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Gambia searches Jammeh's palaces for missing millions

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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
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Gambian schoolkids denied US visas for robotics competition

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Gambian schoolkids denied US visas for robotics competition

- BANJUL, Gambia (AFP) – A group of high-flying Gambian schoolchildren were denied visas to attend a robotics competition in the United States, they told AFP on Tuesday (July 4), following a similar rejection of an all-girls team from Afghanistan. The group of five teenagers from the tiny West African nation were invited to attend the FIRST Global Challenge in Washington DC this month to show off their engineering skills in front of peers from 160 countries
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Gambia ends talks with African Petroleum, seeks new bidders

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Gambia ends talks with African Petroleum, seeks new bidders

- Oslo-listed African Petroleum's share price fell 57 percent after the story was published, prompting the bourse to temporarily suspend trading. The company, founded by Australian-Romanian billionaire Frank Timis, issued a statement denying that its licences had been terminated. African Petroleum had been seeking to prolong its exploration period, which expired in September 2016, and to that end its chief executive met with new President Adama Barrow, who replaced long-ruling Yahya Jammeh in January
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US denies visa for school robotics team from The Gambia

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US denies visa for school robotics team from The Gambia

- Five teenage pupils from The Gambia who built a robot for a prestigious international competition in the United States will not be able to accompany their invention to the event after being denied a visa. The Gambian pupils become the second team of students to be refused entry to attend the FIRST Global robotics event in Washington, DC on July 16-18
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West African troops extend Gambia mission for a year

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West African troops extend Gambia mission for a year

- Monrovia, Liberia | AFP | The Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) said it has extended the mandate of its military mission in The Gambia. The force, consisting mainly of soldiers from neighbouring Senegal, was first sent to the small country in January to compel longstanding president Yahya Jammeh to relinquish power to his elected successor Adama Barrow. At a weekend summit in the Liberian capital Monrovia, the 15-nation body commended the “crucial role” played by the mission in keeping The Gambia secure but leaders took note of “the fragile situation” in the country and extended the mission for 12 months
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Gambia’s Jammeh ‘stole $50m’ from govt frozen assets

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Gambia’s Jammeh ‘stole $50m’ from govt frozen assets

- Banjul. The Gambia’s longtime former ruler Yahya Jammeh stole at least $50-million from the state, the country’s justice minister said Monday, in the first major anti-corruption move by the country’s new president. It is the first time the new government of the small west African nations has put a figure to the amount it believes Jammeh plundered from state coffers before leaving for exile in Equatorial Guinea in January after 22 years in power
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Gambia's Jammeh 'stole US$50m', assets frozen: Minister

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Gambia's Jammeh 'stole US$50m', assets frozen: Minister

- BANJUL, Gambia: The Gambia's longtime former ruler Yahya Jammeh stole at least US$50-million from the state, the country's justice minister said on Monday (May 22), in the first major anti-corruption move by the country's new president. It is the first time the new government of the small west African nations has put a figure to the amount it believes Jammeh plundered from state coffers before leaving for exile in Equatorial Guinea in January after 22 years in power
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Gambia to set up truth and reconciliation commission on Jammeh's rule

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Gambia to set up truth and reconciliation commission on Jammeh's rule

- Gambia said on Thursday it would set up a Truth and Reconciliation Commission and offer reparations to victims of former President Yahya Jammeh's government, which is accused of the torture and killing of perceived opponents. Justice Minister Abubacarr Tambadou said in a statement that the government will also probe the finances of Jammeh, who fled into exile in January to Equatorial Guinea after a rule that began in 1994 when he seized power in a coup
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Gambia ruling coalition breaks up ahead of April poll

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Gambia ruling coalition breaks up ahead of April poll

- President Adama Barrow. Photo/AFP The Gambia's ruling coalition has broken apart ahead of a parliamentary poll next month, dealing a blow to new President Adama Barrow as he overhauls the country's political system following his shock election victory. Nine political parties will run separately in the April 6 election, seven of which had united last December to oust veteran leader Yahya Jammeh, who ruled the tiny west African nation with an iron fist for 22 years
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Gambia coalition near collapse over legislative election

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Gambia coalition near collapse over legislative election

