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FILE - In this Friday, March 27, 2009, file photo, Niger President Mamadou Tandja waves upon his arrival to welcome French President Nicolas Sarkozy at Diori Hamani airport in Niamey, Niger. Former Niger President Mamadou Tandja died Tuesday, Nov. 24, 2020, at age 82, according to the government. (AP Photo/Francois Mori, Pool, File)

Niger's former President Mamadou Tandja dies at age 82

Nov. 24, 2020 5:17 PM EST

NIAMEY, Niger (AP) — Former Niger President Mamadou Tandja has died at agef 82, the government said Tuesday. Tandja, who was elected to lead Niger twice from 1999 to 2010, was eventually overthrown in a coup d’etat after trying to change the constitution to extend his grip on power. Niger’s...

FILE - World Food Program (WFP) Executive Director David Beasley speaks to the media about the organization's Nobel Peace Prize win, at the airport in Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso, late Friday, Oct. 9, 2020.  Beasley says the Nobel Peace Prize has given the U.N. agency a spotlight and megaphone to warn world leaders that next year is going to be worse than this year, and without billions of dollars “we are going to have famines of biblical proportions in 2021.”   (AP Photo/Sam Mednick)

Nobel UN food agency warns 2021 will be worse than 2020

Nov. 14, 2020 4:47 PM EST

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The head of the World Food Program says the Nobel Peace Prize has given the U.N. agency a spotlight and megaphone to warn world leaders that next year is going to be worse than this year, and without billions of dollars “we are going to have famines of biblical proportions in...

President Donald Trump speaks before boarding Air Force One upon departure Saturday, Oct. 31, 2020, at Andrews Air Force Base, Md., as he departs for campaign rallies in Pennsylvania. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)

US citizen kidnapped in Niger rescued in military operation

Oct. 31, 2020 2:48 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — An American citizen kidnapped in the West African nation of Niger this past week has been rescued in a U.S. military operation in neighboring Nigeria, U.S. officials said Saturday. The man was taken from his farm in Massalata in southern Niger early Tuesday morning by armed kidnappers who...

A man wearing a face shield as a precautionary measure against the coronavirus walks on a street in Hyderabad, India, Tuesday, Oct. 27, 2020. India reports 36,470 new coronavirus cases, the lowest in more than three months in a continuing downward trend. However, the overall tally neared 8 million, the second in the world behind the U.S. with over 8.7 million positive cases. (AP Photo/Mahesh Kumar A.)

The Latest: India capital has its worst 1-day virus caseload

Oct. 28, 2020 12:32 AM EDT

NEW DELHI — India’s tally of confirmed coronavirus cases is moving closer to 8 million, with 43,893 new cases reported for the latest 24-hour period. The total reported Wednesday includes the highest single-day number of cases for the Indian capital of New Delhi — 4,853. The Health Ministry...

UN cancels in-person meetings after report of 5 COVID cases

Oct. 27, 2020 7:45 PM EDT

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The United Nations on Tuesday canceled all in-person meetings for this week after a U.N. member nation reported five cases of COVID-19 among its staff. General Assembly President Volkan Bozkir sent a letter to the 193 U.N. member nations initially announcing a cancellation of Tuesday...

American kidnapped in southern Niger, says local official

Oct. 27, 2020 11:16 AM EDT

NIAMEY, Niger (AP) — Gunmen kidnapped an American citizen in the West African nation of Niger early Tuesday and demanded a ransom from his relatives, a local government official said. Philipe Nathan Walton was taken from his farm in Massalata in southern Niger at 1:45 a.m., Ibrahim Abba Lele, a prefect in...

File-This June 4, 2020, file photo shows Women and children walk in a makeshift site for displaced people in Kongoussi, Burkina Faso. The U.N. humanitarian chief, Mark Lowcock, is hoping a major ministerial meeting on Tuesday, Oct. 20, 2020, will not only raise a billion dollars for the three countries at the epicenter of a humanitarian crisis in Africa’s Sahel region -- Burkina Faso, Mali, and Niger -- but spur leaders to address the underlying drivers including increasing conflict and insecurity, weak governance, and a lack of development (AP Photo/Sam Mednick, File)

Donors pledge $1.7 billion for Burkina Faso, Mail and Niger

Oct. 21, 2020 12:15 AM EDT

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — More than 20 donors pledged nearly $1 billion for the three countries at the epicenter of a humanitarian crisis in Africa’s Sahel region for this year and over $700 million for 2021 and beyond, the United Nations announced Tuesday. U.N. spokesman Stephane Dujarric said the...

File-This June 4, 2020, file photo shows Women and children walk in a makeshift site for displaced people in Kongoussi, Burkina Faso. The U.N. humanitarian chief, Mark Lowcock, is hoping a major ministerial meeting on Tuesday, Oct. 20, 2020, will not only raise a billion dollars for the three countries at the epicenter of a humanitarian crisis in Africa’s Sahel region -- Burkina Faso, Mali, and Niger -- but spur leaders to address the underlying drivers including increasing conflict and insecurity, weak governance, and a lack of development (AP Photo/Sam Mednick, File)

UN hopes meeting will raise $1 billion for key Sahel nations

Oct. 18, 2020 10:07 PM EDT

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The U.N. humanitarian chief is hoping a major ministerial meeting Tuesday will not only raise $1 billion for the three countries at the epicenter of a humanitarian crisis in Africa’s Sahel region but also spur leaders to address the underlying causes, including increasing...

UN humanitarian chief: Sahel is very close to tipping point

Oct. 13, 2020 5:12 PM EDT

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The U.N. humanitarian chief warned Tuesday that daunting problems in Africa’s Sahel region are getting worse and the region “is very close to a tipping point — and so by extension are its African neighbors, Europe, and the world.” Mark Lowcock said in a...

FILE - In this Sept. 9, 2015 file photo, a child carries a parcel from the United Nations World Food Program (WFP) in Mwenezi, Zimbabwe. The WFP has won the 2020 Nobel Peace Prize for its efforts to combat hunger and food insecurity around the globe. The announcement was made Friday Oct. 9, 2020 in Oslo by Berit Reiss-Andersen, the chair of the Nobel Committee. (AP Photo/Tsvangirayi Mukwazhi, File)

World Food Program wins Nobel Peace Prize for hunger fight

Oct. 9, 2020 6:20 PM EDT

NIAMEY, Niger (AP) — The World Food Program won the Nobel Peace Prize on Friday for fighting hunger and seeking to end its use as "a weapon of war and conflict” at a time when the coronavirus pandemic has driven millions more people to the brink of starvation. Announcing the prize, the Norwegian...