Nigeria needs regional force to defeat Boko Haram: UN envoy

Nigeria must accept it cannot defeat Boko Haram fighters alone and work with regional armies in a new multinational force, the United Nations envoy for the Sahel region said Wednesday.

Talks open in Niger on regional Boko Haram fight

A regional summit opened in Niger Tuesday aimed at stopping Boko Haram as the Islamist insurgents step up attacks both inside Nigeria and in neighbouring countries.

UN condemns Boko Haram attacks

 The UN Security Council has strongly condemned the recent increase in Boko Haram attacks, and demanded that the Islamist extremist group immediately cease all hostilities, media reported Tuesday.

45 churches torched in Niger capital in cartoon demos: Police

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.

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.

Niger tense due to Charlie Hebdo protests, President says rioters 'understand nothing of Islam'
Niger tense due to Charlie Hebdo protests, President says rioters 'understand nothing of Islam'

The protests against Charlie Hebdo's Prophet Muhammad cartoons raged for second day in Niger raising the death toll to 10 as five more people succumbed to the violence perpetrated by angry rioters who burned churches and attacked cops.

Charlie Hebdo defends religious freedom: Editor

The chief editor of Charlie Hebdo has defended the satirical magazine`s controversial depictions of the Muslim Prophet Mohammed, saying the cartoons safeguard freedom of religion.

Five dead in Saturday`s anti-Charlie Hebdo riots in Niger: President

Five people were killed in the Niger capital on Saturday during violent riots against the depiction of the Prophet Mohammed on the cover of French satirical weekly Charlie Hebdo, President Mahamadou Issoufou said.

Anti-Charlie Hebdo rioters torch churches in Niger

Rioters torched at least eight churches in Niamey on Saturday in a second day of violent protests in Niger over the depiction of the Prophet Mohammed on the cover of France`s Charlie Hebdo weekly.

Nigeria's neighbours band together to fight Boko Haram

Cameroon, Chad and Niger have launched a regional bid to combat the Boko Haram Islamists, as their attacks spread beyond Nigeria and concern mounts over the Nigerians' failure to regain control.

Niger protesters burn churches in second day of Charlie Hebdo riots

Stone-throwing demonstrators set fire to two churches in Niger`s capital Niamey on Saturday, in the latest protest in France`s former African colonies at French newspaper Charlie Hebdo`s cartoons of the Prophet Mohammad.

'Two churches burned in Niger as Charlie Hebdo protests rage'

At least two churches were torched in Niger's capital today as protests raged on against the publication of a Prophet Mohammed cartoon - considered as un-Islamic by Muslims - by a French weekly Charlie Hebdo.

France warns citizens in riot-hit Niger to stay indoors

France`s embassy in Niger warned French citizens to stay indoors Saturday as violent protests against publication of a Prophet Mohammed cartoon by the French weekly Charlie Hebdo spread in the capital Niamey.

 From Niger to Pakistan, thousands demonstrate against Charlie Hebdo's Prophet Muhammad cartoon
From Niger to Pakistan, thousands demonstrate against Charlie Hebdo's Prophet Muhammad cartoon

Thousands demonstrated across the world Friday and violent clashes erupted in Niger and Pakistan as Muslims vented fury over a new Prophet Mohammed cartoon published by French magazine Charlie Hebdo.

Charlie Hebdo crowd sets fire to French cultural centre in Niger

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

Niger crowd sets fire to churches in anti-Charlie Hebdo protest

A protest in Niger against French magazine Charlie Hebdo turned violent on Friday as demonstrators set fire to churches and raided shops run by Christians, residents said.

UNHCR concerned over refugees' return to violence-hit Nigeria

 The UN today expressed concern over the return of hundreds of refugees to Nigeria from Niger, saying authorities in the two countries should stop the repatriation until there are proper safeguards against the brutal violence by radical group Boko Haram.

Thousands flee Nigeria after Boko Haram attack, Niger, Chad struggle

Some 20,000 Nigerians have fled to Chad, Niger and Cameroon in the past two weeks after their towns and villages were attacked by Islamist sect Boko Haram, according to the United Nations and government figures.

Two accused in Niger baby trafficking case detained: Lawyer

 Two of the defendants in a baby trafficking case in Niger were brought before prosecutors on Monday accused of trying to leave the capital during their trial, a defence lawyer said.

Six UN peacekeeping troops injured in Mali blast

Six UN peacekeeping troops were injured in a blast on Sunday in northeastern Mali, where four UN trucks were also torched by gunmen, military sources said.