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Guinea-Bissau presidential favourite to pursue dialogue with army

The favourite in Guinea-Bissau's presidential election run-off said on Thursday he wants to pursue "ongoing dialogue" with the all-powerful army as the west African nation seeks to recover from a two-year-old coup. Jose Mario Vaz won Sunday's first-round election, which aims to turn the page on years of instability and military violence, but didn't get an outright majority and will face army-backed runner-up Nuno Gomes Nabiam in a second round on May 18.

Guinea-Bissau presidential vote goes to run-off

Guinea-Bissau's presidential election will go to a second round between the main party's candidate and the army-backed hopeful, the election commission said Wednesday, after no one secured a majority in the crunch poll. Jose Mario Vaz of the African Party for the Independence of Guinea-Bissau and Cape Verde (PAIGC) came first in Sunday's ballot with 40.9 percent of the vote while runner-up Nuno Gomes Nabiam garnered 25.1 percent.

Guinea-Bissau presidential vote goes to run-off

Guinea-Bissau's presidential election will go to a second round between the main party's candidate and the army-backed hopeful, the election commission said Wednesday, after no one secured a majority in the crunch poll. Jose Mario Vaz of the African Party for the Independence of Guinea-Bissau and Cape Verde (PAIGC) came first in Sunday's ballot with 40.9 percent of the vote while runner-up Nuno Gomes Nabiam garnered 25.1 percent.

Guinea gold mine collapse kills at least six: local official

CONAKRY (Reuters) - At least six people, including women and children, were killed when a small gold mine in Guinea, West Africa caved in on them, a local official said on Wednesday. The accident happened on Tuesday when some of the group were digging in the mine in the country's remote, mineral-rich Siguiri province when it caved in. Some small mines in the country employ unskilled workers and it is not uncommon for children to be taken in.

US congratulates Guinea-Bissau on 'peaceful' polls

The United States Tuesday praised the holding of successful elections in Guinea-Bissau as an "important step" towards a better future after years of political instability and violence. Almost three-quarters of eligible votes cast their ballots in the watershed polls which were the first to be held in the west African nation since a 2012 military coup. "These elections are an important step toward building a more stable, prosperous, and democratic future for the Bissau-Guinean people," State Department spokeswoman Jen Psaki said.

47 killed in Togo road crash

Forty-seven people died and 15 others were were seriously injured in a collision between a truck and a commercial bus in Talo, a village 185 kilometres (115 miles) north of the Togolese capital Lome, the government said on Tuesday. The accident happened late on Monday when a 56-seat passenger bus collided frontally with the heavy truck, said a statement jointly issued by the ministers of security and transport and read on national television.

Gambia bans flights from Ebola-hit nations

The Gambia has banned flights from Ebola-hit west African countries from landing in its territory, airport officials told AFP on Tuesday. Staff at Banjul International Airport said on condition of anonymity that President Yahya Jammeh had ordered airlines to cancel all flights from Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone in a bid to prevent the spread of the deadly virus. "This decision by the Gambian authorities has left prospective passengers travelling to Banjul ... stranded in these west African countries," said an airport official, speaking on condition of anonymity.

Gambia bans flights from Ebola-hit nations

The Gambia has banned flights from Ebola-hit west African countries from landing in its territory, airport officials told AFP on Tuesday. Staff at Banjul International Airport said on condition of anonymity that President Yahya Jammeh had ordered airlines to cancel all flights from Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone in a bid to prevent the spread of the deadly virus. "This decision by the Gambian authorities has left prospective passengers travelling to Banjul ... stranded in these west African countries," said an airport official, speaking on condition of anonymity.

Gambia bans flights from Ebola-hit nations

The Gambia has banned flights from Ebola-hit west African countries from landing in its territory, airport officials told AFP on Tuesday. Staff at Banjul International Airport said on condition of anonymity that President Yahya Jammeh had ordered airlines to cancel all flights from Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone in a bid to prevent the spread of the deadly virus. "This decision by the Gambian authorities has left prospective passengers travelling to Banjul ... stranded in these west African countries," said an airport official, speaking on condition of anonymity.

Experts hail strong turnout in Guinea-Bissau elections

The people of Guinea-Bissau have voted in large numbers, election officials and analysts said Monday, as the country seeks to turn the page on years of political instability and military violence. Voters went to the polls on Sunday in the first presidential and parliamentary polls in the west African nation since a military coup in 2012. "The numbers are positive. Taking into account the voter turnout in the various polling stations, participation would exceed 70 percent," the commission's president, Augusto Mendes, told reporters.
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