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President Bongo of Gabon Dies in Spain

After some confusion, Gabon officials have confirmed that President Bongo, the longest serving African leader, has died. He was being treated for cancer in Spain at the time of his death. The country will have a 30-day period of mourning, CNN.

The U.S. is calling for two American journalists, sentenced to 12 years of hard labor in a North Korean camp, to be released. The Obama administration says they believe the harsh sentence to be a ploy used to gain leverage. Laura Ling, 32, and Euna Lee, 36, were charged with illegally entering North Korean territory, but their families say they were actually arrested while they were on the border and had no intention of entering the country, New York Times.

International soccer star Kaka has been traded from Inter Milan to Real Madrid. Reports had indicated that Chelsea was interested in him, but his six-year deal is now complete, BBC Sport.

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17 Bodies Found So Far From Air France Flight 447

Elections for the European Union parliament ended today. Far right parties made gains, including the British National Party, a party that only allows white members, which won one seat in parliament, Times Online. Check out BBC News’ helpful election results here.

A total of 17 bodies have been recovered so far from the Air France Flight 447 crash. The bodies were found about 700 miles off of Brazil’s coast. Authorities say they can still not rule out the possibility that an explosion caused the crash, CNN.

President Omar Bongo of Gabon, 73, has reportedly died after a serving the country since 1967. Bongo was under investigation for corruption charges along with two other African leaders, BBC News. Update: According to BNO, Gabon says reports that President Bongo has died are false.

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