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03 September 2009 

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Health Son of Late Gabon Leader Wins Election

Government officials in Gabon say Ali Ben Bongo, the son of the nation's late leader, has won Sunday's hotly-contested presidential election. Interior Minister Jean Francois Ndongou told a nation-wide television audience Thursday that the younger Bongo was elected with nearly 42 percent of the vote. He was followed by opposition leader Andre Mba Obame, who received nearly 26 percent. Another opposition leader Pierre Mambounda came in third with 25 percent.

The recent death of Senator Edward Kennedy made many people more aware of brain cancer, in particular malignant gliomas, and the aggressive form of brain cancer that ended Senator Kennedy's life.  Now, doctors are using lasers and new drugs to fight the disease.  VOA's Carol Pearson reports.

And finally, VOA's Rebecca Ward looks at some other unusual animals, and plants, in our latest edition of ‘Going Green’.

For more information:

Bongo's Son Wins Gabon Presidential Election

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