Swiss charge Gambia ex-minister with crimes against humanityApril 18, 2023 GMT
BERLIN (AP) — Swiss prosecutors said Tuesday they have charged a former interior minister of Gambia with crimes against humanity for his alleged role in years of repression by the west African country's security forces against opponents of its longtime dictator.
Dead man found in wheel of jet flown from Gambia to EnglandDecember 21, 2022 GMT
SERREKUNDA, Gambia (AP) — A dead man was found in the wheel bay of an airplane that flew from Gambia to Britain, Gambian authorities said this week.
The unidentified body of a black male was found on a jet operated by TUI Airways — a British charter airline — that had flown from Gambia's capital of Banjul to London's Gatwick airport, Ebrima G.
Gambian lawmakers urge compensation for children’s deathsOctober 26, 2022 GMT
BANJUL, Gambia (AP) — Gambian lawmakers on Wednesday urged compensation for the families of 70 children who authorities believe may have died after taking a contaminated cough syrup imported from India.
Gambia urgently recalls syrups blamed for 66 child deathsOctober 6, 2022 GMT
BANJUL, Gambia (AP) — Gambia has launched an urgent door-to-door campaign to remove cough and cold syrups blamed for the deaths of more than 60 children from kidney injury in the tiny West African country.
UN court rejects Myanmar claims, will hear Rohingya caseJuly 22, 2022 GMT
THE HAGUE, Netherlands (AP) — Judges at the United Nations’ highest court on Friday dismissed preliminary objections by Myanmar to a case alleging the Southeast Asian nation is responsible for genocide against the Rohingya ethnic minority.
Gambia court sentences ex-spy chief to death for murderJuly 14, 2022 GMT
MBOUR, Senegal (AP) — A Gambian court has sentenced a former spy chief and four others to death Wednesday after finding them guilty of the 2016 murder of a political activist.
Former director general of the defunct National Intelligence Agency, Yankuba Badjie, was convicted along with the other ex-intelligence officials for the murder of Ebrima Solo Sandeng.
Gambia to investigate fugitive ex-dictator Jammeh for abusesMay 25, 2022 GMT
DAKAR, Senegal (AP) — Gambia’s government is setting up a special prosecutor's office to investigate for severe human rights violations and potentially charge former dictator Yahya Jammeh, who fled into exile in 2017 after 22 years in power.
Growing African mangrove forests aim to combat climate woesMay 6, 2022 GMT
MOMBASA, Kenya (AP) — In a bid to protect coastal communities from climate change and encourage investment, African nations are increasingly turning to mangrove restoration projects, with Mozambique becoming the latest addition to the growing list of countries with large scale mangrove initiatives.
Alleged ex-member of Gambian special unit tried in GermanyApril 25, 2022 GMT
BERLIN (AP) — A Gambian man went on trial in Germany on Monday for his alleged role in the killing of government critics in the West African country over 15 years ago.
The 46-year-old suspect, who has been identified only as Bai L.
Germany charges Gambian over ‘death squad’ killingsMarch 3, 2022 GMT
BERLIN (AP) — German prosecutors say they have charged a Gambian man with crimes against humanity for his role in the killing of government critics in the West African country more than a decade ago.
Gambia urges UN court to continue Rohingya genocide caseFebruary 23, 2022 GMT
THE HAGUE, Netherlands (AP) — Lawyers for Gambia on Wednesday urged the United Nations' top court to throw out Myanmar's legal bid to end a case accusing the Southeast Asian nation of genocide against the country's Rohingya minority.
UN court hearings set to resume into Rohingya genocide caseFebruary 20, 2022 GMT
THE HAGUE, Netherlands (AP) — An international case accusing Myanmar of genocide against the Rohingya ethnic minority returns to the United Nations' highest court Monday amid questions over whether the country's military rulers should even be allowed to represent the Southeast Asian nation.
Egypt objects to referee picked for African Cup semifinalFebruary 2, 2022 GMT
CAIRO (AP) — Egypt has filed a complaint with the African soccer confederation against the appointment of a Gambian referee for the Pharaohs’ game against Cameroon in the African Cup of Nations semifinals on Thursday.