- Gambian President Adama Barrow. Photo/AFP Gambian coalition parties which united last year to deliver the first new president in 22 years are unlikely to run together for legislative elections next month, a senior government source told AFP. President Adama Barrow said in January his coalition government would "continue as a family" in selecting candidates for the national assembly poll on April 6, a declaration now thrown into doubt. "We cannot reach an agreement on how to contest the parliamentary election," a senior figure within Barrow's administration told AFP late Thursday
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Gambia coalition near collapse over legislative election

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Gambia coalition near collapse over legislative election

- Banjul, Gambia | AFP | Gambian coalition parties which united last year to deliver the first new president in 22 years are unlikely to run together for legislative elections next month, a senior government source told AFP. President Adama Barrow said in January his coalition government would “continue as a family” in selecting candidates for the national assembly poll on April 6, a declaration now thrown into doubt. “We cannot reach an agreement on how to contest the parliamentary election,” a senior figure within Barrow’s administration told AFP late Thursday
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Gambia frees nearly 100 prisoners from Jammeh era

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Gambia frees nearly 100 prisoners from Jammeh era

- Gambian authorities have released 98 prisoners, mostly from the notorious Mile 2 prison, an Interior Ministry spokesman said on Friday, as the country seeks to turn a page on the authoritarian era of ousted former president Yahya Jammeh. The release follows the freeing of about 170 prisoners two weeks ago. Gambian President Adama Barrow last month replaced the head of the military, a pillar of his predecessor Jammeh's government, and
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Top Africa stories: Mugabe, Nigeria, Gambia

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Top Africa stories: Mugabe, Nigeria, Gambia

- Xenophobia: Nigerian lawmakers to visit SA 'to ascertain true state of affairs' Lagos – At least six Nigerian lawmakers are reportedly set to visit South Africa following the recent xenophobic attacks in Pretoria and Johannesburg. According to Punch.com, the Nigerian delegate would be led by Femi Gbajabiamila, the Majority Leader of the west African country's House of Representatives. The lawmakers, the report said, would also be accompanied by foreign affairs
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Gambia arrests former spychief linked to killings

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Gambia arrests former spychief linked to killings

- Authorities in Gambia have detained the former head of the National Intelligence Agency, a body human rights groups say tortured and killed perceived opponents of former leader Yahya Jammeh, who went into exile last month after losing an election. The former director general of the agency, Yankuba Badgie, and its ex-director of operations, Sheikh Omar Jeng, were arrested on Monday, police spokesman Foday Conta said on Tuesday. Jammeh set up
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Tension in Gambia as ex-president Jammeh's supporters arrested

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Tension in Gambia as ex-president Jammeh's supporters arrested

- Gambian police said they arrested 51 people in a former stronghold of ex-president Yahya Jammeh for harassing followers of new leader Adama Barrow, amid lingering tensions following Jammeh's flight into exile. Jammeh narrowly lost a December 1 election to Barrow after 22 years of authoritarian rule. Jammeh initially refused to step down but fled to Equatorial Guinea last month as international military forces descended on the capital Banjul to uphold
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Barrow sworn in at packed stadium, pledges to revive economy

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Barrow sworn in at packed stadium, pledges to revive economy

- Gambia's President Adama Barrow vowed on Saturday to revive the country's faltering economy with sweeping reforms as he sought to draw a line under the erratic 22-year rule of his predecessor. Barrow was sworn into office a month ago during a brief exile in Senegal as Yahya Jammeh refused to accept his defeat in a December election. Jammeh fled into exile days later as troops from West African countries prepared
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  • Gambia searches Jammeh's palaces for missing millions
    Gambia searches Jammeh's palaces for missing millions

    , channelnewsasia.com

    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
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Politics & Government

  • Trump, Gambia, Rick Perry: Your Thursday Evening Briefing
    Trump, Gambia, Rick Perry: Your Thursday Evening Briefing

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    Want to get this briefing by email? Here’s the sign-up.) Good evening. Here’s the latest. 1. President-elect Donald Trump arrived in Washington a day ahead of his inauguration, praising his cabinet picks as having “by far the highest I.Q. of any cabinet ever assembled.” But the nominees have had some stumbles during confirmation hearings. The billionaire Steven Mnuchin, Mr. Trump’s pick for Treasury secretary, faced scrutiny over his failure to
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Sports

  • Furman back for Bafana
    Furman back for Bafana

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    Bafana Bafana coach Shakes Mashaba announced his 23-man squad to face Gambia in their penultimate 2017 Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) qualifier. The squad included SuperSport United midfielder Dean Furman, who was left out of previous qualifiers. Mashaba's charges are two games away of finding out whether or not they will qualify for the prestigious tournament. Bafana Bafana have to win their remaining two games in order to have
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Business

