Gambia frees more than 200 prisoners including past coup plotters

Gambia released more than 200 prisoners on Friday, including 31 jailed for treason during multiple plots to overthrow long-ruling President Yahya Jammeh, prison officials said.

Abducted Gambian journalist released after 11 days: Family

A radio journalist who disappeared for more than a week in a kidnapping blamed on Gambia`s secret police has been released, his family told AFP on Tuesday.

Gambia cancels expulsion of `Hezbollah-linked` Lebanese tycoon

The Gambian government has withdrawn its expulsion of a powerful business magnate accused by the United States of funding the Lebanese militant movement Hezbollah.

Gambia opposition attacks plan to expand death penalty

Opposition activists have vowed to fight plans announced by The Gambia to expand the list of offences punishable by death to any crime deemed sufficiently serious by parliament.

EU envoy complies with Gambia`s expulsion order

The EU representative in the Gambia has left the country under an expulsion order which drew criticism from opposition politicians and left Brussels "astonished", an airport source said Tuesday.

Gambia expels EU representative, Brussels `astonished`

Gambia has given the EU representative in its capital Banjul 72 hours to depart from the country, leaving Brussels "astonished" and prompting the opposition to brand the decision gravely "ill-considered".

Failed migrants return home to Senegal after Libya ordeal

Scores of Senegalese migrants returned home on Tuesday after they were detained by Libyan authorities and imprisoned for months when they tried to reach Europe illegally.

Gambian migrants undeterred by horrors of Med crossings

Despite warnings from shipwreck survivors and the international community, Gambians are refusing to abandon dreams of a new life in Europe even if it means risking their lives to cross the Mediterranean aboard rickety boats.

Boat people grateful for sanctuary, baffled by Gambia offer

Boat people who have come ashore in Southeast Asia after harrowing journeys are delighted that Indonesia and Malaysia will give them temporary shelter -- although some were baffled by an offer of sanctuary in a tiny African nation they had never heard of.

Three sentenced to death over Gambia coup plot in `secret` trial

Three Gambian soldiers have been sentenced to death for their roles in a failed coup attempt, a leading human rights group said Thursday, condemning their "secret" trial and urging the country not to carry out the executions.

Party overshadowed by abuse reports as Gambia turns 50

The Gambia prepared to mark its 50th year of independence on Wednesday, with festivities overshadowed by growing complaints over its rights record and the regime increasingly seen abroad as a pariah.

Gambian leader hands journalists government posts in reshuffle

Less than a week after an abortive coup attempt, Gambian President Yahya Jammeh handed the foreign and communications portfolios to journalists in a government reshuffle, officials said on Tuesday.

Gambian radio station reopens, but can only broadcast music

Gambian authorities let a popular radio station resume broadcasting on Monday, days after closing it down as part of a crackdown, as long as it airs only music, a government source said.

US charges two men over failed Gambia coup

US prosecutors have charged two men for their role in the failed December 30 coup attempt to overthrow the government of Gambia, the US Justice Department said on Monday.

Gambia shuts down radio station after palace attack: Source

Authorities in Gambia ordered the closure of a popular radio station as part of a crackdown following a failed attack on the presidential palace, a source close to the government said Sunday.

Gambian troops rally in support of President after palace attack

 Hundreds of security force members held a rally in Gambia`s capital Banjul on Saturday in support of President Yahya Jammeh, four days after an attack on the presidential palace, witnesses said.

Gambian troops go door-to-door in search of failed coup plotters

 Gambian security forces went door-to-door in the capital Banjul on Friday in search of participants in a failed coup against the west African country`s strongman President Yahya Jammeh, residents said.

`Dozens arrested` after failed Gambia coup

Dozens of military personnel and civilians were arrested and a large cache of weapons and explosives found after an alleged coup attempt in The Gambia, an intelligence source said Thursday.

US denies any role in Gambia violence

The United States on Thursday denied it had any role in an apparent coup attempt in The Gambia, after the African nation`s leader Yahya Jammeh blamed the attack on foreign dissidents.

Gambia President returns home after reports of coup attempt

Gambia`s President Yahya Jammeh returned to Banjul on Wednesday and shops and banks reopened, a day after gunfire erupted around the presidential palace in an apparent coup attempt led by a former commander of the presidential guard.