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Gambia's Vice President resigns as Jammeh remains defiant

Gambia's Vice President Isatou Njie Saidy who has been in the role since 1997 has resigned, a government source told Reuters.

Saidy's resignation signals the highest level official to abandon President Yahya Jammeh's camp in his stand-off with opposition leader Adama Barrow, who won an election in December.

The sources revealed that Gambia's higher education minister Abubakar Senghore has also quit.

Thomas Cook is currently operating nine extra flights to bring British tourists home from The Gambia over the next two days as political tension increases.

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.

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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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