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IMF approves $230 million in virus aid for Niger, Burkina Faso

Apr 15, 2020 - 6:00 PM

The International Monetary Fund will give $115.3 million to Burkina Faso and $114.5 million to Niger to help them combat the coronavirus pandemic

Men wear face masks as a preventive measure against the spread of the new COVID-19 coronavirus in Ouagadougou, as they drive with motorcycles in the street on March 16, 2020. - The Burkina Faso government announced the closure of schools and universities until March 31, 2020, as a preventive measure against the COVID-19 coronavirus. The government also ordered the suspension of public and private demonstrations and rallies until the end of April 2020. (Photo by OLYMPIA DE MAISMONT / AFP)

Plea for 'Marshall Plan' as pandemic hits African economies

Apr 04, 2020 - 7:30 AM

Niger, Ivory Coast, and Burkina Faso say the coronavirus pandemic has devastated their prospects for growth in 2020

A man wearing a protective mask rests in a market in Abidjan, on March 30, 2020. - On March 29, 2020, Ivory Coast announced its first death of coronavirus, out of 165 detected cases. A 9pm-5am curfew, announced on March 23 by President Alassane Ouattara, has been enforced along with a ban on movement in and out of the economic capital Abidjan and closure of bars, schools and restaurants. (Photo by Sia KAMBOU / AFP)

Niger announces first coronavirus case

Mar 20, 2020 - 9:08 AM

Niger closes educational establishments, as well as its land borders and two airports

FULANI. A group of Fulani women and their daughters walk towards their houses in Hapandu village, Zinder Region, Niger on July 31, 2019. Photo by Luis Tato/AFP

Niger stampede kills 20 at handout for refugees

Feb 18, 2020 - 10:31 AM

'The weakest people fell to the ground. Some were injured and others were crushed to death,' an employee says

REFUGEES. Internally displaced people from Niger, who fled Boko Haram incursions, wait for food supplies to be handed out during a food distribution June 16, 2016. Photo by Issouf Sanogo/AFP

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

Dec 22, 2019 - 3:56 PM

Climate change threatens the Fulani, nomadic herders of Niger, which is among the world's poorest countries that depends on farming, particularly herding, to provide a livelihood for 80% of its population

FULANI. A group of Fulani women and their daughters walk towards their houses in Hapandu village, Zinder Region, Niger on July 31, 2019. Photo by Luis Tato/AFP

12 dead in Niger Boko Haram village attack

Aug 24, 2019 - 9:06 PM

11 of the 12 killed were shot, says a local official from the Niger village

Boko Haram kill 6 in southeast Niger

Feb 02, 2019 - 10:45 PM

The attack is the latest in a series ascribed to the jihadist group which began a bloody insurgency in 2009 that has spread to neighboring countries, prompting a regional military response

52,000 displaced by 'horrific violence' in west Niger – U.N.

Dec 15, 2018 - 8:34 AM

In addition to the number of local residents fleeing, 53,000 other refugees from Mali continue to suffer from violence in the area

BLOCKED.African migrants from Niger prepare to board buses as they are repatriated to their country by Algerian authorities at a transit center for migrants in Tamanrasset in southern Algeria. Photo by Ryad Kramdi/AFP

Religious freedom at risk in 1 of 5 countries – report

Nov 23, 2018 - 1:50 PM

Of the 38 countries where freedom is threatened, the situation has worsened in 18 of them, 'in particular in two of the most populous countries in the world, China and India'

Hundreds of African migrants 'abandoned' in desert

Jul 16, 2018 - 9:29 AM

Rights groups accuse the Algerian authorities of arbitrarily arresting and deporting migrants from sub-Saharan Africa and sometimes dumping them in the desert

BLOCKED.African migrants from Niger prepare to board buses as they are repatriated to their country by Algerian authorities at a transit center for migrants in Tamanrasset in southern Algeria. Photo by Ryad Kramdi/AFP

UN begins evacuating refugees from Libya to Niger

Nov 12, 2017 - 8:10 PM

Extracting the refugees from Libya should make it easier for possible resettlement countries to evaluate their cases

Widow of U.S. soldier killed in Niger says Trump 'made me cry'

Oct 24, 2017 - 8:28 AM

Trump's call to Myeshia Johnson, whose husband Sergeant La David Johnson was one of 4 US soldiers killed in the October 4 jihadist attack, has generated a storm of controversy

FINAL GOODBYE. Myeshia Johnson kisses the casket of her husband Army Sgt. La David Johnson during his burial service for at the Memorial Gardens East cemetery on October 21, 2017 in Hollywood, Florida. Gaston de Cardenas/AFP

