Gambia: Adama Barrow To Declare Himself President

The Gambia’s President-elect, Adama Barrow, has told the BBC he will declare himself president on 18 January despite incumbent Yahya Jammeh’s rejection of the election result.

He said his team was preparing for his inauguration and he urged Mr Jammeh to respect the will of the electorate.

The election commission declared Mr Barrow winner of the 1 December poll.

Mr Jammeh has launched court action to annul the result after initially accepting defeat.

His security forces have seized control of the election commission’s headquarters in the capital, Banjul.

The Gambia has not had a smooth transfer of power since independence from Britain in 1965.

Mr Jammeh first seized power in a coup in 1994, and many of his critics have been jailed or forced into exile.

Mr Barrow, a property developer who was the candidate of a coalition of seven opposition parties, defeated him by four percentage points.

In the interview with the BBC’s Umaru Fofana, Mr Barrow said Mr Jammeh’s move to annul the election had come as a surprise.

Mr Jammeh had phoned to congratulate him soon after the election and had stated that “our system is the best” and “nobody can rig” the elections, Mr Barrow said.

He ruled out a recount or re-run of the election: “We are not supporting anything as at now. Our position is very very clear. I’m president-elect. We advise the president to cooperate.”

Asked about his inauguration, Mr Barrow said: “We have a team that is working on our inauguration. We are working on it; on the 18th, I’m the legal president of this country.”

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Trump Vows To ‘Remove’ Himself From His Business

Donald Trump promised Wednesday to ‘remove’ himself from his businesses and said he will announce details in two weeks about how he’ll avoid conflicts of interest when he is president.

Trump used his favorite method of communicating with the public — Twitter — to announce plans for a “major news conference” on Dec. 15 to discuss plans to leave the Trump Organization.

His adult children, whom he has said he will put in charge of the company, will be a part of the news conference.

Trump owns or has a position in more than 500 companies, according to a CNN analysis. That includes about 150 that have done business in at least 25 foreign countries, including Turkey, Qatar and Saudi Arabia.

There have been growing questions about the potential conflicts of interest posed by Trump’s continued business interests and his role as president. A poll by CNN found that 6 in 10 Americans believe Trump is not doing enough to address conflicts of interest.

His tweets said he is not mandated to leave his business by law, but that “I feel it is visually important, as President, to in no way have a conflict of interest with my various businesses.”

Trump also said he is doing so “in order to fully focus on running the country in order to make America great again.” Legal documents are being crafted which take him completely out of business operations, he claimed. “The Presidency is a far more important task!”

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Father Of Toddler Who Received Heart Transplant Shot His Family & Himself

In a tragic, heartbreaking story, a Pennsylvania man bought a gun one day after police responded to a domestic dispute at his home and used it less than three weeks later to kill his wife, his three children, and then himself, authorities said.

Megan Short, 33, told police she was afraid of her husband when they came to her home July 18, investigators revealed Monday, and was in the process of moving out but never made it to her new home.

Police found the bodies of Mark Short, 40, his wife, and three children, 8-year-old Lianna, 5-year-old Mark Jr., and 2-year-old Willow on Aug. 6, the same day Megan Short and her children were supposed to move to their new house, in the family’s living room in Sinking Spring, about 50 miles northwest of Philadelphia. Mark Short was allegedly supposed to rent a moving van to help with the move.

The three children — whom Mark Short had taken to an amusement park just a day earlier for an employer-sponsored family day — were still in their pajamas. The family dog was also killed.

Police discovered them after breaking into the Sinking Springs home to check on the family after Megan Short’s mother reported that her daughter had failed to show for a lunch date. Relatives were left awaiting Megan Short’s arrival at her new home.

Investigators found a handwritten murder-suicide note on the dining room table and a handgun near Mark Short, and an autopsy concluded Short’s gunshot wound was self-inflicted. Short appeared to have written the letter after he killed his family, acknowledging having bought the gun and using it to commit the murders, authorities said. But they declined to provide further details of what was in the letter.

