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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...

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...


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snash
  • To talk saucily.
  • Insolent, opprobrious language; impertinent abuse.
This word is Scots in origin and probably imitative.