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Looking for Unity in the Sahel

[Atlantic Council] When a Tuareg rebellion started in northern Mali in early 2012, the fate of the entire Sahel region hung in the balance. In March of that year, army mutineers, unhappy with the Malian government's response to the uprising, ousted President Amadou Toumani Touré in a coup. Then Islamist groups slowly coopted the tribal rebellion, imposing Sharia in rebel-held cities in the northern half of the country. (AllAfrica)

Niger Becomes First African Country to Adopt National Law for Protection and Assistance of Internally Displaced People

[UNHCR] UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency, and the UN Special Rapporteur on the human rights of internally displaced persons applaud the ground-breaking adoption by Niger of a national law for the protection and assistance of internally displaced persons (IDPs). (AllAfrica)

EU, France Step Up Security, Development Aid for G5 Sahel

[Deutsche Welle] The EU and France have increased their financial support for projects in the five Sahel states which sit on the southern rim of Africa's Sahara desert. Terrorism and lawlessness have blighted the region for years. (AllAfrica)

In a First for Continent, Niger Adopts Law to Protect Displaced People

[Thomson Reuters Foundation] Dakar -Niger has adopted Africa's first national law for the protection and assistance of people fleeing violence, floods and droughts, the government and United Nations said on Thursday. (AllAfrica)

Zesco See Off Sonidep, Mazembe Next Opponent

[CAF] Zesco United coasted to a 3-0 home win over AS Sonidep of Niger on Tuesday at Levy Mwanawasa Stadium in Ndola to advance to the 2018/2019 TOTAL CAF Champions Le1/16th round. (AllAfrica)

A Transit City in Niger Extends HIV/Aids Care to Migrants

[Deutsche Welle] The movement of people in Africa is driving the HIV/AIDS rate up. In one city Nigerien authorities have included migrants in their program to curb and treat the disease. (AllAfrica)

Zesco Blowout Sonidep in Niger

[CAF] Zesco United overcame AS Sonidep of Niger on Tuesday night to win 2-1 away in Niamey. (AllAfrica)

Boko Haram Kidnaps 15 Girls

[Daily Trust] Suspected Boko Haram gunmen kidnapped 15 girls overnight in a village near Toumour, southeastern Niger, the local mayor said on Saturday. (AllAfrica)

Sahel States Need Global Support 'More Than Ever' - UN Peacekeeping Chief

[Africa Renewal] Africa's crisis-torn Sahel region needs support from the international community "now more than ever," the head of United Nations peacekeeping operations, Jean-Pierre Lacroix, told the Security Council on Thursday. (AllAfrica)

Germany Opens New Military Camp in Niamey

[Deutsche Welle] The German defense minister has called Niger a strategic partner "in the fight against terrorism, organized crime and illegal migration." Nearly 900 German troops are deployed in the Sahel region, including 40 in Niger. (AllAfrica)

In Niger's Oil Industry, Fortune Favours the Bold

[The Exchange] The story of oil exploration in Africa is one of many failures and victories, of bold bets in unexplored areas that have brought great returns, of forgotten lands that only some bold few decided to venture in, in the search for riches. This has been the story for many of Africa's current oil and gas hot spots. It's hard to imagine that at one point in time, no one believed that Equatorial Guinea had oil or was even willing to try it out. Sudan, Chad, Kenya, Uganda, Tanzania, Senegal, Liberia... they are al (AllAfrica)

The Role of Women in West Africa's Violent Extremist Groups

[ISS] Women's involvement in Boko Haram attacks in the Lake Chad Basin is well known. However their role in the activities of the Group for the Support of Islam and Muslims (JNIM), operating across the Sahel, appears to be less direct. What makes these groups include or exclude women from their ranks and operations? (AllAfrica)

Nigerien Business Delegation Visits Takoradi Port

[Ghanaian Times] A 20-man delegation of Nigerien economic operators has paid a business visit to the Takoradi Port in the Western Region to ascertain the operations of the facility. (AllAfrica)

Three Cases of Polio Detected in Niger

[Vanguard] Health officials have detected three cases of polio in southern Niger, near the border with Nigeria, the health ministry said Friday, just months after a major UN vaccination operation. (AllAfrica)

Niger Tells Assembly UN Alone Can Solve Its Problems of Climate Change, Migration, Poverty and Terrorism

[UN News] From the podium of the General Assembly, Niger - victim of the quadruple scourge of climate change, migration, poverty and terrorism - gave a ringing endorsement of the United Nations on Saturday as the "irreplaceable" Organization capable of resolving these and a host of other problems. (AllAfrica)

Africans Live A Decade Longer Than in 1990, But...

