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Italian priest kidnapped in Niger

An Italian priest was kidnapped in south Niger, near the border with Burkina Faso, the second abduction of a European in the West African country this year.

Stable Libya key to ending migration

If Europe wants to halt migrant boat arrivals from Africa it must end the state of chaos in Libya, Niger President Mahamadou Issoufou told Reuters, warning the stability of neighbouring countries was at stake.

US confirms armed drone deployment in Niger

US forces started deploying armed drones in Niger earlier this year to attack Islamist militants, the US military said.

ISS: Cost of counter-terrorism for civilians in Lake Chad countries

The ongoing terror threat in Nigeria, Chad, Niger and Cameroon has led the governments of the Lake Chad region to enact numerous security restrictions in affected areas. While these restrictions are meant to improve security for all, some affect civilians negatively – particularly regarding livelihoods.

Son searches for mother taken hostage in West African desert

Sebastian Petronin slumped over a laptop watching a video of his mother, in a headscarf and looking frail and tearful, the latest proof the 72-year-old is alive nearly two years after she was kidnapped by jihadists and held in the Malian desert.
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