>> A British tour operator started evacuating thousands of holidaymakers from Gambia, Wednesday. The move comes after the country's president announced a state of emergency. That's likely to increase the chances of civil unrest. Tour operator Thomas Cook said it had made plans to remove 985 package tour customers from the tiny West African nation.
And was also trying to contact a further 2500 flight-only tourists to get them out of Gambia on the earliest available flight. President Yahya Jammeh, who seized power in a coup 22 years ago, lost a December election to Adama Barrow, but has been given permission to stay in office for three more months according to state television reports.
He has refused to step down before a court hears his election challenge. Jammeh stands accused of resorting to torturing or killing perceived opponents. Despite the reputation of its leader, Gambia's Atlantic Ocean beaches are popular with European holidaymakers. Hundreds of Gambians have also been fleeing over the border to Senegal in the last few days fearing conflict.