Troops killed in attack on U.S.-Niger patrol

Oct 05, 2017 - 1:20 PM

The attack marks the first US combat casualties in Niger, where Washington provides training and security assistance

UN Security Council unanimously welcomes Sahel force

Jun 21, 2017 - 11:47 PM

At a time when terrorism is striking everywhere in the world we cannot let the Sahel region become a new haven for terrorist organizations from the entire world French ambassador to the UN Francois Delattre tells the council

FRANCOIS DELATTRE. France's Ambassador to the United Nations Francois Delattre arrives for a Security Council meeting at UN headquarters in New York on May 16, 2017. Photo by Jewel Samad/AFP

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

Jun 01, 2017 - 11:15 PM

A security source who asked not to be named says the sub Saharan migrants including babies and women died of thirst because their vehicle broke down

38 dead, 92,000 left homeless by Niger floods

Sep 08, 2016 - 8:58 AM

The UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs said the deaths up from a previous government toll of 14 followed torrential rains in August

Nigeria's Buhari says Boko Haram leader 'wounded'

Aug 28, 2016 - 7:55 PM

Indeed their top hierarchy and lower cadre have a problem They are not holding any territory and they have split to small groups attacking soft targets adds Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari

Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari takes part in the High level meeting during the the TICAD (Tokyo International Conference on African Development) conference in August 28, 2016 Nairobi. Japan will pour $30 billion in investment in Africa by 2018, including $10 billion in infrastructure development, Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said on on August 27, 2016 at a summit in Nairobi. "When combined with the investment from the private sector I expect the total real amount to be $30 billion," Abe said at the opening of the Tokyo International Conference on African Development, where he will meet dozens of leaders from across Africa. / AFP PHOTO / SIMON MAINA

Nigeria oil rebels announce conditional ceasefire

Aug 21, 2016 - 9:50 PM

The Niger Delta Avengers NDA says the ruling party should stop moves to arrest intimidate invade and harass innocent citizens

(FILES) This file photo taken on June 10, 2016 shows an advertising board in the City of Warri in the Delta State.  The Niger Delta Avengers (NDA), a militant group that has been attacking Nigeria's oil infrastructure since early this year, announced August 21 on their website they will lay down their arms and return to talks with the Nigerian government after eight months of sabotage in the oil-rich south of the country.  / AFP PHOTO / STEFAN HEUNIS

34 migrants found dead in Niger desert – authorities

Jun 16, 2016 - 10:21 AM

The bodies of 34 migrants including 20 children who were abandoned by people smugglers while trying to reach neighboring Algeria were found in the Niger desert last week

2,000 Chad troops head to Niger after Boko Haram attack

Jun 08, 2016 - 10:11 PM

The heavily armed soldiers from Chad will search everywhere for Boko Haram

50,000 flee Boko Haram attacks in Niger – UN

Jun 07, 2016 - 9:43 PM

The attacks against a military post in Bosso in Niger s Diffa region kill 26 soldiers including two from neighboring Nigeria

UN alarmed about Boko Haram ties to ISIS

May 14, 2016 - 10:45 AM

The UN Security Council has voiced deep concern that the activities of Boko Haram continue to undermine the peace and stability of the West and Central African region

TIES WITH ISIS. Soldiers from 21 Brigade and Army Engineers clearing Islamic militant group Boko Haram camps at Chuogori and Shantumari in Borno State, Nigeria, July 30, 2015. File photo by EPA/STR

With assistance, Africa targets coordinated fight against Boko Haram

May 01, 2016 - 1:22 PM

With US and European support African states threatened by Boko Haram are out to smash the militant Islamist group terrorizing the region – but a coordinated response is required if they are to succeed

In this file photo, soldiers stand in Niamey on March 19, 2016, during the funeral ceremony of an army commander killed by Boko Haram in the Diffa region, near the border with Nigeria. Issouf Sanogo/AFP

Egyptian, Filipino kidnapped by pirates off Nigeria

Apr 14, 2016 - 10:14 PM

The CMA CGM Turquoise is stormed late on Monday as it travelled between Nigeria s commercial hub Lagos and Douala in Cameroon

Asia most exposed to disasters, Africa most vulnerable – study

Mar 24, 2016 - 7:41 AM

Among mega cities Manila – facing a triple threat from cyclones superstorms and earthquakes – tops the list of urban areas with the highest number of people exposed

ASIA MOST EXPOSED. Heavy traffic is seen along Epifanio Delos Santos Avenue with a backdrop of Manila's financial district skyline in Makati City, the Philippines, April 15, 2014. File photo by Francis R. Malasig /EPA

