Gambia lifts order that females must cover hair

2016-01-14 18:54

Gambia's government says it has lifted a recent directive stating that all female staff with the government must cover their hair during office hours.

Gambia criminalises female genital mutilation

2015-12-29 19:05

Gambian lawmakers have passed a bill criminalising female circumcision and introducing prison terms of up to three years for anyone flouting the ban.

Gambian presidential election set for December 2016

2015-12-08 11:59

Gambia will hold presidential elections in December 2016 with legislative polls scheduled for four months later, the country’s electoral commission has said.

Gambia's economy faces serious risks – IMF

2015-09-22 11:12

Gambia’s economy faces serious risks from worsening budget, rising inflation and tight interest rates, the International Monetary Fund says.

Detained Gambia journalist now faces charges in high court

2015-08-20 14:52

A Gambian union leader says a journalist detained by authorities now faces charges in high court in the West African nation.

Gambia frees jailed relatives of coup plotters

2015-07-26 11:32

Gambia has released from jail 12 relatives of the plotters of a failed December coup after President Yahya Jammeh issued a new amnesty, state television and a government statement said.

Gambia to reinstate firing squads: president

2015-07-18 20:15

Gambia's president Yahya Jammeh has warned that death row inmates should expect to have their sentences implemented, apparently signalling an end to a three-year unofficial moratorium on executions.

Gambian journalist missing for a week

2015-07-09 20:42

A high-profile Gambian journalist has been missing for a week after being abducted by suspected intelligence agents.

Gambian leader accused of pricing rivals out of polls

2015-06-26 09:07

Pro-democracy activists have accused Gambian leader Yahya Jammeh of trying to price potential opponents out of the market through astronomical rises in registration fees for presidential elections.

Gambia expels EU's top diplomat

2015-06-06 09:46

The government of Gambia has expelled the European Union's top diplomat in the West African state, but gave no further details.


Gambia orders female civil servants to cover hair at work

2016-01-06 12:27

Female civil servants in the west African country of Gambia, recently declared "an Islamic state" by its president, have been ordered to cover their hair at work, a leaked government memo showed.

Gambia now an 'Islamic state', says president

2015-12-12 16:51

The president of the Gambia has declared his country is now "an Islamic state" and the "rights of citizens" will be protected.

Gambian president calls halt to female genital mutilation

2015-11-25 11:48

Gambian President Yahya Jammeh has banned female genital mutilation, branding the practice as outdated and not a requirement of Islam, the information ministry announced Tuesday.

Guinea-Bissau parliament adopts resolution to 'depose' new PM

2015-08-25 10:29

Guinea-Bissau lawmakers have adopted a proposal to try and get rid of the country’s new prime minister through legal means in a bid to resolve a political crisis over his appointment.

'Missing' Gambian journalist in court on sedition charge

2015-08-06 11:23

A high-profile Gambian journalist who went missing in mid-July has appeared in court in the capital Banjul charged with sedition, before being remanded in custody.

Gambia frees more than 200 prisoners including past coup plotters

2015-07-24 19:27

Gambia has released more than 200 prisoners, including 31 jailed for treason during multiple plots to overthrow long-ruling President Yahya Jammeh, prison officials say.

Abducted Gambian journalist freed after 11 days - family

2015-07-15 09:50

A radio journalist who disappeared for more than a week in a kidnapping blamed on Gambia’s secret police has been released, his family says.

Gambian president sacked Supreme Court judges

2015-06-29 09:53

Gambia's hardline president, Yahya Jammeh has dismissed two judges in the Supreme Court after criticising the court’s move to commute several death sentences to life sentences in prison, a leading lawyer says.

Gambia opposition attacks plan to expand death penalty

2015-06-23 17:05

Opposition activists have vowed to fight plans announced by The Gambia to expand the list of offences punishable by death to any crime deemed sufficiently serious by parliament.

Gambia expels Lebanese businessman accused of Hezbollah ties

2015-06-03 07:49

A Lebanese businessman accused by the United States of providing financial support to the Lebanese militant movement Hezbollah has left Gambia in compliance with an expulsion order, government sources say.

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