Australian released by jihadists arrives in Burkina Faso

2016-02-08 13:34

An elderly Australian woman who was kidnapped along with her husband by al-Qaeda militants has arrived in Burkina Faso's capital after she was released.

Niger blames backers of jailed presidential hopeful for violence

2016-02-04 21:30

Niger's interior minister has accused supporters of jailed presidential candidate Hama Amadou of acts of violence against backers of the incumbent president seeking re-election.

Niger moves nearly 100 schools 'out of harm's way'

2016-01-19 05:27

The Niger government and UN staff have moved 99 schools to 'safer zones' out of harm's way from Boko Haram jihadists.

Niger court rejects bail for presidential hopeful

2016-01-11 17:06

A Niger court has denied bail to Hama Amadou, a leading opposition figure and contender in next month's presidential election who has been jailed for his alleged role in a baby trafficking scandal.

Niger arrests more alleged putschists

2015-12-20 22:03

Niger has arrested 9 more military officers who will face a tribunal for a reported coup attempt.

Niger's president says coup plot foiled, suspects arrested

2015-12-18 13:19

Niger's government has 'foiled' a coup plot, resulting in a number of arrests, President Mahamadou Issoufou say in an address broadcast on national radio and television Thursday, adding that the situation was 'under control'.

Boko Haram waging 'scorched-earth' campaign in Niger

2015-12-05 07:34

A top Niger official has accused Boko Haram jihadists from neighbouring Nigeria of waging a "scorched-earth" offensive on the country's southeast following a series of bloody cross-border raids.

18 killed in Boko Haram attack in Niger

2015-11-26 17:22

Local authorities say 18 people have been killed and 100 homes torched in Niger in an attack by Nigeria's Boko Haram fighters on a southeastern village.

Africa's top fashion event called off over terror fears

2015-11-24 19:58

Africa's prime fashion event, the two-yearly FIMA festival in Niger, has been called off on the eve of its launch over fears of terror attacks, Niger designer Alphadi has announced.

Tensions flare as Niger opposition candidate held on return

2015-11-15 07:08

Opposition Niger presidential candidate Hama Amadou has been arrested on his return from a year in exile over allegations of baby trafficking, a party colleague says.


Militants free Australian woman kidnapped in Burkina Faso

2016-02-07 12:38

Militants have freed an Australian woman kidnapped last month in northern Burkina Faso, a spokesperson for the president of neighbouring Niger has said.

Thousands turn out in Niger to back jailed presidential hopeful

2016-02-02 22:47

Around 10 000 people shouting 'Hama for president!' packed a Niger rally in support of jailed opposition figure Hama Amadou.

Niger holds 13 over failed December coup

2016-01-13 21:57

Twelve soldiers and a civilian have been arrested so far in connection with last month's failed coup in Niger.

Ousmane to stand in Niger election

2015-12-29 13:39

Former Niger leader Mahamane Ousmane will challenge incumbent Mahamadou Issoufou for the presidency in February elections.

Niger coup claims rubbished

2015-12-18 19:18

A prominent opposition figure in Niger has rubbished the government's claim that it had foiled a coup, saying it had provided no evidence of the alleged plot.

Extremist attacks displace 1000s from Chad islands

2015-12-08 22:42

A United Nations official in Chad says attacks by Nigeria's Islamic extremist group on Lake Chad islands have displaced thousands of people.

Top minister 'meddling' in baby trafficking case – Niger judges

2015-11-30 09:32

Judges in Niger say a top minister is “meddling” in a high profile baby trafficking case allegedly involving a prominent opposition leader and presidential aspirant.

Five journalists arrested in Niger

2015-11-25 22:04

Media rights group Reporters Without Borders has condemned a string of arrests of journalists in Niger, saying five had been detained in 10 days.

Thousand schools destroyed by Boko Haram this year

2015-11-16 17:07

Boko Haram Islamists have destroyed an estimated 1 100 schools this year in their stronghold region surrounding Lake Chad.

Boko Haram attacks force 12 000 pupils from Niger schools - UN

2015-11-06 20:32

About 150 schools with more than 12 000 pupils have been forced to close due to the deadly attacks in Niger's southeast Diffa region, the UN says.

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