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Thousand migrants saved after being left in Niger desert: UN

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Thousand migrants saved after being left in Niger desert: UN

- Niamey (AFP) - 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. "A total of 1,000 migrants have been rescued since April of this year in northern Niger by the (IOM's) search and rescue operations," the agency said
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Trouble brewing in Nigeria swamps threatens economy

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Trouble brewing in Nigeria swamps threatens economy

- Warri, Nigeria | AFP | Months have passed since the Niger Delta Avengers have launched an attack on Nigeria’s oil pipelines, yet leaders in the region are warning trouble is brewing in the southern swamplands. A charm offensive led by Nigeria’s acting president Yemi Osinbajo has kept the uprising at bay, with renewed amnesty payments buying calm in the creeks, helping boost production to around 1
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Florence et Ursula au Sahel et deux Gazelle au Niger

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Florence et Ursula au Sahel et deux Gazelle au Niger

- Les ministres allemande et française de la Défense se rendent à partir de ce week-end au Sahel. Florence Parly et Ursula Von Der Leyen (photo ci-dessus AFP) devraient se croiser à deux reprises, au Niger et au Mali. Au Mali, la ministre allemande va assister à une cérémonie en mémoire de l'équipage du Tigre allemand mort dans un crash mercredi au cours d'une mission au profit de la Minusma
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Nigeria's acting president to return to restive oil heartlands

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Nigeria's acting president to return to restive oil heartlands

- ABUJA: Nigeria's acting president will meet again with community leaders from the Niger Delta oil heartlands next week, his spokesman said on Tuesday, in a bid to shore up a fragile truce between militants and the government there. With Africa's biggest economy mired in recession, delegations including Acting President Yemi Osinbajo have held talks since late last year with leaders in the oil-producing states in the southeast
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Le Niger crée un sanctuaire d'hippopotames

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Le Niger crée un sanctuaire d'hippopotames

- Le gouvernement nigérien a créé un sanctuaire pour les hippopotames sur les berges du fleuve Niger pour les protéger des massacres, a indiqué une source gouvernementale. Une trentaine de ces animaux protégés ont été massacrés en cinq mois par des populations qui les accusent de commettre des dégâts sur les cultures et le bétail. "La création du sanctuaire des hippos a été fixée par un décret pris en conseil des ministres le 20 juillet", a indiqué à l'AFP une source au ministère nigérien de l'Environnement
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Villagers in Niger 'massacre' 27 hippos

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Villagers in Niger 'massacre' 27 hippos

- Niamey (AFP) - At least 27 hippos have been slaughtered in a touristy zone in western Niger by villagers who blame them for destroying crops and harming livestock, local authorities said on Thursday. The "massacre ...started in March and then assumed dramatic proportions" mainly in island settlements on the Niger river, the prefect of the Ayorou region, Jando Rhichi Algaher, told AFP
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Niger jihadists kidnap 37 women, nine people killed

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Niger jihadists kidnap 37 women, nine people killed

- Niamey (AFP) - 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. The attack happened on Sunday at the village of Ngalewa, near the border with Nigeria, the governor of Diffa region, Laouali Mahamane Dan Dano, told state TV. "Boko Haram elements... slit the throats of nine people
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Over 50 African migrants feared dead in Niger's Sahara desert

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Over 50 African migrants feared dead in Niger's Sahara desert

- Niamey: Over 50 African migrants are feared dead in the Sahara desert of northern Niger after being abandoned by their drivers, aid workers and local officials said on Tuesday. A convoy of three pick-up trucks were transporting over 70 migrants north through the Sahara Desert towards Libya -- a typical route for West Africans seeking to reach Europe -- when the drivers abandoned them
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Heavy rains kill 14 in Niger, 11 in Ivory Coast

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Heavy rains kill 14 in Niger, 11 in Ivory Coast

