African lead­ers back Gam­bian re­sults

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abuja, nige­ria» West African lead­ers are promis­ing to en­force the re­sults of a Gam­bian elec­tion up­set be­ing chal­lenged by the coun­try’s long­time coup leader.

A sum­mit of the Eco­nomic Com­mu­nity of West African States ended Satur­day with all lead­ers stat­ing they will at­tend the in­au­gu­ra­tion on Jan. 19 of newly elected busi­ness­man Adama Bar­row.

Gam­bian Pres­i­dent Yahya Jam­meh shocked his fel­low cit­i­zens by con­ced­ing de­feat af­ter a Dec. 1 vote, then changed his mind and called for a new elec­tion.

The United Nations, the United States and the African Union all have con­demned the move.

manila, philip­pines» Pres­i­dent Ro­drigo Duterte threat­ened Satur­day to ter­mi­nate a pact that al­lows U.S. troops to visit the Philip­pines, say­ing “Bye-bye, Amer­ica” as he re­acted with rage to what he thought was a U.S. de­ci­sion to scrap a ma­jor aid pack­age over hu­man rights con­cerns.

A U.S. gov­ern­ment aid agency, the Mil­len­nium Chal­lenge Cor­po­ra­tion, said ear­lier in the week that its board de­ferred a vote on a re­newal of the de­vel­op­ment as­sis­tance pack­age for the Philip­pines “sub­ject to a fur­ther re­view of con­cerns around rule of law and civil lib­er­ties.”

istanbul» A sui­cide car bomber set off an ex­plo­sion Satur­day that de­mol­ished a pub­lic bus trans­port­ing off-duty sol­diers in Turkey’s cen­tral prov­ince of Kay­seri, killing 13 troops and wound­ing 56 other peo­ple, au­thor­i­ties said.

Satur­day’s blast comes a week af­ter a car bomb at­tack claimed by Kur­dish mil­i­tants killed 44 peo­ple, mainly riot po­lice, and wounded over 150 oth­ers near a soc­cer sta­dium in Istanbul.

In­te­rior Min­is­ter Su­ley­man Soylu said the iden­tity of the Kay­seri at­tacker was known and that seven peo­ple had been taken into cus­tody in con­nec­tion with the at­tack.

Po­lice were search­ing for five oth­ers.

Prime Min­is­ter Bi­nali Yildirim said the sui­cide bomber am­bushed a com­mando bri­gade on week­end leave in the city of Kay­seri.

The Turk­ish army said 48 troops were among the wounded in Satur­day’s “treach­er­ous at­tack.” The state-run Anadolu Agency said the ex­plo­sion at the en­trance gate to Er­ciyes Univer­sity hit a bus trans­port­ing off-duty sol­diers.

Speak­ing in Kay­seri, Health Min­is­ter Re­cep Akdag told re­porters 56 peo­ple had been wounded in the at­tack, in­clud­ing four who were in crit­i­cal con­di­tion.

london» Nor­man the booby bird may have clocked in the most un­likely air miles in avi­a­tion his­tory.

The red-footed booby, a na­tive of trop­i­cal zones, was dis­cov­ered on a south­ern English beach Sept. 4, about 5,000 miles from his near­est Caribbean habi­tat.

It was first recorded sight­ing of the species in Bri­tain.

Named Nor­man by his res­cuers, the starv­ing, de­hy­drated bird spent months un­der heat lamps as a Royal So­ci­ety for the Pre­ven­tion of Cru­elty to An­i­mals wildlife cen­ter nursed him back to health.

Wildlife of­fi­cials said Satur­day that the bird is back where he be­longs, a Cay­man Is­lands na­ture re­serve fol­low­ing a 12hour Bri­tish Air­ways flight Thurs­day with a vet­eri­nary es­cort.

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