The Gambia Crisis: Yahya Jammeh Says He Will Step Down

The 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 followed hours of talks between Mr Jammeh and West African mediators. He gave no details […]

Gambia Leader Gets Final Ultimatum

Gambia Leader Gets Final Ultimatum

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 […]

Gambia President-Elect Adama Barrow’s Son Killed By Dog

Gambia President-Elect Adama Barrow’s Son Killed By Dog

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. […]

Calm Returns To Ivory Coast After Unrest

Calm Returns To Ivory Coast After Unrest

A rebellion in Ivory Coast over soldiers’ pay appears to have passed. Residents and correspondents in the second city, Bouake, described calm on the streets – a day after troops briefly seized the defence minister. The rebellion had spread from there to other cities, including the commercial hub, Abidjan, but that city, too, is now […]

Afghan Migrant Stabs Christian Woman ‘For Reading From The Bible’

Afghan Migrant Stabs Christian Woman ‘For Reading From The Bible’

An Afghan migrant stabbed a middle-aged Christian woman in the chest – after he heard her reading from the Bible in an asylum seeker residence where he lived. The 50-year-old woman was stabbed with a knife while visiting in an asylum seeker accommodation in Timelkam in Voecklamarkt in Upper Austria. Her alleged attacker was a […]

DR Congo Deal Agreed To End Kabila Rule

DR Congo Deal Agreed To End Kabila Rule

A deal has been signed to end Joseph Kabila’s 15-year rule in the Democratic Republic of Congo – but the president himself has yet to add his signature. Senior ministers backed the deal, which would see Mr Kabila stay on until elections are held by the end of 2017. The country has faced a crisis […]

DR Congo Floods Leave 50 Dead

DR Congo Floods Leave 50 Dead

At least 50 people have died and thousands have been left homeless after severe flooding in the south-west of the Democratic Republic of Congo. Torrential rain caused the Kalamu river, which flows through the city of Boma, to burst its banks on Tuesday. The bodies of some of the victims had ended up in neighbouring […]

Top Nigeria Cleric Rejects Equality Bill

Top Nigeria Cleric Rejects Equality Bill

Nigeria’s most senior Muslim cleric has rejected a new gender equality bill, which proposes that women and men inherit an equal share. The Sultan of Sokoto, Mohamed Sa’ad Abubakar, said Muslims would not accept the violation of Islamic law guaranteeing men a greater share. Nigeria’s main Christian body has welcomed the bill, saying its religion […]

Tensions Mount In DR Congo as End Of Kabila’s Term Nears

Tensions Mount In DR Congo as End Of Kabila’s Term Nears

Security forces patrolled the tense streets of Kinshasa on Sunday after the suspension of last-ditch talks to find a peaceful way out of the nation’s political crisis sparked by the end of President Joseph Kabila’s mandate. Negotiations to agree a way forward for the Democratic Republic of Congo after December 20, when Kabila’s second term […]

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