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One killed, 4 Chinese abducted by pirates off Gabon coast

Authorities searched Monday for four Chinese crew members who were taken hostage by pirates in speedboats off Gabon’s capital over the weekend.Government spokesman Edgard Anicet Mboumbou Miyakou confirmed Sunday that four vessels anchored in the bay off Libreville were...

Ali Bongo’s spokesman detained in Gabon anti-corruption crackdown

The spokesman for Gabonese President Ali Bongo was transferred to the capital’s main prison on Friday, his lawyer said, one of eight people held in custody under a new anti-corruption drive.Bongo has vowed to crack down on graft since...

Gabon arrest 8 in a crackdown on corruption

Oil-rich Gabon has detained eight people for theft and money laundering following a crackdown on corruption, the prosecutor for the capital Libreville said Thursday.“Eight people have been placed in preventive detention,” Andre Patrick Roponat said, adding that they were...

Gabon becomes first African nation paid to fight deforestation

Gabon will become the first African country paid with international funds to preserve its forests in an effort to fight climate change, the United Nations said Sunday. Norway will provide Gabon, which is almost 90 percent covered by forest, with...

Gabon court refuses to hear petition to test Ali Bongo’s health

Gabon's Court of Appeal on Monday refused to hear a petition for President Ali Bongo Ondima to undergo medical tests to assess his fitness to govern after suffering a stroke almost a year ago. Bongo's health has been the subject...

Ex-Gabonese MP jailed for post-election violence

Gabonese former member of parliament Bertrand Zibi Abeghe has been sentenced to six years in jail for his part in post-electoral violence, one of his lawyers told AFP news agency. Libreville Criminal Court convicted Zibi on charges of "violence and...

Gabon appoints UK conservationist as new forests minister

Gabon hopes to lead by example in stamping out illegal logging of the world’s tropical hardwoods, a prominent British conservationist said on Tuesday after being named the central African country’s new forests minister.

Gabon leader sacks vice president, forestry minister

Gabon's leader Ali Bongo on Tuesday announced the dismissal of his vice president and the minister of forests, in a move that comes amid a scandal over the smuggling of precious timber.The...

Gabon recovers missing timber haul worth millions

Millions of dollars' worth of a protected kind of wood that went missing earlier this year after being confiscated by authorities has now been recovered, a senior Gabonese prosecutor says.Kevazingo wood is...

Gabon vows no mercy over theft of hardwood worth nearly $250 million

Gabon’s president vowed on Monday to find and punish those responsible for the disappearance of over 350 containers of protected hardwood worth nearly $250 million. In late February and early March, the authorities...
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