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Niger court backs arrest of parliament head in baby probe

Niamey - The top court in Niger has given the green light for the arrest of the country's parliamentary leader, who is accused of involvement in an international baby-trafficking network, it was announced.

Op-Ed: America should intervene to save Boko Haram's female bombers

African citizens face a new wave of terrorist bombings perpetrated by women. No simple solution will fix this problem but there is one alternative which not everyone will like.

Dozens arrested in Niger for plotting 'military coup': Minister

Niamey - Dozens of opposition members have been arrested in Niger suspected of plotting a "military coup" in the west African nation, Interior Minister Hassoumi Massaoudou told AFP on Saturday.

Niger, Areva tussle over future of uranium mining

Niamey - Niger's government and French nuclear giant Areva are engaged in tough talks on the future of uranium mining in the west African country, whose leaders want more money from the resource to help pay for development.

Production resumes at Areva's Niger uranium mines

Niamey - Production resumed Saturday at French nuclear giant Areva's two uranium mines in Niger, which had shut down for weeks for maintenance amid hard-fought negotiations over the firm's tax rate.

Op-Ed: Sochi to display captured orcas during Winter Olympic Games

Sochi - As the Russian city of Sochi gears up for the 2014 Winter Olympics, two killer whales recently captured from the wild in the Russian Far East will debut in Sochi for the Olympic Games along with a dolphin torchbearer.

French journalists kidnapped at gunpoint and killed in Mali

Kidal - Two French journalists,were murdered in Mali, North Africa, Saturday, just hours after being kidnapped by insurgents. The two journalists have been identified as 57-year-old Ghislaine Dupont and sound technician, Claude Verlon, aged 55.

Bombino — The Tuareg Mark Knopfler

If you know anything about the Tuareg it is probably that he rides a camel. This one rides a motor bike and plays lead guitar.

Boko Haram, gruesome violence in Northern Nigeria

New York - New, more gory details have emerged in what was reported first as the killing of 35 Muslim worshipers and the wounding of 14 last week in the town of Dumba village in Borno State, Nigeria.

Nigeria: Boko Haram declares war on youth in Borno and Yobe

Boko Haram says it has launched a war against the Borno state authorities and a hunt for youths in Borno and Yobe states who recently formed vigilante groups to assist Nigerian forces identify and arrest insurgents in their local communities

Mondelez confectionary company invents heat-resistant chocolate

Many of us have bought chocolate on a hot day planning to have a treat later only to pull it out of the bag once home and find it melted. That problem may now be solved - at least for part of the world.

US posts $7 million bounty on Boko Haram leader Abubakar Shekau

Maiduguri - The US government has posted a bounty of $7 million on Abubakar Shekau, the leader of the militant Islamic sect, Boko Haram. The reward will go to anyone who can provide information leading to his arrest.

Op-Ed: Militant revenge attacks kill 24 soldiers in Niger

Niamey - Revenge attacks for Niger's role in helping France in neighbouring Mali, killed 24 soldiers and one civilian in coordinated attacks on a French uranium mine and a military base.

US to train African troops in Niger for service in Mali

Niamey - The US will help train African troops in Niger. The troops will then take part in the UN-backed offensive against Islamic militants in neighbouring Mali.

Mali: Nigerian Air Force pilots die in fighter jet crash

Bamako - According to the Nigerian Defense Headquarters (DHQ), a Nigerian Air Force jet deployed to operations in Mali crashed in Niger Republic Monday. Two Nigerian Air Force pilots died in the crash.

South Sudan's colossal child marriage problem

A newly released Human Rights Watch (HRW) report, entitled "This Old Man Can Feed Us, You Will Marry Him:’ Child and Forced Marriage in South Sudan," calls on the government of South Sudan to adopt measures to protect girls from child marriage.

YouTube video shows 7 French citizens kidnapped in Cameroon

The kidnapping is the latest of several affecting French citizens in recent years. In 2010 four French workers were kidnapped in Niger, and in 2011 two French businessmen were kidnapped in Mali.

U.S. deployment in Niger reminiscent of Vietnam War

Niamey - Reminiscent of early U.S. involvement in the Vietnam War, President Barack Obama on Friday informed Congress about the deployment of 40 additional U.S. troops to join 100 other U.S. advisers in Niger.

Op-Ed: Journalists mostly unable to cover Mali conflict effectively

Bamako - While the French, together with Malian forces, have managed to retake much of the territory formerly occupied by rebels, there has been little coverage of what is happening from anywhere near the front.

Malians welcome French troops as city of Gao liberated

Bamako - Thousands of Malians turned out on the streets of the northern Mali city of Gao yesterday, the largest city in northern Mali, to welcome French and Malian soldiers with chants of, “Mali, Mali, France, France."
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