Gabon Post-Election violence: More than 1,000 arrested after disputed election

Security forces in Gabon have arrested over 1,000 people during a second day of violence following disputed presidential elections.

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Three people were killed in clashes in the capital, Libreville.

Protests began after the announcement that President Ali Bongo had been narrowly re-elected in Wednesday’s vote.

Opposition leader Jean Ping, who is in hiding, told the BBC that his party headquarters had been bombed.

The UN, US and former colonial power France have called for restraint and greater transparency about the results.

Culled from the BBC

UN Envoy Order Murders of Gaddafi Supporters To Be Investigated

The UN envoy to Libya has called for an investigation into the murders of 12 men said to be supporters of Libya’s former leader, Col Muammar Gaddafi. The 12 are reported to have been killed soon after their release from prison in the capital Tripoli.

The murdered men were accused of taking part in the assassinations and torturing of anti-government protesters way back in 2011, under the then leader Col Muammar Gaddafi.

The bodies of the 12 men were found in various parts of Tripoli, a day after their release.

According to the families of the victims, a look at the bodies showed that all had been beaten and shot in the chest and head.

Martin Kobler, Special Representative of the UN Support Mission in Libya said on Monday June 13 that he was “utterly shocked” by what he referred to as “vile crime”.

He called for the killings to “be thoroughly and independently investigated”.

Wife of Orlando Shooter could Face Charges

The wife of the assassin, Omar Mateen, who killed 49 people and wounded 53 others at a gay nightclub in Orlando, could face charges in connection to the attack.

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According to sources quoted by Fox News and Reuters, prosecutors have convened a grand jury to investigate Noor Salman, wife of gunman Omar Mateen.

Noor Salman is reported to have told police she tried to talk her husband out of attacking the Pulse nightclub.

Prosecutors quoted by Fox News said they were seeking to charge Noor Salman as an accessory to 49 counts of murder and 53 counts of attempted murder, as well as with failure to warn authorities about the impending attack.

Fox quoted a source as saying; it was possible that Mateen had called his wife Noor Salman from inside the club while the killings were taking place.

 

Bishops Who Fail to Report Sex Abuse on Children Could be Removed-Pope Francis

In addressing the issue on sexual abuse on children by some priests, Pope Francis announced Saturday that bishops who fail to report cases of sex abuse of children and vulnerable adults could be removed from office.

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Over the years, it has been said that the Catholic Church has not been holding bishops accountable for failing to act in cases of clerical sex abuses in the Church. The criticism has been followed by some victims’ families lobbying the Vatican to take a tougher stance on the issue.

In 2014, Pope Francis responded to the issue by setting up a Vatican commission on sexual abuse in the Church and parishes.

In recent developments, Pope Francis in an apostolic letter published Saturday June 6, explained that canon law already allows bishops to be removed for serious reasons. The Pope made clear that among those reasons is the failure of a bishop to report cases of sexual abuse of minors and vulnerable adults.

Part of the statement of Pope Francis read “As a loving mother, the Church loves all her children, but treats and protects with a very particular affection the smaller and helpless. This is a task that Christ entrusted to the entire Christian community as a whole. With this in mind, the Church is vigilant in protecting children and vulnerable adults,”

The Pope went Further to note that Bishops and other people holding leadership positions in the Church must protect those who are the weakest among the people entrusted to them. “In the case of abuse of minors or vulnerable adults, it is sufficient that the lack of care is serious,” The Pope wrote.

He explained that Vatican offices have the jurisdiction to remove bishops in such cases. This could be done by urging the bishop to submit his resignation or a decree of removal could be issued, but the final decision rests with the Pope as the churches highest authority.

Still in the same letter, Pope Francis also established a panel of legal experts to advise him on making the final decision regarding the removal of a bishop or superior in cases of sexual abuse.

Boko Haram Militants Kill 30 Nigerian troops and two Soldiers

 

Thirty Nigerien troops and two soldiers have been killed in clashes with Boko Haram militants in Niger, according to Niger’s Defense ministry.

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According to the ministry’s account, “hundreds of assailants” attacked a military post in the south-eastern town of Bosso, on the Nigerian border, on Friday night.

A counter-attack on Saturday morning allowed government troops to retake all positions in Bosso, the ministry says.

Niger’s defense ministry also held that there were several dead and injured “on the enemy’s side”.

Boko Haram has not commented on the Nigerien defense ministry’s statement about casualties on the sect’s militants.

This is just a recent attack on troops fighting against the sect that declared it allegiance to ISIS.

 

Tanzania’s largest game reserve in Danger of Extinction-WWF

 

Africa oldest Game Reserve is in danger of losing its protected species. According to a report and research done for WWF by global development advisers Dalberg, the reserve had lost 90% of its elephants over the last four decades and if the trend continues, they “could vanish from Selous by early 2022”. According to the report, Selous boasted of 110,000 elephants 40 years ago but as of now, it has just about 15, 000 left.

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The nature conservation group reacted and laid the blame on “industrial scale poaching” said to be driven by the demand for ivory by Asian countries, particularly China that fuels poachers desire to kill animals for their parts.

Tanzania’s new president has pledged to tackle the corruption that gives way for the illegal ivory trade to continue.

The reserve was famous for its untouched ecosystems and abundance of black rhinos, cheetahs, giraffes, hippos and crocodiles as well as elephants that may soon go extinct from the site.

The reserve was placed on a list of “World Heritage Sites in Danger” two years ago when statistics showed that on average, six elephants were being killed for their ivory each day.

“The elephant population in Selous is now near a historic low, and urgent measures are required to protect the remaining animals and return the population to a stable and sustainable size,” Part of the report read.

It also warned that industrial activities in the reserve, including oil and gas exploration, and mineral extraction, threatened the delicate environment and the wildlife, thereby putting at risk the reserve’s “ability to support local communities, which could lead to increased elephant poaching”.

Fred Kumah, of the WWF, said action needed to be taken both in Tanzania and in Asia.

Two US owned Oil wells Bombed in the Niger Delta

A group known as Niger Delta Avengers and better by its acronym NDA said it has bombed two oil wells run by US energy firm Chevron in Nigeria’s oil-rich south. The claim of the NDA is the latest attack claimed by the new militant group.

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According to AFP news agency, Chevron officials reportedly declined to comment. They however refer to their source within the industry as haven said “I can confirm the attack on the two oil wells. It has resulted to a leak spilling oil into the place.

The Niger Delta Avengers also refuted claims by the military that it is responsible for death of some soldiers.

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