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Op-Ed: France takes European lead in fight against Boko Haram

Paris - France’s current regional deployments and long history with West Africa makes it the European nation best enabled to help its African allies in their fight against Boko Haram.

Niger, Chad attack Boko Haram after IS pledge of allegiance

Niamey - Niger and Chad on Sunday launched major ground and air strikes in northeast Nigeria against Boko Haram, after the militants formally pledged allegiance to the Islamic state group in Syria and Iraq.

More than 160 Boko Haram sympathisers held in Niger: Police

Niamey - More than 160 people suspected of having links to Boko Haram have been arrested in Niger's border area with Nigeria which was attacked this month by the Islamist group, police in Niger said Monday.

Nigeria's Boko Haram opens new front in Niger

Diffa - Boko Haram fighters waged twin attacks Sunday in Niger, their latest front in a widening regional insurgency, with a market bomb blast sowing panic.

'109 Boko Haram fighters dead' after first attack on Niger

Niamey - Boko Haram launched its first major attack in Niger on Friday, triggering a forceful response from regional troops who claimed to have killed more than a hundred of the Islamists.

'109 Boko Haram fighters dead' after first attack on Niger

Niamey - Boko Haram launched its first major attack in Niger on Friday, triggering a forceful response from regional troops who claimed to have killed more than a hundred of the Islamists.

Niger troops to join regional fight against Boko Haram

Niamey - Niger is set to send troops to Nigeria for the multi-national battle against Boko Haram after scores of people were killed in a fresh onslaught by the Islamist fighters in a key border town.

Niger declares three days of mourning after deadly cartoon demos

Niamey - Niger declared three days of mourning from Monday after violent protests over a Prophet Mohammed cartoon published by French satirical weekly Charlie Hebdo that left 10 people dead and dozens of churches torched.

Niger police break up opposition demo after deadly cartoons riots

Niamey - Police in Niger fired tear gas Sunday to break up a banned opposition demonstration in the capital Niamey, a day after deadly riots over the publication by France's Charlie Hebdo magazine of a cartoon of the Prophet Mohammed.

At least seven churches torched in Niger anti-Charlie Hebdo riots: AFP

Niamey - At least seven churches were burned Saturday in Niger's capital Niamey during rioting in response to the publication of a Prophet Mohammed cartoon in France's Charlie Hebdo magazine, an AFP correspondent reported.

Police fire tear gas at fresh Charlie Hebdo protest in Niger: AFP

Niamey - Police on Saturday fired tear gas at a fresh demonstration in Niger against French weekly Charlie Hebdo's publication of a cartoon of the Prophet Mohammed, according to an AFP reporter on the scene.

Deadly anti-Charlie Hebdo riots as France defends free speech

Niamey - Five people were killed and churches set on fire in Niger in fresh protests against the French weekly Charlie Hebdo's cartoon of Mohammed, as France condemned the violence and asserted its commitment to freedom of expression.

Charlie Hebdo demos turn bloody from Niger to Pakistan

Niamey - Thousands demonstrated across the world on Friday and violent clashes erupted in Niger and Pakistan as Muslims vented fury over a new Prophet Mohammed cartoon published by French magazine Charlie Hebdo.

Boko Haram 'seizes military base' in Nigeria raids

Diffa - Suspected Boko Haram militants have seized a military base in northeastern Nigeria in a series of blistering raids near Lake Chad, sending soldiers and civilians fleeing, witnesses said on Sunday.

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.
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