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BREAKING LIVE: Jammeh 'writing statement where he accepts to leave'

2017-01-20 19:00

Get the latest details as outgoing president Yahya Jammeh has been given a final ultimatum to relinquish power after regional troops entered The Gambia.

Group: 11 killed at Nigeria pro-Trump rally, police deny it

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Eleven people were killed when Nigerian security forces cracked down on a demonstration supporting the inauguration of US President-elect Donald Trump, a separatist group has said, though police denied there were any deaths.

Car bomb wounds 12 in Libya's Benghazi

2017-01-20 18:21

A car bomb exploded near a mosque in Libya's second city of Benghazi, wounding 12 people including a former interior minister, say medical and security sources.

Gambia's Jammeh stares down deadline to quit

2017-01-20 17:14

Gambia's Yahya Jammeh faced a "last chance saloon" deadline to step down as troops from five African nations stood by for action and key regional leaders flew in to make a final plea.

UN alarm that most of al-Shabaab's force in Somalia are kids

2017-01-20 16:44

UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres says he is alarmed at reports that children may constitute a large part of the force recruited and used by al-Shabaab Islamic extremists in Somalia.

Algeria's Islamists unify ranks ahead of April poll

2017-01-20 15:18

Algeria's Islamist parties are joining forces ahead of April parliamentary elections in hope of reversing a long political decline and having a greater say in the future of the North African country.

 
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Call for Nigeria military chief to stop intimidating press

2017-01-20 16:44

Nigeria's army chief must stop intimidating a news website and drop defamation charges, the Committee to Protect Journalists has said.

Kenya's new electoral commission sworn in

2017-01-20 15:18

Kenya's new electoral commission was sworn in to replace a team forced to quit after violent protests by opponents who accused them of bias, mismanagement and corruption.

US backs West African intervention in Gambia

2017-01-20 14:25

The United States has said that it backs a West African intervention in The Gambia to restore elected rule, but that it had not been asked to provide military support.

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US stealth bombers kill more than 80 ISIS fighters in Libya

2017-01-20 14:26

More than 80 Islamic State jihadists were killed in a US aerial blitz on training camps in Libya, including fighters involved in plotting attacks in Europe, Defense Secretary Ashton Carter has said.

More than 45 000 people have fled The Gambia: UN

2017-01-20 13:00

More than 45 000 people have fled a political crisis in The Gambia this month, says the UN, as veteran leader Yahya Jammeh faced a midday deadline to leave office.

Italy to boost Tunisia ties following Berlin attack

2017-01-20 11:29

Italy's foreign minister has pledged to strengthen cooperation with Tunisia to combat illegal migration and "terrorism", a month after a Tunisian failed asylum seeker allegedly killed 12 people in Berlin.

Who is Gambia's new leader? A look at Adama Barrow

2017-01-20 09:36

Adama Barrow is a former businessman and real estate mogul who emerged as the unlikely head of a coalition of several Gambian opposition parties.

BREAKING: Regional troops enter Gambia to force Jammeh out

2017-01-20 06:31

Regional troops have charged into neighbouring Gambia to support the country's newly inaugurated president, while longtime ruler Yahya Jammeh shows no sign of stepping down.

Gambia army chief celebrates on street with Barrow supporters

2017-01-20 09:00

Gambian army chief Ousman Badjie celebrated on the street with supporters of President Adama Barrow, after promising his men would not fight approaching African troops.

French military: Death toll in Mali base attack rises to 77

2017-01-20 06:31

A French military spokesperson says the death toll in the attack on an army camp in Gao, in northern Mali, has risen to 77.

UN Security Council unanimously backs Ecowas action in The Gambia

2017-01-19 22:07

The UN Security Council has unanimously backed Ecowas efforts to ensure Gambia's leader Yahya Jammeh hands over power as the West African bloc amassed a military force ready to intervene.

Images show Nigeria bombed refugee camp multiple times

2017-01-19 22:07

Satellite imagery supports witness accounts that Nigeria's military bombed a refugee camp with "multiple air-dropped munitions," even though tents should have been easily visible, says Human Rights Watch .

Mali blast death toll rises to over 70

2017-01-19 22:07

More than 70 people died in a suicide bomb attack in Mali targeting militia groups committed to restoring peace in the African country, according to an updated toll Thursday.

Nigeria plans inquiry into botched air strike

2017-01-19 20:59

Nigeria gave details of a formal probe into a botched air strike that killed at least 70 people, as aid workers feared the bloodshed could affect vital humanitarian programmes.

New Gambia president Barrow inaugurated in Senegal

2017-01-19 19:35

A new Gambian president has been sworn into office in neighboring Senegal, while Gambia's defeated longtime ruler refuses to step down from power, deepening a political crisis in the tiny West African country.

African leaders who refused to stand down

2017-01-19 19:12

Before Gambia's President Yahya Jammeh, who has disputed his rival Adama Barrow's election victory, many African heads of state have attempted, in some cases successfully, over the past few years to remain in power beyond their legal mandate.

Adama Barrow: Gambia's unassuming president-in-waiting

2017-01-19 18:14

He is quiet, understated and until recently unknown, but Adama Barrow - an Arsenal supporter who was once a security guard in London - has become the flagbearer for a new era of change in The Gambia.

Nigerian air force overflies The Gambia: official

2017-01-19 20:03

The Nigerian air force is flying over The Gambia, an official has said, as African troops seemed ready to force incumbent Yahya Jammeh to quit after his December election defeat.

Somali migrant faces murder, torture charges in Italy

2017-01-19 16:02

A Somali man faces charges in Italy for murder, torture and extortion allegedly committed among refugees in Libya after several migrants identified him by chance in Milan.

