Several dead in twin suicide bombings in Niger's Diffa

2015-10-05 07:23

Two suicide bombings have left at least five civilians and a policeman dead in Niger, a humanitarian worker says, adding that four suicide bombers were also killed.

In Niger, US soldiers quietly help build wall against Boko Haram

2015-09-18 11:02

Despite years of intimidation by the violent extremist group Boko Haram, the people of south-eastern Niger’s Diffa region had never held a summit to confront the threat – perhaps with good reason.

Niger health workers in relentless fight to save children

2015-09-17 12:37

Armed only with a medical bag and her determination, nurse Salamatou Zahadi battles heat and fatigue to look after pregnant and nursing women in Maradi, one of impoverished Niger's poorest areas.

Niger's Muslims, Christians join forces for peace

2015-09-15 09:19

Eight months after Muslims rioted in Niger at a cost of 10 lives and many burned churches, efforts are afoot to mend ties with the Christian minority in the west African country.

UN wants vote for stability in Niger, facing terrorist threats

2015-09-11 17:34

The UN has called for "peaceful and credible" elections in six months to keep Niger stable despite political tensions and threats from radical movements.

The world needs hydro power

2015-08-28 21:21

To provide more clean energy, particularly in fast-growing Asia and sub-Saharan Africa, the world needs more hydro power dams.

Deadly journey to Europe a road to hell

2015-08-11 22:47

The average asylum seeker's journey from West Africa to Europe takes 22 months.

Pirates attack military base in Nigeria, 5 dead

2015-08-08 21:27

Suspected pirates have killed four soldiers and a policeman in an attack on a military base in Nembe town in Nigeria's oil-rich Niger Delta, a police spokesperson says.

Guinea ready to join regional fight

2015-08-05 21:37

Guinean President Alpha Conde says the country is ready to help in the regional fight against Islamist militants from Boko Haram.

Date set for Niger’s presidential election

2015-07-30 09:28

The first round of Niger’s presidential election will be held on February 21 in 2016, the country’s election commission says, with incumbent Mahamadou Issoufou set to seek a second term.


Two Niger soldiers killed in Boko Haram attack

2015-10-03 12:01

An alleged Boko Haram attack on a village in south-eastern Niger killed two of the country's soldiers, the Nigerien army has said.

Number of children displaced by Boko Haram hits 1.4 million

2015-09-18 07:41

The number of children forced to flee Boko Haram’s insurgency in Nigeria and neighbouring countries has reached 1.4 million, the Unicef says.

Exiled opposition figure Hama vows to return to Niger

2015-09-15 16:15

Niger’s former head of parliament and exiled opposition figure, Hama Amadou, who is being sought in connection with an investigation into child-trafficking, has vowed to return home to stand in a presidential election next year.

Ex-speaker becomes opposition candidate in Niger vote

2015-09-14 17:00

A major opposition party in Niger has chosen its exiled leader, former parliamentary speaker Hama Amadou, to challenge President Mahamadou Issoufou in next year's election.

Fear, horror plague lives of Boko Haram survivors

2015-09-04 14:14

For the past two years, people living in the Lake Chad region have been exposed to violent attacks by Boko Haram, resulting in a serious humanitarian crisis.

Niger steps up fight against cancers stalking women

2015-08-17 07:55

Niger has stepped up the fight against breast and cervical cancer, using screening and public awareness campaigns to reverse a scourge affecting more and more women in the prime of life.

'Strategy rethink needed' as Boko Haram shifts to suicide attacks

2015-08-11 07:43

A west African regional force set up to fight Boko Haram will need "local intelligence" to root out Islamic insurgents forced on the run by national army offensives, security experts say.

Vaccines short as meningitis epidemic erupts in West Africa

2015-08-07 14:17

International health officials are scrambling to find meningitis C vaccines as an outbreak of the child-killing disease threatens to balloon.

Migrant trek north is deadly

2015-08-03 17:42

Hundreds of migrants die each year on the treacherous journey to Europe, a well-oiled system feeding off the desperation of the poor.

Full veil banned in key Niger region

2015-07-29 20:43

Authorities in Niger's Diffa area, on the border with Nigeria, have banned the full Islamic veil following suicide attacks in countries in the region.

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