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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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As Western stars re-release 1980s charity hit, many Africans say it's a demeaning relic that can do more harm than good.
At least 25 tax collectors have been killed since 2012 in Mogadishu, a city awash in weapons and abject poverty.
Tokyo government claims its homeless population has hit a record low, but analysts - and the homeless - beg to differ.
3D printers can cheaply construct homes and could soon be deployed to help victims of catastrophe rebuild their lives.
 
 
 
 
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