[allAfrica] Cape Town -The level of human development in Sub-Saharan Africa, judged by how long people live for, how well they are educated and how much they earn, has improved by more than a third in the past three decades, according to a United Nations report published today. (AllAfrica)

Arid Niger a 'Model for Africa' As Desert Blooms

[Thomson Reuters Foundation] Dargue, Niger -Four out of five of Niger's people eke out a living through farming or fishing, yet three-quarters of the country is arid (AllAfrica)

The Role of Foreign Military Forces in Niger

[The Conversation Africa] Niger is one of the most militarised countries in Africa. In November 2017, this came to wider notice when four American Special Forces soldiers and at least four of their Nigerien counterparts died in an ambush. Since then, the military presence has only intensified. Why are these forces there, whose interests are they serving and are they having the impact that was intended? (AllAfrica)

Interpol Breaks Up Human Trafficking Ring

[VOA] Police in Sudan's capital have rescued 94 victims of human trafficking, 85 of them minors. (AllAfrica)

U.S. to Begin Drone Attacks on Sahel Militants - Report

[allAfrica] Cape Town -American forces in Africa will soon escalate their war against militants in the Sahel by using armed drones to attack them, reports an American news website on global affairs. (AllAfrica)

UK to Open New Embassies in Chad and Niger

[PR Newswire] London -The Prime Minister has announced increased support to African countries on the front line of instability, with an expansion of the UK's diplomatic network. (AllAfrica)

U.S. Stepping Up Armed Drone Efforts in Niger

[VOA] The U.S. Air Force is months away from completing the construction of an air base in Niger for armed drones that will target militant groups operating in the region, a U.S military official told VOA. (AllAfrica)

Strengthening Bonds in the Sahel

[Africa Renewal] Political insecurity in the Sahel has its roots in poverty and climate change, declares Mahamadou Issoufou, the president of Niger. (AllAfrica)

Niger and Germany - a Questionable Friendship

[Deutsche Welle] In its efforts to staunch the flow of migrants from Africa, Germany sees Niger as a key partner. But it risks supporting a president who is becoming increasingly authoritarian, warns DW's Thomas Mösch. (AllAfrica)

The Wodaabe Wife Stealing Festival

[Guardian] The Wodaabe tribe is a Fulani tribe in Niger, West Africa. The males in the tribe are regarded as very vain because they believe that they are the most handsome set of men and they always carry mirrors. (AllAfrica)

Tanzania Withdraws Competitors From African Athletics Championships

[RFI] Tanzanian athletes pulled out of the biennual African Athletics Championships in Nigeria on Thursday citing poor organisation and security concerns at the venue. (AllAfrica)

Tanzania Withdraws Competitors From African Athletics Championships

[RFI] Tanzanian athletes pulled out of the biennual African Athletics Championships in Nigeria on Thursday citing poor organisation and security concerns at the venue. (AllAfrica)

Things to Know About Niger-Nigeria Refinery, Pipeline Deals

[Daily Trust] Propelled by the desire to encourage cross border economic development, Nigeria and the Republic of Niger recently signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) for the construction of a hydrocarbon pipeline and a petroleum refinery. (AllAfrica)

Nigeria Signs Pipeline, Refinery MoU With Niger Republic

[Premium Times] Nigeria and the Republic of Niger have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU), for the construction of a hydrocarbon pipeline and a petroleum refinery. (AllAfrica)

18 Killed in Boko Haram Attack

[Vanguard] Eighteen people have been killed in a brutal attack by suspected Boko Haram jihadists in the Lake Chad region, a Chadian military source said Sunday. (AllAfrica)

Girls Find 'Sanctuary' in Fistula Treatment Centres

[UN News] Deputy Secretary-General Amina J. Mohammed visits the National Fistula Centre in Niamey, Niger, with Margot Wallstrom, Minister for Foreign Affairs of Sweden (l) and Dr. Lalla Malika Issoufou Mahamadou, second First Lady (r) (AllAfrica)