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Tourists lay on the beach in Gambia's capital Banjul Tuesday Jan. 17, 2017. Gambia's President Yahya Jammeh declared a state of emergency just two days before he is supposed to cede power after losing elections last month to President-elect Adama Barrow in the December 2016 election.<br>AP

Gambia leader's term extended as tourists are evacuated

Gambia said Wednesday its legislators have voted to extend President Yahya Jammeh's term by three months, just hours before his mandate was set to expire. But the president-elect has vowed to take office regardless of whether Jammeh leaves. Amid the uncertainty, tourists began to evacuate the country.

Death toll in Mali suicide blast rises to more than 50

A suicide bomber in an explosives-laden vehicle attacked a camp in northern Mali on Wednesday, killing at least 33 people and wounding dozens of soldiers and former fighters now trying to stabilize the region.

Nigeria says warship on way toward Gambia as 'exercise'

Nigeria confirms one of its warships is heading toward Gambia but calls it a "flag-showing and West Africa training" exercise as the tiny West African nation faces a possible regional military intervention.


Nigeria: Military jet mistakenly bombs refugees, aid workers

A Nigerian air force fighter jet on a mission against Boko Haram extremists mistakenly bombed a refugee camp on Tuesday, killing more than 100 refugees and aid workers, a Borno state official said.


Egypt drops case against mob that attacked Christian woman

Egyptian prosecutors have thrown out a case brought by an elderly Christian woman against several members of a Muslim mob who stripped off her clothes and paraded her naked on the streets.

South Sudan claims mandate has expired for more UN troops

The U.N. Security Council decided in August to send additional peacekeepers after clashes killed hundreds in South Sudan's capital Juba. South Sudan initially objected to the force and has delayed its deployment.


Congo warns of armed ex-M23 rebels crossing border

Eastern Congo has been plagued by a myriad of armed rebels since the Rwandan genocide in 1994.


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