June 6, 2009 |
Military police killed a government minister who was to be a candidate in presidential elections and two former ministers, accusing them of planning a coup. The killing of Territorial Administration Minister Baciro Dabo, former Defense Minister Helder Proenca and former Prime Minister Faustino Embali deepens a political crisis in the former Portuguese colony three weeks before national elections. The three politicians are the latest victims of a power struggle in the West African country.
March 4, 2009 |
The head of Guinea-Bissau's parliament took the oath of office as president Tuesday, a day after the man who had ruled the coup-prone West African nation for two decades was gunned down inside his villa. A hush fell over the parliament chamber as delegates stood, solemnly observing a moment of silence for President Joao Bernardo Vieira and his long-standing rival, Gen. Batiste Tagme na Waie, the head of the armed forces. The two were assassinated in back-to-back attacks beginning Sunday night.
March 3, 2009 |
Military leaders in Guinea-Bissau pledged to restore order and democracy in the tiny West African nation Monday after the assassination of President Joao Bernardo Vieira by soldiers, just hours after the army chief was killed in a bombing. Vieira and the head of the joint chiefs of staff, Gen. Batiste Tagme na Waie, were fierce rivals, and there was speculation that the president was killed to avenge Waie's death.
January 24, 2009 |
Scientists have found further evidence that prehistoric humans populated Australia and New Guinea roughly 25,000 years before they migrated to the neighboring islands of Melanesia. Call it a gut feeling. The new evidence comes from the DNA of Helicobacter pylori, a parasite that makes its home in the human gastrointestinal tract. People who live in developing countries without access to modern medicines are most likely to harbor the bacterium, which can cause ulcers and stomach cancer.
January 8, 2009 |
Alarmed by the rise in Latin American drug traffic in West Africa, nations including Colombia, Brazil and the United States are establishing or increasing their police presence in that unstable region. Racked by internal strife that has left them poor, crime-ridden and institutionally weak, several West African nations in recent years have become key transit hubs for Colombian, Peruvian and Bolivian cocaine headed to Europe. In an interview last week, Colombian National Police commander Gen.
December 30, 2008 |
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.
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 27, 2008 |
Tens of thousands of loyalists Friday mourned the death of the dictator who ruled Guinea for nearly a quarter of a century, lining the roads to the palace grounds where he was interred. Lansana Conte, who took power in 1984, was the only leader many Guineans had ever known. Though he was widely seen as corrupt and authoritarian, many regarded stability under him as preferable to the bloody civil wars elsewhere in West Africa.