Development experts say Guinea's new mining code may be its best chance to ensure the world's largest supplier of aluminum ore gets a fair share of the profits. The question: will the new law be enforced?
While the identity and motives of the attackers are not clear, Tuesday's attack on the presidential palace comes at a fragile time for a country still reconciling after fractious December elections and a coup d'état.
The nation's mining reforms are poised to set a new precedent for working with foreign investors.
Just five months after a disputed election, United Nations Special Representative to West Africa Said Djinnit says that there are signals that Guinea could slide into prosperity, or something like it.
The Guinea military is hoping to tamp down violence while the country waits for a Supreme Court decision on last week's election results, which have been questioned by the losing candidate.
Guinea is divided by ethnicity, and Conde's opponent is framing his challenge to the presidential election results in ethnic terms. Violence has followed.
Hours before the Guinea election commission announced Alpha Conde as the nation's first democratically elected president in a half-century, rival candidate Cellou Dalein Diallo proclaimed himself winner.
Former President George W. Bush talks with 8-year-old Whitney Grace Dodson as he signs copies of his book, "Decision Points," at a store near his Dallas home.