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Gabon president to speak publicly for first time since stroke

Dec 27, 2018 - 5:37 PM

Gabon President Ali Bongo is set to deliver his speech on New Year's Day, almost 3 months after he suffered from stroke

ILL. Gabon leader Ali Bongo is set to deliver a speech on New Year's Day. File Photo from Twitter

Pro-hunting nations block whale sanctuary bid

Sep 12, 2018 - 3:37 PM

Pro-whaling Japan has voted against the project, backed by commercial whaling states Iceland and Norway, as well as Russia

RESEARCH. This undated handout picture released from the Instutute of Cetacean Research on November 18, 2014 shows a minke whale on the deck of a whaling ship for research whaling at Antarctic Ocean. Photo from The Institute of Cetacean Research / AFP

Gabon's unique 'orange crocodiles' intrigue scientists

Jun 28, 2018 - 9:52 PM

'When I approached with the torch in the cave, I saw red eyes... crocodiles!' said geo-archaeologist Richard Oslisly. It was only two years later when they hauled one out into the light that they realized it was orange.

PRIZE CATCH. In this photograph taken on August 11, 2010, a scientist carries an orange cave crocodile captured from caves in Abanda in the Ogooue-Maritime, in the south-west of Gabon. Photo by Olivier Testa/AFP

World Health Organization certifies Gabon as polio-free

Dec 16, 2017 - 8:07 PM

The World Health Organization, nonetheless recommends taking the necessary steps to continue monitoring for possible signs of the disease

Gabon students angry at sex-for-grades pressure

Oct 22, 2017 - 6:47 PM

Female students at Libreville's Omar Bongo University have followed the saga of sexual harassment surrounding Hollywood mogul Harvey Weinstein

HARASSMENT. Some students from Gabon, Africa are coerced to give sexual favors in exchange of better grades.

11 central African nations back DR Congo deal

Dec 01, 2016 - 8:38 AM

Eleven countries urge the Democratic Republic of Congo s opposition to back a deal that could keep its president in office far beyond his official mandate

Gabonese President Ali Bongo Ondimba (C) delivers a speech during the 8th extraordinary summit of the Economic Community of Central African States (CEEAC) on November 30, 2016 in Libreville. Joel Tatou/AFP

Ali Bongo to be sworn in as Gabon president Tuesday

Sep 26, 2016 - 10:49 PM

Jean Ping Bongo s main election rival lashes the court s ruling to dismiss claims of vote fraud as a miscarriage of justice declaring himself president elect

THE GABON PRESIDENCY. Gabonese opposition leader Jean Ping (L) flanked by opponents Casimir Oye Mba (2L) and Zacharie Myboto (C) speaks to supporters during a press conference on September 24, 2016 in Libreville. Photo by Samir Tounsi/AFP

Heavy security in tense Gabon after Bongo re-election validated

Sep 24, 2016 - 9:15 AM

3rd UPDATE The court while partially changing the results of the close August 27 vote says President Ali Bongo maintained a lead over his former ally turned opponent Jean Ping

COURT DECISION. The legal team representing incumbent Gabonese President Ali Bongo Ondimba attend a hearing at the Constitutional Court in Libreville on September 22, 2016. Photo by Steve Jordan/AFP

Electoral fraud in Africa getting trickier – experts

Sep 04, 2016 - 11:57 AM

Experts say electoral fraud in Africa is becoming harder thanks to civil society vigilance and spread of mobile technology

A South African woman casts her ballot at a voting station for the municipal elections in Atteridgeville, west of Pretoria, on August 3, 2016. Herman Verwey/AFP

Clashes leave two more dead in crisis-hit Gabon

Sep 02, 2016 - 12:26 AM

UPDATED Bongo s government presses a fierce crackdown with security forces rounding up around 1 000 people nationwide since riots first swept across the capital Libreville on Wednesday

GABON'S PRESIDENT. Gabon's President Ali Bongo Ondimba delivers a speech during a press conference on September 1, 2016. Photo by Marco Longari/AFP

Gabon parliament set ablaze after Bongo declared winner

Sep 01, 2016 - 8:37 AM

As gunfire crackled across the city at least 6 people were admitted to hospital with bullet wounds

IN FLAMES. The flash of an explosion is pictured amid flames and smoke billowing from the National Assembly building in Libreville after it was set ablaze on August 31, 2016 by demonstrators protesting after Gabon's president Ali Bongo was declared winner of last weekend's contested election. Marco Longari/AFP

Gabon opposition chief claims election victory

Aug 29, 2016 - 9:30 AM

The official tally of votes will not be published until Tuesday August 30 and some voters voiced fears of a repeat of the violence seen after a disputed 2009 election

Gabonese opposition leader Jean Ping arrives at his party headquarters in Libreville on August 28, 2016. Marco Longari/AFP

Number of Ebola cases nears 10,000

Oct 23, 2014 - 4:39 PM

With experts warning the rate of infections could reach 10 000 a week by early December researchers around the world are scrambling to beat the tropical fever

A health workers in protective suit puts glasses on, on October 1, 2014 at MSF's (Doctors Without Borders) Ebola treatment center in Monrovia. Pascal Guyot/AFP

Cuba sends more doctors to Ebola-hit west Africa

Oct 23, 2014 - 9:02 AM

The death toll from the outbreak nears 4 900 and countries race to get experimental vaccines ready for real world use

TO THE FRONTLINE. The first members of a team of 165 Cuban doctors and health workers unload boxes of medicines and medical material from a plane upon their arrival at Freetown's airport to help the fight against Ebola in Sierra Leone, on October 2, 2014. Florian Plaucheur/AFP

Solar eclipse sweeps Africa, Europe and US

Nov 04, 2013 - 10:17 AM

A total eclipse could be seen over parts of Africa and one of the best views was in northern Kenya s Sibiloi national park

SOLAR ECLIPSE. A partial solar eclipse is seen behind the Haram el-Sharif (the Noble Sanctuary), or the Temple Mount, with the golden Dome of the Rock in the Old City of Jerusalem, Israel, 03 November 2013. EPA/Abir Sultan

Gabon says 11,000 elephants killed since 2004

Feb 07, 2013 - 11:21 AM

More than 11 000 elephants in Gabon have been killed by poachers since 2004 despite ramped up security measures to try to stop the slaughter wildlife officials said Wednesday