Boko Haram claims Baga attack, threatens Nigeria neighbours

2015-01-21 08:23

Boko Haram has claimed a massive attack feared to be the worst in its six-year insurgency and threatened Nigeria’s neighbours, as talks began for a regional response to the militants.

Charlie Hebdo protests leave at least 10 dead in Niger

2015-01-18 07:49

At least 10 people have been killed in violent protests in the West African nation of Niger over the French satirical weekly Charlie Hebdo's depiction of the Prophet Muhammad, the country's president says.

2 detained in Niger baby trafficking case

2015-01-06 11:38

Two of the defendants in a baby trafficking case in Niger have been brought before prosecutors accused of trying to leave the capital during their trial, a defence lawyer says.

Niger opposition chief, wanted in baby-trafficking case, in Europe

2014-08-31 21:15

Niger's fugitive parliament speaker Hama Amadou, who is wanted for questioning in his home country on suspicion of involvement in baby-trafficking, has fled to Europe, officials say.

Niger lawmaker facing probe in baby-trafficking case flees

2014-08-28 10:01

Niger’s head of parliament, who faces questions in a probe into international baby-trafficking, has “discreetly” left the country for Burkina Faso, an opposition official says.

Niger attackers had inside help - France

2013-05-28 22:15

France's foreign minister says that the attackers who carried out double suicide bombings on a military camp and a strategically important uranium mine in Niger had help on the inside.

Niger says Chad next Islamist target

2013-05-27 20:10

Niger's president says the attackers who bombed an army base and French-run uranium mine, leaving 38 people dead, entered his country from southern Libya.

Niger Okays US drone deployment

2013-01-29 13:57

Niger has given permission for US surveillance to be stationed on its territory to improve intelligence on al-Qaeda-linked Islamist fighters in northern Mali and the wider Sahara.

Sirleaf moves to boost press freedom

2012-07-23 19:42

Liberia's President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf has signed a pledge drawn up by global media rights bodies to boost press freedom and stop the criminal prosecution of journalists.

Mali refugees causing regional strain

2012-02-12 20:15

Days ago, Bahi Ag Mohamed was living comfortably as a trader in Mali's capital. Now he is hungry and living in a small room with eight others in a remote border town of Mauritania.

Niger's anti-corruption files burn

2012-01-03 22:30

Arsonists set fire to part of Niger's Justice Ministry, destroying files used in anti-corruption investigations including probes into a number of judges.

Burkina Faso, Niger - Libya weapons fear

2011-11-14 22:23

Burkina Faso and Niger are concerned about regional insecurity following the conflict in Libya which they fear has led to new arms trafficking.

Former junta deputy leader freed in Niger

2011-11-11 18:34

Authorities in Niger have freed Colonel Abdoulaye Badie, a former deputy junta leader, after two months in detention over an anonymous tract criticising military methods.

Niger arrests ten after foiled coup

2011-08-03 18:13

Niger security forces have arrested 10 soldiers for trying to overthrow the government last month, President Mahamadou Issoufou says, in his first public mention of the alleged attempted coup.

Niger gets new government

2011-04-21 22:01

Niger's newly-elected President Mahamadou Issoufou and Prime Minister Brigi Rafini have unveiled their first government, with 23 members including six women.

Niger military hands over power

2011-04-07 22:35

Niger's newly elected president Mahamadou Issoufou has been sworn in, ending the period of military transition that began in February 2010.

Niger's Issoufou wins presidential race

2011-03-14 19:15

Veteran opposition leader Mahamadou Issoufou is the winer of presidential polls ending a year-long military junta in Niger.


Dozens held at Niger demo after deadly cartoons riots

2015-01-19 07:32

Police in Niger have fired tear gas and arrested dozens at a banned opposition protest, a day after deadly riots over a depiction of the Prophet Mohammed in French weekly Charlie Hebdo.

Niger bans Charlie Hebdo over Mohammed cartoon

2015-01-16 09:22

Niger has banned distribution of Charlie Hebdo in the mainly Muslim country, with the government 'vehemently' condemning the cartoon of the Prophet Mohammed in the latest issue of the French weekly.

France wants action on Libya

2015-01-03 11:17

French Defence Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian says world powers must tackle instability in Libya but he stopped short of openly backing the military intervention.

Niger chief flees over baby-trafficking scandal

2014-08-28 19:37

Niger's leader of the opposition Hama Amadou has fled to neighbouring Burkina Faso after parliamentary leaders authorised his arrest on suspicion of involvement in a baby-trafficking network.

Niger includes opposition in new govt

2013-08-14 07:38

Niger's president has included opposition members in a new cabinet following a shake-up that he says was prompted by terrorist attacks earlier this year.

Niger's attackers not from Libya - PM

2013-05-27 22:17

The Islamists who carried out two attacks last week in Niger which killed 38 people did not come from Libya, as charged by the Niger authorities, Libyan Prime Minister Ali Zeidan says.

Niger warns Islamist could target Chad

2013-05-27 17:42

Niger's president has warned of attacks being planned for Chad after attackers bombed an army base and French-run uranium mine leaving 38 people dead.

Niger's president vows to help Mali

2012-12-03 09:35

Niger's president says his country is ready to help Mali regain its northern region which is occupied by Islamist rebels.

West African leaders meet on Mali crisis

2012-06-29 20:10

West African leaders have met in the Ivory Coast capital in a bid to end the crisis in Mali, where rebel groups have seized the north as the government struggles in the wake of a coup.

Niger warns of new Tuareg rebellion

2012-01-22 22:47

Niger's President Mahamadou Issoufou has warned of a new Tuareg rebellion in the north of the country after clashes between soldiers and rebels in neighbouring Mali.

2 civilians killed in Niger clashes

2011-12-08 18:02

A teenager and a woman have been killed during clashes between demonstrators and police in Zinder, Niger's second-largest city in the east.

Saadi Gaddafi gets 'humanitarian' asylum

2011-11-11 22:37

Niger has decided to grant Muammar Gaddafi's son Saadi asylum for humanitarian reasons, President Mahamadou Issoufou says, adding that his brother Saif al-Islam is not in the country.

Niger asks help fighting terrorism

2011-09-19 13:00

Niger needs help training and equipping its security forces to deal with potential terrorism in the aftermath of the fall of Muammar Gaddafi’s government in neighbouring Libya, the country’s leader says.

G8 summit to host I coast, Niger, Guinea

2011-05-23 11:41

The presidents of Ivory Coast, Niger and guinea, recently elected to head countries with a painful and often bloody past, will be special guests at the G8 summit in France.

Niger's new leader appoints Tuareg as PM

2011-04-08 08:53

Niger’s newly elected president Mahamadou Issoufou has appointed a member of the Tuareg community as prime minister, just hours after being sworn in and ending the period of military transition.

Inauguration of Niger president delayed

2011-03-28 16:54

The inauguration of Niger's newly elected president will now take place on 7 April so as not to conflict with that of Benin's new leader.

Niger voters pick president

2011-03-12 17:31

The people of Niger voted for a new civilian president on Saturday in landmark polls that the outgoing head of the military junta said should serve as an example of democracy to the whole of Africa.

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