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Suspected Islamic militants kill 19 people in Niger village

NIAMEY, Niger (AP) — Gunmen on motorcycles attacked a village near Niger's troubled border with Mali, shooting at people as they prayed at the mosque during the Muslim holy month of Ramadan and killin...

Hospital: Niger elementary school fire kills 20 children

NIAMEY, Niger (AP) — A fire fueled by high winds swept through an elementary school in Niger's capital, killing 20 children, hospital officials said Wednesday. The pupils — between t...

Niger inaugurates president in 1st democratic power transfer

NIAMEY, Niger (AP) — Niger is swearing in its new president Friday in the West African nation’s first democratic transfer of power. Newly elected President Mohamed Bazoum’s inaugura...

Gunfire in Niger's capital days before inauguration

NIAMEY, Niger (AP) — Gunfire erupted in Niger's capital near the presidential palace early Wednesday, prompting fears of a coup attempt and further instability just days before the country's new presi...

Niger govt confirms 137 dead in village attacks near Mali

NIAMEY, Niger (AP) — Gunmen aboard motorcycles have attacked a series of villages near Niger's troubled border with Mali, leaving at least 137 people dead in the deadliest violence to strike the Afric...

Gunmen kill at least 58 in attack on Niger market sellers

NIAMEY, Niger (AP) — Gunmen on motorcycles attacked a group of civilians returning from market day in a volatile corner of Niger, leaving at least 58 people dead and then burning granaries to the grou...

Former foreign minister declared preliminary winner in Niger

NIAMEY, Niger (AP) — Niger’s electoral commission said Tuesday that former foreign affairs minister Mohamed Bazoum has been elected president of the West African nation, according to preliminary resul...

Niger voters return to polls in second round for president

NIAMEY, Niger (AP) — Polls opened Sunday morning in Niger for the second round of voting in the country’s presidential elections, after none of the 28 candidates won an absolute majority in December’s...

Attacks on 2 villages in Niger kill at least 100 people

NIAMEY, Niger (AP) — Islamic extremists staged attacks on two villages in Niger near its border with Mali, killing at least 100 people, Niger’s prime minister said Sunday. Prime Mini...

Niger to hold second round of presidential vote next month

NIAMEY, Niger (AP) — Niger will hold a second round in its presidential election after none of the 28 candidates in the Dec. 27 vote won a majority, according to results released Saturday by the elect...

Niger polls open for presidential, legislative elections

NIAMEY, Niger (AP) — Niger began voting Sunday in presidential and legislative elections that could see the West African country's first democratic transition of power since independence amid a growin...

Niger votes Sunday on path to 1st democratic power transfer

NIAMEY, Niger (AP) — Niger could see its first democratic transition of power since independence in the elections being held on Sunday amid a growing threat from jihadists in the region. ...

At least 28 people killed in extremist attack in Niger

NIAMEY, Niger (AP) — An attack by the jihadi group Boko Haram in a village in Niger’s southeast killed at least 28 people, Niger’s government said Monday. Attackers set fire to Toum...

Niger's former President Mamadou Tandja dies at age 82

NIAMEY, Niger (AP) — Former Niger President Mamadou Tandja has died at agef 82, the government said Tuesday. Tandja, who was elected to lead Niger twice from 1999 to 2010, was eventu...

American kidnapped in southern Niger, says local official

NIAMEY, Niger (AP) — Gunmen kidnapped an American citizen in the West African nation of Niger early Tuesday and demanded a ransom from his relatives, a local government official said. ...