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Are tougher rules needed to save the elephant?

It’s been nearly 30 years since a worldwide ban was imposed on the sale of elephant ivory in an effort to protect the vulnerable animal from poachers.  But now, Namibia and Zimbabwe want it lifted so they can sell their vast stockpiles of ivory tusks. Opponents say lifting the ban will encourage...

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Gabon: Ping rejects court ruling on Bongo election win

Gabon’s opposition leader Jean Ping has rejected a ruling by the Constitutional Court that upheld the victory of President Ali Bongo in August’s presidential election, which was mired by claims of voter fraud. Ping, who maintains he won the election, said on Saturday that the court had demonstrated “bias” in...

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Zimbabwe castigates Botswana leader over Mugabe comment

Zimbabwe’s government has hit back at Botswana’s President Ian Khama following his comments asking President Robert Mugabe to step down.Khama, in an interview with Reuters news agency on Wednesday, said Mugabe should step aside without delay for the sake of Zimbabwe and the region, comments that “shocked” officials in Zimbabwe. “The...

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Gabon: Court upholds President Ali Bongo's election win

Gabon’s constitutional court has upheld President Ali Bongo’s re-election victory, rejecting an appeal by rival Jean Ping who had called for a recount over widespread allegations of fraud. The decision, read late at night in an almost empty court chamber, raised the prospect of a repeat of the violence that erupted...

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Tense Gabon awaits court ruling on presidential vote

Gabon’s constitutional court is to decide as early as Friday who will be the country’s next president, ending weeks of uncertainty after a disputed election sparked a political crisis and violent protests. Incumbent President Ali Bongo, the son of late ruler Omar Bongo, was declared the winner of the August...

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Is the DR Congo on the brink of collapse?

The United Nations is directing blame towards government leaders in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) for political tensions, which led to riots and deaths in the capital Kinshasa. Opponents of President Joseph Kabila believe he is laying the groundwork to delay elections due later this year to try and...

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The women who love and loved Boko Haram

Maiduguri, Nigeria – A few dozen women sit on mats in the shadow of a neem tree. Their giggles rise with the hot dusty air as they sketch elaborate designs on their hands with henna. Some of the women wear abayas; others wear short-sleeved blouses with long skirts and hijabs....

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