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New Niger president lashes out at jihadist 'war crimes'

Niamey - Niger's new President Mohamed Bazoum lashed out on Friday at jihadists who have carried out devastating attacks on his country, accusing them of "war crimes" as he took the helm of the troubled nation.

Niger thwarts 'attempted coup' before presidential inauguration

Niamey - Niger thwarted an "attempted coup" on Wednesday, the government said, two days before the historic inauguration of Mohamed Bazoum as president of the unstable Sahel nation.

Fifty-eight killed in 'barbarous' Niger attacks near Mali border

Niamey - Fifty-eight people have been killed in "barbarous" attacks on a bus and nearby villages in Niger close to the country's border with Mali, the government said on Tuesday.

Niger's outgoing president wins coveted Ibrahim prize

Niamey - Mahamadou Issoufou, who is stepping down as president of coup-prone Niger after two terms in office, on Monday won Africa's top prize for leadership.

Two dead in Niger election unrest, opposition figure sought

Niamey - Two people in Niger have died in post-election violence and hundreds have been arrested, the government said Thursday, accusing a prominent opposition figure of stoking the unrest.

Niger political veterans face off in presidential vote

Niamey - Niger voted Sunday in a presidential run-off between two political heavyweights that is set to bring about the first democratic transition of power in the coup-prone country's history.

Niger museum is eclectic national 'mirror'

Niamey - There can be few museums in the world to rival the National Museum of Niger.It has displays covering art, history, dinosaurs, nuclear energy, craftwork and music as well as live animals, for it is also a zoo.

Niger's outgoing president warns against 'fiddling' with constitution

Niamey - Niger is battling two jihadist insurgencies and a population explosion and, by a key UN benchmark, is the poorest nation in the world.

Niger declares national mourning, security boost after attacks

Niamey - Niger on Monday declared three days of mourning and vowed to beef up security in a western border region where jihadists killed 100 villagers, according to a local toll.

100 dead in attacks on two western Niger villages

Niamey - "Terrorists" killed around 100 people in two villages in western Niger, the latest in a string of civilian massacres that have rocked the jihadist-plagued Tillaberi region, a local mayor said Sunday.

Niger presidential favourite wins first round, heads for runoff

Niamey - Ruling party candidate and former minister Mohamed Bazoum won the first round of Niger's presidential vote, the electoral commission announced on Saturday, with a runoff set for next month.

Niger stages historic elections despite jihadist attacks

Niamey - Voters went to the polls in Niger on Sunday for an election that could seal a first peaceful handover between elected presidents, against the backdrop of a bloody jihadist insurgency.

Niger stages historic elections despite jihadist attacks

Niamey - Voters in the Sahel state of Niger go to the polls on Sunday for an election that could seal the country's first-ever peaceful handover between elected presidents, despite a bloody jihadist insurgency.

American citizen kidnapped in Niger, says local official

Niamey - An American citizen has been kidnapped in southern Niger, the senior state official in the area told AFP on Tuesday.

Giraffe haven in Niger faces uncertain future after attack

T - One of the most famous animal sanctuaries in the Sahel faces a troubled future after suspected jihadists murdered eight people, six of them young French aid workers.

W.African bloc urges Mali junta to appoint civilian transition head

Niamey - The West African regional bloc ECOWAS on Monday called on Mali's military junta, which seized power last month, to appoint a civilian to head a transition government by September 15.

Niger soldiers executed dozens of civilians, probe says

Niamey - Soldiers in Niger executed dozens of civilians during the counterinsurgency campaign against jihadists in the country's troubled Tillaberi region earlier this year, a probe into the deaths reported.

Troops launch manhunt after Niger killings, France sets terror probe

T - Troops in Niger backed by French air power launched a hunt Monday for the killers of eight people, six of them French nationals, as prosecutors in Paris announced a terror investigation into their deaths.

French aid workers among eight killed by gunmen in Niger

T - Gunmen on motorcycles killed eight people including a group of French aid workers as they visited a part of Niger popular with tourists for its wildlife, officials said.

Niger stampede kills 20 at handout for refugees

Niamey - Twenty people, many of them women and children, were trampled to death on Monday in a stampede for food and money for refugees in southeast Niger, sources said."We have a provisional toll of 20 dead," a medical source said.
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