  • Gambian authorities seize ex-president Jammeh's bank accounts
    Gambian authorities seize ex-president Jammeh's bank accounts

    , reuters.com

    DAKAR Gambian authorities have seized assets including 86 bank accounts and 131 properties linked to former president Yahya Jammeh, an official said on Monday, as an investigation into the veteran ruler's wealth gathers pace. The new government has accused Jammeh of massive fraud including siphoning off public money during his 22-year rule that ended in election defeat and disgraced exile in Equatorial Guinea in January
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Health

  • U.S. surgeons remove 6-pound tumour from Gambia girl's mouth
    U.S. surgeons remove 6-pound tumour from Gambia girl's mouth

    , ctvnews.ca

    NEW HYDE PARK, N.Y. -- Twelve-year-old Janet Sylva of Gambia wants to be a doctor when she grows up, she says with a broad grin -- one that surgeons in New York gave back to her after removing from her mouth one of the largest tumors they'd ever seen. The 6-pound benign tumour was about the size of a cantaloupe. It prevented Janet from eating, and her breathing had become so difficult that doctors were afraid she might die within a year if nothing was done
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Family & Parenting

  • Gambia president-elect's son 'killed by dogs'
    Gambia president-elect's son 'killed by dogs'

    , independent.co.ug

    Banjul, Gambia | AFP | An eight-year-old son of The Gambia’s president-elect Adama Barrow has died after being bitten by dogs, a family source said Monday, days before his contested inauguration. Barrow, who is in Senegal, is scheduled to be sworn in on Thursday, but President Yahya Jammeh has declared he will not step down by then. “President-elect Barrow’s son, Habibou, died yesterday evening (Sunday) after he was bitten by
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Society & Culture

  • Gambia President-elect Adama Barrow's son killed by dog
    Gambia President-elect Adama Barrow's son killed by dog

    , the-star.co.ke

    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. Barrow missed his son's funeral as he was advised to remain in Senegal for his safety. Barrow won the election last year but outgoing President Yahya Jammeh does not accept the result.
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Travel & Recreation

  • 1,800 Dutch tourists cut short their Gambia breaks
    1,800 Dutch tourists cut short their Gambia breaks

    , dutchnews.nl

    Some 1,800 Dutch tourists have ended their holiday in Gambia early because of the state of emergency, tour operator calamity fund Calamiteitenfonds said on Thursday. The last two planes bringing back holidaymakers arrived at Schiphol airport early on Thursday morning. One had been charted by Corendon, the other by TUI. Former president Yahya Jammeh of the Gambia has refused to recognise the recent election results and on Monday declared a
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Law & Crime

  • Gambia frees nearly 100 prisoners from Jammeh era
    Gambia frees nearly 100 prisoners from Jammeh era

    , the-star.co.ke

    Gambian authorities have released 98 prisoners, mostly from the notorious Mile 2 prison, an Interior Ministry spokesman said on Friday, as the country seeks to turn a page on the authoritarian era of ousted former president Yahya Jammeh. The release follows the freeing of about 170 prisoners two weeks ago. Gambian President Adama Barrow last month replaced the head of the military, a pillar of his predecessor Jammeh's government, and
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Life & Style

  • Gambia to set up truth and reconciliation commission on Jammeh's rule
    Gambia to set up truth and reconciliation commission on Jammeh's rule

    , the-star.co.ke

    Gambia said on Thursday it would set up a Truth and Reconciliation Commission and offer reparations to victims of former President Yahya Jammeh's government, which is accused of the torture and killing of perceived opponents. Justice Minister Abubacarr Tambadou said in a statement that the government will also probe the finances of Jammeh, who fled into exile in January to Equatorial Guinea after a rule that began in 1994 when he seized power in a coup
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Media & Information

  • News24.com | Gambia crisis: Authorities shut popular independent radio station
    News24.com | Gambia crisis: Authorities shut popular independent radio station

    , news24.com

    Banjul - Popular independent Gambian radio station Teranga FM was on Sunday ordered to cease operations by national security agents for unspecified reasons, a security source and staff member said. The station, which translates news from Gambian papers into local languages, has previously been silenced and in 2015 its manager was slapped with sedition and "publication of false news" charges for privately sharing a provocative photo of President Yahya Jammeh.
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