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20 December 2018 4:25 PM Nigeria flood victims a 'major emergency': Red Cross

Nigeria is facing a "major emergency," with tens of thousands of people displaced by recent flooding at risk of hunger and disease if help cannot be got to them, the Nigerian Red Cross said on Thursday. "Many of the 200 000 people who fled flood waters are now leaving displacement camps but some of them are finding nothing but destroyed homes and farmland" 97

18 November 2018 7:01 PM Mahrez brace helps Algeria qualify for AFCON

Johannesburg - Manchester City star Riyad Mahrez scored twice as Algeria trounced Togo 4-1 in Lome on Sunday to qualify for the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations finals in Cameroon. Mahrez netted either side of a Youcef Attal goal to give the 1990 champions a three-goal advantage within 30 minutes in the west African city. Kodjo Fo-Doh Laba pulled one back for Togo in the second 52

02 November 2018 4:00 AM Germany, Netherlands back Niger border force to counter migration

Germany and the Netherlands have pledged to fund special forces in Niger to control its border and prevent illegal migration, the EU's security mission in the country said on Thursday. Niger is a transit country for thousands of migrants heading to Libya and Algeria, key hubs for migrants trying to reach Europe. Under the new plan, the two European nations 60

27 October 2018 12:05 PM Niger launches mass polio vaccination drive

Niger has launched a mass polio vaccination campaign targeting more than three million children under five after new cases were detected, an official said on Friday. The programme kicked off on Thursday in the regions of Zinder, Maradi, Agadez and Diffa, said Rabi Souley, who is in charge of the programme. The mass vaccination come 12 years after the World 58

17 October 2018 3:43 AM Floods in Niger claim 45 lives since June: UN

Forty-five people have died in the arid west African country of Niger in flooding since June, and nearly 209 000 have been affected, the UN said on Tuesday. The rains destroyed nearly 17 400 homes, killed more than 33 000 livestock and damaged crops, the Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) said. Nearly 8 000 hectares of millet 45

10 October 2018 5:28 PM 8 Chadian soldiers killed in Boko Haram attack

Eight Chadian soldiers died in a Boko Haram attack in the Lake Chad region on Wednesday, with 48 jihadists killed as the army retaliated, a military spokesperson told AFP. "Boko Haram terrorists attacked defence force positions in Kaiga Kindji early this morning," the spokesperson said. The attack, which left 11 other soldiers wounded, had been "vigorously" 76

06 October 2018 5:16 AM French air strike in Burkina Faso kills rebels: army

French warplanes killed around 10 rebels in northern Burkina Faso following a deadly raid on a gendarmerie, the Burkinabe military command announced on Friday. The French intervention came after heavily armed rebels killed a paramilitary gendarme in an attack at Inata, in the northern Soum province, overnight on Wednesday to Thursday, the army said in a statement 46

28 September 2018 7:02 PM Sahel anti-terror force shifts HQs to Mali capital after attack

The headquarters of a five-nation anti-terror force in Mali has been transferred to the capital Bamako from the central town of Sevare following a deadly bomb attack, a source said on Friday. The European Union had said in July it would finance the construction of the new headquarters. The June 29 suicide attack on the Sevare facility was claimed by a jihadist 52

28 September 2018 4:12 AM Niger flood death toll up to 42: UN

At least 42 people have died in flooding in Niger since the start of the rainy season in June, most of them in northern desert areas, according to a UN report released on Thursday. Nearly 205 000 people have been affected by the floods, which have destroyed 16 992 houses, said the report by the UN's Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs 84

26 September 2018 4:00 PM Armed men kill 12 civilians in Mali near Niger border

A Tuareg leader says armed men on motorcycles have attacked a nomadic community near Mali's border with Niger, killing at least 12 civilians. Moussa Ag Acharatoumane, secretary-general for the Tuareg self-defence group, said on Wednesday the attack targeted men in the Iboghilitane community about 45km west of Menaka. The violence risks setting off a new cycle 55