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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.

Huge 6,000-pound crocodile terrorized prehistoric seas

Suffice it to say, if this beast was in the water, you'd want to be out of the water. What is this creature? It is the largest sea-dwelling crocodile that has ever been discovered, growing to over 30 feet long and weighing three tons.

Niger's president says coup plot foiled, suspects arrested

Niamey - Niger's government has "foiled" a coup plot, resulting in a number of arrests, President Mahamadou Issoufou said in an address broadcast on national radio and television Thursday, adding that the situation was "under control".

Parched, famished Niger hard hit by climate change

Niamey - When yet another drought wiped out his flock five years ago, Toro, a Fulani shepherd in Niger, decided to migrate to the capital Niamey, where he found work selling cell phones instead.

Boko Haram's child victims learn to smile again at Niger camp

Niamey - In a shed at the heart of the Assaga refugee camp in southeast Niger, around 50 children sing and dance, masking the deep emotional trauma inflicted on them by Boko Haram.

15 civilians killed in Boko Haram attack in SE Niger: TV

Niamey - Fifteen civilians were killed in an attack by Boko Haram militants on a border village in southeastern Niger, state television reported, the latest deadly raid by the Islamist group.

Nigerian refugees in 'atrocious' situation in Niger: UN

Diffa - Thousands of Nigerian refugees who fled to southeast Niger to escape the Islamist group Boko Haram are in an "atrocious" situation, the United Nations says.

Four dead, more than 20,000 affected by Niger floods: UN

Niamey - At least four people have died and more than 20,000 have been affected by floods in Niger caused by weeks of heavy rain, the United Nations said Friday.

Niger to hold presidential election on February 21

Niamey - The first round of Niger's presidential election will be held on February 21 in 2016, the country's election commission said, with incumbent Mahamadou Issoufou set to seek a second term.

Niger army says it killed 15 Boko Haram militants

Niamey - Niger's army killed 15 Boko Haram militants in the course of land and air operations against the armed Islamist group, the defence ministry announced Wednesday.

Job? People-smuggler in Niger. Pay? Excellent

Agadez - Hosseini -- not his real name -- handles the steering-wheel deftly. A onetime tourist chauffeur, he makes his living smuggling African migrants from his hometown of Agadez, in northern Niger, to the Libyan border.

Niger's former desert jewel becomes its 'Wild West'

Agadez - Its stunning ancient mosque and atmospheric streets once earned Agadez a reputation as a jewel of the Sahara desert, thronging with tourists. These days, it's Niger's answer to the Wild West.
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