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28 Aug 2017 description

The summit will include the leaders of Chad and Niger from where migrants cross into Libya en route to Europe.

PARIS, Aug 28 (Reuters) - Getting Europe's migrant crisis under control will be the main focus of a summit of Europe's 'big four' continental powers hosted on Monday by French President Emmanuel Macron, who has invited three African nations to the talks in Paris.

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28 Dec 2016 description

Fighters arrived in remote desert town of Diffa in groups and were being held by local authorities

(Adds interior minister's statement later)

NIAMEY, Dec 28 (Reuters) - Dozens of Boko Haram fighters have given themselves up to authorities in southern Niger, the interior minister said, days after the Islamist group suffered key losses over the border in Nigeria.

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13 Nov 2016 description

by Reuters
Saturday, 12 November 2016 13:27 GMT

  • Surrenders follow loss of territory in Nigeria

  • Military task force says 240 ex-fighters in detention

  • Detainees may have been recruited by force

By Emma Farge

DAKAR, Nov 12 (Reuters) - Hundreds of Boko Haram fighters and their families have surrendered in Chad in the past month, security and U.N. sources said, in a sign the military campaign against them is making headway.

18 Sep 2016 description

Nine million people urgently need aid in northeast Nigeria, as political violence and mass migration caused humanitarian crisis

  • Islamist insurgency in northeast Nigeria since 2009

  • Mass migration towards Europe adds to problems

  • U.N. appeals to donor countries for $559 million

By Helen Reid

24 Dec 2015 description
  • Five killed in attack on Niger's border town

  • Two killed in Cameroon bombing

  • Three suicide blasts reported on Chad island

  • More than 2 million displaced in fragile region

By Madjiasra Nako and Abdoulaye Massalaki

N'DJAMENA/NIAMEY, Dec 23 (Reuters) - Suspected Boko Haram militants launched four attacks over 24 hours on villages in Niger, Chad and Cameroon, killing at least seven people, security and administrative sources said on Wednesday.

24 Oct 2015 description

Source: Thomson Reuters Foundation - Fri, 23 Oct 2015 09:05 GMT

Author: Rachel Stern

BERLIN, Oct. 23 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Barren barley and wheat fields stretch across the dry landscape of northern Afghanistan, the result of persistent drought and flash flooding that has left thousands of people facing food shortages and loss of work.

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15 Oct 2015 description

Source: Reuters - Wed, 14 Oct 2015 23:25 GMT

Author: Reuters

NIAMEY, Oct 14 (Reuters) - Niger imposed a state of emergency on the southeastern region of Diffa on Wednesday where at least 40 people have been killed in recent weeks in attacks blamed on the Islamist militant group Boko Haram.

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21 Aug 2015 description

LONDON, Aug 21 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Around 40,000 people have fled their homes in Chad in the past two weeks following attacks by Islamist militant group Boko Haram, according to an aid agency, as the insurgency stokes an escalating humanitarian crisis in the region around Lake Chad.

Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) said many of the displaced people have gathered in makeshift camps where its staff were treating patients with diarrhoea, malaria and respiratory infections, as well as malnourished children.''

11 Jul 2015 description

Source: Reuters - Sat, 11 Jul 2015 16:05 GMT
Author: Reuters

  • Boko Haram has claimed previous Chad attacks

  • Bomber was dressed in a burqa - witnesses

  • Chad is key Western ally in the region

  • Suicide bomber also hits Nigeria's Maiduguri (Updates death toll, adds detail on Nigeria attacks)

By Madjiasra Nako and Moumine Ngarmbassa

23 Jun 2015 description

Source: Reuters - Tue, 23 Jun 2015 19:42 GMT

Author: Reuters

By Daniel Flynn

DAKAR, June 23 (Reuters) - The detention for several months of 84 children in Cameroon has highlighted concern that the regional campaign against Nigerian Islamist group Boko Haram is leading to rights abuses.

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01 Apr 2015 description

Source: Reuters - Tue, 31 Mar 2015 15:14 GMT

DAKAR, March 31 (Reuters) - Broadening access to contraceptives in Africa's arid Sahel region and improving women's sexual health are key parts of a $200 million World Bank project in the conservative Muslim region, its coordinator said.

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22 Apr 2014 description

TRIPOLI, April 22 (Reuters) - Libya plans to expel 271 migrants from sub-Saharan countries in a fresh crackdown on illegal immigration to and through the North African country, state news agency LANA said on Tuesday.

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30 Mar 2014 description

BANGUI, March 30 (Reuters) - At least 10 people were killed and dozens wounded when Chadian troops opened fire on civilians in Central African Republic's capital Bangui, officials said on Sunday.

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05 Jan 2014 description
  • Mali to repatriate 500 citizens this weekend

  • French support for intervention wanes - poll

  • Sporadic gunfire heard in capital on Saturday

By Paul-Marin Ngoupana

BANGUI, Jan 4 (Reuters) - African countries have started evacuating their citizens from the Central African Republic in recent days amid deteriorating humanitarian conditions and inter-religious violence.

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26 Dec 2013 description
  • Violence this month raised fears of inter-religious war

  • In Christian south, Muslim has become equated with Seleka rebels

  • Origins of Central African conflict lie in battle for resources

  • Conflict among ethnic groups exacerbated by foreign intervention

By Bate Felix and Paul-Marin Ngoupana

18 Dec 2013 description

Source: Thomson Reuters Foundation - Tue, 17 Dec 2013 12:59 PM
Author: Elias Ntungwe Ngalame

YAOUNDE, Cameroon (Thomson Reuters Foundation) – West African states in the Niger River Basin are seeking to tackle climate risks and reduce poverty by constructing three hydropower dams in the next five years.

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10 Jun 2012 description

TRIPOLI, June 10 (Reuters) - Thirteen people were killed in a second day of clashes between Libyan soldiers and tribesmen in the remote southeast, a security official said, highlighting the challenges the new government still faces in imposing its authority.

Violence erupted in the early hours of Saturday in the city of Al Kufra, near Libya's borders with Chad and Sudan, where armed forces were sent in February to quell fighting in a long-standing rivalry between the Tibu and Zwai tribes.

19 Mar 2012 description

By George Fominyen

DAKAR (AlertNet) – Children in western Chad have started dying from malnutrition as a major hunger crisis threatening West Africa begins to take hold, an international charity has warned.

Child malnutrition rates have soared in the region of Kanem, which is now in the grip of a full blown emergency, Action Contre La Faim (ACF) said.

Kanem is one of the first areas to be affected by a looming crisis in the Sahel region where some 15 million people in half a dozen countries risk hunger in the coming months.

27 Jan 2012 description
  • UNICEF seeks funds to save lives in 8 Sahel countries

  • Sahel instability fueled by al-Qaeda, Boko Haram, compounds crisis

GENEVA, Jan 27 (Reuters) - More than 1 million children in the Sahel are at risk of severe malnutrition and urgent action is needed to avert starvation akin to that in Somalia, the United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) warned on Friday.

02 Jun 2011 description
  • Death toll hits 102, more feared

  • Aid groups urge investment in sanitation

N'DJAMENA, June 2 (Reuters) - The death toll from an outbreak of cholera in Chad has risen above 100, authorities said, while aid group Oxfam warned it could leap further this month with the onset of the rainy season.

Cholera is an acute intestinal infection caused by food or water contaminated with bacteria, prompting diarrhoea and vomiting. Infected people can die of dehydration, sometimes within a matter of hours, if left untreated.