Gambia leader Jammeh pleads for more time

President Yahya Jammeh says there were irregularities in the Gambian election process

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 and Mauritanian presidents arrived in Banjul for last-ditch talks. Mr Jammeh’s elected successor, Adama Barrow, was sworn in as president ...

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Gambia crisis: Jammeh given last chance to resign as troops close in

News of Adama Barrow's presidency was met with celebrations in the Gambian capital Banjul

West African leaders have given Yahya Jammeh a final opportunity to relinquish power after Senegalese troops entered The Gambia. Mr Jammeh has been given until noon on Friday to leave office or be forced out by UN-backed regional forces. Troops have been told to halt their advance until the deadline passes. The Economic Community of West African States (Ecowas) is ...

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May: UK will lead world on free trade


Theresa May has told leaders at the World Economic Forum in Davos that the UK will be a “world leader” on trade. But the prime minister also warned that inequality blamed on globalisation was aiding the “politics of division”. Her speech to business leaders and politicians in Switzerland comes after EU leaders said a post-Brexit trade deal with the UK ...

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

President Yahya Jammeh says there were irregularities in the Gambian election process

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 Jammeh has ignored the deadline. West African military forces are ready to enforce a transfer of power. Mauritanian President Mohamed ...

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May: UK must leave EU single market


Theresa May has said the UK “cannot possibly” remain within the European single market, as staying in it would mean “not leaving the EU at all”. But the prime minister promised to push for the “freest possible trade” with European countries and to sign new deals with others around the world. She also announced Parliament would get to vote on ...

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Gambia President-elect Adama Barrow’s son killed by dog

Adama Barrow won the election last year but the current president has rejected the result

The son of Gambia’s President-elect Adama Barrow has died after being bitten by a dog. Eight-year-old Habibu Barrow is reported to have died on the way to the hospital on Sunday in Manjai near the Gambian capital Banjul. Mr Barrow missed his son’s funeral as he was advised to remain in Senegal for his safety. Mr Barrow won the election ...

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Yemen conflict: At least 10,000 killed, says UN

Houthi rebels and Saudi-led coalition forces have been fighting for more than 21 months

At least 10,000 people have been killed in the war in Yemen between Houthi rebels and the Saudi-led coalition supporting the government, the UN says. The organisation said the death toll “underscores the need to resolve the situation” that has lasted for more than 21 months. The news came as a UN envoy met President Abdrabbuh Mansour Hadi on Monday ...

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Istanbul Reina nightclub attack suspect captured

Police released a photo of the bloodied detainee

Turkish police have arrested the main suspect in the New Year’s Eve attack on an exclusive nightclub in Istanbul after a huge manhunt. Abdulkadir Masharipov is believed to have mounted the assault on the Reina club which left 39 people dead. The Uzbek national is said to have been caught in Istanbul’s Esenyurt district. Citizens of Israel, France, Tunisia, Lebanon, ...

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Migrant crisis: About 100 missing after boat sinks off Libyan coast

This 12 January photo shows migrants crowded on to an inflatable dinghy before rescue off Libya's coast

About 100 migrant passengers are missing in the Mediterranean Sea after their boat sank off the coast of Libya. The Italian coastguard, which is conducting a search, said eight bodies had been recovered from the water, and four people had been rescued. But dozens were still believed missing after darkness fell, in difficult search conditions. The boat sank between Libya ...

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