BBC News with Julie Candler.
The Gambian President, Yahya Jammeh, has refused to accept his shock election defeat, saying there will be a fresh vote. Mr. Jammeh said the vote tally was wrong, and he actually won with an 87,000 majority.
A veteran opposition leader has won Ghana's presidential election, his success greeted with jubilation by his supporters. Nana Akufu-Addo hailed his victory in Wednesday's vote, which he said established the country as a eacon of democracy in West Africa. He's promised to tackle Ghana's lackluster economy.
President Obama has directed U.S. intelligence to review the spate of election season cyber attacks blamed on Russian hackers. A spokesman described the investigation as a deep dive into a range of militia's cyber activity since 2008. It's to be written up by the time Mr. Obama leaves office in January.
The media giant, 21 Century Fox, controlled by the Murdoch family, has made an informal offer to fully take over Sky, one of Europe's biggest pay TV operators. A member of the Sky's board called the 14-billion-dollar bid for the outstanding 61% good.
Fighting has continued in Aleppo, as Syrian government forces continue their advance of the remaining districts of the city held by rebels. On Thursday, Russia said the operation was to be suspended to allow civilians to flee.
The U.S. president-elect, Donald Trump, has appointed another Goldman&Sachs executive to his administration, despite repeatedly vilifying the powerful Wall Street bank on the campaign trail. The White House National Economic Council is to be led by Goldman President, Gary Gohn. He joins former colleagues Steven Mnuchin and Steve Bannon.
The government of Ivorycoast has launched a program to provide birth certificate for 3 million children who have no documents, many rather lost documents or never obtained them during a decade long conflict in 2011.