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West African leaders are in The Gambia to try to persuade Yahya Jammeh to cede power to his elected successor.

Mr Jammeh has asked for the deadline for him to leave office or be forced out by UN-backed forces to be extended until 16:00GMT on Friday.

Isatou Njie Saidy had been the vice president of Gambia since 1997

Africa

Gambia's Vice President Isatou Njie Saidy has quit, Al Jazeera has learned, amid rising political tensions as Yahya Jammeh refuses to step down as president despite losing a December election.

Yahya Jammeh has been in power for more than 20 years

Africa

The Gambia's National Assembly has adopted a resolution to allow President Yahya Jammeh to stay in power for three more months, starting from Wednesday, according to state television.

ASUU suspends press conference

Africa

As a result of the bomb blast in Maiduguri, the Borno State capital, the Academic Staff Union of Universities, ASUU, has suspended a press conference it had planned to hold after the meeting of its National Executive Council, NEC, in Kano State.

Scores are feared dead as bomb explosions hit Maiduguri, Borno State

Africa

It was gathered that a Professor and two others were killed in the blast, while thirteen others were said to have been rushed to the University of Maiduguri Teaching Hospital.

Many ships carrying refugees have sunk in recent years while crossing from Libya to Italy [File: Yara Nardi/EPA]

Africa

Nearly 100 people are missing after a boat packed with refugees and migrants sank off the Libyan coast, killing at least eight, according to the Italian coastguard.

The boy was born with four legs (Picture: Times of India)

International News

A baby has been born with four legs and two male sex organs at a hospital in India. The baby was born at 4.23am on Saturday to parents Lalitamma and Chennabasava and doctors said it was a normal delivery.

Samsung's probe into its Galaxy Note 7 fiasco has found that the overheating and burning of the phones was caused by faults with their batteries.

The firm had axed its iPhone rival in October last year after an earlier botched recall and re-release.

Eight people have been found alive in Italy's Rigopiano hotel, two days after it was buried in an avalanche.

Rescuers said the survivors had been discovered buried under snow. Two are children, Italian media said.

Police said they ‘brazenly flaunted their riches’ (Picture: GMP)

International News

A couple banked half a million pounds and spent thousands on long-haul holidays, cars and private schooling, despite claiming to be unemployed.

Salina Sharif, 46, and Shiraz Amjad Sharif, 45, lived a ‘lavish lifestyle’ funded by money laundered from a drugs empire.

Donald Trump has pledged to unify America as he addressed cheering supporters at a concert on the eve of his presidential inauguration.

Speaking on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial in Washington DC, the president-elect also promised to bring change.

Drug lord Joaquin Guzman is commonly known as El Chapo, meaning Shorty

International News

Notorious Mexican drug lord Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman has been extradited to the US, the Mexican governments announced on Thursday.

He arrived in New York on a flight from Ciudad Juarez.

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Birth rates in China rose to their highest level since 2000 last year, despite a fall in the number of women of childbearing age, say officials.

The increase follows the relaxation of China's strict one-child policy a year ago.

More than 16,000 homes and businesses across Mississippi were left without electricity [Reuters]

America

A deadly tornado smashed through the small US city of Hattiesburg, Mississippi, early on Saturday morning.

Pisgat Zeev, one of the areas in East Jerusalem that will see new settlement homes

Middle East

Israel has approved hundreds of new settlement homes in occupied East Jerusalem, after the staunch pro-Israel US President Donald Trump took office.

President Klaus Iohannis joined the protesters in Bucharest

Europe

Tens of thousands of people have taken to the streets of the Romanian capital Bucharest and other cities in protest at government plans to release around 3,000 prisoners.

In Bucharest some protesters broke through police lines and headed towards government buildings.