- Abidjan - At least 14 people, mostly children, have died in Niger and 11 in Ivory Coast after heavy rains this week triggered landslides and caused homes to collapse, the UN and local officials said on Friday. The UN's humanitarian affairs office OCHA said 14 people had died when houses collapsed in Niger's capital Niamey with another four missing. Nine children were reported dead there earlier this week
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Niger floods: Nine children killed as homes collapse

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Niger floods: Nine children killed as homes collapse

- At least nine children are reported to have died as houses in Niger's capital, Niamey, collapsed following heavy rain. The rain has caused floods and extensive damage, including to one of the main markets in the city centre. Homes collapsed in several parts of the city, trapping or killing those inside, AFP reported Zourkaleini Maiga, secretary general of the local authority, as saying
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44 migrants, including babies, die of 'thirst' in Niger desert

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

- Niamey, Niger | AFP | 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. “The number of migrants who died in the desert is 44 for now,” said Rhissa Feltou, the mayor of Agadez, a remote town on the edge of the Sahara that has become the smuggling capital of Africa
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NDDC: We’ve recovered over #60 billion  from non performing contractors

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NDDC: We’ve recovered over #60 billion  from non performing contractors

- The Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC), has recovered over N60 billion from contractors who abandoned various developmental projects in the region after being paid mobilization fees for the contracts. The Managing Director, Mr Nsima Ekere, stated this on Friday while speaking as a guest on “State of the Nation”, a Channels Television news and current affairs programme, which was monitored by our Correspondent
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Three Niger police arrested after deadly student demo

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Three Niger police arrested after deadly student demo

- Niamey - The authorities in Niger said on Sunday that three police officers had been arrested after allegedly assaulting a demonstrator at a violent student protest that left one person dead and forced the closure of Niger's top university. Abdou Moumouni University in Niamey was reopened after President Mahamadou Issoufou held talks with student leaders in a bid to defuse the crisis
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Meningitis: Death toll rises to 33 in Niger

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Meningitis: Death toll rises to 33 in Niger

- Thirty three people have died from the Cerebrol Spinal Meningitis (CSM) in Niger state. The Executive Director of the Niger state Primary Health Care Development Agency (SPCDA), Dr. Yahaya Na’uzo announced the rise in the number of the death. When the disease broke out in the state, only 16 cases were recorded while 116 suspected cases were also recorded. According to Dr
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Rise in use of child suicide bombers by Boko Haram: UNICEF report

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Rise in use of child suicide bombers by Boko Haram: UNICEF report

- The use of children as suicide bombers by the insurgents of Boko Haram has surged in 2017, the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) said on Wednesday. In the countries fighting Boko Haram in the Lake Chad region – Nigeria, Niger, Cameroon and Chad – 27 children have been used in suicide attacks by the armed Islamist group in the first three months of the year, UNICEF said in a statement, and report titled ‘Silent Shame: Bringing out the voices of children caught in the Lake Chad crisis’
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Nigerian lawmakers aim to pass 2017 budget by end of March

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Nigerian lawmakers aim to pass 2017 budget by end of March

- Nigerian lawmakers aim to pass the 2017 budget by the end of March, the president of the upper house of parliament said on Tuesday. The budget lays out plans to pull Africa's largest economy out of its first recession for 25 years, largely prompted by low global prices for the oil it produces and by attacks on energy facilities in the OPEC member's Niger Delta oil hub last year
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  • Trouble brewing in Nigeria swamps threatens economy
    Trouble brewing in Nigeria swamps threatens economy

    , independent.co.ug

    Warri, Nigeria | AFP | Months have passed since the Niger Delta Avengers have launched an attack on Nigeria’s oil pipelines, yet leaders in the region are warning trouble is brewing in the southern swamplands. A charm offensive led by Nigeria’s acting president Yemi Osinbajo has kept the uprising at bay, with renewed amnesty payments buying calm in the creeks, helping boost production to around 1
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Politics & Government

  • Niger's opposition leader Hama Amadou jailed in absentia
    Niger's opposition leader Hama Amadou jailed in absentia

