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The Gambia (/ˈɡæmbiə/ (About this soundlisten)), officially the Republic of The Gambia, is a country in West Africa that is almost entirely surrounded by Senegal with the exception of its western coastline along the Atlantic Ocean. It is the smallest country within mainland Africa.

The Gambia is situated on either side of the Gambia River, the nation's namesake, which flows through the centre of The Gambia and empties into the Atlantic Ocean. Its area is 10,689 square kilometres (4,127 sq mi) with a population of 1,857,181 as of the April 2013 census. Banjul is the Gambian capital and the largest cities are Serekunda and Brikama.

The Gambia shares historical roots with many other West African nations in the slave trade, which was the key factor in the placing and keeping of a colony on the Gambia River, first by the Portuguese, during which era it was known as A Gâmbia. Later, on 25 May 1765, The Gambia was made a part of the British Empire when the government formally assumed control, establishing the Province of Senegambia. In 1965, The Gambia gained independence under the leadership of Dawda Jawara, who ruled until Yahya Jammeh seized power in a bloodless 1994 coup. Adama Barrow became The Gambia's third president in January 2017, after defeating Jammeh in December 2016 elections. Jammeh initially accepted the results, then refused to accept them, which triggered a constitutional crisis and military intervention by the Economic Community of West African States, resulting in his exile.

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Banjul, the capital city of The Gambia.

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Jollof rice, also called 'Benachin' meaning one pot in the Wolof language, is a popular dish all over West Africa. It is thought to have originated in Senegal and in Gambia but has since spread to the whole of West Africa, especially Nigeria and Ghana amongst members of the Wolof ethnic group.

There are many variations of Jollof Rice. The most common basic ingredients are: rice, tomatoes and tomato paste, onion, salt, and red pepper. Beyond that, nearly any kind of meat, vegetable, or spice can be added.

The dish consists of rice, tomatoes and tomato paste, onion, salt, spices (such as nutmeg, ginger, Guinea pepper[disambiguation needed] or cumin) and chili pepper, to which optional ingredients can be added such as vegetables, meats and fish. (Read more...)

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The children of Sir Dawda Elementary School dressed in their best uniforms to show their appreciation for the help of the crewmen from the frigate USS Jesse L. Brown.

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Wikinews The Gambia portal
  • December 3: Gambian President Yahya Jammeh concedes electoral defeat
  • October 7: Gambia confirms exit from Glasgow-hosted Commonwealth Games
  • June 29: African Olympians and Paralympians prepare for their London odyssey
  • November 26: Yahya Jammeh wins Gambia presidential election
  • March 7: Polio vaccination campaign targets 85 million African children
  • June 19: Committee to Protect Journalists calls for release of Gambian journalists
  • August 30: Wikinews Shorts: August 30, 2008
  • July 19: Gambian magistrate to acquit all people detained without charge for 72 hours
  • April 10: Man alleged to be former US prisoner faces 21 charges in Gambia
  • April 9: Judge in Gambian court warns media not to cover case


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Yahya Abdul-Aziz Jemus Junkung Jammeh (born 25 May 1965) is a Gambian politician and former military officer who was the leader of The Gambia from 1994 to 2017, firstly as chairman of the Armed Forces Provisional Ruling Council (AFPRC) from 1994–96 and then as President of the Gambia from 1996–2017.

Jammeh was born in Kanilai, a Muslim of the Jola ethnic group. He attended Gambia High School in Banjul from 1978 to 1983 and served in the Gambia National Gendarmerie from 1984 to 1989. He was then commissioned as an officer of the Gambia National Army, commanding the Military Police from 1992 to 1994. In July 1994, he led a bloodless coup d'etat that overthrew the government of Dawda Jawara and installed himself as chairman of AFPRC, a military junta, and ruled by decree until his election as president in 1996.

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