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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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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New Year celebrations: New Zealand’s Auckland first world city to welcome in 2017

New Year celebrations: New Zealand’s Auckland first world city to welcome in 2017 Auckland in New Zealand has become the first major world city to welcome 2017. Fireworks erupted from the 328m (1,080ft) tall Sky Tower in the city centre. Polynesia and Pacific islands including Samoa, Tonga and Kiribati entered 2017 at 10:00 GMT. Many […]

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21 dead as twin bombs rip through Iraq market

21 dead as twin bombs rip through Iraq market At least 21 people have been killed and 40 people wounded in a double bombing at a busy market in the centre of the Iraqi capital, Baghdad, officials say. The explosions happened near shops selling spare parts for cars in the al-Sinak market, according to police […]

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Russia’s Putin decides not to expel US diplomats

Russia’s Putin decides not to expel US diplomats Russian President Vladimir Putin has decided not to expel US diplomats in reprisal for Washington’s recent sanctions. “We will not create problems for U.S. diplomats. We will not expel anybody,” Putin said in a statement on Friday. Earlier, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov proposed to expel 35 […]

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Mali sends back migrants deported by France

Mali sends back migrants deported by France Mali has sent back two people who were deported from France on the same planes they arrived on, questioning whether they were even Malian citizens. The pair were flown to Bamako using European travel permits or “laissez-passer”, not passports or other Malian papers, the government said. The government […]

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Sudan parliament votes for reinstating post of prime minister

Sudan parliament votes for reinstating post of prime minister Sudanese lawmakers have voted for a constitutional amendment that will reinstate the post of prime minister after more than two decades. President Omar al-Bashir annulled the position of prime minister after he came to power in 1989. On Wednesday, all the 387 lawmakers present out of […]

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Kabila to stay in power for one more year in unexpected deal with Congo leaders

Kabila to stay in power for one more year in unexpected deal with Congo leaders The ruling government and the opposition bloc in the Democratic Republic Congo ( DRC) have agreed in principle to keep incumbent President Joseph Kabila in power until the end of 2017. The unexpected deal was reached after at least 34 […]

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I Am Going No Where— Gambia’s Yahya Jammeh

I Am Going No Where— Gambia’s Yahya Jammeh Gambian President Yahya Jammeh has declared he will not step down despite losing to opposition leader Adama Barrow in a presidential election earlier this month. In comments on state television late on Tuesday, Jammeh also condemned mediation by the West African regional bloc ECOWAS, which has been […]

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Blast at Mexico fireworks factory kills 29

Blast at Mexico fireworks factory kills 29 At least 29 people have been killed and some 70 others injured in a blast at a fireworks market in Mexico. The explosion happened at the San Pablito fireworks market in Tultepec, about 32 kilometers north of Mexico City, on Tuesday. The casualty toll may rise as rescue workers continue […]

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DR Congo anti-Kabila protests ‘leave more than 20 dead’

DR Congo anti-Kabila protests ‘leave more than 20 dead’ More than 20 people have been killed in clashes between protesters and security forces in the Democratic Republic of Congo’s capital, Kinshasa, over President Joseph Kabila’s failure to give up power, a UN official has said. Some of the dead were shot at close range by […]

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MH370 ‘not likely to be in search area’

MH370 ‘not likely to be in search area’ Experts leading the hunt for Malaysia Airlines flight MH370 have said the plane is unlikely to be found in the current search area, and recommended looking further north. No trace of the plane has been recovered in the southern Indian Ocean, after more than two years of […]

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Seven killed in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo clashes

Seven killed in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo clashes Clashes between police and militiamen in the troubled eastern Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) have left seven people, including a South African peacekeeper and a police officer, dead. On Monday, militiamen attacked a prison near the city of Butembo in the eastern province of North […]

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