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President to be inaugurated outside of The Gambia

The incoming president said that the public is welcome to his inauguration . Credit: AP

The incoming president of The Gambia, Adama Barrow, is to be sworn in at 4pm in neighbouring country Senegal.

The former Argos security guard said on social media that the inauguration ceremony would be held at the Gambian embassy in Dakar adding: "The general public is hereby invited!"

Barrow has been staying in Senegal for his safety after his shock election win sparked security concerns when current President Yahya Jammeh refused to hand over power.

At least 38 injured as blazing high-rise collapses in Iran

At least 38 people have been injured after a high-rise building in southern Tehran caught fire and collapsed.

State television is reporting that the building is one of the oldest in Iran's capital city and used mostly for commercial purposes.

The injured have been hospitalised but most of them are said to have been discharged.

Police have cordoned off the area and rescue teams are on their way to the scene.

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Thomas Cook to fly nine extra flights back from Gambia

Tourists at Banjul airport in The Gambia. Credit: AP

Thomas Cook will operate nine extra flights to bring British tourists home from The Gambia over the next two days.

Around 1,000 sun seekers on Thomas Cook packages were ordered to pack their bags and head for the airport on Tuesday after the Foreign Office issued a travel alert.

A Thomas Cook spokesman said around 3,500 people will have been brought home by Friday.

"Over the next two days we will be operating nine extra flights from Banjul airport, in addition to two scheduled flights, to bring home our remaining UK customers," the spokesman said.

"To help our customers with check-in and departure we are flying additional colleagues out from the UK on the first flight tomorrow.

"By the end of Friday 20th January we expect to have brought home approximately 3,500 passengers on a total of 16 flights."

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