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Gambia’s president, Adama Barrow, has returned to the country to assume power after his predecessor, Yahya Jammeh, went to exile in Equatorial Guinea after refusing to step down following his election loss. Jammeh’s exile was in part due to the massed Senegalese troops on the border which ordered him to hand over power to Barrow.
Somali militants rammed a car bomb into a gate of a hotel in Somalia’s capital, Mogadishu, where 28 people have been confirmed dead and 43 others injured.
The Chinese government said its decision in 2015 to allow all couples to have two children had paid off. Last year, according to the health authority, 17.8 million babies were born in Chinese hospitals, up 7.9% from the previous year and the most since 2000. Of the new babies, 45% were second children.
Former education minister, Benoît Hamon, won the first round of the French Socialist Party’s presidential primary. Harmon’s leftist ideals include calls for universal basic income.
Meanwhile in Germany, the Social Democrats have appointed Martin Schulz, the ex-president for the European Parliament, to face off against Chancellor Angela Merkel in the September election.
Britain’s Supreme Court ruled that the government must obtain Parliament’s approval before triggering Article 50 and starting the Brexit process. The bill is expected to pass before its March 31 deadline.
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has approved nearly 2,500 new home settlements in the West Bank and East Jerusalem, escalating tensions between Israel and Palestine. "We are building—and will continue to build," Netanyahu wrote on Facebook.
Turkey, Russia and Iran have agreed to help set up a process to enforce a partial ceasefire in Syria. Negotiators from the three sides met for two days in Astana, the capital of Kazakhstan.
Donald J. Trump spent his first week as America’s president by signing several controversial executive orders. Among them is the declaration that America will not join the Trans-Pacific Trade Deal (TPP), an order to start building a wall along the Mexican border, and a ban of Syrian refugees from entering the United States.
President Enrique Peña Nieto of Mexico has cancelled his two-day trip to Washington next week in response to his U.S. counterpart’s announcement to start building a wall along the border. President Nieto continues to insist that his country will not pay for the border wall, one of Trump’s major campaign promises.
Millions took to the streets last weekend in anti-Trump protests across the United States and dozens of other countries around the world, a day after Trump’s inauguration. Organizers of The Women’s March says attendance hit over one million in Washington, D.C. and over five million in similar rallies worldwide.
The world’s biggest aerial firefighting aircraft has joined beleaguered firefighters in Chile as they battle the worst wildfires in the country’s recent history. More than 90 blazes have scorched 180,000 hectares, razed hundreds of homes, turned village schools to ashes and destroyed cattle herds and vineyards.
China announced a crackdown on unauthorized providers of services that allow internet users to circumvent the country’s web-censorship mechanisms. This is one of the latest efforts by the government to tighten its grip over the country’s web and information industries.
U.S. software firm Microsoft Corp will continue to invest over $1 billion annually on cybersecurity research and development in the coming years, a senior executive said.