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Opposition calls for boycott as president bids to extend his term as leader.
Thousands protest at Mamadou Tandja's attempt to hold vote on extending term limits.
Move by President Mamadou Tandja comes after court blocks referendum on third term.
A mainly Tuareg group is waging a low-level war in the country's north.
Alex Sehmer and May Welsh

UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan has started touring the hunger-stricken desert nation of Niger, as a French aid group accuses the world body of responding to the crisis too late and with too little.

Niger's president has played down the food crisis ravaging his desert nation, saying that people in the impoverished West African country look well-fed.
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Swathes of the British electorate continue to show discontent with all things European, including immigration.
Astronomers have captured images of primordial galaxies that helped light up the cosmos after the Big Bang.
Critics assail British photographer's portrayal of indigenous people, but he says he's highlighting their plight.
As Western stars re-release 1980s charity hit, many Africans say it's a demeaning relic that can do more harm than good.

 
 
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