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Economic 'game changer'? African leaders launch free-trade zone

Jul 08 2019

NIAMEY African leaders launched a continental free-trade zone on Sunday that if successful would unite 1.3 billion people, create a $3.4 trillion economic bloc and usher in a new era of development. | Video

Italian priest kidnapped overnight near Niger's southern border

Sep 18 2018

NIAMEY An Italian priest was kidnapped on Monday in south Niger, near the border with Burkina Faso, the second abduction of a European in the West African country this year.

As tractors dig to green the land, Niger women lose out on work

Dec 04 2017

DOUMBA, Niger (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Hadjara Ali watched with displeasure as a tractor dug trenches through the parched earth in her remote Niger village, preparing ground for planting where grass has not grown in years.

Chad withdraws troops from fight against Boko Haram in Niger

Oct 12 2017

NIAMEY/DAKAR Chad has withdrawn hundreds of troops from neighboring Niger, where they were helping local forces fight Boko Haram Islamist militants, humanitarian sources and officials said.

French, Nigerien forces operating where three U.S. soldiers killed

Oct 05 2017

NIAMEY French and Nigerien troops were conducting operations on Thursday in a region of Niger where three U.S. Army Special Forces members were killed the day before, becoming the first American soldiers to die in West Africa in decades.

Niger, Mali leaders seek funding for new anti-jihadist force

Sep 13 2017

NIAMEY Mali and Niger, two of the West African nations worst affected by jihadist violence, appealed on Wednesday for international funding for a regional force they have set up to counter Islamist insurgencies.

Niger opposition leader to be tried on incitement and sedition charges

May 18 2017

NIAMEY A Niger opposition leader is to go on trial on Tuesday on charges of incitement to violence and sedition, his lawyer said, in a case that critics say highlights growing repression under President Mahamadou Issoufou's government.

Niger security forces repel attack on prison holding militants

Oct 17 2016

NIAMEY Gunmen attacked a high-security prison in Niger early on Monday in an apparent bid to free Islamist militants but the assault was repulsed and no inmates escaped, authorities said.

U.S. aid worker kidnapped in Niger, taken toward Mali

Oct 15 2016

NIAMEY Gunmen raided the house of a U.S. aid worker in central Niger on Friday night, killing his guard and housekeeper before driving him across the desert toward Mali, the interior ministry said in a statement on Saturday.

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