Niger says Italian priest kidnapped near Burkina Faso border

2018-09-18 21:16

An Italian priest has been kidnapped in a part of Niger where a number of extremist groups are active, the West African nation has said.

US to launch drone strikes in Niger against ISIS, al-Qaeda: report

2018-09-10 16:51

The US CIA is set to launch drone strikes against suspected Libya-based jihadists with al-Qaeda and the Islamic State group from a base in northeastern Niger, the New York Times has reported.

Blast kills two soldiers in tense Burkina region

2018-09-06 10:01

Two soldiers have died and six were wounded when a roadside bomb struck their vehicle in eastern Burkina Faso, a poor Sahel state where Islamist unrest is gaining ground, security sources have said.

Chad forces bombard rebel positions on Libyan border

2018-09-03 11:11

Chad forces bombarded rebel positions around Tibesti, a town in the far north on the Libyan border, security and local sources have said. .

Jihadist leader killed in Mali French airstrike: army

2018-08-28 12:25

A top jihadist leader of the Islamic State in the Greater Sahara group, an aide and two civilians have been killed in northeastern Mali by a French airstrike, the French command centre in Paris has said.

Save the trees, Niger urges ahead of roast sheep festival

2018-08-16 21:07

Niger has warned it would prevent excessive use of wood for roasting sheep for an upcoming Muslim festival, declaring the problem imperilled the Sahel country's fragile forests.

Cholera kills scores in DRC, Niger

2018-08-16 06:12

A cholera epidemic in the Democratic Republic of Congo has killed 127 people since February, while a further 22 have died in Niger, officials say.

In heart of West Africa, Burkina Faso faces rising extremism

2018-08-15 18:06

The extremists approached the shepherd and made their intentions clear: They were seizing only the cattle owned by the deputy mayor of Burkina Faso's rural commune of Deou and leaving the others alone.

US confirms drones in Niger have striking capabilities

2018-07-30 10:57

The United States Africa Command says the US started arming drones in the Central African nation of Niger earlier this year.

Burkina Faso captures 60 extremists near Mali, Niger border

2018-07-20 14:20

Burkina Faso's army says its counter-terror forces have captured at least 60 extremists along the border with Mali and Niger during operations conducted since July 8.


Cholera outbreak has killed 55 in Niger: UN

2018-09-13 21:01

A cholera outbreak in Niger has killed 55 people and sickened thousands near the country's border with Nigeria since July, the UN has said, warning that the disease "has spread" to new regions.

Boko Haram kill two, abduct 25 in bus attack: security, local sources

2018-09-06 19:06

Two people have been killed and 25 others kidnapped in a Boko Haram ambush on a civilian convoy in remote northeast Nigeria, security sources and a local resident have said.

Hundreds of African migrants rescued from Niger desert

2018-09-05 20:58

More than 400 people from across West Africa have been rescued from the desert in northern Niger in two days, the International Organisation for Migration has said, in the latest recovery of migrants from the frontier region near Algeria.

11 million in urgent need in Lake Chad region: NGOs

2018-08-30 21:23

Eleven million people are in urgent need of humanitarian aid in the Lake Chad region following nine years of Boko Haram violence, a dozen NGOs have warned.

Niger beefs up border watch after 'refugee influx' from Nigeria

2018-08-23 21:00

The Sahel state of Niger has said it had sent security reinforcements to part of its border struggling with an influx of displaced people and criminals from neighbouring Nigeria.

17 000 displaced by conflict in western Niger: UN

2018-08-16 20:12

More than 17 000 people have been displaced by violence in western Niger's Tillaberi region, which has been hit by jihadist incursions from neighbouring Mali, the United Nations has said .

Fears for historic city of Agadez as flooding continues

2018-08-15 20:49

Authorities in Niger have said floods threatened the historic centre of the 15th-century city of Agadez after weeks of heavy rain.

Niger floods leave 22 dead and thousands homeless

2018-08-09 18:00

Twenty-two people are dead and thousands have been left homeless in Niger after torrential rains caused heavy flooding, authorities have said.

Niger army says ten Boko Haram 'terrorists' killed

2018-07-22 14:46

Niger's army says it has killed "10 terrorists" after one of its military positions in the southwest of the country was attacked by fighters from the Boko Haram jihadist group.

Migrant crossings from Niger to Europe fall by 95% says EU

2018-07-17 13:06

The flow of migrants crossing through Niger in a bid to reach Europe has fallen by 95%, European Parliament President Antonio Tajani has announced ahead of a visit to Niger.

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