District Attorney John Adams said the investigation also turned up a report of a domestic dispute at a Philadelphia hotel where the couple was staying June 4. He said only hotel security had been involved in that case.

Police who responded to the Short home a month later informed Megan Short how to seek a protection from abuse order, but the investigation found she never sought such an order, though she had said she intended to file the next day. Officers found the children home during the incident, but Mark Short had left the area before police arrived.

“I don’t know that we know specifically as to why this relationship had disintegrated. We don’t have any answers to that,” Adams said. “Suffice it to say based upon our investigation … we can tell you he was going through a breakup of a marriage and he was emotional about that, but that’s all we can tell you.”

Mark Short, a loan officer, had also been demoted at his job at the start of August, Adams said.

Megan Short had alleged in a Facebook post that she had been abused, a neighbor also said.

Adams said, had Megan Short expressed a need to relocate with her children, Berks Women In Crisis, a crisis intervention and victim support group, could have provided them shelter. Police had done all they were legally allowed to do, he said.

“I don’t know that anything can be learned other than when leaving an abusive relationship, it’s often a very dangerous time for a victim. So, we urge anyone who’s in a similar situation to develop a safety plan and contact their local domestic violence agency for assistance,” Adams said.

The Shorts had been featured in news stories about their difficulties getting medication for Willow, who had a heart transplant. The family made headlines in 2014 and were featured in the New York Times in 2015, shortly after 1-year-old Willow received a new heart. Megan Short previously wrote that anxiety related to her daughter’s condition had left her with post-traumatic stress disorder and “survivor’s guilt” when children with similar problems from other families died.

Hundreds attended a funeral Mass for the family Friday. Mark Short was mentioned only in passing during the service.

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Man Sets Himself On Fire Near Prince William, Kate’s Palace

A man set himself on fire in the early hours of Tuesday outside Kensington Palace, the central London home of Prince William and his wife Kate, and later died of his injuries, British police said.

Two fire extinguishers could be seen next to a police tent set up at the scene of the incident near the large windows of the palace’s Orangery.

Two people in white forensic suits put a green petrol canister in a transparent evidence bag under a tree nearby, an AFP photographer saw.

There was a strong smell of petrol at the scene, which was cordoned off to tourists.

“This incident is not being treated as terrorist-related,” the police said in a statement.

Officers were called to an area near the locked parks of the palace at 3:06am (0306 GMT) “following reports of a man behaving suspiciously” the police said in a statement.

“Officers attended and found a man, believed to be aged in his forties, ablaze,” the statement said.

The man could not be saved and was declared dead half an hour after emergency services arrived on site.

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Toddler Dies After Getting Hold Of Gun & Shooting Himself

Police in South Carolina say a toddler got ahold of a gun and fatally shot himself.

A report released by York County Coroner Sabrina Gast said that 3-year-old Savion Barrow of Rock Hill died at a local hospital after suffering a gunshot wound just before 3 p.m. Sunday. An autopsy was scheduled for Monday.

Police say no charges have been filed in connection with the death, although the investigation is continuing. Police did not immediately say what kind of gun was involved or how the child may have gotten ahold of it.

Officials say a 10-year-old girl was at the house at the time, as were four women.

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19-Year-Old Accidentally Shoots Himself While Taking Gun Selfie

Deleon Smith, a 19-year-old father of two, was found dead in Houston, Texas, yesterday after accidentally shooting himself in the throat while trying to take a selfie, ABC 13 reports. Police say Smith was posting photos to Instagram with his cousin when the gun went off.

According to KHOU, Smith attempted to take a photo with the gun pointed to his head when the gun went off. His uncle who lives on the same block attempted to resuscitate Smith, but Smith was dead by the time he arrived. Both the police and Smith’s family believe the shooting was completely accidental. They are still investigating who actually owned the gun Smith was using.

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