October 24, 2013 |
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.
December 23, 2008 |
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.
December 28, 2008 |
The leader of Guinea's coup declared a zero-tolerance policy on corruption, warning that anyone who embezzles state funds will be executed. "For the person who embezzles money, there won't be a trial. They'll be killed," Capt. Moussa Camara said as the crowd went wild. "I was born in a hut. I walked to school. . . . Money means nothing to me." Guinea is the world's largest producer of bauxite, the raw material used to make aluminum, and also produces diamonds and gold. Yet its mineral wealth has enriched only the country's longtime ruling clique.
December 22, 2003 |
Guinea's ailing leader appeared to be headed for easy victory in a presidential race that was boycotted by the opposition. Victory would give Lansana Conte, who has ruled the West African nation since a 1984 coup, another seven years in power. Opposition parties refused to participate. "This is a farce.... It's not an election," said Sidia Toure, an opposition leader and former prime minister. Conte, 69, suffers from a severe stomach ulcer and diabetes.
September 4, 2008 |
The bodies of 13 people were found aboard a packed migrant boat near one of Spain's Canary Islands, the Interior Ministry said. Coastal guards spotted the boat with 46 survivors, and it was escorted to Puerto de Arguineguin on the south of Gran Canaria Island, the ministry said. It said the boat had sailed from Guinea. Every year thousands of Africans looking for a better life in Europe attempt treacherous journeys in overcrowded boats.
February 13, 2007 |
President Lansana Conte declared a state of emergency in Guinea, saying he had ordered the army to "take all necessary measures" to restore order after three days of violent protests. At least 27 people have been killed. The West African country's major trade unions called for Conte to step down. The violence started Saturday after Conte appointed a close ally prime minister. The move angered many, who said he had sidestepped a power-sharing agreement.
June 13, 2006 |
Students infuriated by a postponement of exams protested in Guinea's capital and another city, with some throwing rocks and burning tires. The Red Cross said six people were killed. Carrying signs and placards, the high school students and their supporters halted traffic in the capital, Conakry, as they blamed the government for failing to plan for exams, which have been delayed because their teachers were on strike.
October 10, 2004 |
A West African teenager is awaiting a judge's ruling on his request for asylum in the United States after a lengthy hearing that involved a mountain of evidence and questioning that critics called absurd. Malik Jarno says he will be persecuted if he is returned to Guinea. The government opposes the asylum request but immigration reform advocates say his case is emblematic of the difficulties faced by an estimated 5,000 children who enter the country unaccompanied each year.
January 2, 2008 |
Two sailors were found dead in a hotel room in the West African nation of Ghana, the U.S. Navy said. It said the circumstances surrounding the deaths and the cause were not immediately clear. The sailors, whose identities had not been released, were stationed aboard the dock landing ship Fort McHenry, which is on a seven-month voyage through the Gulf of Guinea aimed in part at training local militaries in maritime security. They were found dead in their room at a hotel in Tema, where they had taken time off, the Navy said in a statement
February 14, 2007 |
Guinea's military enforced draconian martial law measures across the West African nation, quashing protests and arresting people who broke curfew to halt a revolt against President Lansana Conte. At least two people were killed in the northern town of Labe when soldiers opened fire on protesters, witnesses said. The U.S. government said it would airlift some American citizens out of the riot-torn country.