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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.

New law stifles free expression in the Gambia

Banjul - Critics are claiming an amendment to a Gambian Internet law will stifle free expression in the tiny West African dictatorship.

Nine Gambian prisoners face firing squad, others risk same fate

Despite a 27-year hiatus on the practice of carrying out executions, Gambian President Yahya Jammeh's promise to carry out all death sentences by mid-September has resulted in nine prisoners being executed by a firing squad on Thursday.

Gambia's beaches, its biggest draw, are disappearing Special

Banjul - Hotel managers in Gambia say without the beach the tourists will not come, but the beach is disappearing fast. It is a very serious state of affairs for a country that derives a major percentage of its income from tourism.

Gambia's historic slave fort is being lost to the rising tide Special

James Island’s grisly connections with the slave trade draw thousands of tourists to this shrinking patch of Gambia each year. But this heritage is now threatened by the rising tide.

Historic telecom cable to link Africa to Europe Special

A 17,000 km-long fibre optic cable stretching from France to South Africa will be operational in the first half of 2012.

New top-10 list ranks countries on extent of ecological damage

Adelaide - The USA, China and Australia all share one thing in common today -- they have been found to be three of the top-ten most environmentally destructive countries in the world.
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