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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.

Search for Gabon's missing goes on, two weeks after poll violence

Libreville - More than two weeks after the start of violence prompted by a contested presidential election in Gabon, the search for missing loved ones continues, sometimes with grisly results.

Gabon under internet blackout as it awaits key poll ruling

Libreville - An internet curfew and social media blackout has sparked outrage and wreaked havoc on businesses in oil-rich Gabon, as citizens keenly await a pivotal ruling challenging President Ali Bongo's contested re-election.

Gabon post-election turmoil escalates with court bid for recount

Libreville - Gabon's Jean Ping took his bid to have a wafer-thin presidential election loss overturned to the country's top court, as President Ali Bongo blamed the opposition leader for creating a climate of violence.

Ping appeals to Gabon court over poll defeat

Libreville - Gabon opposition leader Jean Ping on Thursday appealed to the country's highest court Thursday in an attempt to have a wafer-thin presidential election loss overturned.

Defiant Gabon president hits back at EU poll criticism

Libreville - Gabon's Ali Bongo on Wednesday rejected criticism of his disputed presidential election victory, accusing EU observers of bias towards his rival and insisting that only the country's top court could order a recount.

EU observers report 'anomaly' in Gabon vote

Libreville - Pressure mounted on President Ali Bongo of Gabon on Tuesday over a disputed election win after EU observers reported a "clear anomaly" in the vote and former colonial power France and his ex-justice minister urged a recount.
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