By Jill Serjeant NEW YORK (Reuters) - Canadian rapper Drake and British DJ Calvin Harris took home early awards at the MTV Video Music Awards (VMAs) on Sunday on a night expected to be dominated by "Lemonade" singer Beyonce. Rihanna, this year's VMA lifetime achievement award winner, kicked off the show and was expected to perform some of her biggest hits in two more appearances during the 2 1/2-hour ceremony from New York's Madison Garden.
Gabon's main opposition candidate Jean Ping has claimed victory in weekend presidential polls, but incumbent Ali Bongo's camp said the call was "dangerous and illegal" before official results. The official tally of votes will not be published until Tuesday and some voters voiced fears of a repeat of the violence seen after a disputed 2009 election. Bongo's spokesman however said the announcement was "dangerous", while his Interior Minister Pacome Moubelet Boubeya warned it was "illegal to declare results before the relevant authorities".