Regional Security Forces Arrive in Gambian Capital Ahead of New President's Return
Troops from a regionwide military force moved Sunday into Gambia's capital, Banjul, hours after defeated leader Yahya Jammeh fled into exile.
The regional force is expected to clear the way for the return of the country's newly elected President Adama Barrow, who earlier took refuge in nearby Senegal when Jammeh refused to leave office. Barrow was sworn in Thursday at a ceremony in the Senegalese capital, Dakar.
No time frame had been announced by late Sunday for Barrow's return, but a spokesman told reporters it would be "as soon as possible."
A second spokesman told reporters in Banjul that the capital would be inspected Monday to determine whether security is adequate for Barrow's safe return to the country of 1.5 million residents.
Southern US Braces for More Tornadoes as Death Toll Reaches 18
Severe weather has killed least 18 people in the southern United States, and forecasters warn of more deadly storms to come.
The National Weather Service said Sunday that southern Georgia, northern Florida and the corner of southeastern Alabama could face forceful tornadoes, damaging winds and large hail.
Fourteen people were killed and more than 20 injured as violent storms and tornadoes rolled through parts of Georgia over the weekend. Another four people were killed in Mississippi by a tornado on Saturday.
Governor Nathan Deal of Georgia declared a state of emergency in seven counties that suffered deaths, injuries and severe damage from the storms. Deal said that state agencies are "making all resources available'' to affected counties.
President Donald Trump spoke with Governor Deal Sunday to express his condolences about those killed by the powerful tornadoes that ripped through the state.