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Gabon fights elephant poachers with hi-tech tracker collars

Libreville - Ever tried to put a GPS real-time tracking collar on a five-tonne animal?

Gabon opposition leader prevented from flying to France

Libreville - Gabon opposition leader Jean Ping was prevented from taking a flight to France late Saturday by security forces who said he needed to stay over a judicial matter, he told AFP.

Gabon opposition leader prevented from flying to France

Libreville - Gabon opposition leader Jean Ping was on Saturday prevented by the security forces from taking a flight to France over a judicial matter, he told AFP.

Gabon arrests dozens in knife attack that wounded two Danes

Libreville - Police in Gabon arrested dozens of people Sunday over a knife attack that wounded two Danish nationals working for National Geographic, apparently in retribution for "US attacks against Muslims," officials said.

Attacker 'shouting Allahu Akbar' wounds two Danes in Gabon

Libreville - Two Danish nationals were wounded Saturday in a knife attack in Gabon's capital apparently committed in retribution for "US attacks against Muslims", a rare assault in a Central African nation that has escaped Islamist violence.

Clashes in northern C. African Republic threaten security plan

Libreville - Plans by Central African Republic's beleaguered government to reassert control in the north of the country were in difficulties on Monday after clashes marred the return of the state's top representative to a key city.

Deadly C. Africa clashes raise genocide fears: UN

Libreville - At least 45 people have been killed in fighting in Central African Republic, aid workers said Tuesday, as the UN said it saw "early signs of a genocide" in the conflict-wracked nation.

Boko Haram suspects killed, tortured in Cameroon custody: Amnesty

Libreville - Cameroon's security forces were on Thursday accused of torturing hundreds of Boko Haram suspects, leading to dozens of deaths, in what Amnesty International said was a war crime.

Via social media, priest recounts horror of Central Africa violence

Libreville - "Heavy gunfire in Zemio. Impossible to go out. They have cut the phones and we can't go out -- it's just too dangerous. So I am posting on Facebook.

Hundreds of civilians killed in C. Africa war crimes: rights group

Libreville - Armed groups in the Central African Republic have killed hundreds of civilians in an unfettered spree of bloodletting, Human Rights Watch (HRW) said Wednesday.

Gabon TV host suspended after Bongo 'death' blunder

Libreville - A newsreader for Gabon state television has been taken off the air after mistakenly announcing the death of President Ali Bongo, the channel said on Saturday.

US troops hunting LRA warlord Kony begin C.Africa pullout

Libreville - US special forces on Wednesday began to pull out from Central Africa, ending a five-year hunt for brutal LRA warlord Joseph Kony, who is wanted for crimes against humanity.

Gabon unveils 'inclusive' government after poll violence

- Gabon's prime minister has unveiled a new cabinet that includes few opposition figures, despite promises by re-elected President Ali Bongo to be more inclusive after disputed elections in August.

Gabon opposition chief calls for sanctions after election loss

Libreville - Gabon's opposition leader on Thursday called for sanctions against regime members he accused of electoral fraud and scorned any idea cooperating with re-elected head of state Ali Bongo.

Ali Bongo sworn in as Gabon president after disputed win

Libreville - Ali Bongo was sworn back in as Gabon's president Tuesday, calling for unity after a disputed election win that sparked deadly unrest and revealed deep divisions in the oil-rich country.

Gabon opposition chief slams election court ruling

Libreville - Opposition leader Jean Ping on Saturday lashed a decision by Gabon's top court to validate President Ali Bongo's re-election, as police and troops patrolled the deserted streets of Libreville to prevent a new flareup of violence.

Gabon's Ali Bongo: Dynastic scion in his father's shadow

Libreville - Ali Bongo, whose re-election victory was upheld by Gabon's constitutional court Saturday, has long sought to emerge from the shadow of his father, Omar Bongo, who ruled the country for 41 years until his death in 2009.

Heavy security in tense Gabon after Bongo re-election validated

Libreville - Libreville's nearly empty streets were under the watch of a heavy police and military presence on Saturday after Gabon's top court upheld President Ali Bongo's re-election in bitterly disputed polls.

Gabon on a knife-edge as court mulls vote outcome

Libreville - The streets of Libreville were empty late Friday, with residents fearing a new bout of bloodshed as the Constitutional Court prepared to rule on who will be Gabon's next president following bitterly-fought elections.

Gabon rivals reach tenuous deal on poll recount

Libreville - Lawyers for President Ali Bongo and opposition leader Jean Ping told AFP on Tuesday said they have agreed to a poll recount for August's contested presidential vote, though the methodology remains in dispute.
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