Two Americans Charged In Foiled Gambia Coup

Two men have been charged in the US with attempting to overthrow The Gambia’s President Yahya Jammeh, the justice department has said. The defendants, who are of Gambian origin, are accused of conspiring against a friendly nation and conspiring to posses firearms. Gambian authorities said they had thwar
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Pope Francis Names 20 New Cardinals

Pope Francis has named 20 new Cardinals, including churchmen from Tonga, Ethiopia and Myanmar. Fifteen of the new appointees are under 80, making them eligible to enter a conclave to elect the Pope’s successor. Pope Francis said the appointment of Cardinals from 14 countries from every continent of the
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Suicide Car Bomb Rocks Somali Capital

A huge car bomb blast shook Somali’s capital Mogadishu on Sunday after a suicide bomber struck an area close to the heavily-fortified international airport where African Union peace keepers are based, officials said. “There was a car bomb explosion near the Afisiyone area. We are getting information tha
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Shanghai New Year Crush kills 36

A crush at New Year’s Eve celebrations in Shanghai has killed 36 people and injured some 47 others, Chinese officials say. The crush happened in Chenyi Square in Shanghai’s historic Bund district overlooking the Huangpu river. Thousands of people had gathered to see in 2015. Social media reports suggest
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Global Celebrations Usher In 2015

Celebrations to mark the start of 2015 have taken place around the world with firework displays in a host of major cities. New Zealand led the year, with Sydney Harbour providing a spectacular backdrop to Australia’s display. Thousands of people celebrated in New York’s Times Square for the city’s annua
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Nine Dead In Related Homicides In Canada

Seven adults and two children have been found dead in the Canadian city of Edmonton after a man carried out what police called a “senseless mass murder” linked to extreme domestic violence. The gunman is believed to have killed himself after the murders. Police are not looking for any other suspects. Th
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Heavy Shooting In Gambian Capital Banjul

Heavy gunfire has erupted near the presidential palace in The Gambia’s capital, Banjul, reports say. Details are sketchy but military and diplomatic sources say soldiers from the presidential guard tried to stage a coup, AFP news agency reports. The fighting was reported while President Yahya Jammeh is
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