Niger en Al Qaeda offshoot gains ground in Niger, threatens uranium mines <p> Al Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb thrives in the Sahara Desert across Northern Niger and targets Western companies mining Niger&#39;s uranium.</p> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Africa Al Qaeda Niger Conflict Zones Tue, 22 Mar 2011 10:45:00 +0000 Ethan Wagner 5629343 at Niger elects Issoufou <div class="field field-type-text field-field-subhead"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Niger's return to democracy hailed as an "example for Africa" </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Andrew Meldrum </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p> Niger has elected veteran opposition leader Mahamadou Issoufou to lead the country back to civilian rule.</p> <p> Issoufou <a href="" target="_blank">won 58 percent of the vote</a>, the election commission announced Monday, according to AFP.</p> <p> Issoufou, 59, defeated former prime minister Seini Oumarou, 60, who won 42.05 per cent of the votes in a runoff election on Saturday, stated the electoral commission. Voter turnout was 48.17 per cent, down from 51.56 per cent in the first round on January 31.</p> <p> Issoufou has been a longtime opponent of previous president Mamdou Tandja, who was who was toppled in a military coup in February 2010 after he attempted to extend his rule beyond the constitutional limits. Oumarou is a former ally of President Mamadou Tandja.</p> <p> Issoufou, the leader of the Social Democratic Party, strengthened his by forging alliances, especially with Hama Amadou, another former premier under Tandja, who garnered 19 percent in the first round vote.</p> <p> Niger&#39;s military junta vowed to usher in a civilian government after it took power last year to end a crisis triggered by Tandja&#39;s attempts to extend his mandate. No junta member ran in the election.</p> <p> &quot;If we can hold a successful election then together we will have accomplished bringing about a democracy that can serve as an example to Africa,&quot; junta leader General Salou Djibo said as he cast his ballot on Saturday.</p> <p> The army has pledged to step down by April.</p> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Niger Africa Emerges Mon, 14 Mar 2011 15:04:00 +0000 Andrew Meldrum 5630605 at Gaddafi "considering exile in Burkina Faso" via Niger: report <p> Burkina Faso has already offered Gaddafi and his family asylum.</p> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Africa Libya Muammar Gaddafi Niger Conflict Zones Tue, 06 Sep 2011 15:12:00 +0000 News Desk 5674736 at Niger: West and Central Africa a "powder keg" after Gaddafi <p> NIAMEY, Niger &mdash; Despite the immediate security threat to West and Central Africa in the wake of Gaddafi, some say the region is safer in the long run without the Libyan strongman.</p> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Africa Arab Spring Libya Muammar Gaddafi Niger Conflict Zones Middle East Sat, 10 Sep 2011 13:34:38 +0000 Tristan McConnell 5675045 at Gaddafi son crosses desert to Niger <p> NIAMEY &mdash;&nbsp;Saadi Gaddafi, 38, was reportedly among a group of nine people who crossed from Libya into Niger in a convoy of vehicles that was intercepted by Nigerien soldiers.</p> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Africa Arab Spring Libya Muammar Gaddafi Niger Sun, 11 Sep 2011 22:10:05 +0000 Tristan McConnell 5675069 at Libyan refugees flee to Niger <p> NIAMEY &mdash; Migrants, refugees and weapons from the war in Libya have made their way to Niger, adding a humanitarian burden to the more obvious political one.</p> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Africa Libya Gaddafi War Niger Middle East Fri, 23 Sep 2011 10:28:53 +0000 Tristan McConnell 5675943 at Somalia famine over, UN says, but Sahel food crisis worsens But while famine conditions have ended according to the official definition, a serious emergency situation remains in the war-torn Horn of Africa nation, with millions still relying on assistance.<p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Africa Ghana Need to Know Niger Somalia Conflict Zones Aid Fri, 03 Feb 2012 12:57:00 +0000 Erin Conway-Smith 5690215 at 13 million people face humanitarian 'catastrophe' in West Africa <p> More than one million children in the Sahel region are at risk of severe malnutrition, Oxfam says, while in parts of Chad villagers are digging up ant hills to collect the grain the ants have stored.</p> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Africa Africa Burkina Faso Chad Mali Mauritania Niger Senegal Senegal Fri, 09 Mar 2012 17:09:00 +0000 Luke Browne 5695417 at UNICEF warns that Sahel drought crisis could affect 1.5m children JOHANNESBURG — As many as 1.5 million young children living in Africa's Sahel region are at risk from severe malnutrition, with little time left to prevent a humanitarian disaster, UNICEF has warned.<p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Africa Burkina Faso Cameroon Chad Mali Mauritania Niger Aid Nigeria Senegal Fri, 16 Mar 2012 14:27:00 +0000 Erin Conway-Smith 5696365 at Ex-Tuareg chief and Gaddafi aide Aghali Alambo arrested in Niger over arms smuggling <p> Aghali Alambo led a rebellion against Niger&#39;s government between 2007 and 2009, and became one of Colonel Muammar Gaddafi&rsquo;s closest aides after going into exile in Libya.