Although rates of the coronavirus in Niger are low, experts warn that it could still be vulnerable and stressed the need for ongoing vigilance.
The United States is considering a stepped-up military presence in Africa to pursue ISIS jihadists looking for new havens after the fall of their "caliphate," American officials say.
A historian, who lost a son in Iraq, says the White House is putting military officers on a sort of pedestal that doesn't serve democracy.
The killing of four American special operations soldiers in Niger has highlighted the increasing role elite units are playing across Africa, where their mission is to counter the advances of a slew of jihadist movements, including al-Shabab in Somalia, ISIS affiliates in the Sahel region and Boko Haram in Nigeria.
Al-Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb or a related extremist group is thought to have targeted the US troops, in an attack that highlights an incoherent US policy in West Africa.
When the sun goes down, Judge Hamadal Moumine of Niger picks up a guitar and hits the stage with his band, Tal National — sometimes for hours. But he says we shouldn't be surprised by his unique combo of professions.
The Nigerian Islamic extremist group Boko Haram pledged allegiance to the ISIS movement on Saturday. At the same time, a regional coalition of powers is intervening to help Nigeria. The US is taking a back-seat, but is intensifying military training programs and some other forms of assistance.
The kidnapping of more than 250 schoolgirls from their villages in the north of Nigeria has brought international attention to Boco Haram, the military group responsible for the abductions. Negotiating to release the girls, however, will become a delicate balance.
Armed gunmen in Nigeria kidnapped eight more school girls overnight. This comes after the leader of Islamist militant group Boko Haram warned in a video released Monday, that more girls would be taken. Boko Haram has already admitted to abducting more than 200 schools girls three weeks ago. This all takes place on the eve of the World Economic Forum meeting in the capital, Abuja.
Not many hit bands can say they're fronted by a sitting judge. And still fewer can say their members represent eight different ethnic groups. But that's the case with Niger's Tai National — and it's trying to get a tour in the US.
Bombino is a guitarist from Niger in West Africa. He's been called that country's Jimi Hendrix. And his latest album has earned a four star rating from Rolling Stone magazine.