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Defeated Gambian leader told to stand down by midday

Defeated Gambian leader Yahya Jammeh has refused to leave office. Credit: AP

Defeated Gambian President Yahya Jammeh has been ordered to give up power by midday on Friday by West African leaders or be forced out by regional troops already in the country.

Sengalese troops entered The Gambia on Thursday but they have been told to halt their advance while negotiations continue to bring a peaceful end to the crisis.

The United Nations Security Council has backed ECOWAS's efforts to ensure Barrow assumes power, and the United States said it also supported the intervention.

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One dead after car ploughs into pedestrians

Police and paramedics were seen in the area. Credit: APTN

One person has died and several others injured after a car hit pedestrians in the centre of Australia's second-largest city.

Ambulance Victoria said several people were struck by the vehicle in Melbourne on Friday.

Local television screened live aerial video showing police cars and police carrying weapons at a central city junction.

Police said: "The exact circumstances of the events are still being determined."

Police scuffle with anti-Trump protesters in New York

Police in New York have scuffled with anti-Donald Trump protesters demonstrating against the President-elect.

Opponents, angered by Mr Trump's comments during the election campaign about women, illegal immigrants and Muslims - as well as his promise to repeal Obamacare and build a wall on the Mexican border - joined a protest rally on Thursday evening.

Activists burn a Donald Trump hat in New York. Credit: AP

The rally included a lineup of politicians, activists and celebrities.

US Department of Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson said police will separate groups to prevent trouble at Friday's inauguration ceremony.

He told MSNBC: "The concern is some of these groups are pro-Trump, some of them are con-Trump, and they may not play well together in the same space."

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Alec Baldwin mocks Donald Trump during protest rally

Alec Baldwin has mocked the President-elect during an anti-Donald Trump rally in New York.

Activists and dignitaries gathered in front of the Trump International Hotel and Tower in New York City shortly after Mr Trump appeared at his inaugural concert in Washington.

Baldwin's impressions of Mr Trump on NBC's "Saturday Night Live" has drawn stinging criticism from the President-elect.

However this did not stop the actor taking to the stage to impersonate Mr Trump once more.

Thousands of people, including Robert De Niro, Sally Field and filmmaker Michael Moore took part in the rally.

Mr Moore joked: "As bad as we think it's going to be, it's going to be worse. However the good news is there's more of us than there are of them."

Donald Trump thanks supporters at inaugural concert

Donald Trump has thanked his supporters at a concert on the eve of his inauguration, and vowed to unify the country.

The two-hour concert - dubbed the Make America Great Again! Welcome Celebration - was held outside Washington's Lincoln Memorial and featured country stars Lee Greenwood and Toby Keith as well as rock band 3 Doors Down.

The President-elect promised the crowd that he will "work so hard" to "bring our jobs back" and turn the country around.

He said: "We've going to unify our country... for all of our people, for everybody.

Fireworks lit the Washington skyline after Donald Trump's speech. Credit: AP

"We're going to bring our jobs back. We're not going to let other countries take our jobs any longer.

"We're going to something to our country that hasn't been done for many, many decades. It's going to change, I promise you."

To cheers he concluded by saying: "We are going to make America great again - and I'll add 'greater than ever before'."

Mexican drug lord 'El Chapo' arrives 'in US prison'

A handcuffed Credit: AP

Mexican drug lord Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman is believed to have arrived at a federal prison in New York.

Mr Guzman was extradited to the United States earlier on Friday morning.

In a short statement, the US Justice Department said Guzman was taken to the "United States to face criminal charges in connection with his leadership of the Mexican organized crime syndicate known as the 'Sinaloa Cartel.'"

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