Rivers of Hope

  • Men stand and watch as a fire rages in the background during clashes between rival gangs in Marche Madina, in Conakry March 1, 2013. REUTERS/Saliou Samb

    View PhotoReuters/Reuters – Men stand and watch as a fire rages in the background during clashes between rival gangs in Marche Madina, in Conakry March 1, 2013. REUTERS/Saliou Samb

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CONAKRY (Reuters) – Guinean President Alpha Conde appealed for calm on Friday after rival ethnic gangs fought with knives and truncheons in the capital in a third day of violence over an upcoming election in the volatile West African nation.

Security forces in full anti-riot gear took to the streets of the crumbling seaside capital Conakry to try to stem violence in which at least 65 people were injured, according to a statement from the presidency.

“All sides must avoid provocation, personal vengeance and taking justice into their own hands,” Conde said in a televised address to the nation.

“I ask religious leaders…

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