Africa

Thousands flee as rains wreck hundreds of Niger homes

Authorities appeal to residents in at-risk areas to evacuate and take shelter in schools.

Heavy rains destroy hundreds of houses in Niger

Africa

EU crackdown takes toll on Niger smuggling hub

Many people trying to get to Europe from sub-Saharan Africa pass through Agadez, in central Niger. But the numbers trying that journey are now falling, due to an EU-funded government crackdown.

Africa

Nine killed, dozens seized in 'Boko Haram Niger attack'

Nine people killed, about 40 people abducted in a village near Niger's southeastern city of Diffa, officials say.

Boko Haram suspected in deadly Niger attack

Africa

W African, French leaders set up 5,000-strong force

New force, meant to be operational soon, will be deployed in the region along with a 12,000-strong UN mission in Mali.

Africa

Macron in Mali for talks with leaders of Africa's Sahel

French president meets West African leaders to support new 5,000-strong force to fight armed groups in the region.

Macron in Mali for talks with leaders of Africa's Sahel

Humanitarian crises

'52 die' after left with no food, water in Niger desert

Official says 24 Libya-bound people rescued but dozens are believed to have died after being left without food or water.

Dozens abandoned in Niger desert feared dead

Africa

Niger’s water crisis hits farmers

In the country’s most fertile region called Agadez, severe water shortages are causing farmers to struggle. And inadequate irrigation systems are helping to push food prices higher.

Niger

Curbing of migrants affects Niger’s economy

The landlocked West African country of Niger is trying to stop the flow of migrants attempting to make their way to Europe. The measures are mostly directed at the economic capital Agadez, This crackdown is causing businesses in the city to suffer.

Africa

Niger struggles to curb people smuggling

People smuggling is a lucrative business in the landlocked West African country of Niger. Migrants see it as a way to get to Europe by first crossing into Libya. But now the government with help from the European Union is trying to stop the trade.

Africa

Babies among 44 dead migrants found in Niger desert

Dozens attempting to reach Libya to get to Europe die of thirst as vehicle breaks down in northern Niger, officials say.

More than 40 migrants 'die of thirst' in Niger

Africa

Niger’s modern gold rush leaves many disappointed

Thousands of West Africa's poorest workers dream of finding gold. Many spend years searching in the Sahara desert armed with the same primitive tools used centuries ago.

Africa

Nigeriens enjoy an old French ball game

An ancient French ball game is becoming popular in Niger in West Africa. Players say it helps them forget frequent attacks by armed groups such as Boko Haram and al-Qaeda.

Africa

Niger's Diffa region could face Hepatitis E outbreak

Doctors Without Borders is warning that an epidemic of Hepatitis E in Niger may get worse with the imminent rainy season.

Africa

Niger's Tuareg community seeks stability

Niger's Tuareg community held a festival on Tuesday to honour 22 years of peace with the government. But tribal leaders meeting in the northwestern region of Tahoua warn that poverty and armed groups have to be tackled to guarantee stability.

Africa

Niger: Thousands attend funeral of slain student

Thousands of people have attended the funeral of a student killed in a protest in Niger's capital of Niamey.