Africa

Civilians killed in twin attacks in Burkina Faso

A religious leader was killed along with seven other people during overnight attacks on two eastern villages.

Civilians killed in twin attacks in Burkina Faso

Niger

CIA to expand its armed drone programme in Africa: NYT

New York Times says secret facility, 250km south of Libya, will reportedly carry out assassinations in the Sahel region.

CIA to expand its armed drone programme in Africa: NYT

Africa

Germany, Norway pledge funds for crisis-hit Lake Chad region

International donor conference kicks off in Berlin to stabilise region facing massive humanitarian challenges.

Germany, Norway pledge funds for crisis-hit Lake Chad region

Niger

US confirms deployment of armed drones in Niger

The armed drones are currently deployed to Niger's Air Base 101 in the capital, Niamey.

US confirms deployment of armed drones in Niger

Refugees

'Dying was better than living as a refugee in Libya'

The UNHCR chief travels from Libya to Niger, where asylum seekers wait to be resettled in Europe or North America.

World Refugee Day: UNHCR head flies to Niger with abused migrants

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