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G5 Sahel leaders pay tribute to 71 soldiers slain in Niger

Niamey - Leaders of the G5 Sahel nations held summit talks in Niamey Sunday, after the death last week of 71 Niger soldiers in a jihadist attack, calling for closer cooperation and international support in the battle against the Islamist threat.

IS claims responsibility for Niger attack which killed 71: SITE

Niamey - The Islamic State group has claimed responsibility for an attack on an army camp in Niger which left 71 military personnel dead, the SITE intelligence group said Thursday.

Sahel's anti-jihadist plan shaken by huge attack in Niger

Niamey - Strategies to roll back jihadism in the Sahel have been dealt a body blow by a massive attack on an army base in Niger that left scores of dead and missing.

71 killed in Niger military camp: defence ministry

Niamey - Hundreds of jihadists attacked a Niger military camp near the border with Mali with shelling and mortars, killing 71 soldiers, the defence ministry said Wednesday.

Climate change threatens end of trail for Niger's nomadic herders

T - Ali's sharp eyes scanned the heat-shimmered horizon, searching in vain for clouds. It was noon and 45 degrees Celsius (113 degrees Fahrenheit) on the ninth day of their quest to reach new pastures.

Niger opposition figure jailed after return

Niamey - A leading opposition figure in Niger who returned from self-imposed exile last week was jailed on Monday to serve out the rest of his time for a conviction of baby smuggling, his family told AFP.

Deadly attack on military base in southeast Niger

Niamey - Gunmen launched a deadly predawn raid Wednesday on a military base in southeastern Niger's Diffa region, which has been a target of Boko Haram jihadists, local sources said.

Niger floods force 23,000 from their homes

Niamey - Floods in southeast Niger have forced 23,000 people to flee their homes since early October, officials said Saturday, threatening a new humanitarian crisis in a region already wracked by Boko Haram Islamist violence.

African satirist Mamane plans drama school to promote 'freedom'

Niamey - On a dusty patch of land on the outskirts of the capital Niamey, Niger's most famous comedian Mamane shows off a site he says will host a drama school to promote African artists and freedom on a continent rife with corruption and strife.

Lake Chad group launches $100 mn fund against jihadists

Niamey - The four countries bordering Lake Chad on Friday launched a fund aimed at collecting $100 million to help counter climate change and a devastating jihadist insurgency.

Tax alcohol, tobacco, to tackle cancer: African Union first ladies

Niamey - First ladies attending the African Union summit in Niger on Saturday called for a rise in taxes for cancer-causing products such as tobacco and alcohol.

Landmark trade deal tops African Union summit agenda

Niamey - Heads of state will meet for an African Union (AU) summit in Niger Sunday to usher in a landmark free trade agreement and consider looming security and migration crises.

11 missing Niger soldiers found dead after gunmen killed 17: security sources

Niamey - The bodies of 11 missing Niger soldiers have been discovered after an ambush by armed men killed 17 of their colleagues on patrol near the Mali border, security sources said.

Niger tanker truck blast toll rises to 76

Niamey - The death toll from a May 6 tanker truck explosion near the international airport in Niger's capital has risen to 76, state television reported late Sunday.

$400 billion climate investment plan for Sahel region

Niamey - Heads of state of 17 countries in the Sahel region of Africa will hold a summit on Monday in Niamey to approve a climate investment plan worth $400 billion over 12 years, the Niger government said Wednesday.

Niger army kills at least 280 Boko Haram militants: ministry

Niamey - Niger's army killed more than 280 Boko Haram militants near the southeast border with Nigeria in days of land and air raids, the defence ministry said Wednesday.

Eight dead as gunmen storm French drilling camp in Niger

Niamey - 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.

Germany, Netherlands back Niger border force to counter migration

Niamey - Germany and the Netherlands have pledged to fund special forces in Niger to control its border and prevent illegal migration, the EU's security mission in the country said Thursday.

Niger launches mass polio vaccination drive

Niamey - Niger has launched a mass polio vaccination campaign targeting more than three million children under five after new cases were detected, an official said Friday.

Three cases of polio detected in Niger: ministry  

Niamey - Health officials have detected three cases of polio in southern Niger, near the border with Nigeria, the health ministry said Friday, just months after a major UN vaccination operation.
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