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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.

Streets with no names: Navigating the maze of African cities

Yaound - Maps, road signs, sat navs, Google maps -- it all makes travelling so easy. But how do you get around in a city with few street names, where buildings have no numbers?

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.

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.

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.

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 wins Africa Cup of Nations

Zambia beat Ivory Coast in a nail-biting final to the Africa Cup of Nations in Gabon on Feb.12. They won the match following a penalty shoot out after extra time.

Elusive African golden cat captured on video

Scientists were excited to discover images of the African golden cat on video captured by a motion-activated camera. This unique animal is rarely seen by humans.

President Bongo is Not Dead, According to Gabon Prime Minister

Gabon is reporting that death notices of its president were premature. According to the government, President Omar Bongo is alive at a hospital in Spain.

President Omar Bongo of Gabon Has Died At Age 73

Gabon's President Omar Bongo has died at the age of 73. He was the longest-serving ruler in Africa. He died in a Spanish clinic.

Man tests faith against river; the river wins

In August, a congregation's 35-year old pastor insisted one could literally walk on water, if only one had enough faith.

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