Niger presidential candidate ill, to be flown to Paris for treatment

Mar 16, 2016 - 9:23 PM

The COPA 2016 spokesman says Amadou will likely be admitted to the American Hospital in the west Paris suburb of Neuilly

HAMA AMADOU. Supporters in a bus carry a campaign poster for presidential candidate Hama Amadou which reads in French 'Vote, we will decide together' in Niamey, Niger February 13, 2016. File Photo by Arne Gillis/EPA

Boko Haram threat hangs heavy over Nigeria in 2016

Jan 01, 2016 - 10:07 PM

Despite official assurances violence and fear of Islamist group Boko Haram continue to stalk several major cities in Nigeria s troubled northeast

TERROR SCOURGE. A photo taken on October 28, 2015 in Maiduguri shows a poster displaying 100 Boko Haram suspects declared wanted by the Nigerian army. AFP photo

Boko Haram kills 2 Niger soldiers

Oct 03, 2015 - 10:08 AM

Niger whose primary source of foreign income is uranium has joined a regional military alliance alongside Chad Niger and Nigeria to fight Boko Haram

500,000 more children uprooted by Boko Haram – UNICEF

Sep 18, 2015 - 12:19 PM

The additional numbers of children made homeless has taken the total number of youngsters in the Lake Chad region who have been forced to flee to 1 4 million

'RUNNING FOR THEIR LIVES.' A picture taken on September 16, 2015 shows children standing in the Assaga refugee camp, set up by the UN three months ago for Nigerian refugees who fled to southeast Niger to escape the Islamist group Boko Haram. Photo by Boureima Hama/AFP

Security clampdown in Chad capital after 'Boko Haram' suicide attacks

Jun 16, 2015 - 11:51 PM

Scores of police and soldiers patrol Chad s capital N Djamena a day after twin suicide bombings blamed on Boko Haram jihadists killed 24 people and wounded more than 100 in the first such attacks in the city

SURVIVOR. A woman rescued by Nigerian soldiers from Islamist militants Boko Haram at Sambisa Forest sits on a bed after receiving treatment at the Federal Medical Centre in Yola on May 5, 2015. Photo bt Emmanuel Arewa / AFP

Boko Haram fight HQ shifting to Maiduguri – Nigeria military

Jun 09, 2015 - 10:04 AM

Meanwhile President Muhammadu Buhari meets leaders of the G7 nations at a summit in Germany and reaffirms his pledge to crack down on the Islamists while calling for greater regional and international cooperation

LOOKOUT. A file photo taken on June 5, 2013 shows Nigerian soldiers patrolling in the north of Borno state close to a Islamist extremist group Boko Haram former camp near Maiduguri. Quentin Leboucher/AFP

Meningitis epidemic kills more than 250 in Niger

May 04, 2015 - 11:45 PM

As of May 3 252 people died out of a total of 3 304 cases says Niger s epidemics surveillance and response director Goumbi Kadade

Niger battles deadly meningitis epidemic

Apr 25, 2015 - 10:01 AM

The government has ordered all schools closed until next week in an effort to limit the spread of the deadly disease

OUTBREAK. A meningitis outbreak in Niger has already killed 129 people out of 1,150 cases. Screenshot from Al Jazeera

Niger says 2.5 million suffering food insecurity

Apr 19, 2015 - 10:17 AM

A survey conducted since December 2014 indicates that 15 7 of the population or 2 588 128 people are in a situation of food insecurity including 410 297 in severe insecurity

Nigeria president-elect told to 'win peace' vs Boko Haram

Apr 03, 2015 - 6:34 PM

The real battle should take place on the social and economic front say analysts on Nigeria s president elect and his vow to fight terror group Boko Haram

NEW LEADER. Nigeria's president-elect Muhammadu Buhari wins the polls that will lead to the first democratic change of power in Africa's most populous nation. AFP photo

Nigeria military retakes towns from Boko Haram in Yobe, Borno states

Mar 17, 2015 - 10:01 AM

Nigeria s military says it cleared Boko Haram from the northeastern state of Yobe while also claiming victory over the militants in the strategic town of Bama in neighboring Borno state

A photograph made available on 11 March 2015 shows Nigerian soldiers on patrol in Chibok, Borno State, North East Nigeria 08 March 2015. Stringer/EPA

Boko Haram hits Maiduguri again as Nigeria dismisses ISIS link

Mar 11, 2015 - 9:54 AM

The latest attack comes after the government in Abuja described the militants pledge of allegiance to ISIS as a sign of weakness

BLACK FLAG. A Boko Haram flag flutters from an abandoned command post in Gamboru deserted after Chadian troops chased them from the border town. Photo by Stephanie Yas/AFP

