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Ghana to host African Continental Free Trade Area Secretariat

The Assembly of Heads of State and Government of the African Union (AU) has selected Ghana as the host country for the Secretariat of the African Continental (AfCFTA) Free Trade Area. The announcement was made on Sunday, 7 July 2019, during the 12th AU Extraordinary Summit held in Niamey, the capital of Niger, after Ghana […]

Niger: At least 55 die in a blast of fuel tanker

At least 55 people lost their lives on Monday after a fuel tanker went off in capital Niamey, reports say. A tanker carrying fuel out of the capital, capsized on a rail way as it exited Niamey. The accident took place not far from the Niamey international airport. Several people gathered around the vehicle to […]

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More than 100 Arab migrants and refugees ‘missing’ in Algeria

More than 100 Arab citizens are missing after seeking shelter in Algeria and others stranded at the border with Niger, The UN refugee agency said on Thursday. “Some 120 Syrian, Palestinian and Yemeni individuals were detained at the Tamanrasset Centre in southern Algeria before being taken to an area near the Guezzam border post (at […]

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Niger troops kill more than 280 Boko Haram fighters

Nigerien troops and air strikes have killed more than 280 Boko Haram militants since last week, the defence ministry said. The government of the West African nation started an operation against the group last week in a region where militants have been fighting for more than nine years to carve out an Islamist caliphate. 200 […]

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EU commits €108 million to improve Niger’s social policies, good governance & access to electricity

The European Union is mobilizing an extra €108 million for social policies, security, good governance and access to electricity in Niger. This was announced by the European Commissioner for International Cooperation and Development, Neven Mimica, on the fringes of the Partner-donor coordination conference organized by the G5 Sahel in Nouakchott, Mauritania, lately. “The European Union […]

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EU announces €125 million funding for Sahel region

The EU has announced new funding totaling €125 million for the Sahel countries. The fresh injection of €125 million will be used for the swift launch of new initiatives, which are in line with the priorities set by the G5 Sahel to enhance development and security. The measures will focus on boosting the resilience and […]

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Chad Hosts Regional Summit over Boko Haram

Chadian capital N’Djamena is hosting this Thursday (Nov.29) a meeting of the heads of State of Cameroon, Central African Republic, Chad, Niger, Nigeria to look into the security situation in the areas targeted by the Boko Haram insurgency. The summit was summoned by by President Muhammadu Buhari of Nigeria in his capacity as Chairman of […]

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WAMU: Three Moroccan banks in the top 5

Three Moroccan banks have positioned themselves in the top 5 banking groups in the West African Monetary Union (WAMU), Ecofin news Agency reported. These are BMCE Bank Group, Attijariwafa Bank, and Groupe Banque Centrale Populaire. They made the move after making acquisitions in Mali, Senegal and Côte D’Ivoire. The Bank of Africa group, owned by […]

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Burkina Faso: Teachers, students whipped by jihadists

A new jihadist group has emerged in Burkina Faso, treating teachers and students near the borders with Mali and Niger, BBC Afrique reported. According to BBC, armed men on motorbikes pulled up to a school in the small northern community of Toulfé on Monday, forced everyone on to the floor before whipping four of the […]

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Niger: G5 Sahel countries unveil plans to ward off extremism

qhThe five-member countries of the regional G5 Sahel on Tuesday announced an ambitious program to ward off poverty, which they consider as the main cause of extremism in the region. Violent extremist organizations have expanded their ambitions, capacities, and geographical reach into the Sahel region in recent years. The implementation of the Program of Emergency […]

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