Gabon to be first African nation paid to fight deforestation

UNITED NATIONS, Sept 24 (NNN-AGENCIES) — 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.

Norway will provide Gabon, which is almost 90 percent covered by forest, with $150 million (136 million euros) to battle deforestation, according to the Central African Forest Initiative (CAFI), which the UN launched to bring together the region’s nations with Western donors. 

Gabon president returns home after prolonged medical absence

15 Jan 2019; DW: President Ali Bongo has returned to Gabon after receiving treatment for a stroke he had in October. His reappearance came a week after a coup attempt was thwarted and days after he appointed a new government.

Gabon's ailing President Ali Bongo arrived back in Gabon after spending three months receiving medical treatment abroad, according to sources quoted by news agencies Reuters and Agence France Presse (AFP).

Gabon thwarts coup attempt, soldiers involved arrested

LIBREVILLE, Jan. 8 (Xinhua) -- Gabon thwarted a brief coup attempt on Monday and arrested four soldiers involved. International organizations, like the United Nations and the African Union (AU), and countries have condemned the coup attempt.

Gabonese government spokesman Guy-Bertrand Mapangou said that renegade soldiers entered the national radio station in the capital Libreville around 4 a.m. local time Monday (0300 GMT) to announce the establishment of a "national council of the restoration", according to Radio France International (RFI).

Gabon soldiers seize state radio in potential coup attempt

07 Jan 2019; DW: Shots were heard in Gabon's capital Libreville on Monday morning, as was an unusual state radio broadcast: Soldiers came on air to say a recent speech had "reinforced doubts" in President Ali Bongo's ability to rule.

Soldiers came on Gabon's state radio early on Monday, saying that a "national restoration council" had been formed in the country, with President Ali Bongo (pictured above) convalescing in Morocco after a stroke.

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