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Niger Journalist Arrested for 'Collaborating' with Boko Haram

A journalist and rights activist known for his outspoken criticism of the humanitarian crisis in southeastern Niger has been arrested for "collaborating" with Boko Haram Islamists, the interior minister said Wednesday.

Human rights watchdog Amnesty International condemned Moussa Tchangari's arrest and called on Niger to release him.

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EU to Open Niger Shelters to Keep Migrants out of Europe

Several shelters are to open in Niger for illegal African immigrants in a bid to dissuade them from trying to reach Europe and instead offering local alternatives, the French interior minister said Friday.

The centers proposed by the European Union, in cooperation with Niger, "should be an opportunity to bring ambitious development policies for migrants and for states," said Bernard Cazeneuve in Niger's capital Niamey after meeting President Mahamadou Issoufou.

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'Two Cameroon Soldiers Killed' Fighting Boko Haram near Nigeria

Two soldiers from Cameroon have been killed and at least two others wounded in an attack by Boko Haram fighters near the Nigerian border, security sources told AFP on Monday.

Speaking on condition of anonymity, one Cameroonian military officer said two troops were killed, and an officer and a soldier injured in a clash on Saturday with the Islamists.

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Burkina Faso and Niger to Swap Towns in Border Change

Burkina Faso and Niger have announced they will exchange 18 towns in order to settle a long-running border dispute and end years of litigation.  

Burkina Faso is to gain 14 towns and Niger will receive four between now and the end of 2016 when the drawing of the boundary is complete, Kouara Apiou Kabore, the permanent secretary of the Burkina Faso National Border Commission said this week.     

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Boko Haram Refugees Suffer 'Dramatic' Conditions in E. Niger

Around 25,000 Niger nationals who fled islands in Lake Chad over fears of attack from the Boko Haram jihadist group are living in "dramatic" conditions on the mainland, a U.N. source said Wednesday.

Citing security fears, Niger authorities last week urged residents of islands on the Niger side of the vast lake to evacuate by Monday.

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Niger Urges Evacuation of Lake Chad over Boko Haram Attacks

Niger authorities have urged people living on islands in Lake Chad to leave to avoid new attacks by Boko Haram, after an assault by the Islamists last weekend left at least 74 dead.

The weekend attack was the country's heaviest loss since it joined a regional offensive against the militants, and saw authorities declare three days of mourning from Wednesday.

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Chad Tightens Security against Boko Haram at Cost of Disruption

Long tailbacks form at a bridge on the border between Chad and Cameroon while Chadian security forces, wary of deadly Boko Haram jihadists, screen all road users and their property.

"We're looking for weapons," a police officer explains at the Ngueuli bridge on the main road for imports to landlocked Chad, linking the capital N'Djamena to the far north of Cameroon.

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'Heavy Toll' Feared after Boko Haram Attacks Niger Army

Boko Haram militants attacked troops from Niger on an island base in Lake Chad, the government said Saturday, in a raid believed to have taken a heavy toll on the army.

"At dawn on April 25, fighters from the terrorist group Boko Haram riding motorized canoes attacked the island of Karamga, a position northwest of of the town of Bosso held by our defense and security forces," the ministry of defense said.

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Boko Haram Retakes NE Town from Nigerian Army

Suspected Boko Haram insurgents have forced hundreds of soldiers to flee Marte, a border town along the shores of the Lake Chad, a local official and witnesses said Friday. 

"The terrorists, numbering over 2,000, appeared from various directions on Thursday and engaged the soldiers in Kirenowa town and adjoining communities in Marte," said Imamu Habeeb, a local community leader.

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Two U.N. Drivers Killed as Convoy Attacked in Northern Mali

Two drivers were shot dead in an attack on a peacekeeping supply convoy in northern Mali, authorities said Saturday, the second deadly assault on the United Nations in three days.

The assailants stopped the convoy some 15 kilometres (nine miles) from the main city of Gao and "coldly killed two of the drivers" in the attack Friday, the U.N. Mission in Mali, known as MINUSMA, said in a statement.

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