Journalist arrested for collaborating with Boko Haram

2015-05-20 20:18

A journalist and rights activist known for his outspoken criticism of the humanitarian crisis in Niger has been arrested for "collaborating" with Boko Haram Islamists, the interior minister says.

Meningitis cases triple in Niger

2015-05-16 08:15

An outbreak of meningitis is spreading rapidly in Niger, with a tripling of cases in the past two weeks, says the World Health Organisation.

Niger passes law to tackle migrant smuggling

2015-05-12 18:12

Niger has approved a law against the smuggling of migrants in an effort to stem the deadly flow of vulnerable Africans across its vast desert north.

Nigerians fleeing Boko Haram die from lack of food, water

2015-05-07 13:28

Some of thousands of Nigerians told to leave neighbouring Nigeria in the past week due to threats from Boko Haram have died en route from lack of food and water, evacuees say.

Chad, Niger forgotten by aid donors - UN

2015-05-06 08:13

Two of the world’s poorest countries, Chad and Niger, are getting little attention from donors as they struggle to cope with refugees, a food crisis and grinding poverty, a UN official says.

Niger removes Nigerian refugees from island

2015-05-05 21:04

Niger has evacuated thousands of Nigerian refugees sheltering from Boko Haram fighters on Lake Chad's Karamga island.

Niger begins mourning period after Boko Haram attack

2015-04-29 15:48

Niger has begun three days of mourning after the small West African country lost dozens of soldiers and civilians during slashes with Islamist terrorist group Boko Haram.

Witnesses: 100s of bodies in town held by Boko Haram

2015-04-28 14:39

Witnesses say hundreds of bodies of alleged civilian victims of Boko Haram have been found in a recaptured Nigerian border town.

Niger meningitis death toll rises to 129 - minister

2015-04-24 14:26

The death toll in a meningitis epidemic that broke out in January in Niger has reached 129, the health minister says.

Niger shuts schools after meningitis outbreak

2015-04-22 06:12

Niger has shut all schools in the region around the capital Niamey and launched a campaign to vaccinate children aged 2 to 15 in an effort to halt a meningitis outbreak that has killed at least 85 since January.


France, Niger forces kill 3 fighters, detain 3 others

2015-05-19 07:43

The French defence ministry says troops from France and Niger have killed three armed combatants and detained three others who tried to force their way through a checkpoint near the Libyan border.

EU to open Niger shelters

2015-05-15 22:53

Several shelters are to open in Niger for illegal African immigrants in a bid to dissuade them from trying to reach Europe and instead offering local alternatives.

Burkina Faso and Niger to swap towns

2015-05-08 20:36

Burkina Faso and Niger have announced they will exchange 18 towns in order to settle a long-running border dispute and end years of litigation.

Nigerians escaping Boko Haram deported

2015-05-06 20:57

Niger has deported Nigerians, including refugees escaping Boko Haram in spite of severe heat.

At least 265 dead in Niger meningitis epidemic

2015-05-06 06:27

At least 265 people have died so far this year in a meningitis epidemic in Niger amid a shortage of vaccines needed to prevent the disease's spread, the country’s health minister says.

Niger urges evacuation of Lake Chad over Boko Haram attacks

2015-05-01 08:35

Niger authorities have urged people living on islands in Lake Chad to leave to avoid new attacks by Boko Haram, after an assault by the Islamists last weekend left at least 74 dead.

Niger: 46 soldiers, 28 civilians killed in Boko attack

2015-04-29 12:02

The Niger government says it lost 46 soldiers and 28 civilians in a Boko Haram attack on a Lake Chad island at the weekend, the country’s heaviest losses yet since it joined a regional offensive against the militants.

Boko Haram attacks Niger army base

2015-04-26 14:17

The Niger army says Boko Haram supporters have attacked a Niger army base on an island in Lake Chad and there could be "heavy losses".

Italy: refugee camps in Niger, Sudan to stem migrant flow

2015-04-22 11:55

Italy says the EU must rapidly devise a long-range, comprehensive policy to stop the flood of migrants setting out from Libya.

Niger says 2.5 million suffering food insecurity

2015-04-19 12:46

More than 2.5 million people in Niger are suffering from food insecurity because of a shortfall in the cereal harvest due to bad weather and crop pests, the agriculture minister says.

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