August 5, 2001 |
Need some money? Consider hunting rats in Gabon. Authorities in the rodent-infested capital, Libreville, have awarded a $400 prize to Isaac Biteck for killing 3,000 of the 12,613 rats exterminated during a two-week competition. "This campaign aims to get rid of rats, which are so harmful to health," said Leonard Assongo, deputy director of the Institute for Public Hygiene. The competition ended Friday. The sewers and gutters of the Central African country's capital are infested with rats.
June 1, 1990 |
Authorities said Thursday that opposition leader Joseph Redjambe, whose death in a hotel room sparked a week of riots in this central African country, had died of natural causes and not from foul play. An autopsy on Redjambe's body revealed no traces of violence and showed that the syringe marks on his body resulted from a treatment for diabetes, French and Gabonese officials said. Redjambe's death in a Libreville hotel room last week sparked riots across Gabon and nearly halted oil production.
April 27, 1988 |
A local witch doctor has confessed to having eaten six people, including two of his own children, over the last decade, the Gabonese daily L'Union said Tuesday. It quoted police as saying that 35-year-old Ntem Mba, a railway employee, killed humans and ate their flesh as part of ritual ceremonies. Mba was detained when one of his sons said he was responsible for the recent disappearance of a teacher who had sought his help to solve personal problems.
May 25, 1990 |
Embattled President Omar Bongo moved tanks and troops around his palace Thursday to stop anti-government rioters, and France rushed Foreign Legion reinforcements to this former African colony to guard French citizens here. Rioters set public buildings ablaze and built barricades in Libreville, the capital of the oil-rich West African nation, and in the oil city of Port Gentil, 80 miles southwest of Libreville on the Atlantic coast.
December 11, 2001 |
The government has cordoned off a remote forest village to stop an outbreak of the deadly Ebola virus that is believed to have killed at least 10 people in this equatorial African country, health authorities said Monday. "The zone is completely cordoned off," said Obame Edou, Gabon's assistant health director. "A team has left for the area today, and the government will not delay in releasing news on the epidemic."
May 31, 1990 |
Troops crushed most anti-government resistance in Gabon's oil capital Wednesday, allowing vital oil production to return to normal, the army said. It said one civilian was killed and six were wounded, two of them seriously, when soldiers moved into the streets of Port Gentil to quell weeklong protests against President Omar Bongo, who has ruled Gabon for 22 years.
January 29, 1988 |
In the remotest corners of this jungle-covered nation, antennas sprout from wooden shacks. A pulse of electricity comes from small generators, traveling over lines slung between tree limbs slashed from the forest. Inside those homes is the warm glow of the 20th Century: television. Nearly 400 miles northwest of here, in a seaside palace in the capital, Libreville, President Omar Bongo likes to watch a bit of television, too--when the television cameras are not watching him.
February 10, 1985 |
Scarlet hibiscus and yellow and purple trumpet flowers hung in a simple garland over the mildewed cross that marks the burial place of Albert Schweitzer. "Today is his birthday," Maria Lagendyk explained, looking back at the burial plot from the porch of the long, low, screened building that was his home, his office.
August 13, 1997 |
In a secretive nighttime military operation, Gabon has returned 168 Rwandan refugees to their homeland, where most of the men in the group were immediately arrested, a U.N. official said Tuesday. The Office of the U.N. High Commissioner for Refugees is trying to locate the men, mainly former government soldiers, who were handcuffed and taken away in military trucks from the airport in Kigali, Rwanda's capital, agency spokeswoman Pam O'Toole said.