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UN begins evacuating refugees from Libya to Niger

Geneva - The UN said Friday it had evacuated 163 refugees from war-ravaged Libya to neighbouring Niger, but more than 3,000 others were still trapped in detention centres affected by clashes.

$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.

Algeria defends expulsions after UN fears for 'stranded' migrants

Alger - Algeria's interior ministry on Friday defended moves to expel dozens of migrants as a matter of "national security", after the UN voiced concern over a group who went missing in the desert.

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.

US military probes Niger crash that killed French soldier

Washington - The US military is investigating a car crash that killed a French soldier in Niger, including whether alcohol was a factor and whether an American service member was driving, a US official told AFP on 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.

Italy's Salvini meets rescued migrants, promises 'welcome'

Pomezia - Italian far-right Interior Minister Matteo Salvini on Wednesday met dozens of African migrants, recently evacuated from Libya by the UN, and sought to reassure them that Italy is "a welcoming, generous and supportive country".

US army punishes six over roles in fatal Niger ambush: report

Washington - The US Army has punished six people for their roles in a 2017 mission in Niger that resulted in the ambush deaths of four Americans and four allied Nigerien troops, The New York Times reported Saturday.

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.

Cholera kills scores in DR Congo, Niger

Kananga - A cholera epidemic in the Democratic Republic of Congo has killed 127 people since February, while a further 22 have died in Niger, officials said on Wednesday.

18 killed in Boko Haram attack in Chad: military source

Ndjame - Eighteen people have been killed in an attack by suspected Boko Haram jihadists in the Lake Chad region, a Chadian military source said Sunday.

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.

Algeria showcases migrant expulsion in face of criticism

Tamanrasset - Accused of dumping thousands of migrants at the border in the desert, Algeria has opened up the doors of its air-conditioned expulsion buses to try to allay criticism of its treatment of deportees.

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".

Food crisis worsens in Sahel region: UN aid chief

New York - The United Nations aid chief raised alarm Tuesday over a worsening food crisis in the Sahel region that has sent malnutrition rates skyrocketing to their worst level since 2012.

500,000 malnourished children around Lake Chad risk dying: UN

Geneva - The United Nations said Friday that half a million severely malnourished children around Africa's Lake Chad need life-saving assistance, but warned funding for humanitarian aid in the region was dramatically low.

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.

Pentagon probe finds training, command issues in Niger ambush

Washington - A comprehensive probe into last year's deadly attack on US and local forces in Niger uncovered a series of avoidable blunders leading up to the assault, the Pentagon said Thursday.

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.

IS video of Niger attack highlights US troops' vulnerability

Washington - A propaganda video released by the Islamic State group that apparently shows the deadly ambush of US troops in Niger raised fresh questions Monday as to the nature of the mission and why the soldiers had been left so vulnerable.

Niger attack video released by IS shows group's 'depravity': Pentagon

Washington - A graphic video apparently captured by the helmet camera of one of the US soldiers killed in an Islamic State ambush in Niger highlights the jihadists' depravity, the Pentagon said Monday after IS released the footage.

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.

Refugees find safe haven after escape from Libyan hell

Niamey - After months on the road into exile and inside the hell of Libyan jails, migrants rescued by the UN refugee agency have found safety and shelter in Niger's capital before leaving for Europe.

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.
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