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Niger Troops to Join Regional Fight against Boko Haram

Niger is set to send troops to Nigeria for the multi-national battle against Boko Haram after scores of people were killed in a fresh onslaught by the Islamist fighters in a key border town.

Intervention from Niger would open a new northern front in the increasingly regional fight against the Islamist insurgents who killed more than a hundred people, including 19 soldiers, on Wednesday in a rampage in the Cameroonian town of Fotokol on Nigeria's border.

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Niger Troops to Join Regional Fight against Boko Haram

Niger is set to send troops to Nigeria for the multi-national battle against Boko Haram after scores of people were killed in a fresh onslaught by the Islamist fighters in a key border town.

Intervention from Niger would open a new northern front in the increasingly regional fight against the Islamist insurgents who killed over a hundred people, including 19 soldiers, on Wednesday in a rampage in the Cameroonian town of Fotokol on Nigeria's border.

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Gunmen Kidnap Four in Nigeria Oil Region

Gunmen riding in a speedboat kidnapped four Nigerian oil workers in the crude-producing Niger Delta, the military said Wednesday, as fears rise of growing unrest in the region 10 days before national polls. 

The hostages are employees of the Nigerian Agip Oil Company (NOAC), a subsidiary of the Italian major ENI, said area military spokesman Isa Ado. 

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Refugees from Boko Haram Pose Headache for Authorities on Lake Chad

Thousands of Nigerian civilians who fled the armed Islamists of Boko Haram have become a headache for Chadian authorities after seeking safety on a multitude of scattered islands in Lake Chad.

"We waded through the water for several days and suffered so much," recalled former taxi driver Adamou Bouba, who snatched up his toddlers, aged two and three, when Boko Haram fighters raided his village, Kiguili, and killed his wife.

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Algeria and Niger to 'Pool' Resources Against Jihadists

Algeria and Niger are set to "pool" their resources to tackle the rising threat posed by jihadist groups in the Sahel region, Nigerien President Mahamadou Issoufou said on Monday. 

"We have agreed to mobilize and pool our operational capabilities and intelligence to deal with terrorist threats and criminal organizations," Issoufou said in Algiers after a meeting with Algerian counterpart Abdelaziz Bouteflika. 

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45 Churches Torched in Niger Capital in Cartoon Demos

Forty-five churches were torched over the weekend in Niger's capital during deadly protests over the publication of a Prophet Mohammed cartoon by the French satirical weekly Charlie Hebdo, police said on Monday.

The protests, which left five people dead and 128 people injured in Niamey, also saw a Christian school and orphanage set alight, Adily Toro, a spokesman for the national police, told a press conference.

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Dozens Arrested at Niger Demo after Deadly Cartoons Riots

Police in Niger on Sunday fired tear gas and arrested dozens at a banned opposition protest, a day after deadly riots over a depiction of the Prophet Mohammed in French weekly Charlie Hebdo.

Around 300 demonstrators gathered in the center of the capital Niamey for a long-planned march on parliament, defying a ban on demonstrations announced on Saturday.

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Niger Police Breaks up Opposition Demo after Deadly Cartoons Riots

Police in Niger fired tear gas Sunday to break up a banned opposition demonstration in the capital Niamey, a day after deadly riots over the publication by France's Charlie Hebdo magazine of a cartoon of the Prophet Mohammed.

Around 300 demonstrators gathered in central Niamey for a long-planned march on parliament, defying a ban on demonstrations announced on Saturday.

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Churches Torched in Charlie Protests as France Defends Free Speech

Violent mobs torched at least eight churches in Niger's capital Niamey on Saturday during fresh protests against the French weekly Charlie Hebdo, as France strongly condemned the violence and defended freedom of expression.

With France still reeling from last week's attacks that claimed 17 lives, jittery European countries stepped up security, with soldiers patrolling the streets of Belgium for the first time in 35 years.

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Charlie Hebdo Crowd Sets Fire to French Cultural Center in Niger

Protesters angered by Charlie Hebdo's latest Prophet Mohammed cartoon set fire Friday to the French cultural center and three churches in Zinder, Niger's second biggest city, the head of the center said.

A crowd of around 50 people smashed the French center’s entrance door and set fire to the cafeteria, library and offices in spite of warning shots fired by two police guards, director Kaoumi Bawa told AFP.

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