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Gambia opposition head arrested as protests erupt over death in custody

Banjul - The leader of the Gambia's main political opposition was arrested Saturday following a second round of rare demonstrations in the country, with supporters demanding answers over the death in custody of a senior party figure.

Gambia strongman Jammeh eyes fifth term in office: TV

Banjul - Gambian President Yahya Jammeh, who has been in power for 21 years, will run for a fifth term in office when the country holds presidential elections in December, public television said.

Gambia outlaws female genital mutilation

Gambia has joined at least 20 African countries to ban the practice of female genital mutilation (FGM), an antiquated tradition involving the partial or full removal of the female genitalia.

Gambia president declares country an 'Islamic state'

Banjul - President Yahya Jammeh has declared the Gambia "an Islamic state", but stressed that the rights of the Christian minority in the small west African country would be respected and that women would not be held to a dress code.

Gambia's president declares country an Islamic republic

Banjul - President Yahya Jammeh of Gambia announced on Friday he has declared the small West African country an Islamic republic, saying the move is in line with the majority religion, and an effort to break from its colonial past.

Rights activists voice fears for missing Gambian journalist

Banjul - A high-profile Gambian journalist has been missing for a week after being abducted by suspected intelligence agents, press freedom campaigners said on Thursday, voicing fears for his safety.

African scientists leading charge against anti-gay laws in Africa

Homosexuality is “un-African,” or at least that's what some national leaders would have you believe. The Academy of Science of South Africa, however, is pushing back, having released a report refuting and condemning anti-gay laws.

Activists denounce Africa's silence over migrant drownings

Banjul - Despite cries of alarm from European politicians over the deaths of migrants in the Mediterranean, African leaders have been silent over an issue they fear underlines their weak governance, say campaigners.

Gambian troops go door-to-door in search of failed coup plotters

Banjul - Gambian security forces went door-to-door in the capital Banjul on Friday in search of participants in a failed coup against the west African country's strongman President Yahya Jammeh, residents said.

'Dozens arrested' after failed Gambia coup

Banjul - Dozens of military personnel and civilians were arrested and a large cache of weapons and explosives found after an alleged coup attempt in The Gambia, an intelligence source said Thursday.

'Dozens arrested' after failed Gambia coup

Banjul - Several dozen military personnel and civilians were arrested, and a large cache of weapons and explosives were found following a reported coup attempt in The Gambia, an intelligence source said Thursday.

Gambia president blames foreign 'dissidents' in failed coup

Banjul - Gambia's strongman leader Yahya Jammeh has blamed unidentified foreign dissidents and "terrorists" for an assault on his presidential palace and said that the army remains loyal.

Gambia foils coup bid, attackers killed: military

Banjul - A group of disaffected soldiers launched a foiled coup bid in The Gambia on Tuesday while the west African state's iron-fisted leader was in Dubai, military and diplomatic sources said.

Serial bigamist and womanizer denies charges

Vienna - Tijan Sonko, a Gambian man, has been accused of bigamy in Austria. Despite marrying several women and having active relationships with at least 15 more that he has picked up all over the country, he says he hasn’t done anything wrong.

Studies find that empowering locals helps save the environment

Multiple studies have covered what happens when locals support their own environment instead of the government. According to these reports efficient, stable communities can protect the environment better than the big agencies.

Ebola panic at Gatwick: Woman dies after Sierra Leone flight

Gatwick - Airport staff in London were on high alert on Saturday as a Gatwick-bound plane from Sierra Leone reported a passenger on board who was "sweating and vomiting."

New variant of Ebola virus detected

Researchers have published some initial findings on the characteristics of the Ebola virus discovered in Guinea. Initial virological investigations enabled them to identify Zaire ebolavirus as the pathogen responsible for this epidemic.

Gambia bans flights from Ebola-hit nations

Banjul - The Gambia has banned flights from Ebola-hit west African countries from landing in its territory, airport officials told AFP on Tuesday.

Bloody, naked, and on a rampage, woman destroys home

Glendale - A woman from Glendale Arizona went on bloody rampage after her boyfriend refused to have sex. The woman, who was naked at the time, sought revenge by destroying their home.

Op-Ed: Gambian journalist flees country after jumping bail

Banjul - With the NSA collecting millions of domestic and foreign emails while eavesdropping on telephone calls made by everyone from Joe Six Pack to Angela Merkle it may be time we review our right to privacy and free speech in Western society.
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