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By Gerauds Wilfried Obangome LIBREVILLE (Reuters) - Gabon voted on Saturday amid growing discontent over the failure to raise living standards despite its oil wealth, posing the potentially biggest challenge yet to President Ali Bongo, whose family has dominated the nation for half a century. Bongo faced nine other candidates - compared with 22 in the last election - but his main rival was veteran diplomat Jean Ping. In 2009, Bongo won with just 41.73 percent of the vote.
By Umit Bektas KARKAMIS, Turkey (Reuters) - A group allied to Kurdish-backed Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) said it was bombarded by Turkish warplanes on Saturday, after Turkey's military launched an incursion this week into northern Syria against both Islamic State and Kurdish forces. If the jets struck targets linked to the Kurdish-aligned group, it would signal Turkey's action against Kurdish-backed forces in Syria was being ratcheted up a notch. The Jarablus Military Council, a group that is part of the Kurdish-backed SDF, said the jets hit a village south of the strategic town of Jarablus, causing civilian casualties.
Spa-Francorchamps (Belgium) (AFP) - Nico Rosberg took advantage of title rival and Mercedes team-mate Lewis Hamilton's grid penalty to storm to pole position for the Belgian Grand Prix at Spa on Saturday.