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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.

Hundreds of African migrants rescued from Niger desert

Niamey - More than 400 people from across West Africa have been rescued from the desert in northern Niger in two days, the International Organization for Migration said, in the latest recovery of migrants from the frontier region near Algeria.

17,000 displaced by conflict in western Niger: UN

Niamey - More than 17,000 people have been displaced by violence in western Niger's Tillaberi region, which has been hit by jihadist incursions from neighbouring Mali, the United Nations said Thursday.

Hundreds of African migrants 'abandoned' in desert

Niamey - Nearly 600 African migrants in Algeria were abandoned in the desert with hardly any food and water before being rescued, an official in neighbouring Niger said on Sunday.

From Darfur to Agadez: Sudan refugees' endless quest for safety

Agadez - "We are traumatised, exhausted, and we still have no glimmer of hope," says Mohamed, a Sudanese refugee slumped on a mat at a UN transit centre in Agadez, Niger's renowned "gateway to the Sahara".

Nine killed in Niger suicide attacks

Niamey - Nine people were killed in three suicide bombings in southeastern Niger near the border with Nigeria, a local official said Tuesday.

Former Niger PM loses appeal in baby trafficking case

Niamey - Niger opposition leader and former premier Hama Amadou on Wednesday lost an appeal against a one-year jail term for baby smuggling, legal sources said.

African, EU states focus anti-trafficking efforts at source

Niamey - Thirteen African and European countries and the EU agreed Friday that efforts to crack down on migrant trafficking to Europe should also focus on economic woes that prompt poor Africans to seek a better life in Europe.

UN launches appeal for over 200,000 displaced by Boko Haram

Niamey - The UN refugee agency appealed on Wednesday for $157 million (126 million euros) to help over a quarter of a million people affected by the insurgency led by the militant Islamist group Boko Haram.
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