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Jammeh agrees to cede power in The Gambia

Yahya Jammeh has agreed to cede power to new leader, he said in an address on state TV.

He steps down after 22 years in power.

Jammeh's successor Adama Barrow told a press conference, 'the rule of fear is over' as he prepares to return to The Gambian after being sworn in as president in neighbouring Senegal on Thursday and

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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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