The coup in Guinea earlier this month has given the country an unexpected windfall. Political uncertainty has pushed up the value of its bauxite reserves. The ore is used to produce aluminum and companies are setting up large-scale operations to cash in. Al Jazeera’s Ahmed Idris reports from Conakry, Guinea.
American military officials have denounced the ouster of a president in West Africa, and said they had no warning of what their students were planning. American Green Berets were training local forces in the West African nation of Guinea last weekend when their charges peeled away for a mission not listed in any military trainingContinue reading “U.S. Forces Were Training the Guinean Soldiers Who Took Off to Stage a Coup”
A Guinean army colonel seized control of state television Sunday and declared that President Alpha Conde’s government had been dissolved and the West African nation’s borders closed, an announcement that came after hours of heavy gunfire erupted near the presidential palace. The dramatic developments Sunday bore all the hallmarks of a West African coup d’etat.Continue reading “Army colonel on Guinean TV says govt dissolved, borders shut”
A Chinese-backed consortium building infrastructure for a massive iron ore mine in Guinea started blasting a railway tunnel in a habitat for a critically endangered chimpanzee species with no plan in place to manage the impact on the animals, company and government statements and satellite imagery show. The consortium is developing the mine in theContinue reading “EXCLUSIVE: Guinea rail builders blast in chimp habitat, no plan to protect apes”
A Chinese official has openly declared that Beijing has singled out Australia for economic punishment, saying the federal government cannot profit from China while “smearing” it. China’s government has hit several Australian industries with economic sanctions, imposing hefty tariffs on Australian barley and wine exports while throwing up barriers to several other products including timber,Continue reading “Chinese official declares Beijing has targeted Australian goods as economic punishment”
A top Guinea health official said Sunday that the country has plunged into an Ebola “epidemic situation” with seven cases confirmed in the West African nation, including three deaths. “Very early this morning, the Conakry laboratory confirmed the presence of the Ebola virus,” Sakoba Keita said after an emergency meeting in the capital. Health MinisterContinue reading “Guinea faces Ebola ‘epidemic’, health chief says”