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October 17, 2013 | By Robyn Dixon, This post has been updated. See the note below for details.
JOHANNESBURG, South Africa -- African countries dominate a new global index on slavery, with 38 of the 50 nations where the scourge is at its worst found on the continent. The Global Slavery Index , released Thursday, estimated that nearly 30 million people remain enslaved globally, millions of whom are in Africa. Mauritania has the poorest record, with some 150,000 people in a population of 3.8 million held captive, many of whom inherited their status from their parents. Other African countries with particularly high prevalence of slavery are located in West Africa: Benin, Ivory Coast, Gambia, Gabon and Senegal.
June 9, 2009 | Associated Press
Gabon President Omar Bongo, whose nearly 42-year rule was a throwback to an era when Africa was ruled by "Big Men," died Monday of cardiac arrest in a Spanish hospital. He was 73. Doctors at the Quiron Clinic in Barcelona, Spain, announced Bongo's death Monday about 2:30 p.m. Central European Summer Time, Gabonese Prime Minister Jean Eyeghe Ndong said. Bongo was admitted to the hospital last month.
January 7, 1987 | Associated Press
Premier Leon Mebiane submitted the resignation of his 59-member Cabinet to President Omar Bongo on Tuesday. The move will allow the president to name a new government to confront Gabon's severe economic crisis.
August 12, 1985 | From Reuters
A Gabonese air force captain was executed at dawn Sunday for plotting to overthrow President Omar Bongo, sources close to the government said. Capt. Alexandre Mandja was sentenced earlier this month by a military court. The court also ordered two noncommissioned officers jailed for life at hard labor.
July 25, 1987 | Associated Press
President Omar Bongo of Gabon will meet with President Reagan next Friday during an official working visit to the United States, the White House announced Friday.
December 21, 2001 | From Times Wire Reports
Despite stepped-up border controls, an outbreak of the deadly disease Ebola has spread from Gabon to the neighboring Republic of Congo, the World Health Organization and government officials said. Republic of Congo health officials have identified 11 cases in a remote region on the northwestern border with Gabon, where 16 cases have already been reported, WHO said in a statement released in Geneva. The Health Ministry confirmed the outbreak but said the number infected was fewer than 10.
January 26, 1987
The French Finance Ministry, which acts as the secretariat and spokesman for the Paris Club of western creditor nations, gave no details of the amount covered by the agreement, but Gabon's external debt currently totals around $1.2 billion. The rescheduled payments would be made over 10 years, including a four-year grace period.
July 29, 1991 | From Staff and Wire Reports
Soccer fans rampaged across a stadium Sunday after Zaire eliminated Gabon from the Africa Cup of Nations, and a police captain and a youth were killed in fighting, the Gabon Press Agency reported in Libreville. Spectators set cars ablaze in Gabon's capital, and a police station was ransacked, the agency said. An unknown number of people were hurt after the match ended in a 0-0 draw that eliminated Gabon from the competition.
October 16, 1996 | From Times Wire Reports
The death toll from an outbreak of the Ebola virus in Gabon has risen to 10, and at least four more people have been infected with the deadly virus, the World Health Organization in Geneva said. This is the fourth time the virus has struck the African continent since it appeared in Zaire in the spring of 1995, killing 245 people. It is the second time it has hit in the West African nation of Gabon. The U.N. health agency has sent a team of specialists to investigate.
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