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Gadhafi's son seeks waiver of travel ban, lawyer saysupdated: Tue Jul 31 2012 07:09:00

Saadi Gadhafi, one of the late Libyan dictator Moammar Gadhafi's sons, has asked the United Nations to let him travel outside the African nation of Niger, his lawyer says.

Bombino: The Jimi Hendrix of Nigerupdated: Fri Jun 22 2012 05:41:00

Omara Moctar, aka Bombino, is a songwriter from Niger. Influenced by rock icons like Santana and Jimi Hendrix.

Omara 'Bombino' Moctar: Guitar hero of the desertupdated: Fri Jun 22 2012 05:41:00

For Omara Moctar, the electrifying Tuareg guitarist better known as "Bombino," there is no better place to play music than the majestic starkness of the desert.

Islamist militants taking advantage of chaos in Maliupdated: Wed Jun 13 2012 12:42:00

The town of Niafunke, on the banks of the River Niger, was made famous by the legendary Ali Farka Toure, one of a legion of great guitarists to emerge from Mali.

A distress call from Africa's Sahel: Millions might starveupdated: Tue Jun 05 2012 20:25:00

The Economic Community of West African States sent a distress call Tuesday to the international community declaring that more than 6 million people are at risk of hunger in the Sahel region of Africa, including more than a million children exposed to severe malnutrition.

Hunger crisis plagues Mauritaniaupdated: Tue Jun 05 2012 20:25:00

Ralitsa Vassileva reports on the drought gripping the West African country of Mauritania.

CARE lawyer: Niger felt like 'Hunger Games' on steroidsupdated: Sun May 13 2012 22:21:00

From his Toyota Land Cruiser, Kent Alexander couldn't stop clicking his camera.

Four African leaders to join food security talks at G8 summitupdated: Fri May 04 2012 07:49:00

President Barack Obama has invited four African leaders to join food security talks at the annual G8 summit this month.

Niger families run out of foodupdated: Mon Feb 20 2012 08:51:00

In parts of Niger worst hit by drought, families have simply run out of food, according to one aid worker.

Hunger in Niger threatens millionsupdated: Mon Feb 20 2012 08:51:00

The knock on the door is a sign of bad things to come.

Gadhafi son under house arrest in Niger, Libya saysupdated: Mon Feb 13 2012 12:03:00

One of ousted Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi's surviving sons has had his phone cut off and been placed under house arrest in Niger after warning of a revolt against Libya's new government, authorities in Tripoli said Sunday.

Desert festival an oasis for sounds of the Saharaupdated: Thu Feb 02 2012 06:34:00

You might associate music festivals with muddy fields and heaving crowds, but Mali's "Festival au Desert" is a world away from all that.

Music lovers gather for desert festivalupdated: Thu Feb 02 2012 06:34:00

Music lovers from around the world gathered in the desert outside Timbuktu, Mali, for a truly unique festival.

Tunisia and co-hosts Gabon advance with dramatic late winsupdated: Fri Jan 27 2012 16:46:00

Tunisia and co-hosts Gabon secured dramatic last-gasp victories to reach the quarterfinals of the Africa Cup of Nations Friday.

Joint hosts Gabon open with victoryupdated: Mon Jan 23 2012 16:30:00

Joint host nation Gabon opened their Africa Cup of Nations campaign with a comfortable 2-0 Group C victory over Niger at the newly-built L'Amitie stadium in Libreville.

Libyan official blasts Niger's amnesty offer to Gadhafi son as a 'provocation'updated: Mon Nov 14 2011 16:25:00

A top Libyan official on Monday slammed Niger's offer of amnesty to one of the late Moammar Gadhafi's sons, calling it a "challenge and provocation."

Niger's leader stands by amnesty offer to Gadhafi's sonupdated: Sun Nov 13 2011 01:38:00

Niger's president is standing by his country's decision to offer amnesty to one of the late Moammar Gadhafi's sons, saying he is entitled to stay in his nation like other "Libyan refugees."

In giving life, women face deadly risksupdated: Tue Nov 01 2011 07:17:00

In Niger, a woman gives birth to an average of nearly eight children. Countries like Uganda, Mali and Somalia are close behind, with an average of six to seven children per woman.

