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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.

Grief-stricken Edmonton family gets message of sympathy from Guinea

EDMONTON - A family grieving the death of a husband and father who was stabbed during a rampage at an Edmonton grocery warehouse has received condolences from government officials in the West African country of Guinea. Thierno Bah, 41, was originally from Guinea and had only been in Alberta with his wife and four young children for a few months when he died along with Fitzroy Harris, 50, on Friday.

Trainee policeman, protester killed in Guinea riots

At least two people including a trainee policeman were killed and 33 wounded as residents angry at power shortages rioted in the Guinean capital Conakry on Tuesday, security sources and witnesses told AFP. The officer was struck by a stone and beaten to death by a mob as he fell from a pick-up truck while a protester died when he was hit accidentally by a police car, force spokesman Mamadou Alpha Barry told AFP.

Guinea president criticised over 'closed' new government

Guinea's President Alpha Conde was criticised Tuesday for appointing a government described by opposition activists and analysts as stuffed with apolitical technocrats who would offer no dissent. Conde issued a decree on Monday forming a new administration that kept in place his prime minister and more than half the cabinet but excluded any opposition figures. "This is a government which is closed in on itself... It is not a government of development or openness," said Aboubacar Sylla, a spokesman for the opposition.

Guinea president decrees new government

Guinea's President Alpha Conde late Monday issued a decree forming a new government keeping in place his prime minister and over half the cabinet members, but excluding any opposition figures. Prime Minister Mohamed Said Fofana -- who was reinstated on Saturday despite resigning just three days earlier -- will continue to head the 34-minister government, the decree said.

Guinea government resigns to make way for democratic regime

Guinea's prime minister and government resigned on Wednesday as part of a transition to a new regime following the first parliamentary elections in more than a decade, a statement from President Alpha Conde's office said. The move, which had been widely expected as part of the west African nation's return to democracy following years of unrest, comes two days after the newly-elected national assembly opened for business.

Guinea government resigns

Guinea's prime minister stepped down and handed in the resignation of his cabinet on Wednesday as part of a transition to a new government after elections, a statement from the office of President Alpha Conde said. Guineans had been expecting the move after Conde referred to the formation of a new government in his New Year speech. "I have just presented the resignation of my government to the president of the republic... He thanked the members of the government for all their efforts during these three years," Mohamed Said Fofana was quoted as saying.

Guinea government resigns

Guinean Prime Minister Mohamed Said Fofana handed in the resignation of the entire government on Wednesday after three years in power, a statement from the office of President Alpha Conde said. "I have just presented the resignation of my government to the president of the republic...He thanked the members of the government for all their efforts during these three years," Fofana was quoted as saying. bur-cs/ft/dh

Guinea opposition says it will take its place in parliament

Guinea's opposition said on Thursday it would take its place in the new national assembly despite contesting the results of the west African nation's parliamentary elections. President Alpha Conde's Rally of the Guinean People and its allies won an absolute majority of 58 seats in the 114-member parliament but the September 28 polls came under heavy criticism from opposition parties, which won a total of 53 seats.

At least 12 dead in Guinea goldmine collapse: security source

At least 12 illegal miners have been killed and several are missing after a landslide at a goldmine in northeastern Guinea, a security source and locals said on Thursday. The collapse happened Tuesday night near the city of Siguiri, a member of the security forces told AFP. The mine was owned by a Guinean company, the ministry that oversees Guinea's mines said.
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