Friday, April 23, 2021

Gambia talks fail as president refuses to step down

The Gambia's President-elect, Adama Barrow, has left the country after talks failed to persuade President Yahya Jammeh to step down. Nigeria's president flew to Banjul to try to broker a deal but Mr Jammeh would...

Mahama in Gambia to mediate

Ghana’s former President John Dramani Mahama is in Banjul together with the ECOWAS Mediator in the political situation in The Gambia, Nigeria's Muhammadu Buhari, for talks with President Yahya Jammeh. President Mahama, who is the...

Tearful Joe Biden awarded freedom medal by Obama

President Barack Obama has awarded an emotional and surprised Joe Biden the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the highest US civilian honour. Mr Obama praised his vice-president for his "faith in your fellow Americans, for your...

US visa-free residency for Cubans ends

President Barack Obama has ended the longstanding policy that grants residency to Cubans who arrive in the US without visas. The 20-year-old policy allows Cuban migrants who reach US soil to become legal permanent residents...

Gambia crisis: Nigerian MPs back asylum for Jammeh

Nigerian MPs have voted to give The Gambia's President Yahya Jammeh asylum if he accepts his defeat in elections and gives up power. The "clock is ticking fast" and efforts to end the crisis in...

Spy chief Clapper ‘denounced’ claims – Trump

Donald Trump says the top US spy called him to "denounce" allegations that Russian intelligence have compromising information about the president-elect. Mr Trump tweeted that the unverified claims were "false and fictitious". Director of National Intelligence...

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...

Nigeria Boko Haram crisis: Aid agencies ‘wasting funds’

Most aid groups operating in Nigeria's north-east are wasting funds meant to help victims of the Islamist Boko Haram insurgency, a state governor has said. Only eight of 126 registered agencies in Borno state were...

Morocco ‘bans the sale and production of the burka’

Morocco has banned the sale, production and import of the burka, according to local reports. Letters announcing the ban were sent out on Monday, giving businesses 48 hours to get rid of their stock, the...

Trump Russia ties: Kremlin says it has no ‘compromising’ information

Russia has denied claims its intelligence agencies have compromising material about Donald Trump. Dmitry Peskov, President Vladimir Putin's spokesman, said the allegations were "pulp fiction" and a "clear attempt to damage relations". The unsubstantiated claims say...

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