    , the-star.co.ke

    A court in Niger has sentenced main opposition leader Hama Amadou to a year in prison for child smuggling. Amadou stood against President Mahamadou Issoufou in elections in March. He is now in exile in France and was tried in absentia. His lawyers were also not present in court in protest over a trial which they said was a parody of justice
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Sports

  • Nasarawa Utd set NPFL fifth finish
    Nasarawa Utd set NPFL fifth finish

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    Nasarawa United head coach, Kabir Dogo has said his side are determined to finish the top-flight campaign among the top five teams. The Solid Miners inched towards achieving their season’s goal with a hard fought 1-0 win against newcomers, Niger Tornadoes in the Nigerian top-flight matchday 24 clash at adopted home, Aper Aku Stadium in Makurdi. Abdulrahman Bashir lone goal helped the 10-man Lafia outfit to grab the whole three
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Business

  • NDDC: We’ve recovered over #60 billion  from non performing contractors
    NDDC: We’ve recovered over #60 billion  from non performing contractors

    , thenationonlineng.net

    The Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC), has recovered over N60 billion from contractors who abandoned various developmental projects in the region after being paid mobilization fees for the contracts. The Managing Director, Mr Nsima Ekere, stated this on Friday while speaking as a guest on “State of the Nation”, a Channels Television news and current affairs programme, which was monitored by our Correspondent
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Health

  • Meningitis: Death toll rises to 33 in Niger
    Meningitis: Death toll rises to 33 in Niger

    , thenationonlineng.net

    Thirty three people have died from the Cerebrol Spinal Meningitis (CSM) in Niger state. The Executive Director of the Niger state Primary Health Care Development Agency (SPCDA), Dr. Yahaya Na’uzo announced the rise in the number of the death. When the disease broke out in the state, only 16 cases were recorded while 116 suspected cases were also recorded. According to Dr
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Society & Culture

  • Thousand migrants saved after being left in Niger desert: UN
    Thousand migrants saved after being left in Niger desert: UN

    , afp.com

    Niamey (AFP) - 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. "A total of 1,000 migrants have been rescued since April of this year in northern Niger by the (IOM's) search and rescue operations," the agency said
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Religion & Spirituality

  • Islamic preacher who married 86 wives dies in Niger
    Islamic preacher who married 86 wives dies in Niger

    , thenationonlineng.net

    Alhaji Mohammed Abubakar Masaba, the controversial Islamic preacher and super polygamist, who married 86 wives, is dead. His Personal Assistant, Alhaji Mutairu Salawudeen Bello, who confirmed Masaba’s death, said that the preacher died in his residence in Bida, Niger State, on Saturday, after a brief illness. “From Allah we come, to Him we shall all return; we announce the death of Alhaji Mohammed Abubakar Bello Masaba this afternoon. He was
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Education

  • Three Niger police arrested after deadly student demo
    Three Niger police arrested after deadly student demo

    , news24.com

    Niamey - The authorities in Niger said on Sunday that three police officers had been arrested after allegedly assaulting a demonstrator at a violent student protest that left one person dead and forced the closure of Niger's top university. Abdou Moumouni University in Niamey was reopened after President Mahamadou Issoufou held talks with student leaders in a bid to defuse the crisis
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Farming

  • Armed herdsmen kill 20 farmers in western Nigerian mosque -police

    , dnaindia.com

    Nigerian herdsmen armed with guns killed 20 farmers and injured eight other people in a mosque in the western central Niger state this weekend, police said on Monday. Fighting over land use between semi-nomadic cattle herders and more settled communities, claims hundreds of lives a year in the middle belt and in the north of Nigeria. Last year, the government said preventing attacks was a security priority
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Law & Crime

  • Niger army kills 14 displaced people mistaken for jihadists: official
    Niger army kills 14 displaced people mistaken for jihadists: official

    , news24.com

    Niamey - Niger's army has killed 14 displaced people who were mistaken for jihadists in the restive southeast where Boko Haram Islamists have staged regular attacks, a local official said on Thursday. "It's an error by the military that cost the lives of 14 civilians... refugees and displaced people," the official from the Diffa region, speaking on condition of anonymity, told AFP
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