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Guinea’s coup leader Col Mamady Doumbouya sworn in as interim president

Guinea’s coup leader Col Mamady Doumbouya was sworn in as the country’s interim president after leading a coup which saw the overthrow of Alpha Condé. The former French legionnaire, 41, becomes Africa’s second-youngest leader, after Mali’s Assimi Goïta, 38, who also staged a military takeover. Col Doumbouya is barred from contesting future elections under plans to […]

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West Africa bloc sanctions Guinea and Mali over coups

West Africa’s main regional bloc has imposed sanctions against the military government in Guinea and those slowing Mali’s post-coup transition. The move on Thursday was agreed at an emergency summit of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) in Accra to respond to last week’s putsch in Guinea and perceived slow progress towards constitutional […]

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155 contacts of man who died of Marburg Ebola-like virus in Guinea traced and told to self isolate

Health officials in Guinea are monitoring 155 people they fear may have caught a deadly Ebola-like disease. One man has already died from Marburg virus, prompting a desperate scramble to find everyone he came into contact with. All of the people he met have now been traced and told to self-isolate. They are also being […]

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Marburg Virus: Rare Ebola-like virus found in Guinea, the first in West Africa

A patient with the rare, but highly infectious Marburg virus disease has died in Guinea, according to a World Health Organization (WHO) statement. It’s the first case of the Ebola-like virus in West Africa. Samples of the virus, which causes hemorrhagic fever, were taken from the patient in Gueckedou. The statement added that the detection […]

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Guinea declares end to second Ebola outbreak that infected 16, killed 12

The Ebola outbreak which started in Guinea in February, infecting 16 people and killing 12, has been declared over, the West African country’s health ministry and the World Health Organization (WHO) said on Saturday. “I have the honour of declaring the end of Ebola” in Guinea, WHO official Alfred Ki-Zerbo said at a ceremony in […]

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Guinea: Recent Ebola outbreak was from man who survived epidemic 5 years ago, scientists investigate

Health officials are investigating if the current Ebola outbreak in Guinea may have been triggered by a person who was first infected with the virus during the Ebola epidemic in the region five years ago. This would suggest infections may persist once people recover and have the potential to start a future outbreak. The World […]

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Guinea declares fresh Ebola outbreak

The Republic of Guinea declared a new Ebola outbreak on Sunday when tests came back positive for the virus after three people died and four fell ill in the southeast. This was the first resurgence of the disease there since the world’s worst outbreak in 2013-2016. The patients fell ill with diarrhoea, vomiting and bleeding […]

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Turkish crew kidnapped by pirates in the Gulf of Guinea freed

Turkish crew kidnapped by pirates last month in the Gulf of Guinea have been freed, Turkish media reported on Friday. Private NTV television said 15 crew members were brought to Nigeria where they are undergoing health checks. They will be brought to Turkey from Abuja, the Turkish foreign ministry said. This wasn’t a political kidnapping. […]

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10 dead in clashes over presidential election results in Guinea’s capital Conakry

Ten people were killed in Guinea’s capital Conakry in clashes between security forces and opposition supporters after a tense presidential election with results showing President Alpha Conde in the lead. Among the 10 dead were two policemen. Guinea’s security ministry announced the death toll on Wednesday following last weekend’s vote. “This strategy of chaos [was] […]