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At least 18 dead in Burkina Faso restaurant attack

2017-08-14 20:51

At least 18 people including eight or more foreigners were gunned down in a Turkish restaurant in Burkina Faso, officials have said, the latest west African attack to target a spot popular with expats.

Niger president warns of spiralling birth rate

2017-08-03 17:10

Niger's president has sounded the alarm over his country's world-leading birth rate, labelling the average of over seven children per household a "handicap" to development in the impoverished west African nation.

Villagers in Niger 'massacre' 27 hippos

2017-07-13 15:58

At least 27 hippos have been slaughtered in a touristy zone in western Niger by villagers who blame them for destroying crops and harming livestock.

Niger army kills 14 displaced people mistaken for jihadists: official

2017-07-06 21:37

Niger's army has killed 14 displaced people who were mistaken for jihadists in the restive southeast where Boko Haram Islamists have staged regular attacks, a local official has said.

Niger press groups slam journalist's detention

2017-07-05 21:30

A dozen Niger journalists' groups have condemned the jailing of a fellow journalist, saying it was "in total violation" of press law in the west African country.

Nine killed in suspected Boko Haram attack in Niger

2017-07-03 17:57

Nine people were killed and dozens kidnapped after an attack in southeastern Niger by suspected members of Boko Haram, local authorities have said.

Suicide attack on Niger displaced camp kills 2, wounds 11

2017-06-30 17:31

The United Nations refugee agency says two female suicide bombers attacked a camp for internally displaced people in eastern Niger's Diffa region, killing two people and wounding 11.

8 Chadian troops killed in clashes with Boko Haram

2017-06-26 16:32

Eight Chadian soldiers were killed in fierce fighting with Boko Haram insurgents at the weekend on islands on Lake Chad, which borders four countries on the edge of the Sahara, Chad's army has said.

France, US agree UN draft on anti-jihadist Sahel force

2017-06-20 22:07

France and the United States have reached an agreement on a draft UN resolution that would pave the way for the deployment of a five-nation African military force to fight jihadists in the Sahel region, diplomats have said.

9 children killed as houses collapse in rains in Niger: officials

2017-06-15 11:34

At least nine children have been killed in Niger as heavy rains over the past days caused the collapse of houses in the capital Niamey, authorities say.

 

Thousand migrants saved after being left in Niger desert: UN

2017-08-09 20:06

Rescue teams have saved a thousand African migrants abandoned by people smugglers in the Niger part of the Sahara desert in recent months, the UN's International Office of Migration (IOM) has said.

Migrants rescued crossing Sahara desert

2017-07-19 12:30

Twenty-three west African migrants, including a seven-year-old girl, were found alive after being abandoned in the depths of the Sahara, the International Organization for Migration (IOM) has said

67 migrants saved after being left for dead in Niger desert

2017-07-07 18:02

Niger authorities rescued 67 West African migrants in Niger's northern desert this week after traffickers left them there without food or water, says a humanitarian source.

AU chair questions US stance on African peacekeeping

2017-07-06 11:53

The African Union's new chair Moussa Faki Mahamat has questioned US commitment to fighting terrorism on the continent after it blocked efforts to get UN funding for an anti-jihadist force in the Sahel.

Top Africa stories: Zim, Zambia, Ghana

2017-07-05 08:30

Zimbabwean Finance Minister Patrick Chinamasa says he was "ejected out" of a South African hotel by "angry" Zimbabweans, and Zambia's biggest market has reportedly burnt down in Lusaka.

France's Macron due in Mali to back Sahel anti-jihad force

2017-06-30 19:28

President Emmanuel Macron is due in Mali on Sunday to consolidate Western backing for a regional anti-jihadist force, as France beefs up its counter-terror operations in the area.

At least '52 die' after left with no food, water in Niger desert

2017-06-27 10:07

Dozens of people are feared dead after human traffickers abandoned them in Niger's northern desert without food or water, a senior local official says.

UN Security Council unanimously welcomes Sahel force

2017-06-21 19:31

The UN Security Council unanimously has adopted a resolution that paves the way for the deployment of a five-nation African military force to fight jihadists in the Sahel region.

France says UN likely to support Sahel anti-jihadist force

2017-06-15 21:58

France's foreign minister has said he was confident "we will get there" in convincing a reluctant United States to give United Nations backing to an anti-jihadist force drawn from five African countries.

IOM, Niger authorities rescue 92 abandoned migrants

2017-06-14 19:18

The International Organization for Migration says its team and Niger authorities have rescued more than 90 migrants abandoned in the hot Sahara Desert on their way to Libya

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