Dr. L A Morrison

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'No money in the coffers' in Gambia says new President Adama Barrow

Speaking on Sengalese radio, elected President Adama Barrow said there appeared to be an absence of state funds following the exit of Yahya Jammeh. The deal Jammeh struck to exit the Gambia may make him untouchable.<p>Gambian ex-President Yahya Jammeh drained state coffers before he fled the country, …

Africa

Former Zimbabwe VP's party suffers defeat in first election

A new party founded by Zimbabwe's former vice president Joice Mujuru suffered a crushing defeat in its first ever election contest again President Robert Mugabe's ruling ZANU-PF, showing the task she faces in her bid to challenge her ally-turned-adversary.<p>ZANU-PF retained the rural Bikita West …

Africa

The World’s Top Hospitals Have Been Enabling Quack Medicine

From the Cleveland Clinic to top university hospitals such as Harvard, an eagerness to cash in on the alternative medicine bonanza has encouraged the rejection of real science.<p>For years, prominent medical centers have been dancing with the devil. Recently, one got burned.<p>On January 6, 2017, Dr. …

Life Sciences

Boko Haram attacks town previously bombed by Nigerian air force, 15 killed: army

RANN, Nigeria (Reuters) - Around 15 Boko Haram fighters were killed when the jihadists attacked a town in northeastern Nigeria, two days after the air force accidentally killed dozens of people there, local and military officials said.<p>On Tuesday, the air force said it had bombed Rann in Borno …

Africa

Ex-President Yahya Jammeh leaves The Gambia after losing election

<b>Gambia's former President Yahya Jammeh has left the country in the wake of elections that ousted him after 22 years in power.</b><p>Mr Jammeh was defeated in December's election by Adama Barrow but he went on to challenge the results.<p>But two days after Mr Barrow was sworn in, Mr Jammeh left on a plane …

Africa

Slain Orlando police officer's car vandalized

<b>(CNN) —</b> Just one day after her alleged killer appeared in court, Lt. Debra Clayton's squad car was defaced as it sat outside Orlando Police Department headquarters in memoriam.<p>Orlando police officials tell CNN that someone vandalized the car with blue ink and knocked flowers from the hood.<p>Photos …

Law Enforcement

'We want him out of the country before we can relax': Yahya Jammeh prepares to release his grip on Gambia

Gambia’s long-serving despot, Yahya Jammeh, finally declared he was stepping down on Saturday after he was threatened with being toppled by force.<p>In a six-minute speech on Gambian television in the small hours of Saturday morning, Mr Jammeh said he would end his 22-year grip on the tiny west …

Africa

Louisiana cop shot, killed after stopping to offer aid

<b>(CNN) —</b> The man whom investigators say shot and killed a Westwego, Louisiana, police officer has died from a self-inflicted gunshot wound, Jefferson Parish Sheriff's Office said Saturday.<p>The officer was shot Friday after he stopped to check on what he thought was a car accident.<p>Officer Michael …

Policing

Awash in migrants, Italy steps up deportations for relief

As Italy looks for fresh ways to cope with the hundreds of thousands of migrants bottled up in the country, one solution is rising to the top of the agenda: deportation.<p>The pressure on Rome to ease its migration problem is growing after the country saw a record 180,000 migrants arrive by boat last …

Immigration

The man who is fighting for independence of the tiny West African nation of Biafra... from a council flat in Peckham

It has been nearly 50 years since Biafra’s bitter independence struggle, the inspiration for Frederick Forsyth’s bestselling The Dogs of War. Now a south London DJ currently imprisoned in Nigeria has taken up the battle, and Biafrans are once again fighting – and dying – for the dream of their own …

Africa

U.S. soldier Bergdahl seeks charge dismissal over Trump comments

AUSTIN, Texas (Reuters) - U.S. Army Sergeant Bowe Bergdahl, charged with desertion in Afghanistan, wants the case against him dismissed, saying he cannot get a fair trial now that Donald Trump, who has called him a traitor, is president, according to a court motion filed on Friday.<p>Lawyers for …

Bowe Bergdahl

Gen. James Mattis confirmed as Secretary of Defense

As President Trump’s limousine drove the Washington, D.C. parade route on Friday, the Senate was busy at work stocking Trump’s Cabinet – though not fully.<p>Gen. James Mattis was confirmed as Secretary of Defense in a Friday evening vote. Mattis was approved by a vote of 98-1. Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand, …

Government

Ousted Gambia President Jammeh to stand down, Adama Barrow takes power

After days of crisis talks and a miltary incursion, Yahya Jammeh has finally ceded power. Tens of thousands of Gambians fled the country for fear of violence.<p>Gambia's ousted President Yahya Jammeh ceded power to democratically-elected Adama Barrow after days of negotiations and threats of military …

Middle East

Yahya Jammeh Clings to Power, for Now, as 45,000 Flee Amid Gambia Standoff

“When we go back home, we go back home as heroes,” she said.<p>DAKAR, Senegal — About 45,000 people have fled Gambia as a tense standoff over the presidency drags on, prompting fears of a humanitarian crisis along the border with Senegal, where many are cramming into host homes and food is running low.<p>…

