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Niger says insurgents kill nine members of security forces

NIAMEY - At least 12 people - including nine members of Niger's security forces - were killed in attacks by unidentified insurgents on Thursday in the western Tillabéry region near the border with Mali, the government said.

French soldier killed in clash with Islamist militants in Mali

PARIS - France said on Wednesday a French soldier was killed during a fierce clash between its forces and Islamist militants in northern Mali earlier in the day.

France says French soldier killed in Mali during anti-terrorist operation

PARIS - A French soldier was killed in northern Mali on Wednesday morning during an operation against a terrorist group, the French president's office said.

World, Africa, 29 Oct 2014

France says French soldier killed in Mali during anti-terrorist operation

PARIS - A French soldier was killed in northern Mali on Wednesday morning during an operation against a terrorist group, the French president's office said.

World, Africa, 29 Oct 2014

France criticizes slow deployment of U.N. peacekeepers in Mali

BAMAKO - France's defense minister on Monday criticized the slow deployment of U.N. peacekeepers in Mali's volatile northern region, saying the delay had encouraged a fresh wave of Islamist militant attacks there.

World, Africa, France 27 Oct 2014

French general sees reduced regional threat from Boko Haram

N'DJAMENA - Nigerian Islamist group Boko Haram is showing early signs of weakening, reducing the risk of a spillover into neighboring countries in West Africa's Sahel band, the head of France's military operation in the region told Reuters on Sunday.

World, France, Africa, 26 Oct 2014

Blast injures three U.N. peacekeepers in northern Mali

BAMAKO - Three United Nations peacekeepers were injured in northern Mali on Saturday when a blast struck their convoy near the northern desert town of Kidal, the U.N. mission said.

World, United Nations, Africa, 25 Oct 2014

Niger buys 'spy plane' to combat Sahel militants

NIAMEY - The government of Niger has purchased a reconnaissance plane as part of its effort to combat Islamist fighters and criminal gangs operating on its vast territory, the West African country's interior minister said on Wednesday.

World, Africa, 22 Oct 2014

U.S. drone crashes on landing at airport in Niamey: Niger sources

NIAMEY/WASHINGTON - An unarmed U.S. Reaper drone crashed on landing at the main airport in the capital of Niger on Monday, damaging the runway but causing no injuries, airport sources in Niger and the U.S. Air Force said.

World, Africa, 20 Oct 2014

French forces detain suspects in Mali U.N. attack

DAKAR - French forces have detained three men and seized a large cache of arms which they believe were linked to a recent rocket attack on a U.N. base in northern Mali in which a Senegalese peacekeeper was killed, the French military said on Sunday.

World, Africa, 19 Oct 2014