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Rescuers have found six people alive in an Italian mountain hotel devastated by an avalanche two days ago, officials said on Friday. Emergency workers were able to speak to the survivors and have called for helicopters to evacuate them after more than 40 hours under the rubble of the Hotel Rigopiano, in central Italy. Federica Chiavaroli, a junior minister at the Justice ministry, confirmed the dramatic development to reporters in the nearby town of Penne, where the rescue effort was being coordinated and some relatives were anxiously awaiting news of missing loved ones.
Gambia's veteran leader Yahya Jammeh faced a "last chance saloon" deadline to step down by noon Friday as troops from five African nations stood by for action and key regional leaders flew in to make a final plea. Mauritania's Mohamed Ould Abdel Aziz and Guinea's Alpha Conde were due in the capital, Banjul, as troops already inside The Gambia postponed military intervention to give Jammeh, who was defeated in elections last month, a final chance to leave quietly.