The almanac

UPI Almanac for Monday, Dec. 23, 2013.
By United Press International

Israeli tycoon center of probe in $2.5B Guinea mining deal

CONAKRY, Guinea, Sept. 5 (UPI) -- An international investigation into a conglomerate controlled by Israeli billionaire Beny Steinmetz and a deal involving a mountain of iron worth $10 billion in Guinea has spread.

The almanac

UPI Almanac for Sunday, Dec. 23, 2012.
By United Press International

Guinea sparks showdown over mineral riches

CONAKRY, Guinea, Nov. 15 (UPI) -- The head of the Treasury in the Guinea has been assassinated amid a looming showdown over the West African country's fabled mineral riches.

The almanac

UPI Almanac for Friday, Dec. 23, 2011.
By United Press International

Guinea coup leaders to meet envoys

CONAKRY, Guinea, Dec. 27 (UPI) -- The new ruling military junta in Guinea says it will hold talks with foreign envoys to explain its coup and to reassure the international community.

Civilians say they still rule in Guinea

CONAKRY, Guinea, Dec. 23 (UPI) -- The Guinean prime minister said Tuesday that his government is still running the country after the death of the president and an attempted military coup.

Guinean soldiers riot over low pay

CONAKRY, Guinea, May 13 (UPI) -- Six people died in rioting as angry soldiers in Guinea protested low wages and poor housing, it was reported Sunday.

Military in control of Guinea after deaths

CONAKRY, Guinea, Feb. 14 (UPI) -- The deaths of 23 people in a recent series of demonstrations in the African nation of Guinea have led to the president declaring martial law.

Guinea president declares 'state of siege'

CONAKRY, Guinea, Feb. 13 (UPI) -- President Lansana Conte of Guinea declared a "state of siege" in the country following three days of violent protests that lead to multiple deaths.

20 said killed in Guinea strike

CONAKRY, Guinea, Jan. 22 (UPI) -- More than 20 people were killed in Guinea Monday as police opened fire on crowds in the most violent day of an anti-president strike, witnesses say.

U.N. links Liberian Taylor to Guinea coup

FREETOWN, Sierra Leone, May 3 (UPI) -- A United Nations official has implicated ousted and exiled Liberian leader Chares Taylor in January's coup attempt against the government of Guinea.

Guinea election protested as fraud

CONAKRY, Guinea, Dec. 26 (UPI) -- Few doubted the president of Guinea would win by a landslide, and just as few believed it was anything but a fraud when the results were announced Friday.

Voting light in Guinea elections

CONAKRY, Guinea, Dec. 21 (UPI) -- Voters in the west African nation of Guinea stayed away from the polls in droves Sunday leaving incumbent President Lansana Conte expected to win handily.

Guinean soldiers detained before election

CONAKRY, Guinea, Dec. 3 (UPI) -- The government of Guinea is rounding up dozens of soldiers in advance of the country's elections, a U.N. report said Wednesday.

Lansana Conté (c. 1934 – 22 December 2008) was the President of Guinea from 3 April 1984 until his death. He was a Muslim and a member of the Susu ethnic group.

Born in Moussayah Loumbaya (Dubréka), a member of the Susu people, he estimated his birthdate to be 1934, although he never knew exactly. Conté was educated at a local Quranic school and attended Dubréka primary school. He then went on to study at military preparatory schools in Bingerville, Côte d'Ivoire and Saint Louis, Senegal.

In 1955, he enlisted in the French army and was posted to Algeria during the war of independence in 1957. After his service in the French Army, Conté returned to Guinea, which became independent from France on 2 October 1958, and was integrated into the new army with the rank of sergeant. In 1962, he attended the Camp Alpha officer's school in Conakry. Soon after, he was transferred to the 2nd Battalion artillery-training center in Kindia. On 1 July 1963, he was promoted to Second Lieutenant. This was followed two years later by another promotion from Second Lieutenant to Lieutenant. On 22 November 1970, a group of Guinean exiles invaded the country from Portuguese Guinea (now Guinea-Bissau) in an apparent attempt to overthrow the government of President Ahmed Sékou Touré. Conté participated in operations to defend the capital and government forces soon suppressed the invasion. For his service to the nation, he was promoted to the rank of Captain on 27 February 1971. In 1973, he was named commander of the Boké operational zone (in Northwestern Guinea) to assist the pro-independence guerrilla movement, African Party for the Independence of Guinea and Cape Verde (PAIGC) in neighboring Portuguese Guinea. On 10 May 1975, he was named assistant Chief of Staff of the army.

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