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Niger

Niger, officially named the Republic of Niger, is a landlocked country in Western Africa, named after the Niger River. It borders Nigeria and Benin to the south, Burkina Faso and Mali to the west, Algeria and Libya to the north and Chad to the east. Niger covers a land area of almost 1,270,000 km2, over 80 percent of which is covered by the Sahara desert. The country's predominantly Islamic population of just above 15,000,000 is mostly clustered in the far south and west of the nation. The capital city is Niamey. Read More

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The sister-in-law of Lebanese passenger Randa Daher reacts as she holds her mobile phone displaying a picture of Randa and one of her children at her home in the southern Lebanese village of Srifa July 24, 2014. According to local media, Randa and her chi
Missing Air Algerie AH5017 Update: Wreckage ‘Found in Mali’; Plane Crashed After ‘Changing Course’ due to ‘Powerful Sandstorm’- Details

By IBTimes AU

After the disappearance of Malaysia Airlines flight MH370 and crash of MH17, another aviation tragedy has left the world mourning. On Thursday, July 24, 2014, Air Algerie plane went missing few minutes after its take off from Ouagadougou, the capital of Burkina Faso. (Jul 25)

MORE TOPICS: THE NEW YORK TIMES, NEW YORK, ALGERIA, MALI

China's Premier Li Keqiang speaks during a news conference at the Great Hall of the People, in Beijing
China Premier Says Sino-Africa Disputes just "Growing Pains"

By Reuters

Disputes arising over China's investment projects in Africa are just "growing pains" in a burgeoning relationship that saw their trade top $200 billion last year, Premier Li Keqiang said on Sunday ahead of a tour of the continent. (May 04)

MORE TOPICS: CHINA, COPPER, NIGERIA, ETHIOPIA, ANGOLA, KENYA

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Nigerian Military says Most of Abducted Schoolgirls Freed, 8 still Missing

By Reuters

Nigeria's military said on Wednesday its forces had freed most of the more than 100 teenage schoolgirls abducted by Islamist Boko Haram militants and were continuing the search for eight students still missing. (Apr 17)

MORE TOPICS: AL-QAEDA, ELECTIONS, GOODLUCK JONATHAN, NIGERIA, CAMEROON

Libya Adjourns Trial of ex-Gaddafi Officials and Sons
Libya Adjourns Trial of ex-Gaddafi Officials and Sons

By Reuters

Libya opened the trial of deposed leader Muammar Gaddafi's sons and dozens of his ex-officials on Monday in a test of its transition to democracy, but it was quickly adjourned as some of the investigations had not been completed. (Apr 15)

MORE TOPICS: HUMAN RIGHTS, COURT, LIBYA, OPEC, LAWYER

Niger Extradites Gaddafi's Son Saadi to Tripoli, Libya Says
Niger Extradites Gaddafi's Son Saadi to Tripoli, Libya Says

By Reuters

Niger has extradited Muammar Gaddafi's son Saadi, who just arrived in Tripoli and was brought to a prison, the Libyan government said on Thursday. (Mar 06)

MORE TOPICS: COURT, LIBYA, JUDICIARY

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Islamists Kill 47 in Attack in Northeast Nigeria - Police

By Reuters

Gunmen from Nigeria's Boko Haram Islamist group attacked the northeastern town of Bama on Wednesday, opening fire on a school, shooting or burning to death 47 people and trashing the palace of a traditional ruler, officials and witnesses said. (Feb 20)

MORE TOPICS: GOODLUCK JONATHAN, NIGERIA, CAMEROON

Colonel Gaddafi ruled in Libya for 42 years
Niger Extradites Former Gaddafi Intelligence Official to Libya

By Reuters

Niger's government has extradited Abdallah Mansour, a former top Libyan intelligence official under toppled President Muammar Gaddafi, to Libya on suspicion of plotting against the government in Tripoli, military sources said. (Feb 15)

MORE TOPICS: LIBYA

Nigerian Farmer Beheads Toddler in £77 Money Ritual

By IBTimes UK

Danladi Abubakar was hoping to make N20,000 after sacrificing an 11-month-old girl. (Nov 27)

MORE TOPICS: COURT, RELIGION, NIGERIA

2013 World’s Most Polluted Places Put 200M Lives At Risk - Survey

By IBTimes AU

Based on a new survey citing the world's most polluted places, the lives of at least 200 million people are at risk. These areas are believed severely hazardous to man's health spanning Africa, Asia, Eastern Europe and Latin America. (Nov 07)

MORE TOPICS: PAKISTAN, ARGENTINA, RUSSIA, UKRAINE, NIGERIA, GHANA

14-Year-Old Migrant: 'I buried my family'

By IBTimes AU

A 14-year-old girl buried family members in the Saharan desert when they died of thirst. Her family, along with over 100 others, was on their way to Algeria. (Nov 06)

MORE TOPICS: EUROPEAN UNION, ALGERIA