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AP Explains: The African leader who refuses to leave
JOHANNESBURG (AP) -- The tiny nation of Gambia has West Africa on the brink of a military intervention, and thousands, including cabinet ministers, are fleeing the country. Longtime President Yahya Jammeh is refusing to step down after losing elections and has declared a state of emergency, and parliament has voted to extend his term by three months. On Thursday, President-elect Adama Barrow intends to go through with his inauguration, with the support of the international community. Here's a look at the crisis....

Gambia leader's term extended as tourists are evacuated
DAKAR, Senegal (AP) -- Gambian legislators voted to extend President Yahya Jammeh's term by three months, just hours before his mandate was set to expire, state television reported Wednesday. As tourists were evacuated, regional countries prepared for a possible military intervention....

46 'severely injured' people remain at Nigeria bombing scene
LAGOS, Nigeria (AP) -- At least 46 "severely injured" people remain in a refugee camp that Nigeria's military says it mistakenly bombed and they need urgent evacuation, the International Committee for the Red Cross said Wednesday....

Death toll in Mali suicide blast rises to more than 50
GAO, Mali (AP) -- A suicide bomber in an explosives-laden vehicle attacked a camp in northern Mali on Wednesday, killing more than 50 people and wounding more than 100 soldiers and former fighters now trying to stabilize the region....

Death toll in northern Mali attack rises above 50, with more than 100 wounded, military says
GAO, Mali (AP) -- Death toll in northern Mali attack rises above 50, with more than 100 wounded, military says....

Gunfire near Ivory Coast port as government meets on unrest
ABIDJAN, Ivory Coast (AP) -- A witness says military police have fired weapons near the port in Ivory Coast's largest city and soldiers are responding to the scene....

Nigeria says warship on way toward Gambia as 'exercise'
ABUJA, Nigeria (AP) -- 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....

Egypt arrests alleged Islamists ahead of revolt anniversary
CAIRO (AP) -- Egyptian authorities say they have arrested nine alleged Muslim Brotherhood leaders for planning to "disrupt order and security" on the upcoming anniversary of the 2011 Arab Spring uprising....

Egypt says gunmen kill 8 policemen at desert checkpoint
CAIRO (AP) -- The Egyptian Interior Ministry says gunmen have attacked a police checkpoint in the country's desert west, killing eight policemen....

Egypt drops case against mob that attacked Christian woman
CAIRO (AP) -- 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 through the streets, her lawyer said Sunday....