Gambian Parliament Extends Yahya Jammeh’s Term

Gambian Parliament Extends Yahya Jammeh’s Term The Gambia’s parliament has extended President Yahya Jammeh’s term, which is due to end on Thursday following his defeat in elections, by 90 days. It also approved his decision to declare a 90-day state of emergency in the tiny West African state. Regional leaders have threatened to use military […]

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Bloodshed Looms in Gambia As Errant Jammeh Declares State Of Emergency

Bloodshed Looms in Gambia As Errant Jammeh Declares State Of Emergency Gambians are in massive fear as President Yahya Jammeh whose term ends today, declares a 90-day state of emergency. He decried “extraordinary” foreign interference in his country’s affairs and December’s election. Regional leaders have been unsuccessfully trying to persuade Jammeh to hand over power […]

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Dog Kills Gambian President-Elect’s Son

Dog Kills Gambian President-Elect’s Son The son of Gambia’s President-elect Adama Barrow has died after being bitten by a dog. Eight-year-old Habibu Barrow is reported to have died on the way to the hospital on Sunday in Manjai near the Gambian capital Banjul. Barrow missed his son’s funeral as he was advised to remain in […]

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Gambians Flee the Country Ahead Of Barrow ‘Inauguration’

Gambians Flee the Country Ahead Of Barrow ‘Inauguration’ A worker at The Gambia’s main ferry crossing has told the BBC that thousands of people are fleeing every day as they are “afraid of war”. “People are in chaos, people are leaving” as they don’t know what is going to happen, he said.   The Gambia’s […]

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Turkish Cargo Plane Crash: Death Toll Has Risen To 37

Turkish Cargo Plane Crash: Death Toll Has Risen To 37 A Turkish cargo plane flying from Hong Kong has crashed in Kyrgyzstan, killing at least 37 people, most of them on the ground, officials say. The Boeing 747 TC-MCL aircraft operated by ACT Airlines crashed as it landed in fog at Manas airport, 25km (15 […]

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Death Toll Rises after Brazil Prison Riot

Death Toll Rises after Brazil Prison Riot By Agencies At least 26 people have died during a 14-hour riot in a Brazilian prison, police said. The revised death toll is three times what was initially reported, and could increase further, the sources said. On Saturday afternoon, violence erupted between members of rival gangs at Alcacuz […]

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Gambia President-Elect Barrow ‘To Stay In Senegal Until Inauguration’

Gambia President-Elect Barrow ‘To Stay In Senegal Until Inauguration’ The Gambia’s president-elect Adama Barrow is to remain in Senegal until his planned inauguration on Thursday, state media in Senegal say. The move was requested by West African leaders after a Mali summit, APS said. President Yahya Jammeh, who initially admitted election defeat, says he will not step […]

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Gambia’s President-elect, Barrow Flees the Country

Gambia’s President-elect, Barrow Flees the Country The Gambia’s President-elect, Adama Barrow, has left the country after talks failed to persuade the incumbent President Yahya Jammeh to step down. This came after Nigeria’s president efforts to strike a deal with Jammeh to relinquish power were futile. Barrow is now heading to Mali, where he will meet […]

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North Korea Delivers New Year Message, Warns U.S Against Hostile Policies

North Korea Delivers New Year Message, Warns U.S Against Hostile Policies By Patrick Ochaido Supreme leader of the Democratic Peoples’ Republic of Korea (DPRK) has delivered a powerful New Year-2017 message and warned U.S against their hostile policies. While making his New Year Address for 2017, Kim Jong Un said that last year an epochal […]

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Jammeh Wants Court to Block Barrow’s Inauguration

Jammeh Wants Court to block Barrow’s inauguration By Agencies A lawyer for The Gambia’s president has filed an injunction asking the Supreme Court to bar the swearing in of the president-elect this month, as Yahya Jammeh battles on in his attempt to annul his election defeat. The strongman of 22 years initially acknowledged opponent Adama […]

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Gambian army chief pledges allegiance to defeated president

Gambian army chief pledges allegiance to defeated president The head of Gambia’s army has given his full backing to the country’s president, Yahya Jammeh, amid a deepening political crisis. Mr Jammeh suffered a surprise electoral defeat last month to Adama Barrow. He initially accepted the result but changed his mind days later, citing electoral “abnormalities”. […]

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SPLM-IO Denies Holding Tanzanian Pilot

SPLM-IO Denies Holding Tanzanian Pilot By Alex Masereka South Sudan’s SPLM/SPLA In Opposition has trashed allegations by the country’s government that it is holding a Tanzanian pilot captive. This denial is contained in a press statement issued by, Mabior Garang Mabior (Chairman), SPLM National Committee For Information And Public Relations Mobile Office on Monday. “…the leadership of the […]

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Tanzania’s president sacks head of power firm over tariff hike

Tanzania’s president sacks head of power firm over tariff hike Tanzanian President John Magufuli sacked the head of the state-run electricity company on Sunday after the firm put up tariffs, a move the president said would stymie his plans to industrialize the east African country. Tanzania’s energy regulator on Thursday approved a power tariff hike […]

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Migrants found hidden in suitcase

Migrants found hidden in suitcase Police have detained two Moroccans who tried to smuggle migrants into Spain’s North African enclave of Ceuta – two hidden in a car and one in a suitcase. When police checked a car on Monday one person was found hidden in the dashboard and another in the hollowed-out back seat. […]

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The Gambia’s FM Radio Stations Shut Down

The Gambia’s FM Radio Stations Shut Down Security forces in The Gambia have shut down two private radio stations, the main press union has said, amid a crisis over President Yaya Jammeh’s refusal to step down. The closure of Teranga FM and Hilltop Radio was a “slap in the face” for democracy, said Emil Touray, […]

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Car bomb kills three in Somali capital

Car bomb kills three in Somali capital A car bomb attack has killed at least three security forces at a checkpoint near the international airport in the Somali capital of Mogadishu, police say. Somali police officer Mohamed Hussein said a bomber detonated explosives on a vehicle as security forces were searching cars near the airport […]

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Gambia’s Jammeh accuses ECOWAS of declaring war

Gambia’s Jammeh accuses ECOWAS of declaring war Gambian President Yahya Jammeh has accused the West African regional bloc ECOWAS of declaring a war against his country amid an ensuing political crisis there. In a New Year’s speech broadcast on state TV, the Gambian president pledged to defend his country against what he called any foreign […]

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China announces ban on ivory trade by end of 2017

China announces ban on ivory trade by end of 2017 China has announced a ban on all ivory trade and processing activities by the end of 2017. Conservation groups hailed the decision as “historic” and a “game-changer” for the future of elephants. The move follows a resolution at the Convention on International Trade in Endangered […]

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Kill, Slaughter, Kidnap All Nigerians — Boko Haram Leader

Kill, Slaughter, Kidnap All Nigerians — Boko Haram Leader The ringleader of the Nigeria-based Boko Haram Takfiri terrorist group has urged the militants to beef up extreme violence against people, denying recent claims by the government that the group has been crushed. In a video posted on YouTube purportedly by Boko Haram on Friday, a […]

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Burundi Minister Put Out Of Action in Bujumbura

Burundi Minister Put Out Of Action in Bujumbura Burundi’s Environment Minister Emmanuel Niyonkuru has been shot dead by unknown assailants in the capital Bujumbura, police said. Niyonkuru, 54, the country’s water, environment and planning minister, was “killed by a criminal with a gun on his way home to Rohero, around 00:45,” according to a tweet […]

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