Reviled internationally for gunning down unarmed pro-democracy protesters last month, the military government of Guinea has gained a lifeline - thanks to a USD 7 billion mining deal it says it obtained with a Chinese company. Human rights groups decried the deal while China kept a low profile, not confirming Tuesday's announcement by Guinea, a West African country led by Capt. Moussa "Dadis" Camara who seized power in a coup in December. "There's a real risk that these investments could entrench and embolden and enrich an already abusive government," said Arvind Ganesan, director of Human Rights Watch's Business and Human Rights Program. (AP)

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