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UN chief says 9 African nations, Iran in arrears on UN dues

Jan. 18, 2021 11:45 AM EST

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The U.N. chief says nine African nations and Iran are in arrears on paying their dues to the United Nations’ operating budget and should lose their voting rights as required under the U.N. Charter. In a letter to General Assembly President Volkan Bozkir circulated Monday,...

French soldiers stand in an honour guard on Thursday Jan.7, 2021 as the hearse convoy of late French forces soldiers rides on the Alexandre III bridge in central Paris. A ceremony was held to pay homage to two soldiers killed in Mali by an improvised explosive device that hit their armored vehicle on Saturday. Three other French soldiers died just five days earlier in similar circumstances . (AP Photo/Christophe Ena)

France seeks strategy change to reduce troops in West Africa

Jan. 7, 2021 1:41 PM EST

PARIS (AP) — As it pays tribute Thursday to French soldiers killed in Mali and faces questions over a deadly airstrike, France is considering changing its military strategy against Islamic extremists in Africa’s Sahel region — and a possible partial troop pullout. President Emmanuel Macron is...

Niger's leader: Fragility of nations must be top priority

Jan. 6, 2021 9:29 PM EST

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — Days after attacks on two villages killed more than 100 civilians in his African nation, Niger’s president said Wednesday that tackling the growing fragility of nations must be a top priority of the 21st century. President Mahamadou Issoufou urged international help so...

Niger has 3 days of national mourning over deadly attack

Jan. 5, 2021 12:19 PM EST

NIAMEY, Niger (AP) — Niger will hold three days of national mourning after attacks on two villages killed more than 100 civilians, the government said. The government is strengthening security in the area of the attacks near the border with Mali and will provide support to those living there, it said in a...

Jihadists in Niger kill at least 100 in mounting violence

Jan. 4, 2021 12:29 PM EST

DAKAR, Senegal (AP) — More than 100 civilians were killed in Niger over the weekend by extremists who attacked two villages, as insurgent violence mounts in the West African nation. The attacks on the western villages of Tchombangou and Zaroumdareye took place on the same day that Niger announced that...

Attacks on 2 villages in Niger kill at least 100 people

Jan. 3, 2021 5:18 PM EST

NIAMEY, Niger (AP) — Islamic extremists staged attacks on two villages in Niger near its border with Mali, killing at least 100 people, Niger’s prime minister said Sunday. Prime Minister Brigi Rafini travelled to the two villages of Tchombangou and Zaroumdareye a day after the attack. “We...

Niger to hold second round of presidential vote next month

Jan. 2, 2021 6:55 AM EST

NIAMEY, Niger (AP) — Niger will hold a second round in its presidential election after none of the 28 candidates in the Dec. 27 vote won a majority, according to results released Saturday by the electoral commission. Former foreign affairs minister Mohamed Bazoum of the ruling party will face off with...

Niger votes in presidential, legislative elections

Dec. 27, 2020 12:24 PM EST

NIAMEY, Niger (AP) — Niger voted Sunday in presidential and legislative elections that could see the West African country's first democratic transition of power since independence amid a growing threat from jihadists in the region. A good turnout was seen in the capital throughout the day, said observers...

Niger votes Sunday on path to 1st democratic power transfer

Dec. 24, 2020 4:51 AM EST

NIAMEY, Niger (AP) — Niger could see its first democratic transition of power since independence in the elections being held on Sunday amid a growing threat from jihadists in the region. President Mahamadou Issoufou, who has served two terms, is stepping down, paving the way for the first peaceful...

At least 28 people killed in extremist attack in Niger

Dec. 14, 2020 3:43 PM EST

NIAMEY, Niger (AP) — An attack by the jihadi group Boko Haram in a village in Niger’s southeast killed at least 28 people, Niger’s government said Monday. Attackers set fire to Toumour’s market and houses and began shooting at anyone who tried to flee during the assault that began...