South Africa launch Cup of Nations appealupdated: Mon Oct 10 2011 12:33:00

The South African Football Association (SAFA) have appealed to the Confederation of African Football (CAF) after the country failed to qualify for the 2012 Africa Cup of Nations due to misinterpreting the tournament's rules. Jonathan Wilson: Qualifying for Euro 2012, African Cup Of Nations goes down to wireupdated: Tue Oct 04 2011 14:45:00

Spain, Italy, the Netherlands and Germany have already qualified for next summer's European Championship in Ukraine and Poland. Six more group winners will join them, plus the runner-up with the best record against the teams finishing first, third and fourth in the standings, with the eight other runners-up playing off for the four remaining slots. Here's a look at key upcoming Euro 2012 qualifiers:

The dark, dangerous journey from Niger to Libyaupdated: Thu Sep 22 2011 07:51:00

Dark shadows were lifting themselves off the sidewalk, slowly stretching, shaking the slumber from their limbs.

Two more towns for Libya's rebelsupdated: Thu Sep 22 2011 07:51:00

As CNN's Ben Wedeman reports, rebel forces receive a peaceful welcome in two south Libyan towns.

After a day of intense fighting, anti-Gadhafi forces pull backupdated: Fri Sep 16 2011 22:42:00

Revolutionary forces attacked loyalist strongholds Friday in a failed attempt to snuff out continuing resistance from forces loyal to ousted Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi.

Will Gadhafi's son return to Libya?updated: Fri Sep 16 2011 22:42:00

A Libyan delegation heads to Niger to demand the handover of Saadi Gadhafi. CNN's Nic Robertson reports.

Saadi Gadhafi arrives in Niger as Libyan troops seek to strangle Sirteupdated: Sun Sep 11 2011 22:17:00

Saadi Gadhafi, a son of ousted Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi, has arrived in Niger, an official said, as Libyan fighters tried to stamp out the last pockets of the former leader's loyalists.

Gadhafi's son flees Libya?updated: Sun Sep 11 2011 22:17:00

Sources say Saadi Gadhafi has gone to neighboring Niger despite reports he split ties with his father.

Gadhafi's Tuareg fighters' future unclearupdated: Thu Sep 08 2011 12:10:00

CNN's Tim Lister reports on what Gadhafi's fall will mean for the Tuaregs, nomads who fought as mercenaries for Gadhafi.

U.S.: Gadhafi not believed to be in Niger convoyupdated: Tue Sep 06 2011 17:36:00

Two Libyan convoys have passed through Niger this week, officials in that country said Tuesday, fueling renewed speculation about the whereabouts of ousted Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi and members of his family.

Libyan convoys pass through Nigerupdated: Tue Sep 06 2011 17:36:00

CNN's Ben Wedeman on reports of two Libyan convoys crossing into Niger this week.

10 arrested in Niger coup attempt, president saysupdated: Wed Aug 03 2011 01:14:00

The president of Niger announced that 10 people have been arrested in connection with an attempted coup last month, the first time the nation has confirmed the failed plot.

French hostages plead for troop withdrawal in videoupdated: Wed Apr 27 2011 13:59:00

A video released by al Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb shows four French hostages apparently held by the group in Niger begging French President Nicolas Sarkozy to withdraw French troops from Afghanistan.

Gadhafi sitting on billions in goldupdated: Wed Mar 23 2011 09:08:00

Moammar Gadhafi could use Libya's vast gold reserves to finance a very lengthy war. Mary Snow reports.

3 dead in bomb blast at Nigeria rallyupdated: Fri Mar 04 2011 14:26:00

A bomb hurled at a political rally in Nigeria killed three people and wounded 21 others, police said.

3 hostages released in Nigerupdated: Fri Feb 25 2011 12:22:00

Three hostages who were abducted in Niger in September have been released, the French president's office said Friday.

Italian woman kidnapped in Algeriaupdated: Fri Feb 04 2011 12:05:00

An Italian tourist was kidnapped late Wednesday while traveling in the Algerian desert, according to the Italian news agency ANSA.

France's defense minister absolves French soldiers in botched rescueupdated: Mon Jan 10 2011 18:27:00

France's defense minister said Monday that French soldiers who attempted to rescue two of their abducted countrymen in the capital of Niger were not to blame for the deaths of the men.

French hostages killed during rescue mission, ministry saysupdated: Mon Jan 10 2011 06:46:00

Two French citizens who were kidnapped in Niger's capital were killed -- apparently executed by their abductors -- during an attempted rescue mission, the French Defense Ministry said Sunday.

Kidnapped Frenchmen killed in Nigerupdated: Sat Jan 08 2011 15:59:00

Two French citizens abducted at a restaurant in the Niger capital have been killed, CNN affiliate France 2 reported Saturday, citing the French Defense Ministry.

Militants demand France pullout from Afghanistan for hostage safetyupdated: Fri Nov 19 2010 05:32:00

France must pull its troops from Afghanistan if it wants to ensure the well-being of five French nationals taken hostage in Niger, the head of al Qaeda's north African wing said.