Niger, Chad attack Boko Haram after ISIS pledge of allegiance

Mar 08, 2015 - 9:10 PM

UPDATED The attacks which follow a sustained build up of troops in southern Niger opens up a new front in regional efforts to wipe out the Islamist group whose 6 year insurgency has spread across borders

BLACK FLAG. A Boko Haram flag flutters from an abandoned command post in Gamboru deserted after Chadian troops chased them from the border town. Photo by Stephanie Yas/AFP

Nigerian military claims success vs Boko Haram

Feb 19, 2015 - 1:34 AM

UPDATED Meanwhile Nigeria s elections chief rules out any further postponement to upcoming presidential and parliamentary polls

Suicide attacks kill 38 as Boko Haram threatens Nigeria vote

Feb 18, 2015 - 9:37 AM

The latest wave of attacks blamed on the rebels underscore the challenge facing Nigeria and its neighbors – Cameroon Chad and Niger – despite claims of successes in the joint operation launched this month

A man walk pass posters of the main opposition presidential candidate, Muhammadu Buhari on a roadside in Ikeja, Lagos, Nigeria, 17 February 2015. Ahmed Jallanzo/EPA

Cameroon army kills 86 Boko Haram militants

Feb 17, 2015 - 11:22 AM

Five Cameroonian soldiers were also killed during the clashes in the Waza region near the border with Nigeria

BOKO HARAM. In this screen grab image taken on February 9, 2015 from a video made available by Islamist group Boko Haram, leader Abubakar Shekau (C) makes a statement at an undisclosed location. Boko Haram/AFP

Suspected Boko Haram sympathizers arrested in Niger

Feb 15, 2015 - 9:02 PM

Dozens of suspects are brought to an anti terrorist unit in Niger s capital

BOKO HARAM. An image grab made on October 31, 2014 from a video obtained by AFP shows the leader of the Islamist extremist group Boko Haram Abubakar Shekau (C) delivering a speech. File photo by Boko Haram/AFP

Boko Haram takes on Chadian forces in NE Nigeria town

Feb 12, 2015 - 3:59 AM

UPDATED Troops from Chad Cameroon and Niger are deployed to fight the Islamists whose bloody insurgency has claimed more than 13 000 lives since 2009 and now threatens Nigeria s neighbors

Niger to send troops to Nigeria to fight Boko Haram

Feb 10, 2015 - 8:00 AM

Niger had been mainly spared the violence until last week with a number of attacks carried out on its territory in recent days in the run up to the vote

In this screen grab image taken on February 9, 2015 from a video made available by Islamist group Boko Haram, leader Abubakar Shekau (C) makes a statement at an undisclosed location. Boko Haram/AFP

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

Feb 07, 2015 - 2:24 AM

UPDATED The attack comes a day after Niger announced it would ask its parliament to approve sending troops to Nigeria to fight the militants

Chadian aircraft bomb Nigerian town in anti-Boko Haram raid

Feb 01, 2015 - 12:40 AM

The Boko Haram uprising has become a regional crisis with the 4 directly affected countries – Cameroon Chad Niger and Nigeria – agreeing to boost cooperation to contain the threat

SURVIVOR. A survivor of a Boko Haram's attack and his friend look at the waters of Lake Chad which borders Chad, Nigeria, Niger and Cameroon, in Bol on January 25, 2015. Photo by AFP/Sia Kambou

Boko Haram wages new Nigeria attacks as Kerry visits

Jan 25, 2015 - 11:41 PM

UPDATED The renewed violence underscores the extent of the difficulties facing Nigeria as the election approaches and also the increasing threat Boko Haram poses for the country s neighbors

AFP file photo of Boko Haram

Boko Haram leader threatens Nigeria's neighbors

Jan 21, 2015 - 11:49 AM

Boko Haram also claims a massive attack feared to be the worst in its 6 year insurgency

AFP PHOTO / DIGITALGLOBE / AMNESTY INTERNATIONAL

Niger police breaks up opposition demo after deadly cartoons riots

Jan 18, 2015 - 9:18 PM

Around 300 demonstrators gathered in central Niamey for a long planned march on parliament defying a ban on demonstrations

Almost half French oppose publishing Mohammed cartoons

Jan 18, 2015 - 3:53 PM

An IFOP poll finds 42 believe Mohammed cartoons – seen as offensive by many Muslims – should not be published

SOLD OUT. A person shows the front page of French satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo in front of a news stand in Lausanne, Switzerland, early 15, January 2015. Photo by Laurent Gillieron/EPA