Gambia’s Yahya Jammeh has until noon to resign from office before being ejected by ECOWAS troops

The clock is ticking for Yahya Jammeh, the longtime president of the Gambia. After 22 years in power, Jammeh has until noon local time to cede power to Adama Barrow, winner of the Dec. 1 elections. Barrow was inaugurated as the new Gambian president in a makeshift ceremony at the country’s embassy …

Africa

Uganda confirms 101 ex-M23 rebels fighters stopped at border as they tried to return to DRC

Some 180 Congolese fighters fled disarmament camps in Uganda where they were confined since 2013 defeat.<p>Uganda has confirmed that it arrested 101 …

Africa

Venus Williams crushes Ying-Ying Duan in 58 minutes at Australian Open

• No13 seed wins 6-1, 6-0 • Williams will meet unseeded Mona Barthel in fourth round<p>Before anyone rushes to talk up the chances of <b>Venus Williams</b> winning her first Australian Open title, it is worth remembering that she will face stiffer challenges than the one posed to her by Ying-Ying Duan. …

WTA Tour

Loyd charged with first-degree murder in death of Orlando cop

Fresh off one court outburst, Markeith Loyd will face a Florida judge again Friday after being charged in the slaying of an Orlando police …

Crime

Rapper iLoveMakonnen Comes Out As Gay

The rapper told fans, "Thank you for letting me be myself."<p>Rapper iLoveMakonnen came out of the closet as gay early Friday morning, adding his name to a growing roster of male hip hop artists who are breaking the mold in a historically homophobic musical genre.<p>The 27-year-old Atlanta-native shared …

Music

Nigeria's kids' clothing seamstress-turned-entrepreneur

Nigerians are known for their love of fashion.<p>In the Lagos suburb of Ikeja, Adenike Ogunlesi is a seamstress-turned-entrepreneur who has found an exciting market for kids' clothing through her fashion label Ruff 'n' Tumble.<p>Watch: Africa Business Report

Fashion

Michigan girl, 17, faces life in prison after being charged with raping man at knifepoint

Lestina Marie Smith pulled a knife on the victim and forced him to engage in sex acts with her.<p>A 17-year-old Michigan girl could be jailed for life …

Crime

Emirates' third daily flight to Kenya to connect Africa to global business market

Cape Town - African air travel is on the up and up, and a new third daily flight between Dubai and Kenya's capital city Nairobi is yet another …

Airlines

60 years later, are colonial-era laws holding Africa back?

When Ghana’s President Nana Akufo-Addo took the oath of office on Jan. 7, by his side was a judge wearing a traditional British horsehair wig and black judicial robes. Just how far had Ghana shifted away from colonial rule since gaining independence in 1957?<p>Many Africans — and political scientists …

Africa

Gambia crisis: Jammeh given last chance to resign as troops close in

<b>West African leaders have given Yahya Jammeh a final opportunity to relinquish power after Senegalese troops entered The Gambia.</b><p>Mr Jammeh has been given until noon on Friday to leave office or be forced out by UN-backed regional forces.<p>Troops have been told to halt their advance until the deadline …

Africa

Ticks that spread Lyme disease now in half of US counties

Lyme disease is a mysterious, chronic condition that can lead to devastating symptoms, and a new study suggests the ticks that spread it may be increasing in numbers.<p>The report, published Wednesday in the <i>Journal of Medical Entomology</i>, found that the blacklegged tick and the western backlegged …

Health

Mom seen in Facebook Live video with 2-year-old son taped to the wall is arrested

A mom in Ohio accused of streaming video on Facebook Live showing her 2-year-old son stuck to the wall with packaging tape was arrested on Thursday and charged with abducting the boy, police said.<p>The child's arms and head were taped to the wall. He was heard sobbing, but his mouth was taped</b> …

Facebook

Gambia crisis: Senegal troops enter to back new president

<b>Senegalese troops have entered The Gambia to ensure Adama Barrow assumes power as the country's new president, a Senegalese army spokesman has said.</b><p>It comes shortly after Mr Barrow took the oath of office at The Gambia's embassy in the capital of Senegal.<p>He has been recognised internationally. But …

Africa

Many supposed marijuana health benefits aren't what they seem, a massive new report suggests

Smoke 'em if you got 'em — just don't expect any miracles.<p>According to a sprawling new report from the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering …

Marijuana

‘There Are No Words to Describe the Chaos’: Eyewitness Account of Bombing on Nigeria Refugee Camp

The first bomb fell at 12:30 p.m. and landed just a few meters away from the Red Cross office. The plane circled back around, and it dropped a second …

World News

Somalia urged to enforce law on sexual offences after gang rape of 16-year-old

Women’s groups demand perpetrators of brutal attack are brought to justice after video footage is posted on social media, sparking widespread condemnation<p>The gang rape of a 16-year-old girl in Somalia, which sparked outrage after a video of the alleged incident was posted on social media, will be …

Human Rights