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US charges two over failed Gambia coup

File photo shows cars driving past a campaign poster for Gambian President Yahya Jammeh in the capital city of Banjul on November 22, 2011US prosecutors on Monday charged two men with conspiring to overthrow the government of Gambia in a failed coup ostensibly aimed at restoring democracy to the small west African nation. US-Gambian dual national Papa Faal and US resident Cherno Njie were arrested in the United States after they returned from Gambia, where they had traveled to help launch a December 30 coup attempt against President Yahya Jammeh’s government, according to the US Justice Department. Faal, 46, was expected to make an initial appearance in court Monday in his home state of Minnesota, while Njie, 57, living in Texas, was to appear Monday in US District Court in Baltimore, Maryland. “The United States strongly condemns such conspiracies.

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