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Gambia ends talks with African Petroleum, seeks new bidders

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West African troops extend Gambia mission for a year

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Gambia ruling coalition breaks up ahead of April poll

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Gambia frees nearly 100 prisoners from Jammeh era

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Gambia scraps age limit for presidential candidates

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Project to rebuild The Gambia after brutal rule
A group of musicians, television producers and filmmakers have launched a project to help re-build The Gambia's shattered economy, following 22 years of brutal rule under the country's former dictator. That figure was later revised by The Gambia's Justice Minister Abubacarr Tambadou to approximately £37m. The country is , Adama Barrow, who was elected President on a platform of greater democratic freedom and political reforms   Read More ...
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LISCR Coach Tapha Manneh Recognized in Gambia
LISCR FC’s Gambian head coach, Tapha Manneh, has been recognized for his work in leading his team to be the Liberia Football Association’s First Division and FA Cup Champions. Currently, on a two-month vacation, Manneh was recognized by the Gambia Coaches Association over the weekend. In 2016, Manneh became the first Gambian head coach to work out of the Gambia when he joined LISCR on a three-year deal   Read More ...
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Chinese Embassy in Gambia celebrates China's 68th anniv.
The Chinese Embassy in Gambia, based in the west African country's capital Banjul, held a reception to celebrate the 68th anniversary of the founding of the People's Republic of China on Friday. Chinese Ambassador Zhang Jiming said the founding of the People's Republic of China on October 1 in 1949 was historic for China and the world. "From 2013 to 2016, China topped the world with an annual GDP growth at 7   Read More ...
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Gambia pledges to abolish death penalty
Banjul, Gambia | AFP | The Gambia has pledged to abolish the death penalty in a clean break with the former regime of Yahya Jammeh, giving activists hope that more African states will follow its example. President Adama Barrow, elected in December 2016, signed a UN treaty on the abolition of capital punishment following his maiden speech at the world body’s general assembly, the government said in a press release Thursday   Read More ...
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China, Gambia agree to further parliamentary exchanges
China and Gambia on Monday agreed to further parliamentary exchanges and cooperation. China's top legislator Zhang Dejiang held talks with Speaker of the National Assembly of Gambia Mariam Jack Denton in Beijing. Zhang, chairman of the National People's Congress (NPC) Standing Committee, said the resumption of diplomatic ties between the two countries started a new chapter in political mutual trust, economic and trade cooperation, as well as people-to-people exchanges   Read More ...
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Gambia hails Zim’s health sector | The
A Gambian delegation undergoing training on the results-based financing (RBF) project has hailed Zimbabwe’s health system as one of the best in Africa. Executive director, National Nutrition Agency and project coordinator for the RBF in The Gambia, Mr Modou Cheyassin Phall, said their 10-day visit to Zimbabwe taught them a number of lessons. He was briefing journalists in Harare yesterday on their visit   Read More ...
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Gambia turns to private companies for maritime policing
Made possible by poor monitoring capacity and, in some cases, corrupt local officials, illegal fishing costs West Africa’s coastal nations around $2.3 billion a year, according to a recent study. Chinese fishing boats are regularly seized by regional coast guards for fishing illegally. An investigation published by marine conservation group Oceana this week found that European vessels had also broken European Union law in West Africa   Read More ...
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EU states broke law by allowing fishing off Gambia, Equatorial Guinea: watchdog
ABIDJAN (Reuters) - Portugal, Spain, Greece and Italy broke European Union law by authorizing vessels to fish in the territorial waters off Gambia and Equatorial Guinea, according to the findings of conservation group Oceana published on Tuesday. Fishing vessels from Europe and Asia are drawn to West Africa, particularly for high-value tuna. Many ships operate legally but West African states are vulnerable to illegal fishing because of corruption and a lack of maritime policing capacity   Read More ...
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The Gambia consider quitting WAFU over officiating
The Gambia Football Federation (GFF) says it is considering its position within the West African Football Union (WAFU). Their comments come after refereeing controversies at the last two regional tournaments. The GFF has submitted complaints to the regional body and the Confederation of African Football over a penalty awarded at the ongoing WAFU Cup of Nations. "We will probably discuss the issue in a month's time during our next executive committee meeting   Read More ...
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Gambia's new president leaves to perform Muslim pilgrimage
Banjul - Gambia's government says new President Adama Barrow is leaving for Saudi Arabia to perform the annual Muslim pilgrimage known as the hajj. This is not his first official trip overseas. Barrow was in Riyadh earlier this year for the American-Arab Islamic Summit. Barrow won December 1 presidential elections, defeating longtime leader Yahya Jammeh. Jammeh went into exile in Equatorial Guinea in January after a political standoff   Read More ...
