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Pentagon looks at stepped-up Africa role to counter IS

Washington - The United States is considering a stepped-up military presence in Africa to pursue Islamic State group jihadists looking for new havens after the fall of their "caliphate," American officials say.

12 Niger soldiers killed in fresh attack: minister

Niamey - Twelve paramilitary police were killed Saturday in a fresh attack in Niger's restive southwest, just weeks after a deadly ambush on a joint US-Niger patrol.The region which borders Mali has faced a series of recent jihadist incursions.

Mattis meets McCain amid tension over deadly Niger ambush

Washington - Defense Secretary Jim Mattis visited Congress on Friday to assure Senator John McCain that lines of communication were open, amid demands the Pentagon reveal more about a Niger ambush that killed four US servicemen.

Pentagon opens Niger ambush probe as new details emerge

Washington - US Defense Secretary Jim Mattis revealed new details of a Niger ambush that left four US servicemen dead, including that the body of one slain soldier was not immediately evacuated.

US military probes possible changes after Niger attack: Mattis

Tampa - US Defense Secretary Jim Mattis on Wednesday said the military is looking at possible adaptations following last week's deadly ambush on a joint US-Niger patrol.

France to open asylum centres in Niger, Chad

Paris - France will open offices in Niger and Chad in the coming weeks to identify people who could be granted asylum, President Emmanuel Macron announced Monday.

Three US Green Berets killed in Niger

Niamey - Three US Green Berets and an unknown number of Nigerien soldiers were killed in a clash on the Niger-Mali border, where Islamic State fighters have established a presence, officials from said Thursday.

Pentagon confirms three US soldiers killed in Niger ambush

Washington - Three US soldiers and one from another nation were killed when a joint US-Niger patrol was ambushed near the border with Mali in southwest Niger, the Pentagon confirmed Thursday.

Troops killed in attack on US-Niger patrol

Niamey - An ambush on a joint US-Niger patrol has left several soldiers dead, a security official said Wednesday, as fears increase that a conflict in neighbouring Mali is spilling over the African nation's border.

Leaders urge migrant screening in Africa to stem Med crossings

Paris - African and European leaders on Monday backed proposals to screen asylum seekers in Africa as a way to prevent thousands from taking perilous journeys across the Mediterranean.

African, EU leaders seek 'new relationship' over migrant crisis

Paris - Seven African and European leaders met in Paris on Monday to try to build a "new relationship" aimed at stemming the flow of migrants into Europe from northern Africa in return for aid.

African, EU leaders meet for migration summit

Paris - Leaders from seven African and European countries meet in Paris on Monday for a mini-summit to discuss how to ease the EU's migrant crisis.

Thousand migrants saved after being left in Niger desert: UN

Niamey - Rescue teams have saved a thousand African migrants abandoned by people smugglers in the Niger part of the Sahara desert in recent months, the UN's International Office of Migration (IOM) said Wednesday.

Niger jihadists kidnap 37 women, nine people killed

Niamey - Boko Haram jihadists have kidnapped 37 women and slit the throats of nine other people at a village in southeastern Niger, the regional governor said Tuesday.

24 migrants rescued in Niger, dozens more feared dead

Niamey - Twenty-four West African migrants were rescued and dozens more feared dead after traffickers deserted them in Niger's northern desert without food or water, a senior local official said.

Agadez: The migrant crossroads of hope... and broken dreams

Agadez - Wild-eyed with matted hair after four days in the searing Sahara sun, Ibrahim Kande climbs out of the pick-up truck he has ridden from Libya back to dusty Agadez in central Niger.

Migrants in limbo power Niger football club

Agadez - As Africa's smuggling capital, a dusty city in central Niger has found its local football team boosted by an unexpected influx of new players: migrants in limbo awaiting passage to Europe.

44 migrants, including babies, die of 'thirst' in Niger desert

Niamey - At least 44 Libya-bound migrants, including women and babies, died of thirst after their vehicle broke down in the scorching Sahara desert of northern Niger, local officials said Thursday.

Italy inks deal with Libya neighbours to block migrants

Rome - Italy has signed a deal with Libya, Chad and Niger to try to stem the flow of migrants across the Mediterranean by beefing up border controls and creating new reception centres in the African nations.

Niger gold seekers dig deep for bullion dreams

Niamey - Arriving on motorcycles and donkeys, in cars, or even on foot, hundreds of people have flocked to a site in southern Niger hoping to strike gold.

Hepatitis E outbreak kills 25 in Niger refugee camp

Niamey - Bad water and hygiene have led to an epidemic of hepatitis E that has killed 25 people over several months in a refugee camp in Diffa, a region in southeast Niger, Medecins sans frontieres said Wednesday.

Niger drought leaves schools closed

Niamey - More than half of schoolchildren have quit class in some parts of Niger due to drought which is forcing entire families of farmers to move to seek better pastures, the UN said Friday.

Thousands protest in Niger as pressure on gov't mounts

Niamey - Thousands of people marched in Niger's capital of Niamey on Saturday against the government of President Mahamadou Issoufou, calling for improved living conditions and the release of "political prisoners".

UN Security Council shines light on Lake Chad crisis

Yaound - UN Security Council envoys on Friday vowed to turn the spotlight on a "neglected crisis" as they began a mission to the Lake Chad region, where hunger, poverty and a Boko Haram insurgency have triggered a major humanitarian emergency.

UN Security Council visit to draw attention to Lake Chad crisis

New York - UN Security Council envoys on Thursday travel to Africa's Lake Chad region, where famine, the Boko Haram insurgency, climate change and poor governance have collided to create one of the world's worst humanitarian crises.

18 dead as herders, farmers clash in Niger

Niamey - At least 18 people were killed and dozens wounded in clashes in Niger between cattle herders and farmers, officials said, adding that women and children were among the dead.

Niger town fears for abducted US aid worker 'Jeff'

Tahoua - For people living in the small city of Abalak in central Niger, the abduction of a longtime US aid worker over a week ago has left them angry and anxious.Jeffery Woodke was no stranger here.

Niger hunts kidnapped US aid worker

Niamey - Niger has launched an army operation to hunt down a kidnapped American aid worker, the west African country's interior minister said Saturday.

American NGO worker kidnapped in Niger: security source

Niamey - An American NGO worker was kidnapped Friday night in the Niger town of Abalak, northeast of the capital Niamey, before being taken by his abductors to Mali, a security source told AFP.

Merkel announces aid package for Niger to stem migrant flow

Niamey - German Chancellor Angela Merkel on Monday announced a 27-million-euro aid package for Niger, her second stop in a three-nation Africa tour aimed at fighting terrorism and stemming the migrant influx to Europe.
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