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AP INTERVIEW: Leader promises 'a new Gambia' after upset win
YUNDUM, Gambia (AP) -- Gambia's newly elected president on Saturday vowed to free all political prisoners and urged exiles who fled the 22-year reign of Yahya Jammeh to return from abroad and help him reform the tiny West African country....

Gambia leader's hold on power ends with surprising speed
DAKAR, Senegal (AP) -- In July 1994, three days after Gambia's first president was toppled by military officers, the local Daily Observer newspaper featured a front-page photo of coup leader Yahya Jammeh under the headline: "We Will Never Introduce Dictatorship In This Country."...

Gambia's president concedes defeat after election loss
BANJUL, Gambia (AP) -- Gambia's president of 22 years acknowledged his election defeat on state television Friday night, vowing to step down hours after news of the results prompted thousands to celebrate in the streets in an unprecedented display of disdain for his rule....

Court orders release of Nigeria's detained Shiite leader
ABUJA, Nigeria (AP) -- Nigeria's federal high court Friday ordered the intelligence agency and justice minister to free the country's detained Shiite leader and his wife, pay damages of 50 million naira (167,000 dollars) and provide a home to replace their bulldozed property....

Rape used for ethnic cleansing in South Sudan, says UN team
KAMPALA, Uganda (AP) -- South Sudan is experiencing ethnic cleansing in several parts of the country and risks becoming a Rwanda-like catastrophe, a team of U.N. human rights investigators said Friday....

Pirates seize Russian captain, 2 crew in waters off Nigeria
WARRI, Nigeria (AP) -- The Russian Embassy in Nigeria says pirates have kidnapped the Russian captain and two crewmen off a ship in West Africa's Gulf of Guinea....

Mandela Children's Hospital opens in Johannesburg
JOHANNESBURG (AP) -- Nelson Mandela's dream of a hospital to provide specialized care for children has opened in Johannesburg on Friday....

Mixed rulings for protest law by Egypt constitutional court
CAIRO (AP) -- Egypt's Constitutional Court has issued mixed rulings on the constitutionality of a protest law, which rights groups have decried as repressive....

Egypt raises tariffs up to 60 percent for imported goods
CAIRO (AP) -- Egypt's president has imposed a second increase of tariffs on hundreds of imported products....

No chicken, no cafes: Egyptians scrimp as prices leap
CAIRO (AP) -- Money had already been tight as food and electricity bills climbed for weeks. So Ashraf Mahrous, a 45-year-old civil servant, warned his wife, "Black days are ahead," when Egypt floated its pound and hiked fuel prices this month....

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