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Gambia's Supreme Court cannot rule for several months on President Yahya Jammeh's challenge against his electoral defeat last month due to a lack of judges, the court's chief justice said Tuesday. "We can only hear this matter when we have a full bench of the Supreme Court," Emmanuel Fagbenle said, pointing out that the extra judges needed to hear the case were not available. The Gambia relies on foreign judges, notably from Nigeria, to staff its courts due to a lack of trained professionals in the tiny west African state.
By David Lawder WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Barack Obama's departing chief trade negotiator warned the Trump administration on Tuesday that it risked abdicating U.S. leadership in Asia by scrapping Obama's 12-country Pacific Rim free trade deal. Michael Froman, in excerpts of his final speech as U.S. Trade Representative, said he agreed with Trump's plan to take a tough stance on trade with China, adding that the Obama administration has filed 15 challenges to that country's practices at the World Trade Organization over eight years.
Twin Taliban blasts struck near the Afghan parliament in Kabul Tuesday, killing at least 24 people and wounding 70 in a rush-hour attack that shattered a relative lull in violence in the capital. The bombings came just hours after a Taliban suicide bomber killed seven people in Lashkar Gah, the capital of the volatile southern province of Helmand, as the militants ramp up attacks. The blasts in Kabul tore through employees exiting a parliament annexe, which houses the offices of lawmakers, leaving the area littered with bloodied bodies.
Hundreds of thousands of mourners attended the funeral on Tuesday of Iran's ex-president Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani, whose death leaves a hole in the upper reaches of power for the country's moderates. It took more than two hours for the cortege to make its way through the crowds to the south Tehran mausoleum where Rafsanjani was laid to rest. Tehran city officials estimated that at least two-and-a-half million people took to the streets to bid farewell, which would make it the largest funeral attendance since the death of the Islamic revolution's founder Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini in 1989.
The centre-right European People's Party (EPP) on Tuesday vowed to battle a growing threat from eurosceptics as it pushed its bid to take over the leadership of the European Parliament. The EPP in December nominated Italian Antonio Tajani, a former EU industry commissioner, to replace German Socialist Martin Schulz who won a second 2-1/2 year term as assembly president under an agreement with the conservatives in 2014. EPP head Manfred Weber told a press conference the agreement had been broken, with the Socialists and the Liberals, who also signed the 2014 accord, ready to do deals "behind closed door" with eurosceptic and populist groups to win next week's election for parliament president.