Gambia opposition to field single presidential candidate

2016-10-15 09:00

Gambia's opposition parties have announced they would unite around a single candidate for December's presidential election, in an unusual show of unity as President Yahya Jammeh seeks a fifth term in power.

Gambia to have first female presidential candidate

2016-09-02 13:43

A women’s rights activist in the Gambia currently campaigning against female genital mutilation says she will put herself forward as the country’s first-ever female presidential candidate.

US man: Wife wrongly jailed in The Gambia

2016-07-21 19:33

A Maryland man says his wife has been wrongfully sentenced to three years' imprisonment in The Gambia following her arrest during an anti-government protest there.

Gambia bans child marriage

2016-07-09 17:36

Gambian President Yahya Jammeh has announced a ban on child marriage in the predominantly Muslim west African nation.

Gambia trio tortured for accusing president of ethnic slur

2016-06-21 23:02

Three men charged with sedition in the Gambia have been tortured in jail and made to sign false testimonies, their lawyer says, after they allegedly said the president disliked the country's majority ethnic group.

US monitoring Gambia's detention of Maryland woman

2016-06-16 07:32

The US says it is closely monitoring Gambia's detention of an American citizen from Maryland who was arrested during an anti-government demonstration while visiting her native country.

US embassy in Gambia closed after police guards removed

2016-06-10 06:17

The US embassy in Banjul has been closed for all but essential services after Gambian authorities removed its police protection.

Senegal's southern forests may disappear by 2018

2016-05-26 22:28

Senegal's heavily forested southern region of Casamance will have no tree cover left by 2018 if illegal logging driven by Chinese demand is not addressed.

Senegal-Gambia border talks break up

2016-05-16 21:59

A first round of Senegal-Gambia talks to end a three-month border blockade has ended without agreement.

Gambia, Senegal hold border blockade talks

2016-05-15 09:47

Senegal and Gambia are due to hold talks aimed at ending a three-month border blockade that has created shortages of essential daily items on both sides of the frontier.


Gambia's first female presidential candidate calls on Jammeh 'to go'

2016-09-03 20:33

Gambia’s first-ever female presidential candidate Isatou Touray it is time for President Yahya Jammeh “to go”, promising to rejoin the Commonwealth community and set the country on a path of prosperity.

Gambian opposition says party member dies in custody

2016-08-23 12:48

A member of Gambia's main opposition has died in state custody, the United Democratic Party says, in the second such case in five months.

Gambia opposition leader gets 3-year jail sentence

2016-07-21 09:02

Opposition leader Ousainou Darboe was sentenced to three years in jail on Wednesday in the Gambia for organising a rare demonstration protesting the death in custody of a party member.

Developing countries fuel west Africa as cocaine hub

2016-06-24 07:38

Developing markets are fuelling an increase in cocaine trafficking through west Africa, the UN Office on Drugs and Crime says in a new report.

Gambia admits prominent activist died in detention

2016-06-18 21:41

Gambian authorities have acknowledged that prominent opposition activist Solo Sandeng died after his arrest in April, Human Rights Watch and the slain campaigner's lawyer says.

Gambia bans drumming, dancing and music during Ramadan

2016-06-14 08:58

The Gambia has banned music, dancing and drumming during the Muslim holy month of Ramadan, on pain of being arrested – and people are complying, police say.

Rights group: Gambia must end brutal crackdown

2016-06-03 09:58

Gambian activists and politicians have called on West Africa's economic body to take actions against Gambia for its brutal crackdown on rights to freedom of expression and peaceful assembly in the run-up to elections later in the year.

Senegal-Gambia border reopens

2016-05-25 21:00

Senegal's border with the Gambia has reopened to commercial traffic after a three-month blockade caused by Senegalese truckers.

Gambia president hits out at Senegal over border dispute

2016-05-15 21:03

Provocative comments by Gambian President Yahya Jammeh have threatened to overshadow talks with Senegal aimed at resolving a three-month border blockade.

4 US citizens sentenced for attempted Gambian coup

2016-05-13 10:08

Four US citizens have been sentenced for their roles in a failed attempt to overthrow the government in the West African nation of Gambia.

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