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Gambia's new president leaves to perform Muslim pilgrimage
BANJUL, Gambia (AP) — Gambia's government says new President Adama Barrow is leaving for Saudi Arabia to perform the annual Muslim pilgrimage known as the hajj. This is not his first official trip overseas. Barrow was in Riyadh earlier this year for the American-Arab Islamic Summit. Barrow won Dec. 1 presidential elections, defeating longtime leader Yahya Jammeh. Jammeh went into exile in Equatorial Guinea in January after a political standoff   Read More ...
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Gambia's new president leaves to perform Muslim pilgrimage
BANJUL, Gambia (AP) — Gambia's government says new President Adama Barrow is leaving for Saudi Arabia to perform the annual Muslim pilgrimage known as the hajj. This is not his first official trip overseas. Barrow was in Riyadh earlier this year for the American-Arab Islamic Summit. Barrow won Dec. 1 presidential elections, defeating longtime leader Yahya Jammeh. Jammeh went into exile in Equatorial Guinea in January after a political standoff   Read More ...
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Tynwald Hansard support to National Assembly of The Gambia
A week-long training programme delivered in July to the Hansard team of the National Assembly of The Gambia by Tynwald Head of Hansard Ellen Callister has proved the successful first phase of a joint project sponsored by the Westminster Foundation for Democracy (WFD) working with the UK Commonwealth Parliamentary Association (CPA UK) in a move ‘to bring parliament to the people’ of the West African republic   Read More ...
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Killed and dumped in wells: probe reveals horrors of Gambia's ex-regime
DAKAR/BANJUL (Reuters) - When 52 West African migrants sneaked into Gambia from Senegal on July 21, 2005, they expected to meet a boat to ferry them to Spain, but instead they were arrested and put to death on the orders of then-president Yahya Jammeh. Jammeh, in power for more than two decades until he fled into exile earlier this year, had feared the migrants were mercenaries come to overthrow him   Read More ...
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Gambia revokes diplomatic passports of ex-leader Jammeh and family
Banjul, Gambia | AFP | The Gambia has revoked the diplomatic passports of ex-leader Yahya Jammeh and his associates, the foreign ministry said Thursday, as the new government pursues former regime figures it believes embezzled state funds. Jammeh plundered an estimated $50 million before leaving for exile in Equatorial Guinea in January after 22 years in power, the country’s justice minister announced in May, promising a commission would trace the money   Read More ...
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Gambia revokes diplomatic passports of ex-leader and family
Banjul (Gambia) (AFP) - The Gambia has revoked the diplomatic passports of ex-leader Yahya Jammeh and his associates, the foreign ministry said Thursday, as the new government pursues former regime figures it believes embezzled state funds. Jammeh plundered an estimated $50 million before leaving for exile in Equatorial Guinea in January after 22 years in power, the country's justice minister announced in May, promising a commission would trace the money   Read More ...
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Gambia cancels diplomatic passports of ex-dictator, family
Banjul - Gambia's government has cancelled the diplomatic passports of former President Yahya Jammeh and his family members. The list seen by The Associated Press indicates that 207 people have had their diplomatic passports revoked with immediate effect. Jammeh's wife, her two children and other relatives also are targeted by the government's decision. The move comes almost a week after media reports about the presence of former first lady Zainab Jammeh in the capital of neighboring Senegal   Read More ...
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Gambia cancels diplomatic passports of ex-dictator, family
BANJUL, Gambia (AP) — Gambia's government has cancelled the diplomatic passports of former President Yahya Jammeh and his family members. The list seen by The Associated Press indicates that 207 people have had their diplomatic passports revoked with immediate effect. Jammeh's wife, her two children and other relatives also are targeted by the government's decision. The move comes almost a week after media reports about the presence of former first lady Zainab Jammeh in the capital of neighboring Senegal   Read More ...
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Gambia cancels diplomatic passports of ex-dictator, family
BANJUL, Gambia (AP) — Gambia's government has cancelled the diplomatic passports of former President Yahya Jammeh and his family members. The list seen by The Associated Press indicates that 207 people have had their diplomatic passports revoked with immediate effect. Jammeh's wife, her two children and other relatives also are targeted by the government's decision. The move comes almost a week after media reports about the presence of former first lady Zainab Jammeh in the capital of neighboring Senegal   Read More ...
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China to cooperate with Gambia in infrastructure, agriculture, tourism
Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi holds talks with visiting Gambian Foreign Minister Ousainou Darboe in Beijing, capital of China, Aug. 1, 2017. (Xinhua/Zhang Ling) China is ready to enhance cooperation with Gambia in infrastructure, agriculture, tourism and other fields, said Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi on Tuesday. Wang said the resumption of diplomatic ties between the two countries has not only brought bilateral relations back to the right track, but also opened up broad prospects for cooperation   Read More ...
