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Gambia: President Barrow express regrets over past Gambia-Taiwan relationships.

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Gambian President Adama Barrow told Chinese President Xi Jinping on Thursday that his country’s previous ties with self-ruled Taiwan has been a “huge mistake”, and he thanked China for all the help it had given subsequently, China said.

China resumed ties with Gambia in 2016, after it ended formal relations with Taiwan, claimed by China as a wayward province with no right to diplomatic relations.



Two other African countries have since followed suit, São Tomé and Príncipe and Burkina Faso.

China has stepped up pressure on Taiwan’s remaining allies now down to just 17, most of the poor countries in the Pacific and Central America as it seeks to limit the democratic island’s international footprint.

“China has helped us improve communications, roads and transport conditions, things that in all the years gone past we wanted to do but were unable,” he added.

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Last month, the United States attacked El Salvador’s decision to abandon Taiwan in favour of China, saying the change was of grave concern and warning that China was offering economic inducements to seek domination.

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South Africa: Ex-Mandela cop wins appeal against police minister

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Major General Andre Lincoln, a policeman chosen by then-president Nelson Mandela to head an elite presidential investigative unit, has won an appeal in a civil case against the police minister in the Western Cape High Court.



Lincoln confirmed on Monday that his appeal, which is related to at least 15 years of legal wrangling, had been successful.

It is not yet clear how Lincoln now plans to proceed with the matter.

The judgment found that Lincoln had not proved a malicious prosecution in terms of some of the charges, that of drunk driving and fleeing the scene of an accident.

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However, it said in terms of the remaining charges, which he was previously charged with in a regional court, his claims against the defendant succeeded with costs.

The Minister of Safety and Security was therefore ordered to pay Lincoln’s costs in the appeal, which included the costs of two counsel.

Lincoln previously claimed that he had been involved in highly sensitive investigations, including a suspected plot by cops to kill Mandela at his 1994 inauguration, which he claimed was “covered up”.

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He had also previously faced 47 criminal charges and was convicted of 17 of these in 2003.

Lincoln then appealed the conviction and was acquitted on all the charges.

He believed that, due to the critical investigations he was busy with, other senior police officers had set him up and had him criminally charged.

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Dozens die as mud destroys Uganda villages

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A landslide following heavy rains in eastern Uganda has killed more than 40 people.



It is feared that the death toll could rise as a government rescue team reaches the Mount Elgon area.

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A river burst its banks and a torrent of mud and water swept villages away. Pictures from the scene show people retrieving bodies from the mud and carrying them away.

People gather at the scene of a landslide in Bududa area in eastern Uganda,

A landslide in the same region, Bududa, killed more than 300 people in 2010.

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