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Huge 6,000-pound crocodile terrorized prehistoric seas

Suffice it to say, if this beast was in the water, you'd want to be out of the water. What is this creature? It is the largest sea-dwelling crocodile that has ever been discovered, growing to over 30 feet long and weighing three tons.

Niger's president says coup plot foiled, suspects arrested

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

Parched, famished Niger hard hit by climate change

Niamey - When yet another drought wiped out his flock five years ago, Toro, a Fulani shepherd in Niger, decided to migrate to the capital Niamey, where he found work selling cell phones instead.

Boko Haram's child victims learn to smile again at Niger camp

Niamey - In a shed at the heart of the Assaga refugee camp in southeast Niger, around 50 children sing and dance, masking the deep emotional trauma inflicted on them by Boko Haram.

15 civilians killed in Boko Haram attack in SE Niger: TV

Niamey - Fifteen civilians were killed in an attack by Boko Haram militants on a border village in southeastern Niger, state television reported, the latest deadly raid by the Islamist group.

Nigerian refugees in 'atrocious' situation in Niger: UN

Diffa - Thousands of Nigerian refugees who fled to southeast Niger to escape the Islamist group Boko Haram are in an "atrocious" situation, the United Nations says.

Four dead, more than 20,000 affected by Niger floods: UN

Niamey - At least four people have died and more than 20,000 have been affected by floods in Niger caused by weeks of heavy rain, the United Nations said Friday.

Niger to hold presidential election on February 21

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

Niger army says it killed 15 Boko Haram militants

Niamey - Niger's army killed 15 Boko Haram militants in the course of land and air operations against the armed Islamist group, the defence ministry announced Wednesday.

Job? People-smuggler in Niger. Pay? Excellent

Agadez - Hosseini -- not his real name -- handles the steering-wheel deftly. A onetime tourist chauffeur, he makes his living smuggling African migrants from his hometown of Agadez, in northern Niger, to the Libyan border.

Niger's former desert jewel becomes its 'Wild West'

Agadez - Its stunning ancient mosque and atmospheric streets once earned Agadez a reputation as a jewel of the Sahara desert, thronging with tourists. These days, it's Niger's answer to the Wild West.

Niger journalist and human rights activist released on bail

Niamey - Niger courts released a journalist and human rights activist on bail after he was arrested for "collaborating" with Boko Haram Islamists earlier in the week, his lawyer told AFP.

Op-Ed: France takes European lead in fight against Boko Haram

Paris - France’s current regional deployments and long history with West Africa makes it the European nation best enabled to help its African allies in their fight against Boko Haram.

Niger, Chad attack Boko Haram after IS pledge of allegiance

Niamey - Niger and Chad on Sunday launched major ground and air strikes in northeast Nigeria against Boko Haram, after the militants formally pledged allegiance to the Islamic state group in Syria and Iraq.

More than 160 Boko Haram sympathisers held in Niger: Police

Niamey - More than 160 people suspected of having links to Boko Haram have been arrested in Niger's border area with Nigeria which was attacked this month by the Islamist group, police in Niger said Monday.

Nigeria's Boko Haram opens new front in Niger

Diffa - Boko Haram fighters waged twin attacks Sunday in Niger, their latest front in a widening regional insurgency, with a market bomb blast sowing panic.

'109 Boko Haram fighters dead' after first attack on Niger

Niamey - Boko Haram launched its first major attack in Niger on Friday, triggering a forceful response from regional troops who claimed to have killed more than a hundred of the Islamists.

'109 Boko Haram fighters dead' after first attack on Niger

Niamey - Boko Haram launched its first major attack in Niger on Friday, triggering a forceful response from regional troops who claimed to have killed more than a hundred of the Islamists.

Niger troops to join regional fight against Boko Haram

Niamey - Niger is set to send troops to Nigeria for the multi-national battle against Boko Haram after scores of people were killed in a fresh onslaught by the Islamist fighters in a key border town.

Niger declares three days of mourning after deadly cartoon demos

Niamey - Niger declared three days of mourning from Monday after violent protests over a Prophet Mohammed cartoon published by French satirical weekly Charlie Hebdo that left 10 people dead and dozens of churches torched.
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