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China''s economy slumps to 28 year low to 6.6 per cent in 2018        Venezuela military group calls in video for not recognizing Maduro        First Indian-American Senator Kamala Harris announces her 2020 US presidential bid        Ross Taylor praises Kohli''s batting prowess ahead of limited-overs series        Halep sent home but Djokovic, Williams headed to the Australian Open quarter-finals        Boo - The World's Cutest dog dies        PM condoles demise of Lingayat seer        CJI recuses from hearing plea challenging Rao's appointment as interim CBI chief        Ankita wins first singles title of 2019 season in Singapore        Kohli is greatest ODI batsman to have played the game: Clarke        Minister says UK faces 'political tsunami' if Brexit halted        Mumbai TDS office issued prosecution notices in 50 ''big'' cases in past one month: CBDT        UK police speak to 97-year-old Prince Philip for not wearing seat belt        Trump offers protection to undocumented immigrants in exchange of border wall funding        Cong must be large-hearted for allies, best equipped to lead alliance against BJP: Tejashwi        BJP MLA apologises for objectionable remarks on Mayawati        Mahagathbandhan an alliance of corruption, negativity: PM        Can''t become pawns in the hands of corporate giants: Sitharaman on Rafale        Mexican pipeline explosion kills 71, leaves nightmare of ash        Djokovic takes out teen sensation Shapovalov in Australia Open 3rd round        
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International News
Gabon arrests soldiers over coup attempt
 
(Libreville, Jan 07,2019):Gabon has arrested the military officers who seized the national radio station as part of an apparent coup attempt on Monday, a government spokesperson said.

A group of five soldiers announced early Monday morning that they had taken control of the radio station and seized power from the country's long-ruling President Ali Bongo to "restore democracy", the BBC reported.

Announcing the establishment of a "National Restoration Council", the soldiers said they were disappointed by Bongo's message on December 31 from Morocco where he was recovering from a stroke. He has been battling ill health since October.

They said the message showed the ailing President's strong attempt to remain in power.

A New Year's address by Bongo "reinforced doubts about the President's ability to continue to carry out the responsibilities of his office", said Lieutenant Kelly Ondo Obiang, leader of the self-declared Patriotic Movement of the Defence and Security Forces of Gabon.

"It is time to take our destiny into our hands. The long-awaited day has come, the day when the Army decided to take the people's side to save Gabon from chaos," Obiang said in a video that was circulating on social media.

According to local media outlets, gunshots were heard in the Gabonese capital as Obiang was reading the statement. He later managed to flee but four other soldiers were arrested following an intervention.

"The situation is under control. The gendarmes who are often stationed there have taken control of the entire area around the radio and TV headquarters, so everything is back to normal", said government spokesman Guy-Bertrand Mapangou.

"All five of the rebels who tried to take charge were arrested by the authorities," he said, adding that the Army generals, civil society and opposition leaders mentioned in the rebels' statement as potential supporters would be investigated.

Bongo was sworn in as President for his second seven-year term in 2016 in an election marred by violence and accusations of fraud.

After a court validated the election results, Bongo's challenger at the time called the decision "biased" for "pointedly ignoring the urgent calls for transparency launched by the national and international community".


Venezuela military group calls in video for not recognizing Maduro
First Indian-American Senator Kamala Harris announces her 2020 US presidential bid
Boo - The World's Cutest dog dies
UK police speak to 97-year-old Prince Philip for not wearing seat belt
Trump offers protection to undocumented immigrants in exchange of border wall funding
Mexican pipeline explosion kills 71, leaves nightmare of ash
President Trump cancels Speaker Pelosi''s foreign ''excursion'' amid government shutdown
US-led airstrikes kill 20 civilians in eastern Syria: state media
European Council President says discussed next steps on Brexit with May
Talks on possible 2nd Trump-Kim summit set for Washington
May Bashes Corbyn for Refusing to Join Dialogue on Brexit, Says Door Still Open
Death toll from Colombia car bomb climbs to 10
Top Taliban commander among 4 militants killed in Pakistan
UN chief hails 'historic' moment as Palestine takes over reins of G77
Ex Lankan prez Kumaratunga warns Sirisena against any alliance with Rajapaksa
Maduro Vows to Punish National Assembly for Breaking Law
Trump threatens to devastate Turkey if it hits US-backed Kurdish forces, Ankara hits back
Brexit: House of commons prepare for historic vote
China coal mining accident: Death toll rises to 21
Pompeo calls for ending Gulf dispute during Qatar visit
ENTERTAINMENT NEWS
Vaikom Vijayalekshmi ties knot with Anoop
 Vaikom: Playback singer Vaikom Vijayalekshmi has tied knot with Anoop N. at Vaikom Mahadeva temple.  
Mohanlal's Odiyan: Official trailer launched
Mammootty narrates Odiyan's intro?
Sradha Kapoor as Saina Nehwal: First look poster is out.
KERALA NEWS
Mineral sand mining: Talks fail, agitaion to continue
 (Thiruvananthapuram, Jan 17,2019):Conciliatory talks to end the agitation by locals against m
Kerala HC disqualifies Koduvally MLA
Kanakadurga attacked by mother-in-law
Five killes as car and bus collide at Kottarakkara
NATIONAL NEWS
PM condoles demise of Lingayat seer
 New Delhi: Prime Minister Narendra Modi Monday condoled the demise of a prominent Lingayat seer, say
CJI recuses from hearing plea challenging Rao's appointment as interim CBI chief
Cong must be large-hearted for allies, best equipped to lead alliance against BJP: Tejashwi
BJP MLA apologises for objectionable remarks on Mayawati
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