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AFRICANGLOBE - The United States military said on Friday it is building a $100 million (£76.8 million) temporary base for surveillance drones in Agadez, central Niger, allegedly to help the West African country combat militant groups and protect its borders.
AFRICANGLOBE - Nigeria's new president, Muhammadu Buhari, will embark on his first official trip overseas this week when he travels to neighbouring Niger and Chad to discuss the fight against Boko Haram, his spokesman said on Monday.
AFRICANGLOBE - Around 230 people were killed, including at least 74 from Niger, at the weekend in the country's bloodiest battle yet with Boko Haram from neighbouring Nigeria, the government said on Tuesday.
AFRICANGLOBE - Security chiefs from Nigeria, Chad and Niger met in Abuja Monday to appraise their ongoing joint counterterrorism operations against the Boko Haram terrorist group.
AFRICANGLOBE - Since most of the country's import-export trade is conducted through sea transport, and because Massawa and Assab are no longer viable options, Ethiopia is forced to rely on the ports of neighboring countries, especially Djibouti, Kenya, Sudan and occasionally, Somalia. However, the costs of transportation to most of the destination ports are very prohibitive in view of the long distances and poor land transport facilities.
AFRICANGLOBE - The loss of Baga should be a turning point for the Nigerian army to resolve to reclaim every centimetre of territory that is now in the claws of the Muslim terrorists.
AFRICANGLOBE - The Pentagon is preparing to open a drone base in one of the remotest places in Africa: an ancient caravan crossroads in the middle of the Sahara. After months of negotiations, the government of Niger, a landlocked West African nation, has authorized the U.S. military to fly unarmed drones from the mud-walled desert city of Agadez, according to Nigerien and U.S. officials.
AFRICANGLOBE - "We're seeing a real awakening of people's consciousness on this issue; something is happening" says Boubacar Soumane, communications manager for Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative Niger. As yet another deadline looms for an agreement between Areva and the Nigerien state on the contract for the French nuclear giant's uranium operations at Arlit, the issue is clearly capturing the public imagination.
AFRICANGLOBE - The former French African colony of Niger is facing famine – yet again – with international aid agencies reporting this week that up to one million people are currently without access to food. As one million people now face starvation in Niger – the poorest country on the planet that otherwise should be one of the richest – oblivious French politicians, reclining in Elysée Palace, will no doubt be toasting their glasses of fine wine over fine food, and arrogantly chortling: «Vive La France!»
AFRICANGLOBE - The Signatories in Blood group, led by Algerian terrorist Mokhtar Belmokhtar, has threatened more attacks against French and other interests in the African state of Niger after Thursday's double suicide bombings that claimed more than 26 lives.
AFRICANGLOBE - At least 20 people have been killed after suicide bombers in Niger detonated two car bombs simultaneously, one inside a military camp in the city of Agadez and another in the remote town of Arlit inside a French-operated uranium mine, the country's ministry of defence said.
AFRICANGLOBE - President Obama announced in a letter to Congress that he will be deploying 100 troops to Niger, to help aid in the ongoing operations against Arab terorists in Mali. The troops will be armed “for the purpose of providing their own force protection and security,” and focus on “intelligence sharing.”
AFRICANGLOBE - The United States has signed a deal with the central Africa nation of Niger that allows deployment of surveillance drones to keep tabs on Arab terrorists in the region, officials from both countries said Tuesday.Niger is next door to Mali, where France joined the fight against terrorist groups earlier this month
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