U.S. Forces Were Training the Guinean Soldiers Who Took Off to Stage a Coup

American military officials have denounced the ouster of a president in West Africa, and said they had no warning of what their students were planning.

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Special Forces Colonel Stages Coup in Guinea

Heavy gunfire was heard in Conakry, the West African country’s capital, on Sunday, and then a colonel announced on state television that he’d suspended the Constitution.

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Ebola Survivor Infected Years Ago May Have Started New Outbreak

Genetic sequencing of virus samples from patients in Guinea suggest that the new outbreak is a continuation of the 2014-16 epidemic.

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How a Dancer, Drummer and Polio Survivor Spends His Sundays

At 14, Sidiki Conde was paralyzed from the disease in Guinea. Now he’s an artist living in Manhattan.

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Ebola outbreak erupts in Guinea as cases tick up in the DRC

Health care workers wearing personal protective equipment stand in a tent with patient beds at an Ebola Treatment Center in Coyah, Guinea, on Thursday, Sept. 10, 2015.

Enlarge / Health care workers wearing personal protective equipment stand in a tent with patient beds at an Ebola Treatment Center in Coyah, Guinea, on Thursday, Sept. 10, 2015. (credit: Getty | Bloomberg)

Two unrelated Ebola outbreaks have erupted in two countries that have already faced some of the worst of the deadly viral disease.

Health officials in Guinea on Sunday declared an Ebola outbreak in Gouéké in N’Zerekore prefecture, located in the southeast area of the country. Officials have linked seven people to the outbreak so far, including three deaths. Six people fell ill with an Ebola-like illness after attending a funeral. Three of those cases have been confirmed, and two of the six have died.

The outbreak marks the first time Ebola has been found in Guinea since 2016, when the largest Ebola outbreak ever recorded ended. The outbreak, which spanned 2014 to 2016, tallied more than 28,600 cases and over 11,000 deaths. Guinea was one of the three hardest-hit countries in the outbreak.

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Guinea Declares Ebola Outbreak With at Least 3 Deaths

Health officials promised rapid delivery of vaccines and other epidemic-fighting measures after confirming seven cases in the country’s southeast.

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Beny Steinmetz, a Mining Magnate, Found Guilty in Swiss Corruption Trial

Mr. Steinmetz, a French-Israeli businessman, was convicted on charges of corrupting foreign public officials in a bid to reap iron ore resources in Guinea. He was sentenced to five years in prison.

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New Bat Species With Orangutan Hue Discovered in West Africa

Scientists hope the rare discovery could be a catalyst for conserving the region’s biodiversity.

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The Deadliness of the 2014 Ebola Outbreak Was Not Inevitable

In “Fevers, Feuds, and Diamonds,” the public health expert Paul Farmer examines the structural and historical inequalities that led to Ebola’s devastating toll.

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With Elections Ahead, Some African Presidents Try Engineering Results

Presidential elections are scheduled soon in at least 10 African countries. Many incumbents are changing constitutions and bending rules to ensure they stay in power.

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