Host Cameroon, surprise Burkina Faso into African Cup semisJanuary 29, 2022 GMT
DOUALA, Cameroon (AP) — Cameroon marched on at the African Cup of Nations on Saturday with a brace by striker Karl Toko Ekambi sending the tournament host into the semifinals with a 2-0 win over Gambia.
Cameroon blames stadium deaths on ‘massive’ influx of fansJanuary 29, 2022 GMT
YAOUNDE, Cameroon (AP) — Cameroon authorities have blamed a deadly stadium crush at the African Cup of Nations soccer tournament on a “massive” influx of ticketless fans who arrived late to a game involving the host team and tried to force their way in to avoid security checks and COVID-19 screening.
Egypt, Eq. Guinea win shootouts to make African Cup quartersJanuary 26, 2022 GMT
DOUALA, Cameroon (AP) — Mohamed Salah buried the decisive penalty as Egypt beat Ivory Coast 5-4 in a shootout to reach the quarterfinals of the African Cup of Nations on Wednesday.
Equatorial Guinea followed suit to beat Mali 6-5 on penalties, but in a far more chaotic shootout.
9 Senegal soldiers missing in Gambia after clash with rebelsJanuary 26, 2022 GMT
DAKAR, Senegal (AP) — Nine Senegalese soldiers in the regional West African force in Gambia are missing following clashes with rebels, the Senegalese army announced Wednesday.
The clash between the Senegalese troops and the rebels took place south of Bwiam in Gambia near the border with Senegal, said the statement.
Deadly stampede overshadows Cameroon’s African Cup progressJanuary 24, 2022 GMT
YAOUNDE, Cameroon (AP) — Cameroon's progress at the African Cup of Nations was overshadowed by a stampede outside the stadium that killed at least six people during the host nation's victory over Comoros on Monday.
African Cup: Defending champ Algeria out, Comoros advancesJanuary 20, 2022 GMT
DOUALA, Cameroon (AP) — Defending champion Algeria was dumped out of the African Cup of Nations in the group stage on Thursday with a 3-1 loss to an Ivory Coast team that was rampant at times and announced itself as a contender for the title in Cameroon.
Bronx-raised Cardi B offers to pay fire victim burial costsJanuary 19, 2022 GMT
NEW YORK (AP) — Cardi B has offered to pay the burial costs for all 17 people killed in a fire that ripped through a New York City high-rise.
New York City Mayor Eric Adams announced Wednesday that the Grammy-winning rapper had offered the financial relief for victims of the fire in the Bronx, where she grew up.
Communal funeral planned Sunday for Bronx fire victimsJanuary 14, 2022 GMT
NEW YORK (AP) — A communal funeral for victims of New York City's deadliest fire in decades has been planned for Sunday, a week after the the blaze in the Bronx high-rise.
The service is to be held at the Islamic Cultural Center in the Bronx, said Imam Musa Kabba of Masjid-Ur-Rahmah, the mosque where some of the victims' families have been gathering to grieve.
Families prepare to lay to rest victims lost in Bronx fireJanuary 13, 2022 GMT
NEW YORK (AP) — Prayers and the compelling need to bury the dead filled a Bronx mosque Wednesday, as a bereaved community began saying goodbye to those lost in New York City’s most devastating fire in decades.
Algeria-Gambia African Cup warmup canceled because of virusJanuary 1, 2022 GMT
An African Cup of Nations warmup game between defending champion Algeria and Gambia was called off hours before kick-off in Qatar on Saturday after several Gambia soccer players tested positive for the coronavirus.
Gambia commission recommends ex-dictator Jammeh face trialDecember 25, 2021 GMT
BANJUL, Gambia (AP) — Gambia's former dictator, Yahya Jammeh, should face prosecution for murder, torture and sexual violence, according to a new report by a truth, reconciliation and reparations commission established after he fled into exile five years ago.
German prosecutors accuse soccer player of faking name, ageDecember 6, 2021 GMT
HAMBURG, Germany (AP) — A professional soccer player from Gambia has been charged with using a false identity to breach German immigration law.
