There's much more going on in the world than the Trump impeachment and Brexit. Here are five momentous global stories to track in 2020.
Feeding a simple narrative of piracy without a broader look at other maritime security challenges hinders progress in dealing with it.
The discovery sheds light on how early humans evolved larger brains and the ability to eat meat.
Gabon's strongman president, Ali Bongo, is barely clinging to power after contested elections, a stroke and a coup attempt. The Bongo family has run this stable central African nation for 52 years.
It's all too common for local scholars to be sidelined in what are supposed to be genuine research partnerships.
Gabon is a wealthy and stable country and this might explain why the January 7 coup attempt failed.
More leaders in more African countries will abolish term limits unless organisations like the African Union take action.
Camera traps in the Batéké Plateau National Park in Gabon are showing some interesting finds.
Gabon's Ali Bongo Ondimba has watched over constitutional changes that have given him far reaching powers.
Africa needs strong institutions. But they can only be built if there's a change in leadership.
Rap has become instrumental in constructing identity and radically reshaping relations to politics in Gabon and other African states.
New, fascinating observations about the behaviour of wild chimpanzees showed that they can apply a complex technique to access honey.
For Gabonese officers, military interventions like that underway now in the Central African Republic, are also a pathway to politics.
The sheer number of top African footballers playing in foreign leagues is one of the most notable trends of the current Africa Cup of Nations tournament. It has an impact on the African game too.
National electoral commissions are crucial in shaping public perceptions of how well democracy is working. Poor electoral management can enable fraud and produce political alienation.
Gabon has the lowest trust ratings of any election commission among the 36 African countries surveyed by Afrobarometer.
Technocrats across the African continent are battling to change the direction of corrupt, violent governments
Only 28% of working women across the globe are fully protected by maternity laws that provide for time off work with full pay.
It's easy to dismiss Africa as a place that is, at best, a provider of commodities, land and labour. A closer look shows that the continent is innovative and offers a lot more opportunities.
French and African presidents have, in the past, entertained close relationships outside official channels. These often included illegitimate exchanges. But there are signs that this is changing.