THE military in Gabon have seized power in the oil rich nation after gunshots were heard in the country's capital, Libreville. Here is everything you need to know about the country and the coup. Where is Gabon in Africa? Gabon is located on the west coast of Africa and borders the Republic of Congo, Cameroon and Equatorial Guinea. The country's population is just over two million and is home to many national parks, such as the famed Loango National Park. Its capital city is Libreville, home to some 700,000 people, and is where the military have mobilised to overthrow the current government. The country has been independent of its former colonial masters France since 1960. The current president's father, Omar Bongo, ruled Gabon for 42 years before his death in 2009 when Ali Bongo first took power. Gabon has an extremely unequal society, with its ruler Ali Bongo possessing huge wealth stemming from the nation's oil reserves.Why is the army attempting a coup? A New Year's eve address by … [Read more...] about Gabon coup latest news – where is the African nation and why is the army attempting a coup?
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News / UK and world by Press Association November 1, 2018, 4:07 pm FacebookTwitterLinkedInWhatsAppEmail Sign up to our Daily newsletter The Prince of Wales has begun the first full day of his west African tour by highlighting the “important milestone” taken by Gambians in turning their backs on “22 years of autocratic rule”. Charles’ comment came during a welcoming ceremony attended by Gambia’s president Adama Barrow, whose shock election victory in 2016 brought an end to the authoritarian regime of former leader Yahya Jammeh. The heir to the throne and the Duchess of Cornwall had a busy day in Gambia where highlights included the prince’s visit to the Gambian Armed Forces Training School while his wife attended a Commonwealth Big Lunch at the High Commissioner’s residence. Speaking in McCarthy Square, in the capital Banjul, where officials and schoolchildren had gathered to welcome their royal guests, the heir to … [Read more...] about Charles and Camilla receive official welcome as their West African tour begins
Baba Ahmed, Associated Press Updated 12:39 pm, Friday, June 29, 2018 Photo: Baba Ahmed, AP Image 1of/1 CaptionClose Image 1 of 1 In this photo taken on Wednesday May, 30, 2018, a member of the Army stand guard at the entrance of the headquarters of a new five-nation West African counterterror force, in Mali. A car packed with explosives detonated at the headquarters of a new, five-nation West African counterterror force, setting off a gun battle that left at least two soldiers and two attackers dead and several soldiers wounded, officials with the Mali-based force told The Associated Press on Friday, June 29, 2018. less In this photo taken on Wednesday May, 30, 2018, a member of the Army stand guard at the entrance of the headquarters of a new five-nation West African counterterror force, in Mali. A car packed with explosives ... more … [Read more...] about 3 killed in attack on West African counterterror force’s HQ
World France Burundi Diplomacy The old adage that one must not look a gift horse in the mouth apparently does not apply to donkeys in Burundi, as the African nation reacted with outrage at France's donation of ten such animals to a local non-governmental organization. The donkeys, which are not indigenous to Burundi, were brought from Tanzania. They were to be donated to a community in the province of Gitega, home to the country's second-largest city, to support local residents with agricultural efforts and transport of water and other materials. An unnamed presidential advisor said the project was "an insult to the nation," according to Agence France Press. A spokesperson for Burundi's Senate, Gabby Bugaga, said France should take back the animals. "No thanks for the donkeys, prepare to ship them," he wrote on Twitter on Sunday. Along with the tweet, Bugaga shared a letter from the minister of agriculture Déo Guide Rurema, who ordered the donkeys to be … [Read more...] about France ‘Insults’ African Nation By Sending Them Donkeys As a Gift
A report has slammed the “national scandal” of the UK failing to prosecute a single child abuser committing or enabling Female Genital Mutilation (FGM), saying it shows the system is failing to fight the practice, which is associated with some migrant groups. The document, produced by the Quilliam Foundation, claims “Britain remains alone in Europe in its inability to prosecute FGM” and examines different explanations, including “a lack of witnesses”, “cultural sensitivity”, and the “existence of legal loopholes”. It highlights figures showing that, in 2016-2017 alone, 5,391 new cases of FGM were recorded in the UK, but authorities failed to bring a single perpetrator of FGM to justice. Altogether, around 9,000 women sought National Health Service (NHS) help because of the practice in that 12 month period. The NHS figure reveals around 14 new cases every day, and that a third of women and girls seeking help were born in … [Read more...] about ‘National Shame’: Report Slams UK’s Failure to Tackle FGM Abuse, Zero Prosecutions