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Niger parliament head to be arrested for baby trafficking

2014-09-06 08:56

The top court in Niger has given the green light for the arrest of the country's parliamentary leader, who is accused of involvement in an international baby-trafficking network.

Niger buys president $40m jet

2014-09-01 21:37

The government of Niger, one of the poorest countries in the world, has provoked anger with the purchase of a $40m presidential Boeing 737.

Niger chief, facing baby-trafficking probe, 'in Belgium'

2014-08-31 09:00

Niger's head of parliament, who faces questioning in a probe into international baby-trafficking, has turned up in Belgium, an opposition official says.

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.

36 000 homeless in Niger flooding

2014-08-24 11:59

At least 12 people have been killed and more than 36 000 made homeless in Niger due to flooding caused by heavy seasonal rainfall, the government says.

Benin detains 10 in child trafficking probe

2014-07-23 11:20

Benin has detained 10 people on suspicions of child-trafficking just weeks after a group in neighbouring Niger was held for links to a “baby factory” ring, police sources say.

French president Hollande visits Niger

2014-07-18 14:20

France's president is paying a visit to the former colony of Niger, a landlocked desert nation in West Africa that has played a key role in French military efforts in the region.

African, western countries create intelligence unit

2014-06-12 09:07

An external intelligence response unit has been created by five African and three Western countries as a result of a summit on terrorism held in May, an official says.

Niger jails man for four years in first slavery case

2014-05-29 22:33

A court in the West African state of Niger has sentenced a man to four years in jail in the country's first prosecution for slavery.

Nigeria, neighbours to join forces over kidnapping

2014-05-17 18:35

Nigerian President Goodluck Jonathan meets with leaders of neighbouring states in Paris for talks aimed at forging a strategy against Boko Haram holding more than 200 schoolgirls.

13 migrants found dead in Sahara Desert

2014-05-11 18:55

Thirteen African migrants have been found dead in the Algerian desert and 33 others from a group that was being smuggled across the Sahara are missing and feared dead.

Niger hosts counter-terrorism training

2014-02-20 07:17

Over 1 000 soldiers from 18 African and Western nations have launched a US organised counter-terrorism training exercise in Niger.

African nations to boost Sahel security

2014-02-17 08:59

The leaders of Mauritania, Mali, Chad and Burkina Faso have agreed to create a regional organisation to strengthen co-operation on development and security in the Sahel region.

3 journalists, union leader detained in Niger

2014-02-14 07:32

Police in Niger have detained three journalists from the Anfani private radio station as well as a union leader who criticised President Mahamadou Issfouou on air.

Areva and Niger's uranium fight

2014-02-05 11:08

When France began mining uranium ore in the desert of northern Niger in the early 1970s, Arlit was a cluster of miners' huts.

 

US moves drones to northern Niger

2014-09-02 21:40

The US military will shift its drone flights in Niger from Niamey to a base further north, allowing Washingon to better track Islamist fighters in the region.

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 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 detains minister over child trafficking

2014-08-24 19:18

Niger's agriculture minister has been remanded in custody in a politically charged probe into suspected baby trafficking from neighbouring Nigeria, aides say.

Floods in Niger kill 12, leave 1 000s hungry

2014-08-16 09:37

Heavy rains and flooding in western and central Niger have killed 12 people and left thousands without food or shelter.

France announces new operation in Africa

2014-07-19 22:00

France has announced the redeployment of 3 000 troops in five of its former colonies across northwest Africa as part of an operation to help fight terrorism in the region.

Wives of politicians held in baby trafficking bust

2014-06-26 14:01

The wives of two prominent politicians have been arrested in Niger following the dismantling of an alleged baby trafficking ring this week, a police source says.

UK firm bags Niger oil contract

2014-06-08 12:05

Niger has awarded a production-sharing contract to a UK-based firm Savannah Petroleum as it seeks to attract a broader range of investors.

Libya militia stole US weapons in raid

2014-05-28 07:43

Militia fighters have stolen hundreds of American-supplied automatic weapons and other equipment in a raid on a Libyan base where the US was training local forces.

France to host summit on Boko Haram

2014-05-12 10:25

France has offered to host a summit with Nigeria and its neighbours focused on Islamist militant group Boko Haram, President Francois Hollande says.

Niger hands Gaddafi son over to Libya

2014-03-06 10:21

Niger has turned a son of the late dictator Muammar Gaddafi over to Libyan authorities, the Tripoli government says, as a government-allied militia released pictures of him in captivity.

Niger arrests 20 Boko Haram militants

2014-02-17 21:24

Niger has arrested about 20 Boko Haram Islamist militants from neighbouring Nigeria who are suspected of planning attacks in Niger's south east.

Niger hands over Gaddafi aide

2014-02-15 07:22

Niger has handed over to Libya slain dictator Muammar Gaddafi's former chief of internal security Abdullah Mansur.

Niger calls for int'l intervention in Libya

2014-02-05 13:43

Niger has called for Western intervention to eradicate a growing threat from Islamist fighters who have established bases in southern Libya since the 2011 overthrow of Muammar Gaddafi.

Niger, Areva tussle over uranium mining

2014-02-02 15:51

Niger's government and French nuclear giant Areva are engaged in tough talks on the future of uranium mining in the west African country.

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