Niger

  • Nigeria: 42 die as boat capsizes in Niger River September 29, 2013

    Lagos: A ferry carrying traders and their goods broke up in stormy weather on the Niger River, drowning as many as 42 people as rescuers search for 200 missing victims, a Nigerian emergency official said on Saturday. Spokesman Ibrahim Farinloye of the National Emergency Management Agency told The Associated Press the...
  • Al Qaeda's letter to their most difficult employee May 31, 2013

    Dakar: After years of trying to discipline him, the leaders of al Qaida's North African branch sent one final letter to their most difficult employee. In page after scathing page, they described how he didn't answer his phone when they called, failed to turn in his expense reports, ignored meetings...
  • Refree Ibrahim Chaibou denies fixing soccer matches February 14, 2013

    Zurich: It was in the final minutes of a June 2011 soccer game between Nigeria and Argentina when the little green flags on computer screens in London started to change color. Nigeria was leading 4-0 in the exhibition match of little significance, and more and more money was being laid down...
  • Pirates take 5 Indian sailors hostage off Nigeria December 19, 2012

    Abuja: Five Indian sailors aboard a German oil tanker were kidnapped by heavily armed pirates who attacked the ship in waters off Nigeria's southern coast which have become a hotbed of pirate activity. The ship's operators, Medallion Marine said on Thursday the ship SP Brussels was attacked roughly 65 kilometres...
  • Demba Ba pulls out of Senegal friendly November 12, 2012

    Dakar: Newcastle United striker Demba Ba is among six regulars who have pulled out of Senegal's squad for a friendly international in Niger on Wednesday, the Agence Presse Senegalaise news agency said on Monday. Ba played for Newcastle in their home Premier League defeat to West Ham on Sunday without any...
  • US urges Niger to detain Libyan officials in convoy September 7, 2011

    Washington: The US government on Tuesday urged Niger to detain senior officials from the Gaddafi government who it believes crossed into the country in a convoy from Libya, the US State Department said. Niger officials informed the US ambassador that the convoy carried "a dozen or more" senior members of Gaddafi's...
  • Goodluck Jonathan sworn in as Nigeria's Prez May 29, 2011

    Abuja: Goodluck Jonathan was on Sunday sworn in for a full four year term as Nigerian President after winning an election regarded as the fairest amongst the four held since the oil-rich country returned to democracy in 1999. This is the second time he has has been sworn into office in...
  • 15 killed in bombing at Nigerian I-day parade October 1, 2010

    Nairobi/Abuja: At least 15 people died on Friday in twin car bomb blasts in the Nigerian capital Abuja as the West African nation commemorated the 50th anniversary of its independence from Britain, witnesses said. In an e-mail alert, the Movement for the Emancipation of the Niger Delta (MEND) earlier said it...
  • Al-Qaeda releases tape of seven hostages October 1, 2010

    Niamey: A tape released on Thursday on a Jihadist forum showed the first images of a group of hostages including five French citizens since they were seized two weeks ago in Niger by an Al-Qaeda offshoot and taken into the desert. The four-minute tape showed images of the hostages sitting cross-legged...
  • US oil giant Chevron’s oil pipeline in Nigeria attacked June 22, 2008

    Warri, Nigeria: Chevron Corp said Saturday that a breached Nigerian pipeline has prompted the company to shut down its onshore oil production. Nigerian media reported that militants had sabotaged the pipeline in the southern Niger Delta late Thursday. But the region's most-potent armed group, the Movement for the Emancipation of the Niger...