Gabon’s ruling party says president to return ‘very soon’
LIBREVILLE, Gabon (AP) — Gabon's ruling party says ailing President Ali Bongo Ondimba will return to the country "very soon" after a coup attempt early this week.
Gabonese Democratic Party secretary-general Eric Dodo Bounguendza spoke after authorities inspected the bloody scene where soldiers briefly took over the state radio station on Monday. The Republican Guard members encouraged youth to help them "restore democracy" in the oil-rich country.
Gabon officials inspect radio building of attempted coup
LIBREVILLE, Gabon (AP) — Gabon officials are inspecting the country's state radio station where security officers thwarted a coup attempt by army soldiers on Monday.
Students in the capital, Libreville, returned to schools Tuesday, markets opened, the radio was back on air and phone lines were restored as President Ali Bongo Ondimba's government retained control.
Government spokesman Guy-Bertrand Mapangou said two coup plotters were killed and eight others were arrested in the attempted coup.
Gabon government thwarts coup attempt, 2 plotters dead
LIBREVILLE, Gabon (AP) — Gabon's government thwarted an attempted military coup on Monday, retaining control of the oil-rich West African nation after two plotters were killed and other army officers were arrested, the government said.
Authorities regained control of state broadcasting offices and a major thoroughfare in the capital, Libreville, which were the only areas taken over by the officers, government spokesman Guy-Betrand Mapangou told Radio France International.
Gabon: Government says president recovering in Saudi Arabia
LIBREVILLE, Gabon (AP) — Gabonese President Ali Bongo Ondimba is recovering from an undisclosed illness in Saudi Arabia and still performing his duties, according to a statement released Sunday amid mounting speculation about his health.
ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — The African nation of Gabon has arrested and handed over three men wanted in Turkey for ties to U.S.-based cleric Fethullah Gulen, President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said Tuesday, vowing to press ahead with efforts to chase the cleric's followers abroad.
The three Turkish nationals, who were directors of schools linked to Gulen in Gabon, were arrested by authorities in Gabon's capital, Libreville, on March 23, the state-run Anadolu Agency reported.
2 Danish journalists violently attacked in Gabon
LIBREVILLE, Gabon (AP) — A man stabbed two Danish journalists in Gabon's capital, declaring it was in retaliation for U.S. attacks against Muslims and leaving one reporter in serious condition, Gabon's defense minister said.
The attack Saturday occurred while the journalists were shopping at an artisanal market, a site popular with tourists. It is the first of its kind in this West African country where Muslims and Christians coexist peacefully.
Cameroon champion of Africa again, denies Egypt 8th title
LIBREVILLE, Gabon (AP) — Cameroon rose again after years of underachievement to win the African Cup of Nations title on Sunday with a fabulous goal in the 89th minute of the final for a 2-1 come-from-behind victory against mighty Egypt.
As the final whistle got nearer, substitute Vincent Aboubakar controlled the ball just outside the area, clipped it over a defender, and then shot past the goalkeeper to clinch Cameroon's fifth African title and first since 2002.
Egypt turns back the clock to reach African Cup final
LIBREVILLE, Gabon (AP) — Egypt's 44-year-old goalkeeper made two saves in a penalty shootout win over Burkina Faso on Wednesday to lead the African Cup of Nations' most successful team back into the final after seven years of hurt.
Essam el-Hadary dived high to his left to save from Burkina Faso goalkeeper Kouakou Koffi, and then stopped the decisive penalty from Bertrand Traore to make the record seven-time winner's return to the African Cup a joyous one.
Egypt inspired by history, Burkina Faso by a phone call
LIBREVILLE, Gabon (AP) — Egypt has a history of success at the African Cup of Nations for its inspiration. Semifinal opponent Burkina Faso got a phone call from Jose Mourinho.
The first semi at the African championship in Gabon on Wednesday pits Egypt, with seven titles, against Burkina Faso, with none, and yet the story is not so simple.
Senegal and Mane blow it, lose to Cameroon on penalties
LIBREVILLE, Gabon (AP) — Senegal and Sadio Mane blew it at the African Cup of Nations, with the title favorite's star player missing the decisive spot kick in a penalty shootout loss to Cameroon in the quarterfinals on Saturday.
Mane saw his penalty, Senegal's fifth and final, saved by Cameroon goalkeeper Joseph Ondoa. Stunned, Mane turned to face his dejected teammates on the halfway line and muttered something under his breath.
Goal rush at African Cup as Algeria out, Tunisia through
PORT-GENTIL, Gabon (AP) — Algeria was eliminated from the African Cup of Nations in Gabon in a goal rush in the final games in Group B on Monday.
The one-time title contender drew with Senegal 2-2 and learned Tunisia went through to the quarterfinals in its place by beating Zimbabwe 4-2.
African Cup: Gabon gone & Algeria, Ivory Coast on the edge
LIBREVILLE, Gabon (AP) — Gabon is gone at the African Cup of Nations, with Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang's team becoming the first host since Tunisia in 1994 to be eliminated in the group stages.
Four teams have now qualified for the quarters: Senegal, Ghana, and Burkina Faso and Cameroon from Gabon's group.
Here's a look at how the groups at the African Cup now stand in the race for a place in the quarterfinals.
Host Gabon out of African Cup; Cameroon, Burkina Faso in QFs
LIBREVILLE, Gabon (AP) — The width of a goalpost denied host Gabon a place in the quarterfinals of the African Cup of Nations on Sunday, with the desperate home team's fate sealed by a 0-0 draw with Cameroon and an agonizing miss in the dying seconds.