German prosecutors said Monday that Bakery Jatta, a Gambian forward who signed for Hamburg in 2016, is actually named Bakary Daffeh and is two-and-a-half years older than his stated age of 23.
Gambia President Barrow wins re-election in post-Jammeh voteDecember 5, 2021 GMT
BANJUL, Gambia (AP) — Gambia’s President Adama Barrow has secured his re-election with a comfortable margin over his opposition in a vote that set the bar for a new chapter in the small West African nation’s democracy.
Gambia counts marble votes in 1st post-Jammeh electionDecember 4, 2021 GMT
BANJUL, Gambia (AP) — Election officials started counting marble votes Saturday in Gambia after the polls closed in the country's first presidential election in decades that does not include former dictator Yahya Jammeh, a milestone seen as a test of democracy in the West African country.
Gambia will head to polls in 1st post-Jammeh electionDecember 3, 2021 GMT
BANJUL, Gambia (AP) — Gambians are set to vote Saturday in a historic election, one that for the first time will not have former dictator Yahya Jammeh appearing on the ballot.
While the 2016 elections that removed Jammeh from power after 22 years saw Gambians go from fear to elation, many are still not satisfied with the progress the nation has made and want certainty that the new leaders will bring the tiny West African nation of about 2 million, dependent on tourism, toward peace and justice.
Gambia investigators urge justice for abuses under JammehNovember 25, 2021 GMT
BANJUL, Gambia (AP) — Investigators with Gambia’s Truth, Reconciliation and Reparations Commission delivered a final report to the president Thursday, identifying and recommending prosecution for those most responsible for crimes and human rights abuses committed during the 22-year rule of former President Yahya Jammeh.
Evacuation flights for migrants start again in LibyaOctober 22, 2021 GMT
CAIRO (AP) — The United Nations said on Friday that it has resumed humanitarian evacuation flights for migrants stranded in Libya after authorities suspended them for several months. The announcement comes after a massive crackdown on migrants by Libyan security forces.
Gambian Toufah Jallow tells of surviving rape by dictatorOctober 17, 2021 GMT
DAKAR, Senegal (AP) — Toufah Jallow’s name resonates deeply in Gambia as one of the few women who has taken a public stand against sexual assault in the small West African state.
She gained fame at the age of 18 when she won a university scholarship in a national talent competition for young women.
US wins seat on UN rights council in uncontested electionOctober 14, 2021 GMT
UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The United States won a seat on the U.N. Human Rights Council that former president Donald Trump denounced and quit, joining 17 other nations elected in uncontested votes Thursday that were criticized for guaranteeing spots to countries with abysmal rights records.
Women left behind: Gender gap emerges in Africa’s vaccinesOctober 14, 2021 GMT
SARE GIBEL, Gambia (AP) — The health outreach workers who drove past Lama Mballow’s village with a megaphone handed out T-shirts emblazoned with the words: “I GOT MY COVID-19 VACCINE!”
By then, the women in Sare Gibel had heard the rumors on social media: The vaccines could make your blood stop or cause you to miscarry.
Report: Most nations fall far short in plans to curb warmingSeptember 15, 2021 GMT
Nearly every nation is coming up short — most of them far short — in their efforts to fight climate change, and the world is unlikely to hold warming to the internationally agreed-upon limit, according to a new scientific report.
African Cup: Egypt, Ghana qualify; Gambia, Comoros to debutMarch 25, 2021 GMT
CAPE TOWN, South Africa (AP) — Egypt and Ghana qualified for the African Cup of Nations on Thursday and were joined by Comoros and Gambia, who will make surprising debuts at next year's tournament...
Tens of thousands attend Senegal pilgrimage despite COVID-19October 6, 2020 GMT
TOUBA, Senegal (AP) — Tens of thousands of Muslims descended upon Senegal's holy city this week for the annual Grand Magal pilgrimage, a tradition in West Africa that some fear could become a super-spreader event for COVID-19...
Gambian man charged in US with torturing 2006 coup plannersJune 11, 2020 GMT
DENVER (AP) — A Gambian man has been indicted in Colorado on federal charges that he tortured planners of a failed 2006 presidential coup when he was a member of a special armed unit that reported directly to the dictator of the African nation, prosecutors said Thursday.
