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Fresh Twist As White House Fails To Back Top Adviser

(BBC. COM) A top White House official declined in several interviews over the weekend to defend national security adviser Michael Flynn, amid controversy over his alleged contacts with Russia. Mr Flynn reportedly discussed sanctions with Russian ambassador Sergei Kislyak in the weeks before the inauguration. He denied talking about this issue but later said he could not be certain. Any discussion of sanctio ...

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Osinbajo Congratulates New President Of Somalia

Acting President Yemi Osinbajo, SAN,  has congratulated Mohammed Abdullahi Farmajo on his election as President of the Federal Republic of Somalia. Prof. Osinbajo also congratulated the people of Somalia on the successful conclusion of their electoral process, which is an important step in consolidating democracy and fully restoring law and order in the country. According to a statement by his Spokesman Lao ...

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Trump Loses Appeal Court Bid To Reinstate Travel Ban

(BBC.COM) A US appeals court has rejected President Donald Trump's attempt to reinstate his ban on visitors from seven mainly Muslim countries. The 9th US Circuit Court of Appeals said it would not block a lower-court ruling that halted the order. Mr Trump responded with an angry tweet saying national security was at risk and there would be a legal challenge. But the 3-0 unanimous ruling said the government ...

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Trump Bid To Restore Travel Ban Rejected

(BBC.COM) The US federal appeals court has rejected the Trump administration's request to reinstate a travel ban blocked by a federal judge on Friday. The late night ruling means the travel ban will remain suspended until the full case has been heard. The court gave the White House and the states challenging it a deadline of Monday to present more arguments. Two states argued that the travel ban, affecting ...

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OIC Expresses Concern Over Trump’s Executive Order Restricting Entry Into US

The Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC), the world second largest inter-governmental body with 57 Islamic member states has  expressed grave concern at the Executive Order passed by the US President banning nationals of 7 OIC Member States from the United States and excluding those holding valid visas and permanent residence cards from entry. A statement by  the OIC General Secretariat  said  this dec ...

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I’m Stepping Down, No Need To Shed Blood -Jammeh

(BBC.COM) The Gambia's long-term leader Yahya Jammeh says he will step down, after refusing to accept defeat in elections. In an announcement on state TV, he said it was "not necessary that a single drop of blood be shed". The statement followed hours of talks between Mr Jammeh and West African mediators. He gave no details of what deal might have been struck. Mr Jammeh has led the country for 22 years but ...

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The Gambia’s Yahya Jammeh ‘To Quit And Leave’

(Excerpts From BBC.COM) The Gambia's leader Yahya Jammeh is to step down and leave the country, officials involved in negotiations say. West African mediators spent several hours with Mr Jammeh on Friday, negotiating his future. The motorcade carrying the presidents of Guinea and Mauritania has left the official residence, but they are not thought to have left the country. Mr Jammeh was defeated in December ...

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Trump to Americans: ‘You Will Never Be Ignored Again’

(CNN) Donald Trump became the 45th President of the United States on Friday, vowing to drain power from Washington elites and always put "America first" in its dealings with the world at a moment of transformative political change. In a time-honored ceremony on the flag-draped West Front of the Capitol, Trump placed his left hand on a family Bible and another that belonged to Abraham Lincoln and promised to ...

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Gambia: Barrow Must Not Forget His Big Promises-Amnesty International

As Adama Barrow is scheduled to be inaugurated in Senegal Thursday afternoon, Sabrina Mahtani Amnesty International’s West Africa Anglophone Researcher has urged him not to forget his big promises Mahtani said in a statement,"Today’s inauguration ceremony of Adama Barrow is a moment to remember the risks currently faced by Gambians, and also gives an opportunity to reflect on hopes for the future. “We must ...

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Gambia: Jammeh Refuses To Leave Office As Deadline Passes

(BBC) Gambian President Yahya Jammeh is refusing to step down despite the threat of military intervention by neighbouring states. Adama Barrow, who beat him in elections last month, is due to be inaugurated as the new president on Thursday, but Mr Jammeh has ignored the deadline. West African military forces are ready to enforce a transfer of power. Mauritanian President Mohamed Ould Abdel Aziz failed to br ...

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Jammeh: Nigeria Deploys Air Force To Enforce ECOWAS Mandate In Gambia

The Nigerian Air Force (NAF) has deployed to Senegal as part of Nigerian contingent of Economic Community of West African States Military Intervention in Gambia (ECOMIG) – a standby force tasked by ECOWAS Heads of State to enforce the December 1, 2016 election mandate in the The Gambia. A statement by Director of Public Relations & Information, Group Captain Ayodele Famuyiwa on Wednesday said “The NAF t ...

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Nigerian Army Not Planning To Attack Any Country-Spokesman

The Nigerian Army has denied a report that Nigeria has raised troops to remove Yahya Jammeh of The Gambia. Army Spokesman, Brigadier General Sani Kukasheka Usman said the report by Premium Times was apart from being false in its entirety and unethical “capable  of endangering the lives of Nigerians in diaspora.” Brigadier General Usman said: “The attention of the Nigerian Army has been drawn to a publicatio ...

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