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Latest news from Gambia

GAMBIA: Three opposition leaders arrested

BANJUL, 16 Nov 2005 (IRIN) - As Gambia gears up for presidential elections next year, the government has announced the arrest of three opposition leaders for alleged involvement in "subversive activities".Full report

GAMBIA-SENEGAL: Burying the hatchet

DAKAR, 21 Oct 2005 (IRIN) - Senegal and Gambia announced on Friday they were putting to rest a dispute that has disrupted cross-border travel and trade over the last two months.Full report

GAMBIA-SENEGAL: Ferry prices down but border tension still high

DAKAR, 7 Oct 2005 (IRIN) - Gambia has announced plans to cut rates on ferry crossings to and from Senegal, a possible first step in healing a widening rift between two culturally-similar yet fractious neighbours left to deal with a difficult joint border legacy.Full report

GAMBIA-GUINEA-BISSAU: Saudi billionaire offers to help fight AIDS

BISSAU, 26 May 2005 (IRIN) - A Saudi billionaire who is planning major new investments in West Africa has offered to help finance the fight against AIDS in Guinea-Bissau, Prime Minister Carlos Gomes Junior said. Full report

GAMBIA: “No forgiveness” in anti-graft war, says Jammeh

BANJUL, 24 Mar 2005 (IRIN) - Gambian President Yahya Jammeh has given a group of more than 30 top officials accused of corruption two weeks to hand back illicitly earned income or face the consequences.Full report

GAMBIA: Press up in arms as president tightens media laws

BANJUL, 10 Mar 2005 (IRIN) - Gambia's media is outraged by the promulgation of two new press laws it says were signed in secret by President Yahya Jammeh to muzzle freedom of expression as the country gears up for elections next year.Full report

GAMBIA: Government announces dismissal of detained police chief

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BANJUL, 16 Feb 2005 (IRIN) - The government of Gambia has sacked police chief Landing Badjie, who was arrested without explanation at the weekend, accusing him of "serious dereliction of duty."Full report

GAMBIA: More arrests of prominent personalities, government stays silent

BANJUL, 15 Feb 2005 (IRIN) - The government of Gambia has released three lawyers and the managing director of the country's largest hotel following their arrest in a weekend sweep which also netted three top-ranking police officers and the owners of two supermarkets. Full report

GAMBIA: Police chief and head of immigration service arrested - police sources

BANJUL, 14 Feb 2005 (IRIN) - The head of Gambia's police force, Inspector General Landing Badjie has been arrested without explanation, a police source told IRIN on Monday. Full report

GAMBIA: Thousands protest peacefully at murder of journalist

BANJUL, 22 Dec 2004 (IRIN) - Thousands of people thronged the streets of Banjul on Wednesday in a peaceful protest against the murder of Deyda Hydara, one of the Gambia's leading journalists, by unidentified gunmen. Full report



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