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By Steve Holland WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Donald Trump took power as the 45th president of the United States on Friday and pledged to end the "American carnage" of social and economic woes in an inaugural address that was a populist and nationalist rallying cry. Sketching a bleak vision of a country he said was ravaged by rusted-out factories, crime, gangs and drugs, Trump indirectly blamed his predecessors in the White House for policies that helped Washington at the expense of struggling families. "From this moment on, it's going to be America First," the Republican told thousands of people gathered on the grounds of the National Mall as he took over the presidency from Democrat Barack Obama.
Regional leaders held 11th-hour talks with Gambia's Yahya Jammeh to persuade him to hand over power peacefully Friday, as troops from five African nations stood by ready to intervene failing a negotiated deal. As evening fell over Gambia's capital Banjul, Mauritania's President Mohamed Ould Abdel Aziz and Guinea's Alpha Conde, who flew in around noon, remained locked in talks aimed at avoiding the need for force to resolve the crisis. Jammeh, who refuses to recognise his defeat in presidential elections last month, would be offered asylum in the country of his choice, Conde advisor Kiridi Bangoura said earlier in the day.