Africa

Al-Shabab fighters attack Kenya military base in Somalia

Islamist militant al-Shabab fighters have launched an attack on a Kenyan military base in southern Somalia. The al-Qaeda-linked group says it has killed more than 50 soldiers and seized military vehicles and weapons. But a Kenyan military spokesman said the

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Lundi Tyamara: South African gospel star dies aged 38

South African gospel star Lundi Tyamara, has died after a battle with stomach TB and a liver condition. His family confirmed that he died on Friday morning in Edenvale hospital in Johannesburg. The 38-year-old singer, loved for his energetic stage

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Gambia’s new President Adama Barrow to return home

Gambia’s new President, Adama Barrow, says he will return to the country on Thursday to assume power – days after his predecessor left. Mr Barrow, who has been staying in neighbouring Senegal, won elections in December. However a handover was

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The Gambia ‘missing millions’ after Jammeh flies into exile

More than $11m (£8.8m) is missing from The Gambia’s state coffers following the departure of long-time leader Yahya Jammeh, an adviser to President Adama Barrow has said. Mai Ahmad Fatty said financial experts were trying to evaluate the exact loss.

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Ex-President Yahya Jammeh leaves The Gambia after losing election

Gambia’s former President Yahya Jammeh has left the country in the wake of elections that ousted him after 22 years in power. He boarded a plane to Guinea and from there will travel on to exile in Equatorial Guinea, regional

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Gambia crisis: Yahya Jammeh says he will step down

The Gambia’s long-term leader Yahya Jammeh says he will step down, after refusing to accept defeat in elections. In an announcement on state TV, he said it was “not necessary that a single drop of blood be shed”. The statement

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Gambia crisis: Jammeh pleads for more time as troops close in

The Gambia’s defeated President Yahya Jammeh has asked for a deadline for him to leave office or be forced out by UN-backed forces to be extended until 16:00 GMT on Friday. The earlier deadline of noon passed as the Guinean

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Gambia crisis: Barrow inauguration in Senegal as Jammeh stays put

The man who won The Gambia’s disputed election says he will be sworn in as president at the country’s embassy in neighbouring Senegal. Adama Barrow announced the ceremony in a message posted on Facebook. Last-ditch efforts by regional leaders to

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Gambia’s President Jammeh refuses to leave office as deadline passes

Gambian President Yahya Jammeh is refusing to step down despite the threat of military intervention by neighbouring states. Adama Barrow, who beat him in elections last month, is due to be inaugurated as the new president on Thursday, but Mr

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Mali car bomb ‘kills at least 50 people’ in Gao

At least 50 people have been killed in northern Mali in a car bomb attack on a military base, officials say. A vehicle packed with explosives detonated at a camp housing soldiers and members of rival armed groups in the

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Nigeria jet mistakenly bombs refugees

A Nigerian military jet has mistakenly bombed a camp for displaced people in the north-east, killing at least 52 people and injuring many more. Aid workers are among the dead in Rann, with the Red Cross saying six of its

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The Gambia’s president declares state of emergency

Gambian President Yahya Jammeh has declared a 90-day state of emergency a day before his official mandate ends. He decried “extraordinary” foreign interference in his country’s affairs and December’s election. Regional leaders have been unsuccessfully trying to persuade Mr Jammeh

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Gambia poll winner Adama Barrow says Jammeh should not seek asylum

The winner of December’s presidential election in The Gambia says there is no need for President Yahya Jammeh to seek asylum and he is confident direct talks can solve the crisis. He was confident he would be sworn in next

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Somali town bans lavish wedding spending

A Somali town has banned lavish weddings to encourage young people to marry and stop them migrating. Receptions in hotels would no longer be allowed and only three goats could be slaughtered to feed guests, Beled Hawa’s commissioner told the

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Gambia’s President Jammeh vows ‘to stay till election ruling’

Gambian President Yahya Jammeh has said he will not step down before a Supreme Court decision on disputed elections, a ruling now not expected until May. In a nationwide TV broadcast, the longstanding ruler also reiterated his concern at “foreign

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