Thousands in Gambia rally in support of ex-dictator Jammeh | AFP

Thousands of supporters of Gambia’s former dictator Yahya Jammeh demonstrated Thursday on the outskirts of the capital Banjul, demanding his return from exile.

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Thousands in Gambia rally for ex-dictator’s return | AFP

Thousands of supporters of Gambia’s former dictator Yahya Jammeh demonstrate on the outskirts of the capital Banjul, demanding his return from exile. The protest comes days after the former autocrat was heard in a leaked audio recording insisting that the tiny West African state guarantee his right to return. IMAGES

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This week on Africa Weekly, we meet a team of British engineers and mechanics who have spent 6 weeks working in South Africa’s Kalahari desert with the aim of constructing a car capable of taking on the land speed record, currently set at 1,223.657 kilometres per hour.Then we head to Gambia, where three years after being ousted from power, the country’s former dictator Yahya Jammeh is still revered by a part of the population and supporters of his APRC party still live in hope of his return.

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Aung San Suu Kyi arrives for second day of trial over Rohingya genocide case | AFP

Aung San Suu Kyi, Myanmar’s former democracy icon arrives at the International Court of Justice in The Hague for the second day of a trial over the bloody military crackdown in which thousands of people were killed and around 740,000 Rohingya minorities fled to neighbouring Bangladesh. Suu Kyi is expected to take the stand a day after Gambia urged the country to ‘stop the genocide’ against Rohingya muslims. IMAGES of her arrivals

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Myanmar’s Rohingya | AFP Animé

Videographic on the Rohingya. The Myanmar military launched a ferocious crackdown against its Rohingya Muslim population in 2017, driving around 740,000 into neighbouring Bangladesh. On Tuesday the UN’s top court, the International Court of Justice (ICJ), is hearing a case brought by Gambia accusing Myanmar of genocide against the Rohingya.VIDEOGRAPHIC

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The Gambia’s tourism sector feels pressure after Thomas Cook collapse | AFP

As The Gambia’s tourist season begins, hotel owners are still trying to ‘cut down on losses’ after the bankruptcy of British tour operator Thomas Cook on 23 September 2019. The British holidaymaker was one of the largest tourist outfitters in the small West African country, with 45% of tourists entering The Gambia through Thomas Cook according to The Gambia’s government. Two emergency meetings have been organised by the government to find an emergency solution before the country’s touristic season begins in November. from hotel owners in Banjul

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Gambia: Justice Minister releases three henchmen of ex-President | AFP

The Gambian Minister of Justice and Attorney General, Abubacarr Tambadou, decides to release three former henchmen who served under Yahya Jammeh. The three men had testified before the Truth and Reconciliation Commission at the end of July, where they confessed to many crimes. With this release, the Minister of Justice wants to encourage other alleged perpetrators of crimes to testify before the Truth Commission. SOUNDBITE

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Demonstration in Banjul, Gambia against sexual violence | AFP

People in Banjul, Gambia, mobilise to demonstrate against sexual violence after Human Rights Watch reported that former Gambian president Yahya Jammeh ‘handpicked’ women to sexually assault and abuse. The investigation, by HRW and a Swiss NGO, TRIAL international, is based on evidence from several women, eight former Gambian officials and several other witnesses, they said. IMAGES

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Prince Charles and Duchess Camilla arrive in Gambia

Prince Charles, heir to the throne of England and his wife Duchess Camilla, visit Gambia for the first time to celebrate the country’s return to the Commonwealth last February and highlight the cooperative ties between the two countries. IMAGES

Gambia: sale of former president Jammeh’s luxury goods

Gambia’s ex-president Yahya Jammeh flew into exile last year, leaving a fleet of presidential planes and luxury cars as a memento of more than two decades in power. Now the government is looking to sell the former autocrat’s assets to raise millions of dollars for health and education projects in the dirt-poor nation.

VICE News Daily: Beyond The Headlines – January 06, 2015

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The VICE News Capsule is a news roundup that looks beyond the headlines. Today: Gunmen kill Saudi guards near Iraqi border, Shia Houthi rebels come under attack in the Yemeni capital, U.S. charges two in connection with Gambia failed coup, and children suffer from malnutrition and malaria in Central African Republic’s ongoing conflict.

SAUDI ARABIA
Guards Killed in Rare Border Attack
Four gunmen attacked the guards early on Monday as they tried to cross into Arar.

YEMEN
Blast Targets Shia Houthi Rebels in Capital
The explosion comes a day after a suicide bomb attack killed at least four people in a mainly Shia district of Sanaa.

U.S.A.
Justice Department Charges Two in Gambia Attempted Coup
Both of the men are of Gambian descent. One is accused of financing the plan and the other of purchasing equipment and weapons ahead of the attack.

CENTRAL AFRICAN REPUBLIC
Hospital Struggles to Care For Youngest Victims of Conflict
Malnutrition and malaria are on the rise, and aid agencies warn more children are being recruited as soldiers in the civil war.

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