Official: No demands from al Qaeda-linked group holding hostagesupdated: Tue Oct 05 2010 13:45:00

The al Qaeda-affiliated group holding seven hostages in Niger has not made any demands, the prime minister of Togo said Tuesday.

France encouraged by photograph showing hostagesupdated: Fri Oct 01 2010 07:10:00

The French foreign ministry Thursday said a photograph of seven hostages in Niger -- including five French nationals -- has been authenticated and is an "encouraging sign" showing the hostages are alive.

France 'ready to discuss' release of kidnapped nationalsupdated: Sun Sep 26 2010 22:52:00

France is "ready to discuss" the release of French nationals kidnapped in Niger earlier this month, according to a spokesman from President Nicolas Sarkozy's office Sunday.

Web message says al Qaeda affiliate claims abductionupdated: Thu Sep 23 2010 07:52:00

An al Qaeda claim of responsibility for the kidnapping of five French nationals in Niger has surfaced on Islamist websites.

France working to free hostages in Nigerupdated: Wed Sep 22 2010 07:55:00

France plans to "mobilize all of its state agencies" to free five French nationals taken hostage in Niger last week, President Nicolas Sarkozy said on Wednesday, according to his spokesman.

Al Qaeda says it abducted employees of French firm in Nigerupdated: Wed Sep 22 2010 02:10:00

Al Qaeda's North African wing, known as al Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb, said it is responsible for last week's kidnapping of five French nationals in Niger, the Arabic-language news network Al-Jazeera reported Tuesday.

Employees of French firm abducted in Nigerupdated: Thu Sep 16 2010 13:09:00

Seven people linked to a French nuclear energy company were kidnapped in the West African nation of Niger Wednesday night.

Niger flooding displaces nearly 200,000, UN saysupdated: Mon Aug 30 2010 14:24:00

Heavy rains in Niger have displaced nearly 200,000 in recent weeks, the United Nations says, calling on donors and aid agencies to send shelter material, blankets and other supplies.

U.N.: Niger flooding displaces nearly 200,000updated: Sun Aug 29 2010 23:34:00

Heavy rains in Niger have displaced nearly 200,000 in recent weeks, the United Nations says, calling on donors and aid agencies to send shelter material, blankets and other supplies.

UN: African nations face food crisisupdated: Wed Jul 21 2010 01:59:00

U.N. officials are pleading for immediate economic assistance for four African countries where people are facing malnutrition in the wake of a drought last year.

Millions facing hunger in Nigerupdated: Tue Jul 20 2010 16:22:00

Cattle carcasses dot the desert. More beggars show up at street corners in the capital, Niamey. These are indications that Niger is on the brink of catastrophe, say aid workers.

More than 600 arrested in Niger anti-gang raidsupdated: Wed Mar 31 2010 08:39:00

Niger security forces and military police arrested more than 600 people in an overnight raid aimed at dismantling gangs and stopping armed robberies in and around the capital, a government-run Web site said Wednesday.

U.S. urges speedy return to democracy in Nigerupdated: Mon Feb 22 2010 08:52:00

The United States on Monday called for a peaceful and early transition from military to civilian rule in Niger, following last week's coup which ousted President Mamadou Tandja.

U.N. official: Niger's post-coup junta wants return to democracyupdated: Sun Feb 21 2010 21:47:00

The junta leading Niger following last week's coup and suspension of the constitution is working to return the country to democratic rule, a United Nations official said Sunday.

Attempted coup in Nigerupdated: Fri Feb 19 2010 20:49:00

Reports that armed soldiers have stormed the Niger presidential palace. CNN's Christian Purefoy reports.

France and African Union decry coup in Nigerupdated: Fri Feb 19 2010 20:49:00

The French Foreign Ministry and a top African Union official have denounced a military coup in the west African nation of Niger.

Niger military halts nation's constitutionupdated: Thu Feb 18 2010 19:02:00

Niger's constitution has been suspended, a Niger military official announced Thursday night on the nation's three television channels.

West Africa flooding affects 600,000, U.N. reportsupdated: Tue Sep 08 2009 20:09:00

Torrential rains and flooding since June have affected 600,000 people in 16 West African nations, the United Nations reported Tuesday.

Nigerian police: Thousands detained in raid on Islamic campupdated: Sun Aug 16 2009 20:33:00

Police in northern Nigeria on Saturday detained almost 4,000 members of an Islamic community, claiming the group posed a potential violent threat, the police commissioner in the Nigerian state of Niger told CNN.

