How Gambia's top brass turned on long-ruling Jammeh
By Emma Farge and Thierry Gouegnon BANJUL (Reuters) - Seconds after the chairman of Gambia's electoral commission read out the poll results that ended President Yahya Jammeh's 22-year rule to reporters, a policeman left the building, cheering and clapping his hands in the air. This celebration of victory in last week's election for Adama Barrow, a property developer with no previous political experience, drew a rebuke from a fellow officer who reminded the policeman he was in uniform. "Adama Barrow is my new uniform," he retorted.
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Japan ratifies Pacific trade pact that Trump plans to dump
TOKYO (AP) ? Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe won parliamentary approval Friday for ratification of the Trans-Pacific Partnership, despite U.S. President-elect Donald Trump's plan to withdraw from the 12-nation trade pact.
Ghana opposition leader set to win presidential election -private radio
ACCRA (Reuters) - Ghana's main opposition leader is heading to victory in a presidential election with an absolute majority over President John Mahama, private Joy FM and Citi FM radio stations said on Friday. The two respected news stations based their projections on results from Wednesday's election announced at the constituency level. The electoral commission is set to begin releasing results on Friday. (Reporting by Kwasi Kpodo; Writing by Matthew Mpoke Bigg; Editing by Kim Coghill)
Panel rejects British company's $1.3B case against IndonesiaAn international tribunal has ruled against a London-listed mining company seeking $1.3 billion in compensation from Indonesia's government for terminating coal mining licenses that were forged by an Indonesian ...
South Korean lawmakers begin presidential impeachment vote
SEOUL, South Korea (AP) ? South Korean lawmakers began an impeachment vote Friday against President Park Geun-hye. Success is widely expected amid a corruption scandal that has left her isolated and loathed.
Alabama inmate coughs, heaves 13 minutes into execution
ATMORE, Ala. (AP) ? A man who killed an Alabama convenience store clerk more than two decades ago was put to death Thursday night, an execution that required two consciousness tests as the inmate heaved and coughed 13 minutes into the lethal injection.
American space legend John Glenn dead at 95
John Glenn, who made history twice as the first American to orbit Earth and the first senior citizen to venture into space, has died at the age of 95. Glenn became a symbol of strength and the nation's pioneering spirit, drawing admirers from all walks of life over a long career in the military, then NASA, and the US Senate. Ad astra," NASA tweeted, echoing the famous words radioed by fellow astronaut Scott Carpenter to Glenn before he circled the Earth in 1962.
South Korea parliament begins historic vote to impeach Park
By Ju-min Park and Kim Daewoung SEOUL (Reuters) - South Korean lawmakers began voting on Friday on whether to impeach President Park Geun-hye over an influence peddling scandal, setting the stage for her to become the country's first elected leader to be pushed out of office in disgrace. Parliament was expected to vote in favor of impeachment, with support from some members of Park's conservative Saenuri Party, according to opposition parties, but the Constitutional Court must decide whether to uphold the motion, a process that could take up to 180 days. There have been mass rallies every Saturday for the past six weeks calling for Park to quit, and opinion polls show overwhelming public support for her impeachment.
Asian shares mostly higher following ECB-inspired rally
Asian shares were mostly higher Friday after an overnight rally in U.S. markets helped by the European Central Bank's decision to extend its bond-buying economic stimulus program. South Korea's benchmark ...