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France launches coalition to fight jihadi violence in the Sahel

France launched a coalition of West African and European allies on Friday to fight jihadi militants in the Sahel region, hoping more political cooperation and special forces troops would boost a military effort that has so far failed to...

IMF approves $230M in coronavirus aid for Niger, Burkina Faso

The International Monetary Fund (IMF) has approved emergency aid totalling nearly $230 million to help two Sahel countries fight coronavirus.The IMF's executive board gave the green light to disbursements of $115.3 million to Burkina Faso and $114.5 million to...

Four soldiers, 63 jihadists killed as Niger battle Islamists

Four soldiers and 63 jihadists have been killed in fighting between Niger’s army and heavily armed extremists in the nation’s west, the government said Friday.Extremists on motorcycles fought the army Thursday in the Tillaberi region near the border with...

Over 250 Europe bound migrants rescued in Niger desert, put in quarantine

More than 250 Europe-bound migrants were rescued in Niger's arid north and placed in coronavirus quarantine after being abandoned by traffickers, the International Organisation for Migration said on Thursday.The IOM provided food and water to the group, including 104...

Nigeria, Chad, Niger announce joint military offensive on Boko Haram jihadists

Nigeria on Thursday said it had launched a "massive" joint offensive with troops from Chad and Niger against jihadists waging a decade-long insurgency in the region.The announcement comes after Chad's defence minister said on Tuesday his country had deployed...

Nigerien soldiers kill 50 Boko Haram militants

The Niger defence ministry says at least 50 Boko Haram militants have been killed in a clash with troops following the militants attack on a military outpost in Toummour.Officials said the Islamist militants had launched an attack, using 20...

Boko Haram strikes an army post in Diffa, Niger killing 8

An attack by Boko Haram jihadists on an army post in the southeastern Niger region of Diffa left eight dead and three missing, state radio said on Monday.Local sources had said on Sunday that a "major" attack had killed...

U.S. creates new envoy for Africa’s Sahel to counter rising terrorism

The United States has created a special envoy for Africa’s Sahel region, a State Department spokesman said on Friday, to counter rising violence from groups linked to al Qaeda and Islamic State which are expanding their foothold.Envoy Peter Pham,...

African Union to deploy 3000 strong force to Sahel

The African Union said on Thursday that it expected to send a temporary deployment of 3,000 soldiers to West Africa's Sahel region, where regional forces are struggling to respond to a nearly eight-year-old insurgency by armed Islamists.The decision was...

Niger police rescue 232 victims of sex trafficking, forced labor

Police in Niger have rescued 232 victims of sex trafficking and forced labor, including girls as young as 10, in a major operation in the capital Niamey, Interpol said on Wednesday.“Operation Sarraounia” involved more than 100 police officers who...
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Tunisian lady gets 6 months jail term for Q’uran-Covid social media post

A young Tunisian woman was sentenced to six months in jail by a Tunis court on Tuesday over a parody posted on Facebook linking...