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2005-07-31 11:06:42

BISSAU (Reuters) - Cholera has killed 58 people in Guinea-Bissau since the middle of June and infected more than 4,000 others, with the disease spreading through islands off its Atlantic coast, a health ministry official said on Sunday. "There have been around 70 cases of cholera declared every day in the Simao Mendes hospital in (the capital) Bissau since the outbreak started on June 11," the official said, declining to be named. The disease -- an intestinal infection spread by...

2005-07-24 08:38:44

By Alberto Dabo BISSAU (Reuters) - Guinea-Bissau voted on Sunday in an election that has raised hopes of a new era of democratic rule following a putsch two years ago but which has also sparked fears of violence in the coup-prone West African country. Rival presidential candidates made final appeals to voters on Friday, both promising to lay to rest years of instability in former the Portuguese colony of 1.4 million people. An attack on the Interior Ministry last week underscored...

2005-07-16 08:42:22

(Corrects 8th paragraph to say 40,000 euros) BISSAU (Reuters) - Unidentified gunmen attacked Guinea-Bissau's interior ministry on Saturday, killing a policeman and wounding two of his colleagues, a senior security official said. Security forces repelled the attack, which took place shortly before 0600 GMT, and four of the assailants were arrested, the deputy director of state security told reporters. "There was an exchange of fire with loyalist forces who were inside the ministry," Abdu...

2005-07-16 08:54:15

BISSAU (Reuters) - Unidentified gunmen attacked Guinea-Bissau's interior ministry on Saturday, killing a policeman and wounding two of his colleagues, a senior security official said. Security forces repelled the attack, which took place shortly before 0600 GMT, and four of the assailants were arrested, the deputy director of state security told reporters. "There was an exchange of fire with loyalist forces who were inside the ministry," Abdu Camara said. The former Portuguese colony...

2005-07-15 07:06:51

By Diadie Ba BISSAU (Reuters) - While many African leaders opt for canes, batons or even fly whisks as symbols of authority, the former president of Guinea-Bissau insisted on a red woolen cap despite the tropical sunshine. Many in the former Portuguese colony cheered the end of Kumba Yala's rule when he was overthrown by the army in 2003, hoping that promised elections would deliver a less eccentric president to rescue them from deepening poverty. With the tiny West African country due to...


Word of the Day
kenspeckle
  • Having so marked an appearance as easily to be recognized.
This word may come from the Swedish 'kanspak,' quick at recognizing persons or things, or else from confusion with 'conspicuous.'