</p> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Africa Africa Libya Mali Niger Wed, 21 Mar 2012 18:01:34 +0000 Luke Browne 5697062 at West African leaders abandon Mali mission A mission to Mali by four West African presidents seeking to restore the country's democratically elected government was aborted today after the plane carrying the heads of state turned around mid-air due to security concerns.<p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Africa Burkina Faso Ivory Coast Mali Niger World Leaders Diplomacy Military Thu, 29 Mar 2012 15:18:00 +0000 News Desk 5698272 at West Africa's Ecowas gives Mali junta leaders ultimatum West African leaders met in Ivory Coast on Thursday after abandoning plans to meet with junta leaders in Bamako, the Malian capital.<p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Africa Burkina Faso Ivory Coast Mali Niger Conflict Zones Diplomacy Military Thu, 29 Mar 2012 23:43:00 +0000 News Desk 5698404 at Mali: pro-junta protest at Bamako airport <div class="field field-type-text field-field-subhead"> <div class="field-label">Subhead:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> West African presidents scrapped a Mali trip after protesters swarmed the airport. Ecowas, the regional economic bloc, later gave Mali's coup leaders an ultimatum: relinquish power, or face sanctions. </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-label">Byline:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Erin Conway-Smith </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><div class="field field-type-nodereference field-field-slideshow-slides"> <div class="field-label">Photo Slides:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/photo/5698433/ecowas-mali-junta-1">Ecowas mali junta 1</a> </div> <div class="field-item even"> <a href="/photo/5698434/ecowas-mali-junta-2">Ecowas mali junta 2</a> </div> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/photo/5698407/ecowas-mali-junta-20120330">Ecowas mali junta 20120330</a> </div> <div class="field-item even"> <a href="/photo/5698435/ecowas-mali-junta-3">Ecowas mali junta 3</a> </div> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/photo/5698436/ecowas-mali-junta-4">Ecowas mali junta 4</a> </div> <div class="field-item even"> <a href="/photo/5698438/ecowas-mali-junta-5">Ecowas mali junta 5</a> </div> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/photo/5698440/ecowas-mali-junta-7">Ecowas mali junta 7</a> </div> <div class="field-item even"> <a href="/photo/5698449/ecowas-mali-junta-16">Ecowas mali junta 16</a> </div> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/photo/5698441/ecowas-mali-junta-8">Ecowas mali junta 8</a> </div> <div class="field-item even"> <a href="/photo/5698442/ecowas-mali-junta-9">Ecowas mali junta 9</a> </div> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/photo/5698443/ecowas-mali-junta-10">Ecowas mali junta 10</a> </div> <div class="field-item even"> <a href="/photo/5698444/ecowas-mali-junta-11">Ecowas mali junta 11</a> </div> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/photo/5698445/ecowas-mali-junta-12">Ecowas mali junta 12</a> </div> <div class="field-item even"> <a href="/photo/5698446/ecowas-mali-junta-13">Ecowas mali junta 13</a> </div> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/photo/5698447/ecowas-mali-junta-14">Ecowas mali junta 14</a> </div> <div class="field-item even"> <a href="/photo/5698448/ecowas-mali-junta-15">Ecowas mali junta 15</a> </div> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/photo/5698439/ecowas-mali-junta-6">Ecowas mali junta 6</a> </div> <div class="field-item even"> <a href="/photo/5698450/ecowas-mali-junta-17">Ecowas mali junta 17</a> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-nodereference field-field-lead-image-ref"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/photo/5698436/ecowas-mali-junta-4">Ecowas mali junta 4</a> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-datestamp field-field-publish-date"> <div class="field-label">Publish Date:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <span class="date-display-single">2012:03:29 20:23</span> </div> </div> </div> Africa Burkina Faso Ivory Coast Liberia Mali Niger Conflict Zones Diplomacy Military Fri, 30 Mar 2012 00:23:00 +0000 Erin Conway-Smith 5698451 at Mali: First the war, now the crisis <p>BAMAKO, Mali &mdash; In a little over two weeks around 3,000 French soldiers with armored vehicles and air support have ousted the fighters of Al Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb and its allies from every town in the desert north, meeting little resistance along the way.</p> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Africa Al Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb Burkina Faso Mali Mauritania Niger Conflict Zones Want to Know France Military Aid Political Risk Fri, 01 Feb 2013 11:01:15 +0000 Tristan McConnell 5742185 at US military escalating presence in Niger, drone base being set-up President Obama told Congress Friday that about 100 US soldiers were sent to Niger to help French troops fight militants in Mali.<p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Africa Niger Conflict Zones Want to Know Fri, 22 Feb 2013 21:56:42 +0000 Alexander Besant 5763834 at