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PAC-PEC TELLS FINANCE MINISTRY TO COMPLY OR RISK…

House Speaker, Abdoulie Bojang, yesterday issued an ultimatum to officials of the Ministry of Finance and Economic Affairs to fully comply with recommendations given to them last year by the parliamentary oversight joint committee by 28 December or risk being sanctioned or punished.
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Imam Fatty says Ahmadis should be banned

The imam of State House Mosque, Alhaji Abdoulie Fatty, has characterised the members of Ahmadiyya Muslim Jama'at in The Gambia as non-Muslims, asserting that they should be banned from propagating their faith in the territorial confines of the country.
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UN sec gen backs campaign to end FGM in Gambia, others

The UN secretary general, Ban Ki- Moon, has backed a Guardian newspaper campaign to end FGM in the world through partnership with the media in order to engender a major shift in the reportage and perception of the practice around the world.
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UN experts on torture, summary executions to visit Gambia

Two United Nations Special Rapporteurs will carry out the first official visit ever to The Gambia by experts of the Human Rights Council Special Procedures.
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Acct General raises issues on gov't's 2011 financial report

The accountant general, Karamba Touray, yesterday testified before members of the joint session of the public accounts and public enterprises committees of National Assembly.
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Faith Cole lectures nursing and midwifery students on essentials of profession

Faith Cole, a philanthropist and director of a medical company in the UK Wednesday delivered a three-hour lecture for students of the School of Nursing and Midwifery on pre and post-operative care of patients, as well as nurses and the law.
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Turkish Embassy Celebrates 91st Republican Day Anniversary

The Turkish Embassy on Wednesday, 29th October, celebrated its 91st Republican Day anniversary at the Kairaba Beach Hotel in a ceremony attended by top officials of The Gambia Government, members of the diplomatic and consular corps and Turkish citizens living in The Gambia.
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Bakau laments absence at Super Nawettan draw, programmes

First vice president Pa Alieu Cessay of the Bakau Sports Committee has complained that the zone of Bakau, one of the oldest recognised nawettan zones and founder member of the Super Nawettan has not been invited to any of the current activities of the Super Nawetan Committee.
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5 GAMBIAN DIPLOMATS ON TRIAL IN UK

A group of Gambian diplomats fleeced the taxpayer out of nearly £5million by importing 32 tonnes of tobacco which they pretended was for personal use, a court in London has heard.
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Standard boss refutes Pa Nderry's 'lies'

The managing director of The Standard newspaper has refuted a report published on the Freedom news site that he and the editor of the paper “have been subjected to grilling questioning and interrogation by the NIA” in relation to the “disappearance” of Mr Ousman Bojang, a contributor to the paper.
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Judge threatens to send registrar to Mile 2

The registrar at the Banjul Magistrates Court has faced the ire of high court judge for ignoring court orders.
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Pope calls for abolition of death penalty, life sentences

Pope Francis has called for abolition of death penalty and life imprisonment calling the latter a 'hidden' death sentence. Francis denounced what he called a 'penal populism' that offers revenge for victims instead of pursuing true justice.
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UK opposes migrant rescue operations in Mediterranean Sea

Britain will not support an EU mission to cope with migrants crossing the Mediterranean Sea, according to the Foreign Office. The EU mission aims to fill a gap created as Italy scales back its national rescue operation.
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Boro Suso freed on 'causing death' allegation

The Banjul Magistrates Court has set free Boro Suso [not Dr Boro Suso] accused of causing the death of one Isatou Senghor. Magistrate Dawda Jallow discharged and acquitted Mr Suso for lack of evidence adduced by the prosecution.
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Gambian drunk with 16 previous convictions jailed in Derby, UK

Two paramedics were assaulted by a drunk man they were trying to help in Derby city centre.
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AHMADIYYA REACT TO ZAKIR NAIK

The press and publication department of the Ahmadiyya Muslim Jaamat in The Gambia has issued a 12-page rebuttal of attacks on the community by the famed Indian Muslim televangelist Dr Zakir Naik,
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Darboe clarifies 'boycott' claims

Opposition leader Ousainou Darboe has distanced himself from comments attributed to him in an article published in The Standard that the “UDP may boycott 2016 elections”.
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Finance PS quizzed on gov't audited accounts

As the sitting of the joint session of public accounts and public enterprise committees of the National Assembly continued yesterday, members quizzed the permanent secretary at the Ministry of Finance as to why all the recommendation in the 2013 report were not adequately and specifically answered.
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‘West Africa cocaine flow to Europe worth $1.25 billion'

The representative of the European Union in Banjul has revealed that West Africa's profligate trade in cocaine to Europe is worth around US$1.25 billion per year.
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