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18 girls kidnapped by Boko Haram in Niger, official says

Nov. 24, 2018 2:02 PM EST

NIAMEY, Niger (AP) — A regional deputy official in Niger says that 18 girls have been kidnapped from two different villages by suspected Boko Haram militants. Lamido Harouna Moumouni said 24 attackers abducted 15 girls in the village of Blaharde early Saturday and three other girls in the village of Bague....

Suspected Boko Haram extremists kill 7 in Niger's southeast

Nov. 22, 2018 8:07 AM EST

NIAMEY, Niger (AP) — Niger's defense minister says suspected Boko Haram extremists have killed seven people and injured seven others at a French drilling company's site in the southeast near the border with Nigeria. Kalla Moutari says the attack occurred Wednesday at the Foraco water well site in Toumour,...

US cutting counterterror forces in Africa

Nov. 15, 2018 5:31 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Pentagon is reducing its counterterrorism forces in Africa and studying whether to make similar moves elsewhere in the world as part of a broad effort to shift American military focus toward what it calls threats from Russia and China. The planned 10 percent cut from U.S. Africa...

The Latest: Italy's anti-migrant minister greets refugees

Nov. 14, 2018 9:32 AM EST

BRUSSELS (AP) — The Latest on migrants in Europe (all times local): 3:30 p.m. Italy's hard-line interior minister has welcomed 51 refugees and asylum-seekers who arrived in Italy after being detained in Libya and then airlifted out by the U.N. refugee agency. Matteo Salvini, whose crackdown on migrants...