Doctors target meningitis outbreak in Africaupdated: Thu Apr 30 2009 00:15:00

Doctors Without Borders has embarked on a massive vaccination campaign in three African countries to combat an outbreak of meningitis that has killed hundreds of people, the organization said Wednesday.

African villages denounce female circumcisionupdated: Wed Apr 15 2009 07:08:00

Ten villages in western Niger have publicly denounced the practice of female genital mutilation, according to a UNICEF report.

Meningitis epidemic strikes Nigeria, Nigerupdated: Sat Mar 28 2009 09:22:00

More than 200 people have died of meningitis in the past week alone in Niger and Nigeria, according to the World Health Organization.

Canada: Two diplomats missing in Nigerupdated: Tue Dec 16 2008 00:55:00

Two Canadian diplomats have been reported missing in Niger, the Canadian government said Monday, adding that both men work for the United Nations. 5,000 Year-old Sahara Graves Foundupdated: Fri Aug 15 2008 11:00:00

A tiny woman and two children were laid to rest on a bed of flowers 5,000 years ago in what is now the barren Sahara Desert

Fortune: From WMD to energyupdated: Mon Aug 11 2008 07:27:00

Yellowcake uranium may be known to most of us as President Bush's justification to go to war in Iraq, but the remnants of Saddam Hussein's once-feared WMD program may soon be lighting up homes across the United States.

Panel subpoenas Rice over Niger uranium claimupdated: Wed Apr 25 2007 15:19:00

A House committee Wednesday subpoenaed Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice to find out what she knew about the 2003 claim that Iraq sought uranium from the African country of Niger.

The Sahara: Dry but never boringupdated: Fri Mar 16 2007 10:39:00

A wilderness of sun-baked plateaus, palm-fringed oases, and mesmerizing sand seas, the Sahara measures nearly 3.5 million square miles, and reaches into 10 countries. Of those, Niger and Libya arguably offer the most impressive scenery, while Morocco is attractive because of convenient flights, great cities like Marrakech, and the fact that U.S. citizens staying less than three months don't need visas.

House Democrat asks Rice about 'fabricated Niger claim' updated: Mon Mar 12 2007 17:39:00

The new chairman of a House investigative committee is demanding answers to questions he asked Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice nearly four years ago about President Bush's assertion that Iraq once sought uranium from Africa.

Fortune: PROBLEM NO. 2: HUNGER AND MALNUTRITIONupdated: Mon Mar 05 2007 00:01:00

THE BACKGROUND More than 850 million people live in a state of hunger. Malnutrition kills more people annually than AIDS, malaria, and tuberculosis combined. The majority of the hungry live in the ...

Columnist testifies Rove confirmed Plame was CIAupdated: Mon Feb 12 2007 07:49:00

The journalist who first revealed the identity of CIA operative Valerie Plame said in federal court Monday that two top government officials were his sources.

Business 2.0: Problem no. 3: Hunger and malnutritionupdated: Wed Jan 24 2007 14:41:00

The background: More than 850 million people live in a state of hunger. Malnutrition kills more people annually than AIDS, malaria, and tuberculosis combined. The majority of the hungry live in the developing world, especially in India and sub-Saharan Africa.

The insider's guide to Norwayupdated: Thu Nov 09 2006 11:26:00

Norway is the world's best place to live, according to the United Nations Human Development Index. Here's everything you'd want to know about the Scandinavian paradise.

On this day in history ...updated: Tue Sep 19 2006 03:38:00

1356: English defeat French at Poitiers in a landmark battle of the Hundred Years' War.

Former CIA officer claims conspiracy outed her identityupdated: Fri Jul 14 2006 10:25:00

Former CIA officer Valerie Plame on Friday said she and her husband filed their lawsuit against top Bush administration officials "with heavy hearts" but at the same time "with a renewed sense of purpose."

Fortune: The world at riskupdated: Thu Jun 08 2006 09:00:00

MAY 26, 2006 A look at hot spots, economic fault lines, and events that might have an impact on global risk.

Feel-good fashion in Africaupdated: Fri Mar 24 2006 09:26:00

Although the ethical consumer has long campaigned against sweatshop labor dependent on young children working long hours for a pittance, the definition of a principled purchase has widened to include the fabrics themselves.

Obsessed with 16 wordsupdated: Mon Dec 19 2005 10:36:00

The House International Relations Committee last Thursday voted 24 to 19 to send to the House floor, "without recommendation," a resolution requiring President Bush to turn over documents relating to 16 words in his 2003 State of the Union Address. That actually killed the resolution. But the dead can rise again in Congress, and this corpse will.

The face of famineupdated: Thu Dec 15 2005 16:34:00

"Aminu's dead." Charlie, my producer, tells me when he gets back from the intensive-care ward. Aminu was 4. Yesterday he seemed better. Yesterday was a long time ago.

