Cop," "Hotel for Dogs" and "Hannah Montana."
WORLD
October 24, 2013 | By Shashank Bengali
WASHINGTON - Two Americans were taken hostage by pirates who attacked their ship off the coast of Nigeria, U.S. officials said Thursday. The captain and chief engineer of the C-Retriever, a U.S.-flagged oil supply ship, were kidnapped in the attack early Wednesday in the Gulf of Guinea, according to news reports. The ship is owned by Edison Chouest Offshore, a maritime company based in Cut Off, La. A company spokesman didn't immediately respond to a request for comment. The identities of the hostages weren't released.
WORLD
October 18, 2009 | Associated Press
West African leaders said Saturday that they are imposing an arms embargo on Guinea over the killing of pro-democracy demonstrators by soldiers and will try to stop Guinea's military ruler from running in January's presidential election. Regional leaders attended an emergency meeting Saturday of ECOWAS, the Economic Community of West African States, and said at a news conference afterward that they would step up pressure on members of the military government, which took power in a coup in December, not to seek office.
WORLD
October 14, 2009 | Times Wire Reports
The military government said it has signed a $7-billion mining agreement with a Chinese company. Guinea is the world's largest producer of bauxite, the raw material used to make aluminum, and also produces diamonds and gold. Its mineral wealth has long been siphoned off to enrich the country's ruling elite. Before Capt. Moussa Camara seized power in a coup in December, Guinea had been ruled by only two people since its independence from France half a century ago.
WORLD
October 24, 2013 | By Shashank Bengali
WASHINGTON - Two Americans were taken hostage by pirates who attacked their ship off the coast of Nigeria, U.S. officials said Thursday. The captain and chief engineer of the C-Retriever, a U.S.-flagged oil supply ship, were kidnapped in the attack early Wednesday in the Gulf of Guinea, according to news reports. The ship is owned by Edison Chouest Offshore, a maritime company based in Cut Off, La. A company spokesman didn't immediately respond to a request for comment. The identities of the hostages weren't released.
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.
WORLD
December 30, 2008 | times wire reports
The African Union suspended Guinea from the bloc and threatened further sanctions unless young soldiers who seized power last week restore constitutional rule. That seemed unlikely in the immediate future, however, as many in Guinea appeared to welcome the bloodless coup that followed the Dec. 22 death of longtime dictator Lansana Conte.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 2, 1987 | From Reuters
Eighteen people have died from meningitis in the West African state of Guinea, medical sources said. An epidemic broke out one week ago at Salambande, in northern Guinea, and 30 other cases of the disease have been identified, they said.
NEWS
September 2, 2013 | By Jane Engle
Here's a luxury trip that comes with bragging rights: The SeaDream Yacht Club has put remote Papua New Guinea on the itinerary of a two-week Australia-to-Bali cruise next year. Passengers on this trip will board Zodiac boats with an expedition team to explore the rarely visited South Pacific island nation, known for its biodiversity and unspoiled local cultures. After hiking, visiting villages and other activities, they will “return to their comforts of Champagne and caviar” aboard the 112-passenger SeaDream II, said Pamela Conover, chief executive of the two-ship line.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 10, 2013 | By Jean Merl
Los Angeles firefighters rescued more than 100 animals from an early morning pet store fire in East Hollywood on Monday but numerous others died. Among those saved were 25 puppies, some rabbits, mice, frogs and fish, said Los Angeles Fire Department spokesman Brian Humphrey.  Others, including birds, mice, guinea pigs and fish, died and were discovered later in the heavily damaged store. The pet shop was not equipped with sprinklers, fire officials said. The fire broke out around 6 a.m. in an attic of a strip mall in the 1100 block of Vermont Avenue.
SCIENCE
February 28, 2013 | By Amina Khan
Kids with autism spectrum disorder could have a new ally in the classroom: animals. Autistic children who played with guinea pigs rather than toys were more talkative, made more eye contact and displayed a more positive attitude, according to a study in the journal PLoS ONE. The experiment, which tested 99 children in 15 classrooms with guinea pigs, found that animals could help students with autism improve relationships with their peers and teachers,...
WORLD
February 18, 2013 | By Emily Alpert
Two people face murder charges in Papua New Guinea after a woman was burned alive, a gruesome killing that drew global attention to sorcery slayings in the Pacific nation. A mob of attackers killed Kepari Leniata earlier this month after she was accused of bringing about the death of a 6-year-old boy using witchcraft. The 20-year-old mother was reportedly stripped and tortured with a hot iron rod before being doused in gasoline and set on fire. Photos showed crowds of people -- some of them children -- looking on as her body burned on a pile of tires and garbage.
TRAVEL
November 17, 2012 | Los Angeles Times
I recently returned from a wonderful trip to Papua New Guinea, headed by Greg Stathakis. As a world traveler who has been to more than 100 countries, I can say that he is one of the best, if not the best, tour leaders I have experienced. He is tuned in to what is going on and what his flock needs at any time. With Greg, we were able to go into areas that were relatively remote while always feeling safe. If anyone is interested in this fascinating country, he's the way to go. Next trip is May 12-24.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 10, 2012
Jock Smith Law partner of Johnnie Cochran Jock Smith, 63, who was a law partner with the late Johnnie L. Cochran Jr., died Sunday of an apparent heart attack while watching television at his home in Montgomery, Ala., said his law partner Sam Cherry. Smith won what the National Law Journal called America's largest civil verdict in 2004, a $1.6-billion judgment against Southwestern Life Insurance and one of its agents. The suit was later settled out of court for an undisclosed amount for a mother of three who alleged she paid the agent thousands of dollars for an insurance policy that didn't exist.
WORLD
March 27, 2003 | From Times Wire Reports
Rebels battled forces loyal to Liberian President Charles Taylor on three fronts. Defense and humanitarian sources said fighting was near the capital, Monrovia, in the strategic central city of Gbarnga and in towns near the eastern border with Ivory Coast. Taylor blamed Liberia's troubles on forces from neighboring Guinea and said the United States was aiding the rebellion by giving military aid to Guinea.
WORLD
December 23, 2008 | Times Wire Reports
President Lansana Conte, who ruled the African nation of Guinea with an iron hand since seizing power in a 1984 coup, has died after a lengthy illness, the National Assembly president said today. Aboubacar Sompare, flanked by the country's prime minister and the head of the army, said on state-run television that Conte died Monday evening. He was believed to be in his 70s. According to the constitution, the head of the National Assembly becomes president if the head of state dies.
TRAVEL
November 27, 2011
THE LOW COUNTRIES Slide show Take a trip through the Netherlands and Belgium and explore Amsterdam's tree-lined canals, world-class museums, the World War I landscape of the Ypres area, and Brussels. When, where: 7:30 p.m. Monday at Distant Lands, 20 S. Raymond Ave., Pasadena. Admission, info: Free. RSVP to (626) 449-3220. OCEANIA Slide show Mort Loveman will present "Papua New Guinea" When, where: 1 p.m. Wednesday at Roxbury Park Community Center, 471 S. Roxbury Drive, Beverly Hills.
NATIONAL
November 22, 2011 | By Alexa Vaughn, Washington Bureau
Legislation that would make it more difficult to cover up the causes of deaths in jails, prisons and private detention centers appears poised to pass Congress after years of unreported abuse, particularly in facilities housing immigration detainees. Last week, the Senate Judiciary Committee approved the Death in Custody Reporting Act, which would make it mandatory for all public and private prisons, jails and boot camps to report deaths and their causes to the Justice Department.
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