The draw with Cameroon, combined with Burkina Faso's 2-0 win over Guinea-Bissau in the final round of Group A games, saw Cameroon and Burkina Faso go through to the quarterfinals and Gabon slide out.
Hackers claim to take down oil company website over soccer
LIBREVILLE, Gabon (AP) — Hackers said they took out the website of French oil company Total on Sunday over its sponsorship of the ongoing African Cup of Nations soccer tournament in the central African country of Gabon.
The hackers said they targeted Total because of its backing of the African Cup in Gabon after President Ali Bongo Ondimba retained power in disputed and violent elections last year.
Ghana reaches quarterfinals as hackers target African Cup
LIBREVILLE, Gabon (AP) — In a curious twist even for this occasionally erratic soccer tournament, the African Cup of Nations was targeted by hackers on Saturday, with a group claiming to be Russian saying they had "taken down" the tournament's official website in a protest against what they called host country Gabon's dictatorial president.
Hackers claim to have shut down African Cup website
LIBREVILLE, Gabon (AP) — A group of hackers claiming to be based in Russia said Saturday they had shut down the website of the African Cup of Nations soccer tournament in a protest at organizers holding it in the "dictatorship" of Gabon, where President Ali Bongo Ondimba retained power in disputed and violent elections last year.
Cameroon survives Guinea-Bissau scare, Gabon foiled again
LIBREVILLE, Gabon (AP) — If Gabon's leaders were looking for the African Cup of Nations to provide a joyous distraction for a country fractured by violent elections six months ago, it's not working out that way. And if Cameroon was looking for an easy time against the tournament debutants from Guinea-Bissau, that didn't happen either.
African Cup delights and bewilders on opening day in Gabon
LIBREVILLE, Gabon (AP) — The African Cup of Nations surprised, delighted and bewildered on Saturday, as it tends to do, with a rank outsider stunning the host on opening day and Cameroon captain Benjamin Moukandjo scoring a wonderful goal.
Teams were also forced to abandon singing their national anthems because of technical problems, and another squad was on strike and refusing to train, requiring a delegation of 100 government officials from their country to fly in to solve the problem.
African Cup opens in Libreville, now heads to the jungle
LIBREVILLE, Gabon (AP) — The African Cup of Nations in Gabon will temporarily leave behind the beaches and palm trees of the capital Libreville and head deep into the jungle to Franceville in the far west for the next games on Sunday when two title contenders, Algeria and Senegal, open their campaigns.
Here are some things to know with the African Cup underway:
Aubameyang leads host’s hopes on opening day of African Cup
LIBREVILLE, Gabon (AP) — One of the hottest strikers in Europe, and with a point to prove to his home fans, Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang will lead host team Gabon's hopes in the opening game of the African Cup of Nations on Saturday.
Gabon's opponent is the biggest underdog the championship has seen in years. Guinea-Bissau is playing in its first African Cup — its first major tournament of any kind — and gets the chance to spoil the party for Aubameyang and 40,000 Gabonese fans in Libreville.
African Cup returns to exotic Gabon, but with air of unease
JOHANNESBURG (AP) — With an air of unease hanging over the tournament, the African Cup of Nations returns to Gabon for the second time in five years.
Opposition parties in the oil-rich central African nation have stated their intention to use African soccer's biggest show as an opportunity to express their grievances against Gabon President Ali Bongo Ondimba, who retained power in a tense election last August that led to about 100 deaths on the streets, according to opposition claims.
African Cup draw: Ivory Coast to face former coach Renard
Defending champion Ivory Coast was drawn against Morocco and former coach Herve Renard in the group stage of next year's African Cup of Nations, which organizers say will go ahead in Gabon despite deadly violence there following a disputed presidential election.
Gabon opposition candidate decries high court ruling
LIBREVILLE, Gabon (AP) — Opposition candidate Jean Ping vowed to not back down from his pursuit of the presidency hours after the constitutional court upheld the victory of incumbent President Ali Bongo Ondimba, whose family has been in power for nearly half a century.
EU observers note anomaly in Gabon voter turnout results
LIBREVILLE, Gabon (AP) — The European Union observation mission in Gabon said Tuesday it noted an anomaly in voting results from the president's stronghold province that pushed him over the edge to win re-election by a slim margin.
Gabon opposition candidate Ping says he won election
LIBREVILLE, Gabon (AP) — Gabon's top opposition candidate Jean Ping declared Friday that he was the rightful winner of the presidential election, accusing the country's incumbent leader of using fraud to cling to power.
The move sets the stage for a protracted dispute over the election, as President Ali Bongo Ondimba also has declared victory.
Hundreds detained, 3 dead in Gabon election protests
LIBREVILLE, Gabon (AP) — Gabon's newly re-elected president sought to assert authority Thursday as the presidential guard attacked the opposition candidate's party headquarters amid fiery protests that have seen three killed, hundreds detained and the internet blocked.
The opposition quickly alleged election fraud after results announced Wednesday showed that a family dynasty stretching back to the 1960s would remain in power in this oil-rich Central African country.
Gabon president re-elected; buildings are looted, burned
LIBREVILLE, Gabon (AP) — Gabon's president has narrowly won re-election, election officials said Wednesday, keeping alive a family dynasty in this oil-rich Central African country that reaches back to the 1960s. Clashes quickly broke out in the capital as opposition supporters claimed election fraud, looting and burning buildings.