Gambia's Jammeh in 11th-hour talks over handover crisis
Regional leaders held 11th-hour talks with Gambia's Yahya Jammeh to persuade him to hand over power peacefully Friday, as troops from five African nations stood by ready to intervene failing a negotiated deal. As evening fell over Gambia's capital Banjul, Mauritania's President Mohamed Ould Abdel Aziz and Guinea's Alpha Conde, who flew in around noon, remained locked in talks aimed at avoiding the need for force to resolve the crisis. Jammeh, who refuses to recognise his defeat in presidential elections last month, would be offered asylum in the country of his choice, Conde advisor Kiridi Bangoura said earlier in the day.
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Violence mars anti-Trump protests in Washington
Washington (AFP) - Masked, black-clad protesters carrying anarchist flags smashed windows and scuffled with riot police Friday in downtown Washington, blocks away from the route of the parade in honor of newly sworn-in President Donald Trump.
Floating strip club owner says he was unfairly targetedANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) ? An Alaska man convicted of illegally dumping human waste into a harbor from his floating strip club said he plans to appeal whatever sentence is imposed Friday afternoon.
On his first day, Trump begins to set up his administration
WASHINGTON (AP) ? President Donald Trump quickly assumed the mantle of the White House and began setting up his new administration on Friday, signing a bill that allows retired Gen. James Mattis to serve as his defense secretary, as well as the nomination papers for his other Cabinet choices.
Mexican drug lord 'El Chapo' pleads not guilty in U.S. court
By Nate Raymond and Jonathan Allen NEW YORK (Reuters) - Drug kingpin Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman appeared in a U.S. court on Friday after his surprise extradition from Mexico and pleaded not guilty to charges that he ran the world's largest drug-trafficking organization during a decades-long criminal career. Guzman, 59, once one of the world's most wanted drug lords, was accompanied by two court-appointed lawyers during the appearance in federal court in Brooklyn. Best known by the nickname El Chapo, or "Shorty" in Spanish, the diminutive Guzman was extradited on the eve of Donald Trump's inauguration, raising speculation about the timing.
Gambia's defeated leader agrees to cede power: Official
BANJUL, Gambia (AP) ? Gambia's new president declared late Friday that "the rule of fear" had ended, while word emerged that longtime leader Yahya Jammeh was finally stepping aside under the threat of a regional military offensive.
'El Chapo' is hauled off to US jail that has held terrorists
NEW YORK (AP) ? In a scene U.S. authorities had dreamed of for decades, Mexican drug lord and escape artist Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman was hauled into an American courtroom Friday and then taken away to an ultra-secure jail that has held some of world's most dangerous terrorists and mobsters.
FACT CHECK: Trump starts on familiar note: with exaggeration
Donald Trump's inaugural address held familiar echoes of the campaign speeches that led to his presidential win: downbeat about the state of the nation, to the point of hyperbole. A look at some of his ...
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