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18 dead as herders, farmers clash in Niger

Niamey - At least 18 people were killed and dozens wounded in clashes in Niger between cattle herders and farmers, officials said, adding that women and children were among the dead.

Niger town fears for abducted US aid worker 'Jeff'

Tahoua - For people living in the small city of Abalak in central Niger, the abduction of a longtime US aid worker over a week ago has left them angry and anxious.Jeffery Woodke was no stranger here.

Niger hunts kidnapped US aid worker

Niamey - Niger has launched an army operation to hunt down a kidnapped American aid worker, the west African country's interior minister said Saturday.

American NGO worker kidnapped in Niger: security source

Niamey - An American NGO worker was kidnapped Friday night in the Niger town of Abalak, northeast of the capital Niamey, before being taken by his abductors to Mali, a security source told AFP.

Merkel announces aid package for Niger to stem migrant flow

Niamey - German Chancellor Angela Merkel on Monday announced a 27-million-euro aid package for Niger, her second stop in a three-nation Africa tour aimed at fighting terrorism and stemming the migrant influx to Europe.

22 soldiers killed in attack on Niger refugee camp

Niamey - Twenty-two soldiers have been killed in an attack blamed on jihadists against a camp in Niger sheltering almost 4,000 Malian refugees, security officials said on Friday.

Seven Niger soldiers killed by Boko Haram: army

Niamey - Seven Niger soldiers were killed and eight others wounded in two separate attacks by Boko Haram Islamists over the past week, the army has said.

Niger's Diffa suffers under Boko Haram violence

Diffa - Outside the Diffa grand mosque in Niger's southeast, two soldiers stand at the ready, rifles pointed at the wave of worshippers walking towards them.Unbidden, the men raise their "boubous", the traditional wide-sleeved robes worn across West Africa.

34 migrants, including 20 children, found dead in Niger desert

Niamey - The bodies of 34 migrants, including 20 children, who were abandoned by people smugglers while trying to reach neighbouring Algeria were found in the Niger desert last week, authorities said.

Over 50,000 flee Boko Haram attacks in Niger: UN

Niamey - About 50,000 people have fled a town in Niger's troubled southeast after deadly attacks by Boko Haram insurgents, the United Nations said Tuesday.

32 troops killed in Niger clash with Boko Haram

Niamey - Thirty-two troops have been killed in a clash with Boko Haram fighters on Niger's border with Nigeria, Niger's defence ministry said on Saturday, one of deadliest tolls inflicted by the jihadists.

Boko Haram refugees in Niger feel 'abandoned' by the world

Niamey - "Take us away from this hell," said Boussam, a mother of seven cradling skeletal goats in Niger's Assaga camp, where thousands of desperate refugees fleeing Boko Haram Islamist insurgents are living in hunger.

Niger leader proposes national unity government

Niamey - Niger's President Mahamadou Issoufou, reelected for a second term during controversial weekend elections, on Wednesday proposed forming a national unity government with the opposition which boycotted the vote.

Niger begins voting in presidential run-off despite boycott

Niamey - Voters in Niger cast ballots in the country's first-ever presidential run-off Sunday, with incumbent Mahamadou Issoufou on track for a second term as the opposition observed a boycott.

Niger to hold tense run-off despite lone challenger's absence

Niamey - With the main challenger airlifted from jail to a Paris hospital and an opposition boycott, President Mahamadou Issoufou seems certain to win re-election on Sunday in Niger, one of the world's poorest countries.

Two separate Islamist attacks kill 4 in Niger

Niamey - Two separate Islamist attacks killed three policemen and a soldier in Niger, an official said, just days before the impoverished west African nation votes in the second round of presidential elections.

Niger's legacy of legendary horses lives on

Niamey - Niamey's dusty racing track is a far cry from the nation's equine glory days when horses bred in the country enjoyed international fame.

Niger's 'Lion' president to face run-off vote

Niamey - Niger's President Mahamadou Issoufou took a solid lead Friday in the uranium-rich nation's presidential election but will face an unprecedented run-off against jailed opposition leader Hama Amadou on March 20.

Fears of home-grown jihadist violence mount in Niger

Niamey - Increasingly targeted by jihadist fighters roaming its remote northern desert, and Nigeria's feared Boko Haram insurgents on its southern flank, Niger fears the emergence of its own brand of home-grown Islamist trouble.

Niger's 'Lion' president seeks re-election in tense vote

Niamey - Voters in Niger went to the polls Sunday in a presidential election in which the incumbent has promised a "knockout" blow to the opposition, one of whose top candidates is behind bars on baby-trafficking charges.
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