Nigeria

Nigeria: 1,000 hostages rescued from Boko Haram

Regional task force helps to secure the release of the captives, mostly women and children, army spokesman says.

Nigeria: 1,000 hostages rescued from Boko Haram

Niger

Former Niger PM loses appeal in baby smuggling case

Hama Amadou, who contested 2016 presidential poll, lost appeal against a one-year jail term, according to legal sources.

Former Niger PM Hama Amadou loses appeal in baby smuggling case

Niger

ISIL video of Niger attack highlights US troops' vulnerability

Pentagon denounces 'depravity' of ISIL propaganda video showing deadly ambush that killed Nigerien and US soldiers.

ISIL video of Niger attack highlights US troops' vulnerability

Africa

Army HQ and French embassy attacked in Burkina Faso

At least 16 people, including eight attackers, killed in the coordinated assaults in the West African country's capital.

Africa

G5 Sahel military force still needs money

Only half of the projected $500m that the G5 Sahel force needs has been raised, and African leaders are pushing the international community for more funding.

Niger

Niger wrestlers face off in championship event

Wrestlers in Niger embrace a range of strategies to excel at their sport, even magic.

Niger

Niger: Arab minority's big contributions to the economy

A tiny Arab minority in Niger today is making a huge contribution to its economy.

Niger

Niger: Tuareg people living with drought and conflict

Life's tough for many living on the edge of the Sahara desert in Niger, and it's not getting any better, despite the signing of a peace agreement almost 10 years ago.

Africa

Five-nation Sahel force 'an ill-conceived escalation'

Analysts say creation of five-nation counterterrorism force in the Sahel region is likely to cause more harm than good.

G5 Sahel counterterrorism force explained

Africa

Gunmen kill 12 Niger troops in attack near Mali border

Heavily armed assailants believed to have crossed over from Mali launch dawn attack on paramilitary police base.

Gunmen kill 12 Niger troops in attack near Mali border

War & Conflict

Pentagon investigates US soldier deaths in Niger

At least five Nigerian and four US soldiers were killed in an ambush on a joint patrol in southwest Niger earlier this month.

Africa

Troops killed in ambush on joint Niger-US patrol

Five Nigerien and three US special forces killed in attack on joint patrol in southwest Niger, officials say.

Troops killed in ambush on joint Niger-US patrol

Africa

Niger teachers threaten to strike in support of sacked colleagues

Teachers in Niger are threatening to strike in support of thousands of colleagues who were sacked for incompetence.

Africa

Thousands left homeless after Niger flooding

Residents in Niamey have criticised the authorities, saying rebuilding efforts in flood-stricken areas have been slow.