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Gambians 'anxiously' await 'carefully monitored' Jammeh's exit after pledge to go

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Gambians on are anxiously awaiting the departure of strongman Yahya Jammeh after he agreed to stand down following 11th-hour talks with west African leaders to head off a regional military intervention.

Peace, security of The Gambia 'is our collective heritage', says Jammeh

2017-01-21 11:01

The peace and security of The Gambia is our collective heritage which we must jealously guard and defend, Yahya Jammeh has said, as he announced his decision to step down following last-chance talks with west African leaders before a military intervention.

EXCLUSIVE: So how DID Mugabe get away with it? Zimbabweans look to the Gambia with envy

2017-01-21 09:00

"We need an Ecowas in southern Africa!" That was the tweeted wail from prominent Zimbabwe lawyer Fadzayi Mahere this week as she and many Zimbabweans watched events up in the Gambia with envy.

Jammeh: I believe it's not necessary that a single drop of blood be shed

2017-01-21 07:00

Gambia's defeated leader Yahya Jammeh says he has decided to relinquish power, as he believes "it is not necessary that a single drop of blood be shed", following talks with regional leaders.

AS IT HAPPENED: Yahya Jammeh 'agrees to step down and leave The Gambia'

2017-01-20 20:20

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

 
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PRAYING:   Gambia's new President Adama Barrow attending Friday prayer at the Omarienne mosque in Dakar.

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Peacekeepers leaving Sudan's Darfur found with arms - UN

2017-01-21 09:00

The United Nations peace mission in Sudan's conflict-wracked Darfur region says it has opened an inquiry after one of its units was found leaving the region with weapons.

Adama Barrow: Gambia's unassuming president for change

2017-01-21 07:02

He rose from nowhere, but Adama Barrow - an Arsenal fan who was once a security guard in London - was elected on people's hopes of delivering long-wanted change in The Gambia.

New Gambia leader says 'rule of fear' is over

2017-01-20 23:43

Gambia's newly inaugurated leader has spoken to members of the country's diaspora in neighboring Senegal, telling them that "the rule of fear has been vanished from the Gambia for good."

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Gambia's defeated leader agrees to cede power: Official

2017-01-20 22:30

Defeated Gambian leader Yahya Jammeh has agreed to cede power to the country's newly inaugurated leader, a Senegalese government official has confirmed.

The Latest: UN official says mediators making good progress

2017-01-20 21:22

A United Nations official says Gambia mediators making good progress in getting long time leader Yahya Jammeh to leave office.

Gambia's defence chief won't fight, supports Barrow

2017-01-20 20:16

Gambia's chief of defence forces pledged his allegiance to the country's new president, a major shift as mediation continued to persuade the defeated Yahya Jammeh to cede power.

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

2017-01-20 19:15

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.

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.

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.

'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.

Death toll now 90 in Nigeria air strike, could reach 170

2017-01-20 22:30

The death toll from a botched Nigerian air strike against Boko Haram that hit a camp for displaced people has risen to 90, and could climb as high as 170, Doctors Without Borders has said.

Zimbabwe data prices, a frontline in anti-Mugabe protests

2017-01-20 21:23

For opponents of Zimbabwe's veteran President Robert Mugabe, internet data charges have become a key battlefront in their campaign against a regime that often cracks down violently on dissent.

40 dead in Mozambique rainy season

2017-01-20 20:16

At least 40 people have been killed and 76 000 others affected by floods and storms since Mozambique's rainy season started in October, officials have said, warning of further heavy rainfall.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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