Your e-mails: The crisis in Nigerupdated: Thu Aug 18 2005 15:40:00

This summer, millions of people -- many of them children -- have struggled to survive a devastating famine in the land-locked, West African nation of Niger.

Inside and beyond Niger updated: Mon Aug 15 2005 08:54:00

Four-year-old Aminu Yahaya lay alongside his mother in the makeshift hospital -- exhausted, his skin peeling, alarmingly thin, and fighting to survive.

'Hungry season' preys on Niger's youngestupdated: Tue Aug 02 2005 14:51:00

In a small village in southern Niger, hundreds of mothers gather with their hungry children hoping somebody will help them.

CNNMoney: Donating to charityupdated: Fri Jul 29 2005 14:12:00

Tens of thousands of children are going to starve to death in the West African Nation of Niger unless they get aid. In fact, 1.2 million people are starving. It's a crisis that could have been avoided, according to the United Nations. But it seems no one was listening to the warnings last year.

Aid groups working to ease Niger crisisupdated: Fri Jul 29 2005 06:36:00

Urgent appeals have been made for help for famine-stricken Niger where more than one million people are at risk from starvation after a locust invasion worsened an already poor harvest. If you want to help, here is a list of organizations gathering aid:

Niger donations rise but still fall shortupdated: Thu Jul 28 2005 18:36:00

After months of weak response, donations to assist famine-stricken Niger have increased to $13 million in the past two weeks -- still far short of what is needed, U.N. officials said.

Feeling of helplessness in Niger campupdated: Wed Jul 27 2005 18:47:00

The aid agencies caring for more than a thousand starving children at a refugee camp in southern Niger will believe reports of food airlifts when the help actually arrives.

U.N. will begin food airlifts to Nigerupdated: Wed Jul 27 2005 14:39:00

The United Nations on Thursday will begin airlifting 44 tons of emergency food rations to famine-stricken Niger in West Africa, where 80,000 people are starving and more than a million others are at risk, officials said.

Stop trying to spin the Iraq warupdated: Mon Jul 25 2005 11:09:00

"You're gonna protect me on this, right?" the magic words. When someone in Washington makes that request and a journalist agrees to the deal, a blood oath has been signed, no matter how scurrilous or trivial the information involved.

The Rove problemupdated: Mon Jul 25 2005 10:27:00

Valerie Plame had no reason to welcome a reporter into her home last week. Reporters tell stories and trade secrets, and her life, once a state secret, had become one of the most widely told stories in years. As if anyone could resist it: beautiful blond mother of two whose identity as a CIA spy is compromised by a political vendetta against her husband.

White House clams up on CIA leakupdated: Tue Jul 12 2005 00:21:00

With a criminal probe heating up into who exposed an undercover CIA agent, the White House spokesman is fending off sharp questions about what role U.S. President George W. Bush's top political adviser may have played in the case.

Fears of Africa polio epidemicupdated: Tue Aug 24 2004 12:00:00

The polio outbreak that originated in northern Nigeria continues to infect new countries and threatens to become an epidemic across west and central Africa, health officials say.

Errant former ambassadorupdated: Thu Jul 15 2004 16:24:00

Like Sherlock Holmes's dog that did not bark, the most remarkable aspect of last week's Senate Intelligence Committee report is what its Democratic members did not say.

Fortune: Face Offupdated: Mon Jul 12 2004 00:01:00

The Corporation, a new Canadian documentary (and Sundance winner) being released in the U.S. this summer, has come up with an interesting theory for why work sometimes seems crazy: If the corporati...

Bush acknowledges talking to attorney over CIA leak probeupdated: Thu Jun 03 2004 15:39:00

President Bush acknowledged Thursday that he has spoken to a private attorney about the investigation into who leaked the name of a CIA operative.

Bush consults private attorney over CIA leak probeupdated: Wed Jun 02 2004 20:27:00

President Bush has had "discussions" with a private attorney in connection with a federal grand jury investigation into who leaked the identity of a CIA operative, a White House spokeswoman said Wednesday.

U.S. backs Chad against extremistsupdated: Thu Mar 11 2004 12:28:00

A small group of U.S. troops quietly helped Chad's military in a running battle this week against an Algerian Islamic group, U.S. sources said Thursday.

Fortune: Out of This Worldupdated: Mon Nov 18 2002 00:01:00

Even the most alpha CEO needs to hand over the reins once in a while. For 2003, Mountain Travel Sobek asked nine of its top guides to choose their favorite places and take along a group. They're ca...

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