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African leaders consider AU reform

  African Heads of State at the ongoing Ordinary Session of the Assembly of the African Union in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, are considering proposals aimed at reforming the continental body, so as to make it more relevant to the needs and aspirations of the African peoples. At a retreat organized by the AU Commission for […]

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We will not pay for Trump border wall- Mexico

  Donald Trump Mexico will not pay for Donald Trump’s border wall, the country’s president has said in a message to the nation. Enrique Pena Nieto said he “lamented” the plans for the barrier, adding that “Mexico doesn’t believe in walls”. But he made no mention of cancelling or postponing a trip to Washington on […]

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No Gambian money missing, Barrow spokesman says

New Gambian President Adama Barrow’s spokesman has denied that any money is missing from Gambian state coffers following allegations by an adviser to Mr Barrow that about $11m had disappeared. Halifa Sallah told the BBC’s Alastair Leithead that The Gambia’s central bank and all other banks in the country were “functioning normally”. Earlier Mai Ahmad Fatty […]

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Gambian minister ‘quits in protest’ amid political impasse

Gambian information minister Sheriff Bojang has resigned to protest President Yahya Jammeh’s refusal to accept defeat in last month’s presidential election, reports say. Efforts to contest the results were “an attempt to subvert the express will” of the Gambian people, he said in a statement, Reuters news agency reports. State television reported that Mr Bojang […]

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British Airways cabin crew start two-day strike

A two-day strike by some of BA’s cabin staff may disrupt flights at Heathrow airport on Tuesday and Wednesday. The strike, by 2,900 members of the Unite trade union, is in pursuit of higher pay for members of the so-called “mixed fleet”. Those are staff who have been recruited by BA since 2011, and who […]

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Trump son-in-law gets advisor job

  President-elect Donald Trump is to make son-in-law Jared Kushner one of his senior advisers. The 35-year-old played a key role in the presidential campaign and his new White House job will cover both domestic and foreign policy. Mr Kushner, who is married to Ivanka Trump, is a property developer with a wide range of […]

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Chinese state tabloid warns Trump over one-China policy

  State-run Chinese tabloid Global Times warned U.S. President-elect Donald Trump that China would “take revenge” if he reneged on the one-China policy, only hours after Taiwan’s president made a controversial stopover in Houston. Taiwan President Tsai Ing-wen met senior U.S. Republican lawmakers during her stopover in Houston on Sunday en route to Central America, […]

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Russian hacking claims: Biden tells Trump to ‘grow up’

  Donald Trump           US Vice-President Joe Biden has told President-elect Donald Trump to “grow up” and criticised his attacks on the intelligence community. On Friday, Mr Trump will be briefed on allegations Russia meddled in November’s US presidential election. But Mr Trump has cast doubt on claims of Russian involvement, […]

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Yahya Jammeh calls ECOWAS deployment ‘an act of war’

t Yahya Jammeh, Gambia President       President Yahya Jammeh says the West African community’s decision to send troops into The Gambia to force him to accept defeat in last month’s presidential election, is “a declaration of war”. Leaders from the Economic Community of West African States or ECOWAS deployed troops to The Gambia on […]