Latest Bissau Stories

2008-10-24 13:25:49

United Nations agencies said on Friday that a dangerous cholera epidemic is spreading quickly in Guinea-Bissau, where campaigning for an upcoming election could put even more people at risk. So far this year, some 12,225 people in the West African state have caught cholera and 201 have died, raising fears among aid workers that the water-borne disease could resurge on the devastating scale seen in 2005. More than 1,000 people were getting infected each month in Guinea-Bissau, with the capital...

2008-09-15 12:00:30

Rocksource has signed a farm-in agreement with Ophir Energy, allowing Rocksource to complete a staged entry into the production sharing contract covering the deepwater area administered by the Agence de Gestion et de Cooperation entre la Guinee-Bissau et le Senegal. The Agence de Gestion et de Cooperation entre la Guinee-Bissau et le Senegal (AGC) Profond production sharing contract (PSC) covers an offshore block which straddles the Senegal and Guinea Bissau border and has water depths...

2006-08-10 05:01:05

By Pascal Fletcher DAKAR (Reuters) - As the world wonders about Fidel Castro's health, Africa remembers him as the foreign leader who most invested his personal effort -- and Cuban lives -- to help end colonialism and apartheid. Throughout the veteran Comandante's 47-year rule, the world's poorest continent has loomed large in his global outlook and it was the scene of his most ambitious overseas adventures. From the deserts of Algeria and Ethiopia to the jungles of Guinea Bissau...

2006-03-19 10:57:22

By Alberto Dabo SAO DOMINGOS, Guinea Bissau (Reuters) - Guinea Bissau troops used rockets and mortars at the weekend to bombard southern Senegal separatist rebels in a border zone, killing at least one of the rebels, an officer said on Sunday. Four Guinea Bissau troops were also injured in the clashes, which have raged for several days around Sao Domingos town near the frontier with Senegal's southern Casamance region, where rebels have fought a low-intensity separatist war for...

2005-09-21 17:02:09

BISSAU (Reuters) - The death toll from a cholera outbreak in Guinea-Bissau is approaching 300 and more than 4,000 new cases have been reported this month alone, the Health Ministry said on Wednesday. The tiny West African state was the worst hit by a region-wide cholera epidemic after months of heavy rains triggered outbreaks of the waterborne disease by flooding latrines and contaminating wells. "There have been 15,776 registered cases, including 288 deaths," Tome Ca, a health...

2005-08-25 07:12:17

By Rose Skelton BISSAU (Reuters) - Exhaling a plume of marijuana smoke while perched on the only chair in his shack, self-styled "combat musician" Bob Tones looks an unlikely candidate for the job of keeping Guinea-Bissau's politicians in check. "They have to know that we're still here," said Tones, who was dressed in military-style fatigues, army boots and a red, yellow and green "Rasta" woolen cap. The singer is one of a group of artists who sing in defense of democracy and...

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'Attercop' comes from the Old English 'atorcoppe,' where 'atter' means 'poison, venom' and‎ 'cop' means 'spider.' 'Coppa' is a derivative of 'cop,' top, summit, round head, or 'copp,' cup, vessel, which refers to 'the supposed venomous properties of spiders,' says the OED. 'Copp' is still found in the word 'cobweb.'