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Femi Peters, founder of the United Democratic Party, awaiting his release in Banjul, the Gambia, last Monday. Photograph: Lorraine Mallinder

It was another momentous day for the Gambia. Having just freed itself from the brutal grip of dictator Yahya Jammeh, the country was about to witness(...)

The woman told the court she had lived “two lives”, one where she got good academic results and a good job and a second life about which she could not tell anybody, saying: “It was a big secret I carried around for years.”

A woman who claims she was sexually abused by a school chaplain when she was at secondary school has denied she had a “crush” on him which turned “obs(...)

Supporters of president-elect Adama Barrow dance on a poster of incumbent President Yahya Jammeh during celebrations of Barrow’s election victory in Banjul, Gambia. Photograph: Thierry Gouegnon/Reuters

The autocratic ruler of the Gambia will be prosecuted for his crimes within a year of handing over the reins of government in January, the chair of th(...)

Gambian president-elect Adama Barrow at home in Brusubi. Photograph: Lorraine Mallinder

Adama Barrow, the president-elect of Gambia, is sipping a lemonade in his sitting room, having just won his battle to end 22 years of dictatorship – (...)

The case before Mr Justice Robert Eagar continues on Friday. Photograph: Collins

A former priest being sued in the High Court for alleged sexual assault and abuse of a teenager in a school where he was chaplain told a school disci(...)

British prime minister  Theresa May has condemned world football’s ruling body over the “utterly outrageous” ban on international players wearing poppies.  Photo:  Nick Potts/PA

Utterly outraged, she said. Recognise and respect, she said. A clear message, she said. Had she nothing better to do? Apparently not. As if there w(...)

Anti-FGM activists from all over African have gathered at Glencree Peace and Reconciliation Centre in Wicklow to work out how to end the barbaric practice. Pictured are Ifrah Ahmed, Jaha Dukureh, Elizabeth Anche, Gift Abu, Lisa Camara, Domtila Chesang, Jeremmie Kutanya, Lucy-Ann Ganda, Salamatu Kamara, Haadijatou Cessay and Maria Saine. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

Ifrah Ahmed was 17-years-old when she left Somalia and travelled to Ireland on her own. She was shy, spoke no English and knew virtually nothing about(...)

The ‘Coronation Street’ set at Media City, Manchester. The programme has apologised for any offence the scene caused. Photograph: Dave Thompson/PA Wire

The broadcasting watchdog has launched an investigation into an episode of Coronation Street after the soap was accused of racism for a comment a char(...)

On September 2nd, 2015, the body of three-year-old Syrian refugee Alan Kurdi washed up on a Turkish beach. Alan, his mother, Rehana, and five-year-old brother, Ghalib, drowned together just 4km from the shore while attempting to cross the Mediterranean to seek refuge in Europe Photograph: Demir/AFP/Getty

In 1972, author and politician Leonardo Sciascia finished writing a collection of stories of his native Sicily called The Wine-Dark Sea. It weaves tog(...)

A team from MOAS (Migrant Offshore Aid Station) arrives to aid 133 migrants crammed onto a rubber dinghy in the Mediterranean. Photograph: Adam Alexander

“My God,” says 19-year old Miriam from the Gambia, holding her hands over her face and shaking her head. “I wouldn’t wish that journey on my own wors(...)

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