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June 14, 2009 | TIMES WIRE REPORTS
Guinea's new military leaders have accused the former heads of the army and navy of drug trafficking, the latest charges the junta has made against officers in senior positions under the former regime. State television showed officers, including former army chief Gen. Diarra Camara and former navy head Adm. Aly Daffe, being bundled into vehicles by armed soldiers. "These officers are accused of having taken part in the drugs trade. It is now up to the courts to decide their fate," said Capt.
March 4, 2009 | Associated Press
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 | Robyn Dixon
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 | Karen Kaplan
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 | Chris Kraul
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 | 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.
December 28, 2008 | Times Wire Reports
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.
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