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Gambian president to contest election loss in Supreme Court

Gambian President Yahya Jammeh has rejected his election defeat Credit: Reuters

Gambia's outgoing president Yahya Jammeh will contest his election loss at the country's Supreme Court, the ruling party has announced.

Jammeh lost to opposition leader, Adama Barrow - a former Argos security guard - in last week's presidential election.

On Saturday, despite initially conceding defeat to his rival, Jammeh said that he now rejected the poll results, blaming voting irregularities.

"I hereby reject the results in totality," he said. "I will not accept the results based on what has happened."

The African Union urged Jammeh to facilitate a "peaceful" transfer of power, and said his rejection of the polls is "null and void" as he already conceded defeat.

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At least 22 killed in Coptic cathedral bombing in Cairo

The blast took place at Cairo's main Coptic cathedral. Credit: Reuters

At least 22 people have been killed and 35 wounded in a bombing at in Egypt's main Coptic Christian cathedral in Cairo, state television reported.

It is the second deadly attack to hit the Egyptian capital within two days.

On Friday, six policemen were killed in a bomb attack claimed by a militant group. There was no immediate claim of responsibility for Sunday's attack.

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Car bomb kills at least 29 in Somalian capital

A security officer walks through an area destroyed by a suicide car bomb in Mogadishu. Credit: Reuters

At least 29 people have been killed in a suicide bomb attack in Somalia.

Islamic extremist group al-Shabab have claimed responsibility for the car bomb that went off outside the entrance to the country's biggest port in its capital Mogadishu.

Local police said at least seven people had been injured.

Port employee Mohamed Hussein said gunfire had followed the blast.

Al-Shabaab's insurgency aims to drive out African Union peacekeepers, topple Somalia's western-backed government and impose its strict version of Islam on the Horn of Africa state.

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