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.
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.
November 24, 2008 |
President Joao Bernardo Vieira survived an apparent coup attempt Sunday in this West African nation after guards at his heavily fortified home fought off mutinous soldiers in a three-hour gun battle, Interior Minister Cipriano Cassama said. The attack began with heavy artillery fire on the home. Though Vieira and his wife were not hurt, at least one guard died and several others were injured, Cassama said.
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.
May 4, 2008 |
More than 30 prisoners escaped from a jail in Nzerekore by using spoons to scoop a hole in the baked earth wall of their prison building, which had been softened by rain, prison authorities in the African nation said. "They used their sheets and shirts to make a rope to climb down the right wall of the jail," an official said.
April 6, 2008 |
For 5,000 years, great tongues of ice have spread over the 3-mile-high slopes of Puncak Jaya, in the most remote reaches of this remote tropical island. Now those glaciers are melting, and Lonnie Thompson must get there before they're gone. To the American glaciologist, the ancient ice is a vanishing "archive" of the story of El Nino, the equatorial phenomenon driving much of the world's climate. More than that, the little-explored glaciers are a last unknown for a mountaineering scientist who for three decades has circled the planet pioneering the deep-drilling of ice cores, both to chronicle the history of climate and to bear witness to the death of tropical glaciers from global warming.
March 23, 2008 |
The Japanese fighter caught the American pilot from behind, riddling his plane with machine-gun rounds. The left engine burst into flames. It was time to bail out. He yanked the release lever but the cockpit canopy only half-opened. He unbuckled his seat belt, rose to shake the canopy loose and was instantly sucked out. Swinging beneath his open parachute, he plunged toward a Pacific island jungle of thick, towering eucalyptus trees, crocodile rivers and headhunters, into enemy territory, and into an unimagined future as a hero, "Suara Auru," Chief Warrior, to generations of islanders yet unborn.
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