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Gabon braces for results of tense election

Libreville - Gabon braced for possible violence Tuesday as the country awaited official results from a bitterly disputed presidential election, with both sides claiming victory in a vote condemned by EU observers as lacking transparency.

Gabon presidential poll 'lacked transparency': EU observers

Libreville - Gabon's presidential election "lacked transparency", the head of the 73-strong EU electoral monitoring team in the country said on Monday, a day before the official results were due out.

Rivals both claim victory as Gabon waits for vote results

Libreville - Gabon's President Ali Bongo and his only serious rival have both claimed victory in this weekend's presidential election, and accused each other of cheating.

Gabon's old guard hopes to unseat Bongo dynasty scion

Libreville - The increasingly disgruntled people of Gabon go to the polls Saturday in a presidential election in which a last-minute opposition pact has robbed incumbent Ali Bongo of a clear run at a second term.

Gabon's Bongo finds new pep on the campaign trail

Libreville - Ali Bongo of Gabon, who is running for a second seven-year term in Saturday's presidential election, has spent more than half his 57 years cruising the corridors of power.

Gabon's Bongo outguns rivals as poll race opens

Libreville - Tens of thousands of supporters of Gabon's President Ali Bongo Ondimba turned out Saturday to back his re-election, as less well-equipped rivals struggled to compete on the first day of campaigning.

Gabon president warns of election unrest

Libreville - Gabon President Ali Bongo Ondimba has warned of possible unrest during the August 27 election which he said was the "strategy" of the opposition challenging his eligibility to seek a second seven-year term.

Gabon's mentally ill 'treated like animals'

- The buildings are decrepit, the lawns unkempt, the patients left to shuffle alone and unwatched among weeds -- welcome to Gabon's sole psychiatric hospital.

Alarming rise in child suicide bombers used by Boko Haram: UN

Libreville - The number of children used by Nigeria's Boko Haram to stage suicide bombings has risen more than 10-fold in one of the most "horrific" aspects of the Islamist insurgency, the United Nations said on Tuesday.

'Strategy rethink needed' as Boko Haram shifts to suicide attacks

Libreville - A west African regional force set up to fight Boko Haram will need "local intelligence" to root out Islamic insurgents forced on the run by national army offensives, security experts say.

Op-Ed: Greek markets plunge as Grexit appears more likely

Athens - German chancellor Angela Merkel has ruled out any write off of Greek debt, claiming that banks and creditors have already made substantial cuts. At the same time she insisted that she wants Greece to stay in the Eurozone.

Westerners head to Gabon for drug-fueled 'spiritual' tourism

Libreville - Some in Gabon believe the bitter iboga root comes from the Tree of Knowledge in the Garden of Eden. Others elsewhere have derided it as a dangerous drug.

Baby Western lowland gorilla born at the Toronto Zoo

Toronto - Ngozi and Charles, the couple of critically endangered Western lowland gorillas, are the proud parents of a baby gorilla born last week at the Toronto Zoo. Mother and baby are doing well, but gender of the newborn has not yet been determined.

UPDATE Boston area remains locked down

Boston - UPDATE Boston and surrounding areas remain in lock down after one bombing suspect has been killed, the other still at large. One suspect was in custody while being transported to a hospital but later died from multiple gunshot wounds.

African forest elephants face extinction

For years the existence of the African forest elephant has been under threat and now an alarming new report shows just how endangered they are. The report says that the elephants face the threat of extinction and possibly within a decade.

Elephant poaching increasing in Gabon

Elephant poaching in Gabon is increasing at an ‘alarming rate’ according to environmental groups. Since 2004, some 11,000 elephants have been killed by ivory poachers.

U.S. government scientists retire research chimps

U.S. government scientists have decided that almost all chimpanzees kept for federally funded research will be retired from laboratories. The chimps will be placed in a national sanctuary.

Rebels in the Central African Republic approach the capital

The Seleka rebel coalition in the Central African Republic (CAR) seized the city of Sibut, continuing its rapid advance to Bangui, the capital city.

Gabon sets fire to 10,000 pounds of elephant ivory

Libreville - Over 10,000 pounds of seized elephant ivory were burned in Gabon on Wednesday to combat a spike in poaching and illegal ivory trafficking.

Zambia Stun Ivory Coast to Win Africa Cup

Toronto - Zambia clinched the 28th edition of the Africa Cup of Nations after beating clear-cut favourites Ivory Coast 8-7 on penalties in a nerve-wracking final played in Libreville, Gabon.
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