Erik Paul Futral

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Gabon and Central African Republic Achieve Agreement to Protect Critical Elephant Population

The wave of poaching devastating central Africa's forest elephant population may see some relief with a new agreement forged by the governments of Gabon and the Central African Republic (CAR) to improve management of CAR's wildlife resources.<p>The agreement comes after some two dozen elephants were …

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Pangolins under threat in Gabon as demand surges in Asia

Libreville (AFP) - Hunted for generations for its tasty meat, the scaly-skinned pangolin is under threat in Gabon as demand for the small mammal …

Islamic State video threatens to target White House and US troops

Video purports to be trailer for film entitled Flames of War with strapline 'fighting has just begun'<p>Islamic State militants have threatened to target the White House and kill US troops in a new slickly made video response to Barack Obama's campaign to "degrade and destroy" the organisation.<p>The …

Gabon has 3,000 fake civil servants receiving salaries, say prosecutors

Corruption investigation uncovers 'mafia-like network' of beneficiaries holding no official state jobs in African nation<p>Prosecutors in Gabon say they have discovered evidence of 3,000 fake civil servants, each receiving monthly salaries despite holding no official positions.<p>A corruption …

Gabon: Ground Zero for Forest Elephants

<b>There’s simply no way other way to begin this story: The future for Africa’s forest elephant (Loxodonata cyclotis) is exceedingly dire.</b><p>The battle to protect this “hidden elephant” from unremitting slaughter is being lost to a more aggressive and merciless demand for the animals’ ivory.<p>Or as Richard …

Plot To Poison Benin President Thomas Boni Yayi Uncovered

The case unfolded like the plot of a thriller: the Benin president's niece, his doctor and an ex-minister were accused of being part of a conspiracy to poison him by replacing his medicine.<p>But this was no novel, and fallout from the accusations made in October may soon come to a head.<p>The supreme …

Benin detains 10 people in child trafficking probe | Reuters

COTONOU (Reuters) - Benin has detained 10 people on suspicions of child-trafficking just weeks after a group in neighbouring Niger was held for links to a “baby factory” ring, police sources said on Tuesday.<p>While it was not immediately clear if there was a connection between the two cases, the …

Benin hospital treating Nigerian Ebola suspect: health minister | Reuters

COTONOU (Reuters) - A hospital in Benin is treating a Nigerian man suspected of having contracted Ebola and authorities have sent a sample of his blood to Senegal for testing, Health Minister Dorothée Gazard said on state television on Thursday.<p>The case is unconfirmed but Gazard’s announcement …

Oil-dependent Gabon seeks to diversify economy - president | Reuters

LIBREVILLE (Reuters) - Gabon wants to lure investors into its mining, manufacturing and tourism sectors as it tries to reduce its dependence on oil exports and court capital from countries other than former colonial master France.<p>President of Gabon, Ali Bongo Ondimba, sits on stage in support of a …

Steven Sotloff beheaded by Islamic State - latest

Every possible option to rescue British hostage being considered, says Philip Hammond, as Barack Obama says US "will not be intimidated"<p>• <b>Nato summit Wales: Isil and Ukraine top agenda - latest</b> <b><br>• Biden: US will follow terrorists to 'gates of Hell'</b><p><i>Latest</i><p><b>00.00</b> Thanks for following our live coverage. …