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Saudi Arabia pledges $100 million to G5 Sahel military force

Saudi Arabia has promised up to $100 million to support the Joint counterterrorism force, set up by the Group of Five Sahel States, known as G5-Sahel. The force, which was authorized by the African Union Peace and Security Council in April 2017 and strengthened by UN Security Council Resolution 2359 in June, needs roughly $500 […]

AfDB injects $107 billion in Burkina-Niger road project

The African Development Bank (AfDB) will release about $107 million to finance the construction and rehabilitation of a 218 km road connecting Burkina Faso to Niger, the bank said in a statement. The project, which includes the construction of a new 50-km road and the rehabilitation of another 168 km on the Koupala-Gonin-Fada N’Gourma-Piégea, will […]

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Algeria’s coastguard intercepts 286 migrants en route to Europe

Algeria’s Defense Ministry on Sunday said coastguard has picked up 286 would-be illegal migrants heading across the Mediterranean to Europe by boat. According to a ministry statement released by the state-run news agency, APS, the migrants were detained on several boats between Thursday and Saturday. The number of illegal migrants detained in the North African […]

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Niger Okays US move to arm drones to track jihadists

Niger has given the green light to allow US forces stationed in the West African nation to arm drones to track jihadists. The move comes a month after jihadists ambushed a joint US-Niger patrol near the border of Mali, killing four American soldiers and local troops. The area near the border with Mali is known […]

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The G5-sahel initiative gets $60 million boost from the US

The United States on Monday promised up to $60 million to support the G5-Sahel Joint Force’s counter-terrorism efforts, the State Department said in a statement. The US has been very reluctant to support the G5-Sahel 5,000 troops made up with forces from Mali, Niger, Burkina Faso, Chad and Mauritania since the beginning of the negotiations. […]

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Niger reacts officially to Algeria’s massive deportation of sub-Saharans

The Nigerien government last weekend reacted to the massive deportation of its nationals by Algeria, in violation of the agreements between the two countries and of international conventions. Algerian authorities have deported about 950 sub-Saharan Africa migrants to Niger last week, according to officials and human rights groups. The North African nation has expelled 2,800 […]

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France to welcome 3,000 refugees from Africa by 2019

France will welcome about 10,000 refugees by 2019, President Emmanuel Macron announced on Monday after meeting with the President of the UN High Commission for Refugees, Filippo Grandi. Out of the 10,000 refugees who will be granted asylum, 3,000 will come from sub-Saharan Africa. France will start “in the coming weeks” missions in Niger and […]

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US troops killed in ambush in Niger by suspected terrorists

Three members of the US Special Operations Forces have been killed and two others wounded in Niger near the Mali-Niger border, reports say. According Lt. Cmdr. Anthony Falvo, a spokesman for the United States Africa Command in Stuttgart, Germany, the patrol had come under “hostile fire”. Several Nigerien soldiers are also said to have died […]

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Migration, security top agenda during Jean-Yves Le Drian ′s visit to Niger

French Foreign Affairs minister, Jean-Yves Le Drian began an official visit to Niger on Tuesday to boost cooperation between the two nations. Security and the migration crisis will top the agenda of the visit, according to local media. Jean-Yves Le Drian will meet with President Mahamadou Issoufou and the Foreign Affairs minister, Ibrahim Yacouba to […]

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Doctors without Borders condemns EU migrant policy in Libya

Doctors without Borders on Thursday, called on the European Union (EU) to stop sending migrants to the chaotic Libya, saying “people cannot be sent back to Libya, nor should they be contained there”. In an open letter, the humanitarian organization blamed the EU for being accomplice in the treatment reserved to migrants in the North […]

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