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10 troops killed in Niger border clash with 'bandits'

2019-01-01 12:02

Ten troops have been killed on Niger's border with Nigeria in a joint operation by the two countries against "bandits", Nigerien Defence Minister Kalla Moutari says.

Fight against Boko Haram tops regional summit agenda

2018-12-16 18:00

Leaders of countries in the Lake Chad region met in Nigeria to give fresh impetus to their fight against Boko Haram, the Nigerian presidency has said.

Several dozen killed near Mali's border with Niger

2018-12-13 17:08

Several dozen civilians have been shot dead by gunmen who raided an area in northeastern Mali near the border with Niger, local officials and a Touareg self-defence group say.

Western donors pledge $2.3bn in anti-terror aid for Africa's Sahel

2018-12-06 20:59

Western donors have pledged nearly $2.3 billion in funding aimed at preventing terrorism and lawlessness along the southern rim of the Sahara, the head of the G5 Sahel grouping has said.

Niger reports sharp drop in new AIDS infections

2018-12-02 12:01

The number of new AIDS infections in Niger dropped by more than two thirds between 2012 and 2016, the health ministry has said, in a statement marking World AIDS day.

West Africa leaders meet over Boko Haram escalation

2018-11-29 20:27

Top leaders from Chad, Nigeria, Niger and Cameroon have held talks in N'Djamena to discuss the recent escalation of attacks by Boko Haram jihadists in the Lake Chad area.

Niger suspends activity of British charity over abortions

2018-11-27 19:31

Niger has ordered the closure of two centres run by British charity Marie Stopes International on grounds it was illegally performing abortions, the health minister has told AFP.

ISIS claims 118 killed in 'West Africa province' after Nigeria army bases attacked

2018-11-23 21:01

The Islamic State group has claimed to have killed 118 people in its self-styled West Africa province in the last week, after a series of attacks against military bases in northeast Nigeria that have raised fears of a resurgent Boko Haram.

Suspected Boko Haram extremists kill 7 in Niger's southeast

2018-11-22 20:00

Niger's defence minister says suspected Boko Haram extremists have killed seven people and injured seven others at a French drilling company's site in the southeast near the border with Nigeria.

African G5 force 'better' than UN's in Mali: Mauritania's Aziz

2018-11-21 19:38

A fledgling African regional force fighting jihadists in Sahel countries is more effective - with fewer resources - than a UN mission with a similar remit in Mali, the Mauritanian president has said.

 

Boko Haram sacks two military bases in northeast Nigeria

2018-12-28 13:30

Boko Haram sacked two military bases in northeast Nigeria overnight as the jihadist fighters battle for control of a strategic town on Lake Chad, military sources have said.

More than 52 000 displaced by 'horrific violence' in west Niger: UN

2018-12-15 12:13

More than 52 000 people have been displaced by violence since January in western Niger, an unstable area hit by jihadist incursions near the poor west African country's border with Mali, the UN refugee agency has said.

Niger shuts Airtel telecom offices over unpaid taxes

2018-12-09 14:16

Niger has ordered the closure of the offices of the country's biggest telecoms operator Airtel, a subsidiary of India's Bharti Airtel group, for unpaid taxes of 107 million dollars.

Niger customs official killed in state of emergency zone

2018-12-03 10:20

A Niger customs official was killed in an attack by insurgents in a southwestern region bordering Burkina Faso and placed under a state of emergency last week, authorities say.

Surge in Boko Haram attacks prompts call for more intl backing

2018-11-30 17:22

Leaders from Chad, Nigeria, Niger and Cameroon have called for increased international backing in the face of the recent escalation of attacks by Boko Haram jihadists in the Lake Chad area.

West African leaders meet to tackle Boko Haram upsurge

2018-11-28 20:24

Leaders of three West African nations will meet in Chad to discuss how to tackle a recent increase in activity by Boko Haram jihadist fighters in the region, the Chadian presidency has told AFP.

Floods ravage rice production in Niger's Diffa region

2018-11-26 21:04

Floods destroyed more than 400 hectares of rice in Niger's southeastern Diffa region, already beset by deadly attacks by Boko Haram jihadists, the local governor has said.

Eight dead as gunmen storm French drilling camp in Niger

2018-11-23 05:49

Seven local employees of a French drilling firm and a government official were killed Thursday when suspected Boko Haram gunmen stormed the compound where they were sleeping in southeastern Niger.

Niger to move protected giraffes as habitat shrinks

2018-11-22 13:00

Part of a group of a rare giraffes that has become a Niger tourist attraction is to be moved to a reserve 600km away owing to encroaching desert, farmland and increasing instances of them being struck by vehicles, officials have said

Top Africa stories: Man's body trapped down after fatal snake bite, Nigerian 'First Lady' email scam

2018-11-21 08:01

Zimbabwean man's body has been trapped down 45m well for a week after fatal snake bite, and a man has charged over Nigerian 'First Lady' email scam.

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