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China's ties to Gambia set to grow
Foreign Minister Wang Yi meets with counterpart Ousainou Darboe. China vowed on Tuesday to beef up cooperation on infrastructure construction, agriculture and tourism with Gambia, the West African nation that resumed diplomatic ties with Beijing last year. Foreign Minister Wang Yi made the remarks when meeting his Gambian counterpart Ousainou Darboe at the Foreign Ministry. Darboe is on a China visit from Monday to Sunday   Read More ...
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China's ties to Gambia set to grow
Foreign Minister Wang Yi meets with counterpart Ousainou Darboe. China vowed on Tuesday to beef up cooperation on infrastructure construction, agriculture and tourism with Gambia, the West African nation that resumed diplomatic ties with Beijing last year. Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi meets with his Gambian counterpart Ousainou Darboe in Beijing on Tuesday. (Photo/Xinhua) Foreign Minister Wang Yi made the remarks when meeting his Gambian counterpart Ousainou Darboe at the Foreign Ministry   Read More ...
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Pollution clouds Gambia's efforts to woo China
Gunjur (Gambia) (AFP) - The Gambia is courting Beijing's attention after re-establishing diplomatic relations last year, but villagers and activists say Chinese investment is a double-edged sword as they fight a firm accused of dumping waste. Chinese firms in Africa are frequently accused of polluting the environment to produce materials ready to export back home, in incidents recorded by experts across the mines of Guinea, oil fields of Chad and forests of the Congo basin   Read More ...
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Pollution clouds Gambia's efforts to woo China
The Gambia is courting Beijing's attention after re-establishing diplomatic relations last year, but villagers and activists say Chinese investment is a double-edged sword as they fight a firm accused of dumping waste. Chinese firms in Africa are frequently accused of polluting the environment to produce materials ready to export back home, in incidents recorded by experts across the mines of Guinea, oil fields of Chad and forests of the Congo basin   Read More ...
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Adama Barrow: How do you solve a problem like The Gambia?
Six months ago, businessman and political novice Adama Barrow took power in Africa's smallest mainland country after delivering a stunning defeat against ex-leader Yahya Jammeh, who had ruled brutally for 22 years. When Barrow finally took power in The Gambia in late January after a prolonged political crisis, the euphoria soon turned to grim recognition that Jammeh had more or less cleaned out the nation's coffers before leaving for exile in Equatorial Guinea, he tells AFP in an interview   Read More ...
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Adama Barrow: how do you solve a problem like The Gambia?
Adama Barrow: how do you solve a problem like The Gambia? Banjul, Gambia | AFP | Six months ago, businessman and political novice Adama Barrow took power in Africa’s smallest mainland country after delivering a stunning defeat against ex-leader Yahya Jammeh, who had ruled brutally for 22 years. When Barrow finally took power in The Gambia in late January after a prolonged political crisis, the euphoria soon turned to grim recognition that Jammeh had more or less cleaned out the nation’s coffers before leaving for exile in Equatorial Guinea, he tells AFP in an interview   Read More ...
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Adama Barrow: how do you solve a problem like The Gambia?
Banjul (Gambia) (AFP) - Six months ago, businessman and political novice Adama Barrow took power in Africa's smallest mainland country after delivering a stunning defeat against ex-leader Yahya Jammeh, who had ruled brutally for 22 years. When Barrow finally took power in The Gambia in late January after a prolonged political crisis, the euphoria soon turned to grim recognition that Jammeh had more or less cleaned out the nation's coffers before leaving for exile in Equatorial Guinea, he tells AFP in an interview   Read More ...
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Adama Barrow: how do you solve a problem like The Gambia?
Banjul - Six months ago, businessman and political novice Adama Barrow took power in Africa's smallest mainland country after delivering a stunning defeat against ex-leader Yahya Jammeh, who had ruled brutally for 22 years. When Barrow finally took power in The Gambia in late January after a prolonged political crisis, the euphoria soon turned to grim recognition that Jammeh had more or less cleaned out the nation's coffers before leaving for exile in Equatorial Guinea, he tells AFP in an interview   Read More ...
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Gambia justice minister promises new post-Jammeh constitution
Banjul - The Gambia's justice minister has promised a new constitution to be voted on by referendum as the tiny west African country transitions from the long rule of former strongman Yahya Jammeh. Attorney General and Justice Minister Abubacarr Tambadou said on Thursday the new national charter would entirely replace the 1997 version written largely to consolidate Jammeh's power after he took control in a 1994 coup   Read More ...
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Top Africa stories: Mugabe, Obasanjo, Gambia
Is Mugabe's son-in-law eyeing a parliamentary seat? Harare – President Robert Mugabe's son-in-law Simba Chikore is reportedly eyeing a parliamentary seat in Zimbabwe's Makoni North constituency, Manicaland province. According to NewsDay, unnamed Zanu-PF senior party leaders said that Chikore was preparing to contest the seat in next year's election on a Zanu-PF ticket. They alleged that Chikore was fixing roads and "sunk boreholes in the area, as he prepares for his campaign"   Read More ...
