Nigerien Arrested in Nigeria for Raping Woman, Beheading Toddler
[Premium Times]A middle-aged Nigerien, Mamodu Bashir Ibrahim, was on Thursday arrested by the Ogun State Police Command on for allegedly beheading a toddler, after raping the mother.
From North to South, East to West, Media Freedom in Africa Under Challenge
[allAfrica]The executive director of the International Press Institute (IPI), Alison Bethel McKenzie, delivered a wide-ranging report on press freedom in the world to the institute's world congress in Cape Town on Sunday. Excerpts from the report relating to the state of press freedom in Africa:
Niger Hopeful to Sign New Uranium Deal With French Company
[VOA]Niger's president, Mahamadou Issoufou, says his country will sign a new uranium mining contract with France's Areva group within "a few days."
WB to Help Improve Public Sector Performance in Niger
[World Bank]Washington -The World Bank's Board of Executive Directors has approved a grant for a total of US$40 million from the International Development Association (IDA)* to help Niger improve civil service capacity and service delivery in the health, education and agriculture sectors.
IMF Executive Board Completes Second and Third Reviews of Niger's Extended Credit Facility and Approves U.S.$34.9 Million Disbursement
[IMF]The Executive Board of the International Monetary Fund (IMF) today completed the second and third reviews of Niger's economic performance under the program supported by a three-year Extended Credit Facility (ECF) arrangement. The completion of these reviews enables an immediate disbursement of an amount equivalent to SDR 22.56 million (about US$34.9 million), bringing total disbursements under the ECF arrangement to an amount equivalent to SDR 45.12 million (US$69.9 million).
Amnesty International - 1,500 Nigerians Killed in Boko Haram Violence in 2014
[VOA]Abuja -Amnesty International said 1,500 people have been killed this year in an escalating armed conflict between Boko Haram insurgents and Nigerian security forces. Amnesty said more than half the victims were civilians.
Grant Aims to Foster Growth, Improve Food Security, and Enhance Public Administration
[World Bank]Washington -The World Bank's Board of Executive Directors has approved a grant for a total of US$70 million from the International Development Association (IDA)* to help Niger improve the country's business environment for investment and trade, increase agricultural productivity, and improve its public financial management.
World Cup 2014 - Keshi to Release an Initial List Next Week
[Africa Top Sports]Stephen Keshi will release his first list for the World Cup 2014 next week. This first list will include 35 players. Stephen Keshi will first hand this list to the leaders of the Nigerian Football Federation before its official release, stated KickOff Nigeria.
NGO Tackles Leading Cause of Blindness, Trachoma
[VOA]A European non-profit is launching new efforts to combat blindness in three African countries where some of the world's highest rates of trachoma are found.
Two Million Animals Vaccinated
[ICRC]Geneva/Niamey -More than two million head of livestock belonging to almost 140,000 families in the Agadez and TillabĂ©ry areas of the north and west of Niger have been treated in a major vaccination and deworming campaign. The undertaking, begun in January by Niger's veterinary authorities with support from the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) and the Red Cross Society of Niger, has just ended.
Niamey - Museum Like a Palace
[Daily Trust]Niger -The Niamey museum or MusĂ©e Boubou Hamma as it is popularly known, is a memorable place, and is a pleasant surprise to the visitor. It looks like a Hausa or Tuareg palace, and if a few palace Dogarai or guards were present, they would have helped to strengthen this impression a bit more.