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Italy to deploy army to fight human traffickers in Niger

Italian government is considering deploying up to 470 troops to Niger to help tackle people-smuggling, the military General Staff said on Thursday. According to Prime Minister Paolo Gentiloni, some of the 1,400 Italian troops stationed in Iraq could be transferred to the Sahel region in West Africa after victories against Islamist militants in Iraq. In […]

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Niger: Donors Pledge $23 billion to Support Socio-economic Development Program

Niger has succeeded in mobilizing several billions to finance its economic and social economic plan after donors pledged $23 billion, a sum over exceeding the sub-Saharan country’s target of $17 billion. The “Rennaissance du Niger” conference held in Paris on Thursday was meant to gather $17 billion necessary for the implementation of the country’s Economic […]

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Twenty delegations join G5-Sahel force summit in France

The five heads of state of the G5-Sahel joint force are meeting French President Emmanuel Macron and German Chancellor Angela Merkel in France this Wednesday (Dec. 13). The about twenty attending delegations will discuss means to strengthen international mobilization for the benefit of the ongoing effort to combat armed groups in the Sahel region. Saudi […]

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WFP, Cameroonian gov’t launch two-year strategic plan to end hunger

The World Food Program (WFP) and the Cameroonian government will launch a two-year Country Strategic Plan in January, aiming to improve household food security in the Far-North regions, North, Adamaoua and East regions. Since 2015, thousands of people in Cameroon’s Far North region are in need of food aid, as attacks by militant group Boko […]

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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 […]

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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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