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Gambia investigators find dozens more Jammeh-linked assets
Banjul - Gambia's justice minister says investigators have uncovered dozens of additional properties, bank accounts and companies belonging to former president Yahya Jammeh. The discoveries come a week after President Adama Barrow announced the formation of a commission to investigate Jammeh's assets. In May, the government seized some $50m in assets tied to Jammeh and froze 131 properties and more than 80 bank accounts linked to him   Read More ...
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Gambia investigators find dozens more Jammeh-linked assets
BANJUL, Gambia (AP) — Gambia's justice minister says investigators have uncovered dozens of additional properties, bank accounts and companies belonging to former president Yahya Jammeh. The discoveries come a week after President Adama Barrow announced the formation of a commission to investigate Jammeh's assets. In May, the government seized some $50 million in assets tied to Jammeh and froze 131 properties and more than 80 bank accounts linked to him   Read More ...
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Gambia investigators find dozens more Jammeh-linked assets
BANJUL, Gambia – Gambia's justice minister says investigators have uncovered dozens of additional properties, bank accounts and companies belonging to former president Yahya Jammeh. The discoveries come a week after President Adama Barrow announced the formation of a commission to investigate Jammeh's assets. In May, the government seized some $50 million in assets tied to Jammeh and froze 131 properties and more than 80 bank accounts linked to him   Read More ...
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Tynwald Hansard project to support National Assembly of The Gambia
A Tynwald Hansard project is to support the National Assembly of The Gambia. Tynwald’s head of Hansard Ellen Callister will travel to the West African country at the end of July to deliver an initial week-long intensive training programme, the first of a two-phase project sponsored by the Westminster Foundation for Democracy (WFD). The project comes in response to a specific request from the assembly on learning of the success of a two-week training programme delivered in the Isle of Man by the Tynwald Hansard team to two officers of the Parliament of Sierra Leone in September 2016   Read More ...
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Gambia sets up commission to investigate ex-leader's assets
Banjul - Gambia's president says the government has formed a commission to investigate assets of Yahya Jammeh, his predecessor as the west African country's leader. President Adama Barrow said on Thursday the four-person commission will look into the management of some public enterprises, assets and financial transactions of Jammeh, his family and some associates. Barrow says the commission will also investigate allegations of abuse of office, mismanagement of public funds and violations of the constitution   Read More ...
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Gambia sets up commission to investigate ex-leader's assets
BANJUL, Gambia – Gambia's president says the government has formed a commission to investigate assets of Yahya Jammeh, his predecessor as the West African country's leader. President Adama Barrow said Thursday the four-person commission will look into the management of some public enterprises, assets and financial transactions of Jammeh, his family and some associates. Barrow says the commission will also investigate allegations of abuse of office, mismanagement of public funds and violations of the constitution   Read More ...
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Gambia sets up commission to investigate ex-leader's assets
BANJUL, Gambia (AP) — Gambia's president says the government has formed a commission to investigate assets of Yahya Jammeh, his predecessor as the West African country's leader. President Adama Barrow said Thursday the four-person commission will look into the management of some public enterprises, assets and financial transactions of Jammeh, his family and some associates. Barrow says the commission will also investigate allegations of abuse of office, mismanagement of public funds and violations of the constitution   Read More ...
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Gambia searches Jammeh's palaces for missing millions
KANILAI, Gambia: In a warehouse on the sprawling country estate of Gambia's exiled former leader, Yahya Jammeh, silver platters pile up beside dusty crates of empty champagne bottles with labels commemorating his 1994 coup. A bailiff picks through the boxes and scribbles down notes - the start of what the new government says is a search for tens of millions of dollars of looted assets, an investigation that Jammeh's supporters have dismissed as a witch-hunt   Read More ...
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Gambia searches Jammeh's palaces for missing millions
In a warehouse on the sprawling country estate of Gambia's exiled former leader, Yahya Jammeh, silver platters pile up beside dusty crates of empty champagne bottles with labels commemorating his 1994 coup. A bailiff picks through the boxes and scribbles down notes - the start of what the new government says is a search for tens of millions of dollars of looted assets, an investigation that Jammeh's supporters have dismissed as a witch-hunt   Read More ...
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World Bank commits $56 million to Gambia in budget support
The World Bank will provide Gambia with $56 million in budget support to help the West African country's new government address a high deficit and provide basic public services. Despite an influx of foreign donor money after succeeding longtime strongman Yahya Jammeh in January, President Adama Barrow's government is struggling to balance its books, running a projected 1 billion dalasi ($21   Read More ...
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