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A country of western Africa on the Atlantic Ocean. Populated by Fulani, Malinke, and other West African peoples, it was first visited by the Portuguese in the 1400s and later became a Portuguese colony (1879). After more than ten years of fighting by secessionist guerrillas, the country achieved independence in 1974. Bissau is the capital and the largest city.


(Placename) a republic in West Africa, on the Atlantic: first discovered by the Portuguese in 1446 and of subsequent importance in the slave trade; made a colony in 1879; became an independent republic in 1974. Official language: Portuguese; Cape Verde creole is widely spoken. Religion: animist majority and Muslim. Currency: franc. Capital: Bissau. Pop: 1 660 870 (2013 est). Area: 36 125 sq km (13 948 sq miles). Former name (until 1974): Portuguese Guinea


a republic on the W coast of Africa, between Guinea and Senegal: formerly a Portuguese overseas province; gained independence in 1974. 1,234,555; 13,948 sq. mi. (36,125 sq. km). Cap.: Bissau. Formerly, Portuguese Guinea.
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Noun1.Guinea-Bissau - a republic on the northwestern coast of AfricaGuinea-Bissau - a republic on the northwestern coast of Africa; recognized as independent by Portugal in 1974
Bissau, capital of Guinea-Bissau - the capital of Guinea-Bissau
Africa - the second largest continent; located to the south of Europe and bordered to the west by the South Atlantic and to the east by the Indian Ocean


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THE 52nd ECOWAS Heads of State and Government summit opened in Abuja on Saturday as leaders discuss Morocco's membership of the bloc and the security situation in Guinea Bissau.
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A TAP-Air Portugal crew was compelled by a senior member of the transitional authorities of Guinea Bissau, accompanied by military personnel, to carry 74 presumed Syrian nationals with illegal passports from Bissau to Lisbon, in complete disregard of international law, her spokesman, Michael Mann, said in a statement late on Friday.
In Guinea Bissau, the head of the national radio, Carlos Gomes Nhafe, a friend of Na Tchuto, told AFP that he had received a phone call from the former navy chief, who told him about the arrest.
government suspended all assistance to Guinea Bissau after the April 2012 coup.
Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, for his part, referred to the friendly and brotherly relations between Iran and Guinea Bissau and called for expansion of cooperation and all-out ties.
The Council of the European Union voiced its concerns over increasing tensions in Mali, Sudan and Guinea Bissau, condemned the coups d'etat that occurred both in Mali, on 22 March, and Guinea-Bissau, on 12 April, and threatened to impose restrictive measures against Guinea-Bissau.