Nobel winner’s army defense blasted in Myanmar genocide caseDecember 12, 2019 GMT
THE HAGUE, Netherlands (AP) — Lawyers seeking to halt what they allege is ongoing genocide in Myanmar slammed leader Aung San Suu Kyi’s defense of her country’s armed forces, saying Thursday that the Nobel Peace Prize winner and former pro-democracy icon chose to ignore “unspeakable” crimes targeting Muslim civilians...
As 58 migrants drown off Africa, a call to stop smugglersDecember 5, 2019 GMT
NOUAKCHOTT, Mauritania (AP) — The drowning of at least 58 migrants in the Atlantic Ocean off Mauritania sent despair through tiny Gambia on Thursday while some demanded a crackdown on human traffickers after one of this year’s deadliest disasters among young Africans trying to reach Europe...
UN says 58 migrants dead as boat capsizes off MauritaniaDecember 4, 2019 GMT
DAKAR, Senegal (AP) — At least 58 people are dead after a boat carrying dozens of migrants capsized in the Atlantic Ocean off the West African nation of Mauritania, the U...
Gambia truth hearings grip nation as past atrocities emergeNovember 13, 2019 GMT
BANJUL, Gambia (AP) — The confessions stop people short in Gambia’s sunbaked streets, drawing crowds to radios crackling with accounts of atrocities that are only now coming to light...
Myanmar accused at UN court of genocide against RohingyaNovember 11, 2019 GMT
THE HAGUE, Netherlands (AP) — Myanmar was accused Monday of genocide at the U.N.'s highest court for its campaign against the country's Rohingya Muslim minority, as lawyers asked the International Court of Justice to urgently order measures "to stop Myanmar's genocidal conduct immediately...
The Latest: British PM questions Thomas Cook bosses’ paySeptember 23, 2019 GMT
LONDON (AP) — The Latest on the collapse of British tour company Thomas Cook (all times local):
US surgeons remove 6-pound tumor from Gambian girl’s mouthMarch 9, 2017 GMT
NEW HYDE PARK, N.Y. (AP) — Twelve-year-old Janet Sylva of Gambia wants to be a doctor when she grows up, she says with a broad grin — one that surgeons in New York gave back to her after removing from her mouth one of the largest tumors they'd ever seen.
Activists cheer exit of Gambia leader, an anti-gay ‘icon’February 3, 2017 GMT
ABIDJAN, Ivory Coast (AP) — In August 2014, Jamu Camara was at home with her girlfriend in the Gambian resort town of Kololi when police arrived for a surprise raid, taking both women in for questioning...
In a new Gambia, the prison doors begin to swing openJanuary 24, 2017 GMT
BANJUL, Gambia (AP) — Gambian soldiers picked up Tijan Barrow, beat him with their guns and threw him into a cell at the notorious National Intelligence Agency prison...
Gambia’s defeated leader leaves country, ends standoffJanuary 22, 2017 GMT
BANJUL, Gambia (AP) — Gambia's defeated leader Yahya Jammeh and his family headed into political exile Saturday night, ending a 22-year reign of fear and a post-election political standoff that threatened to provoke a regional military intervention when he clung to power.
AP INTERVIEW: New Gambia leader to set up truth commissionJanuary 21, 2017 GMT
DAKAR, Senegal (AP) — Gambia's new president Adama Barrow said Saturday that he will launch a truth and reconciliation commission to investigate the alleged human rights abuses of Yahya Jammeh's 22-year regime...
Gambia’s defeated leader agrees to cede power, leaveJanuary 21, 2017 GMT
BANJUL, Gambia (AP) — Gambia's defeated leader Yahya Jammeh announced early Saturday he has decided to relinquish power, after hours of last-ditch talks with regional leaders and the threat by a regional military force to make him leave...
No word from Jammeh as midnight deadline arrives in GambiaJanuary 19, 2017 GMT
DAKAR, Senegal (AP) — After more than two decades in power, Gambian President Yahya Jammeh faced the prospect of a military intervention by regional forces, as the man who once pledged to rule the West African nation for a billion years clung to power...