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$1.7 bln pledged in aid to save Sahel from 'breaking point'

Geneva - International donors agreed Tuesday to give $1.7 billion in humanitarian aid to the central Sahel, after the United Nations said the northern African region plagued by violence and climate change was at "breaking point".

Giraffe haven in Niger faces uncertain future after attack

T - One of the most famous animal sanctuaries in the Sahel faces a troubled future after suspected jihadists murdered eight people, six of them young French aid workers.

Niger soldiers executed dozens of civilians, probe says

Niamey - Soldiers in Niger executed dozens of civilians during the counterinsurgency campaign against jihadists in the country's troubled Tillaberi region earlier this year, a probe into the deaths reported.

Troops launch manhunt after Niger killings, France sets terror probe

T - Troops in Niger backed by French air power launched a hunt Monday for the killers of eight people, six of them French nationals, as prosecutors in Paris announced a terror investigation into their deaths.

French aid workers among eight killed by gunmen in Niger

T - Gunmen on motorcycles killed eight people including a group of French aid workers as they visited a part of Niger popular with tourists for its wildlife, officials said.

UN non-essential staff to work from home

New York - All United Nations staff at its headquarters in New York were told Friday to work from home for at least three weeks due to the coronavirus outbreak unless it was essential for them to be present.

Niger stampede kills 20 at handout for refugees

Niamey - Twenty people, many of them women and children, were trampled to death on Monday in a stampede for food and money for refugees in southeast Niger, sources said."We have a provisional toll of 20 dead," a medical source said.

Islamic State replaces al-Qaeda as Enemy No. 1 in Sahel

Bamako - Brutal attacks that have killed nearly 300 people in less than two months have propelled the Islamic State to the status of the Sahel's most-feared jihadist group, eclipsing al-Qaeda, experts say.

Minute of silence at UN for 89 Niger troops

New York - UN Security Council ambassadors stood for a minute of silence Monday in memory of 89 soldiers killed last week during a jihadist assault on a Niger military base.

US wants to reduce presence in Africa, warns top officer

Apo - The United States wants to reduce its military presence in Africa, Washington's top military officer said, as France hosts Sahel leaders as it seeks to bolster the fight against jihadists in the region.

France, Sahel nations vow to step up anti-jihadist fight

Pau - France and its five partner nations in the Sahel region of West Africa pledged Monday to bolster their efforts against jihadists waging an increasingly deadly insurgency, while urging the United States to keep its troops engaged in the region's anti-te...

Macron calls for greater 'political clarity' from Sahel allies

Abidjan - President Emmanuel Macron called for greater "political clarity" from Sahel countries hosting French troops fighting Islamist militants on Saturday, as he visited the troubled African region amid criticism of the former colonial power's role.

G5 Sahel leaders pay tribute to 71 soldiers slain in Niger

Niamey - Leaders of the G5 Sahel nations held summit talks in Niamey Sunday, after the death last week of 71 Niger soldiers in a jihadist attack, calling for closer cooperation and international support in the battle against the Islamist threat.

IS claims responsibility for Niger attack which killed 71: SITE

Niamey - The Islamic State group has claimed responsibility for an attack on an army camp in Niger which left 71 military personnel dead, the SITE intelligence group said Thursday.

Sahel's anti-jihadist plan shaken by huge attack in Niger

Niamey - Strategies to roll back jihadism in the Sahel have been dealt a body blow by a massive attack on an army base in Niger that left scores of dead and missing.

71 killed in Niger military camp: defence ministry

Niamey - Hundreds of jihadists attacked a Niger military camp near the border with Mali with shelling and mortars, killing 71 soldiers, the defence ministry said Wednesday.

Climate change threatens end of trail for Niger's nomadic herders

T - Ali's sharp eyes scanned the heat-shimmered horizon, searching in vain for clouds. It was noon and 45 degrees Celsius (113 degrees Fahrenheit) on the ninth day of their quest to reach new pastures.

Niger opposition figure jailed after return

Niamey - A leading opposition figure in Niger who returned from self-imposed exile last week was jailed on Monday to serve out the rest of his time for a conviction of baby smuggling, his family told AFP.

Deadly attack on military base in southeast Niger

Niamey - Gunmen launched a deadly predawn raid Wednesday on a military base in southeastern Niger's Diffa region, which has been a target of Boko Haram jihadists, local sources said.

Niger floods force 23,000 from their homes

Niamey - Floods in southeast Niger have forced 23,000 people to flee their homes since early October, officials said Saturday, threatening a new humanitarian crisis in a region already wracked by Boko Haram Islamist violence.

W.African leaders agree billion-dollar anti-jihadist plan

Ouagadougou - West African leaders on Saturday announced a billion-dollar plan to fight the rising problem of jihadist violence in the region, at a summit in Burkina Faso.

W.African leaders agree billion-dollar anti-jihadist plan

Ouagadougou - West African leaders on Saturday announced a billion-dollar plan to fight the rising problem of jihadist violence in the region, at a summit in Burkina Faso.

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.

In Niger, mass distribution of antibiotics proves effective: study

Washington - The mass administration of antibiotics to villages in Niger led to a reduction of a childhood mortality, without apparently creating resistance to antibiotics so feared by public health experts, according to a study published Wednesday.

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.

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.
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