Niger

Country Niger
Capital Niamey
Continent Africa
Currency West African CFA franc(XOF)
Languages French, Hausa, Fulfulde, Gourmanchéma, Kanuri, Zarma & Tamasheq

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Introduction

Niger became independent from France in 1960 and experienced single-party and military rule until 1991, when Gen. Ali SAIBOU was forced by public pressure to allow multiparty elections, which resulted in a democratic government in 1993. Political infighting brought the government to a standstill and in 1996 led to a coup by Col. Ibrahim BARE. In 1999, BARE was killed in a counter coup by military officers who restored democratic rule and held elections that brought Mamadou TANDJA to power in December of that year. TANDJA was reelected in 2004 and in 2009 spearheaded a constitutional amendment that would allow him to extend his term as president. In February 2010, a military coup deposed TANDJA, immediately suspended the constitution and dissolved the Cabinet, and promised that elections would be held following a transitional period of unspecified duration. Niger is one of the poorest countries in the world with minimal government services and insufficient funds to develop its resource base. The largely agrarian and subsistence-based economy is frequently disrupted by extended droughts common to the Sahel region of Africa. A predominately Tuareg ethnic group emerged in February 2007, the Nigerien Movement for Justice (MNJ), and attacked several military targets in Niger's northern region throughout 2007 and 2008. Successful government offensives in 2009 limited the rebels' operational capabilities.

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Kidnappers kill 3, abduct 10 persons in Niger - Daily Trust

Daily Trust

Kidnappers kill 3, abduct 10 persons in Niger
Daily Trust
Kidnappers at the weekend allegedly killed three persons and kidnapped 10 others along the Kaduna sarki Pawa road in Munya local government of Niger state. The Senator representing Niger east, David Umaru said people around the area alerted him of ...
Breaking: Kidnappers kill 3, abduct 10 persons in Niger StateGistmaster (blog)

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A music festival on the banks of the Niger River has helped establish Mali's cultural capital - Quartz

Quartz

A music festival on the banks of the Niger River has helped establish Mali's cultural capital
Quartz
Residents from the capital, Bamako, flock to the secondary city to escape the busyness of everyday life and absorb the sights, sounds and colors of the Festival sur le Niger, along the banks of the Niger River. The attractions include traditional ...

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Behind Closed Doors, US Military Said Sgt. La David Johnson Survived Initial Ambush in Niger - The Intercept

The Intercept

Behind Closed Doors, US Military Said Sgt. La David Johnson Survived Initial Ambush in Niger
The Intercept
What did officials at U.S. Africa Command know about the fate of Sgt. La David Johnson, and when did they know it? On October 4, U.S. Special Forces soldiers, operating alongside local troops, were ambushed by Islamist militants in the West African ...



Deaths of American soldiers in Niger likely avoidable: report - The Hill

The Hill

Deaths of American soldiers in Niger likely avoidable: report
The Hill
The deaths of eight soldiers, including four U.S. soldiers, in Niger in early October could have been prevented and were the result of an improperly executed mission to collect information on high-ranking Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS ...
Inside The Botched Raid That Left Four US Soldiers Dead In NigerBuzzFeed News
Niger Ambush Was 'Worst Military Fiasco' Of Trump AdministrationNews One
'Worst Military Fiasco': US Media Reveals Details of Deadly Niger ...Sputnik International

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Bala shops for potent strikers for Niger Tornadoes | Goal.com - Goal.com

Goal.com

Bala shops for potent strikers for Niger Tornadoes | Goal.com
Goal.com
Niger Tornadoes coach, Abubakar Bala says getting proven strikers remain his priority before the start of the 2017-18 season. The Minna side finished 11th on the log of the Nigeria Professional Football League and second in the 2017 Federation Cup last ...

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Newly-born baby drowns in Niger state - Premium Times

Premium Times

Newly-born baby drowns in Niger state
Premium Times
A newly-born baby has drowned, few minutes after it was delivered in a canoe on River Kaduna. The river passes through the village of Kwata and Wushishi town, headquarters of Wushishi Local Government Area in Niger state. The incident occurred around 2 ...
NIGER: Child delivery on boat causes accidentThe Punch

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Niger evacuates 500 of its nationals from Libya | News24 - News24

News24

Niger evacuates 500 of its nationals from Libya | News24
News24
Niger has flown home more than 500 of its citizens from Libya as part of an urgent repatriation plan which will see up to 4 000 people evacuated, the foreign ministry has said.

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Nigeria, Niger boost trade with cross-border route - The Punch

Nigeria, Niger boost trade with cross-border route
The Punch
A cross-border trade route aimed at boosting economic cooperation between Nigeria and the Republic of Niger has been commissioned in Sokoto State. The event, which was witnessed by the governors of Sokoto and Kebbi states, Aminu Tambuwal and Abubakar ...



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CNN

Key questions - CNNPolitics - CNN.com
CNN
The Pentagon's investigation into the October ambush of a Green Beret-led team in Niger, which killed four US soldiers, is focusing on several areas where problems may have occurred before and after the attack, CNN has learned.

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Niger - Fostering Rural Growth Reform Development Policy Financing Project - ReliefWeb

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Niger - Fostering Rural Growth Reform Development Policy Financing Project
ReliefWeb
Niger's economy is undiversified, heavily relying on agriculture and the extractive industries. Agriculture is main driver of growth and accounts for 40 percent of GDP. The vast majority of Niger's population and the poor live in rural areas and earn ...