UN to vote on backing Ecowas action in The Gambia

2017-01-19 14:59

The UN Security Council is set to vote on a draft resolution endorsing the West African bloc Ecowas in its efforts to ensure a transfer of power in The Gambia, diplomats say.

Mozambique rains: 1 dead, thousands affected

2017-01-19 12:21

A child has died after a building partially collapsed due to heavy rains in Mozambique, where hundreds of families have had to be moved to higher ground after their houses flooded, a report says.

Gambia army chief says troops will not fight intervention

2017-01-19 13:36

Gambia's army chief has said he would not order his men to fight other African troops if they enter Gambian territory, speaking as Senegalese and other troops massed on his nation's borders.

Calls mount against Tunisia jail-for-joint law

2017-01-19 10:47

Tunisia is facing mounting calls, from rights groups all the way up to the head of state, to reform a law that jails youths for a year for smoking a joint.

Boko Haram attacks camp bombed by Nigeria's air force

2017-01-20 13:00

Witnesses say Boko Haram extremists have attacked a refugee camp in northeast Nigeria just days after Nigeria's air force bombed it.

Nigeria's botched air strike killed 90 - MSF

2017-01-20 11:29

A botched air strike by the Nigerian Air Force earlier this week on a camp for people displaced by the Boko Haram insurgency killed at least 90 people, MSF says.

'Mugabe to die this year' pastor denied bail

2017-01-20 09:36

A prominent Zimbabwean cleric, who prophesied that President Robert Mugabe would die this year, has been denied bail by a Harare magistrate on charges of offending other religions.

Jammeh has until midday 'to hand over power' – Ecowas

2017-01-20 08:14

Long-ruling Gambian leader Yahya Jammeh, who lost elections last month, has until midday to hand over power and agree to leave the country or face military action, regional bloc Ecowas says.

Celebrations erupt in Gambia after Barrow inauguration

2017-01-20 06:31

Gambians, including the country's army chief have taken to the streets in scenes of wild celebration after President Adama Barrow was inaugurated in neighbouring Senegal.

Senegal: Troops enter Gambia in effort to get Jammeh to go

2017-01-20 09:00

Senegalese troops have charged into neighboring Gambia in a show of force to oust longtime ruler Yahya Jammeh after he failed to step aside when his mandate ended at midnight

AS IT HAPPENED: Jammeh refuses to step down as Barrow is sworn-in

2017-01-19 21:00

Get the latest details as a military intervention is looming in Gambia following President Yahya Jammeh’s refusal to step down after he was defeated in the December 1 elections.

Gambia's Barrow demands army loyalty after swearing in

2017-01-19 22:07

The Gambia's new president, Adama Barrow, has taken the oath of office in the country's embassy in Senegal and immediately called on the security forces to "demonstrate their loyalty" in his standoff with defeated leader Yahya Jammeh.

Burundi drops threat to withdraw troops from AU Somalia mission

2017-01-19 22:07

Burundi has said it would not follow through on its planned withdrawal of troops from the African Union Mission in Somalia (Amisom) after reaching an agreement over the payment of wages.

Kenya university teachers follow doctors in nationwide strike

2017-01-19 22:07

University lecturers in Kenya have began a strike over pay, joining doctors who walked out in early December, crippling the country's healthcare.

Libya electricity crisis keeps PM away from Davos

2017-01-19 20:59

Libya's unity government chief Fayez al-Sarraj called off taking part in the World Economic Forum in Davos because of worsening power cuts at home, says his spokesperson.

Yahya Jammeh: devout and erratic leader of The Gambia

2017-01-19 19:13

Gambian President Yahya Jammeh, who is facing possible military intervention to force him to step down, seized power in a 1994 coup and clung to office for 22 years with a blend of severity, mysticism and iron-clad self-belief.

Top Africa stories: Jammeh, Moz, Nigeria

2017-01-19 18:14

Yahya Jammeh remains in office despite looming regional military intervention, and Zimbabwe's police officers are raking in at least $59m from roadblock fines each year.

Uganda confirms hundreds of Congolese M23 rebels missing

2017-01-19 17:04

Hundreds of members of a Congolese rebel group have fled a military camp where they had been awaiting amnesty since the signing of a peace deal with Democratic Republic of Congo's government in 2013, says Uganda's government.

Nigeria's Buhari heads to Britain for medical treatment

2017-01-19 16:02

Nigeria's President Muhammadu Buhari's office has said he was to travel to London for health checks - the second time in less than a year he has gone to Britain for medical treatment.

Air strike error: Nigerian Air Force dropped 'two bombs' on town, aid worker says

2017-01-19 14:46

The Nigerian Air Force dropped two bombs on the centre of a town where tens of thousands of people were seeking refuge from Boko Haram, says an aid worker who witnessed the attack.

Burundi ruling party youths wage violent attacks: HRW

2017-01-19 14:22

Young men belonging to Burundi's ruling party are growing increasingly powerful, often collaborating with national intelligence agents as they wage brutal attacks on perceived opponents, says Human Rights Watch.

Expelled rights researcher returns to DRC

2017-01-19 13:36

A researcher with the US-based Human Rights Watch says she had been allowed to return to the Democratic Republic of Congo which expelled her last year.

Gambia president-elect plans inauguration in Senegal

2017-01-19 13:06

Gambia's president-elect has said he will be sworn into office at the Gambian embassy in neighboring Senegal, while there was no word from longtime leader Yahya Jammeh on the day that his mandate expired.

Egypt refers over 300 terror suspects to military prosecutor

2017-01-19 10:47

Egyptian authorities have referred over 300 alleged Islamists to military prosecutors over charges of terrorism and affiliation to a militant group which was behind a string of attacks targeting police and military

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