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September 18, 2003 | From Associated Press
Guinea-Bissau's elected leader formally ceded power Wednesday before the eyes of envoys from neighboring states, who couldn't coax the military junta into giving up control it grabbed three days before in a bloodless coup. Cheering crowds marched in the capital of this impoverished coastal West African country to celebrate President Koumba Yala's overthrow. He had become deeply unpopular in his 3 1/2 years in office, presiding over a government so poor it cannot pay its civil servants.
July 14, 1996 | JOHN MUNCIE
ISLANDS IN THE CLOUDS: Travels in the Highlands of New Guinea by Isabella Tree (Lonely Planet, $10.95, paperback). After arriving at a frontier gold mining town, Isabella Tree's traveling companion--a native of New Guinea--looks at the scarred forest around them and says to her: "That's the difference with white people. They have no fear of nature. Look what they're doing. They're taking out the inside of a mountain and slicing its top off." New Guinea is the world's second largest island.
September 28, 1986 | COLMAN ANDREWS
Put down that dish of Haagen-Dazs Chocolate Chocolate Chip? Decline that wedge of Chocolate Decadence? Say "No thanks, Frenchy" to that coupe of mousse au chocolate ? What are you anyway? Some kind of dope fiend?
August 12, 2009 | Associated Press
Rescuers in a helicopter saw no immediate signs of life today amid the wreckage of a chartered plane that crashed while carrying 13 people to a tourist region of Papua New Guinea, the airline said. Papua New Guinea Civil Aviation Authority head Joseph Kintau said the plane was located in "extremely difficult" terrain in a heavily forested mountainous region a day after it disappeared, and it was unclear whether there were survivors. A radio signal had been received and search and rescue officials were attempting to reach the site, Kintau said.
July 4, 1988
Prime Minister Paias Wingti lost a no-confidence motion in Parliament and was replaced by opposition leader Rabbie Namaliu in Papau New Guinea. The lawmakers voted 58 to 50 to oust Wingti, who came to power three years ago. Namaliu, 39, becomes Papua New Guinea's fourth prime minister since it gained independence from Australia in 1975. He took over leadership of the opposition from elder statesman Michael T. Somare, a former prime minister, last Monday.
November 16, 2009 | By Scott Kraft :: reporting from bissau, guinea-bissau
As a senior police official, Edmundo Mendes' job is to arrest the South American cocaine traffickers who use his troubled West African country, with its starry array of remote islands, as a transit point for drug shipments bound for Europe. It hasn't been easy. To demonstrate, Mendes walked a few steps from his office into the gritty mix of smoke and car exhaust in downtown Bissau. He fished a ring of keys from his pocket and made quick work of a rusty padlock. The metal door groaned open to a small courtyard.
May 10, 1985 | Associated Press
A major earthquake was recorded today in the New Britain area of New Guinea, U.S. officials said today. The earthquake was recorded at a preliminary magnitude of 7.0 on the Richter scale and was centered about 400 miles northeast of Port Moresby, according to U.S. Geological Survey earthquake monitors in Golden, Colo. A spokesman said there were no immediate reports of casualties or damage.
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.
June 12, 1998 | Reuters
Guinea-Bissau's state radio said Thursday that the government of President Joao Bernardo Vieira had accepted an offer of mediation by religious and political leaders aimed at avoiding all-out confrontation with rebels in the West African state.
October 13, 1989 | From Reuters
Hundreds of students demonstrated outside Papua New Guinea government offices Thursday to protest plans for one of the country's biggest copper and gold mines to dump waste into a major river. They said the government had signed a death warrant for people living on the river by approving the dumping by the OK Tedi mine. About 20,000 people live in the area.
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