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# Niger

This week
24th September 2023 - 30th September 2023
Macron says France will end military presence in Niger following July coup
France has maintained some 1,500 troops in Niger since the coup.
Last week
17th September 2023 - 30th September 2023
Niger leaders slam UN chief for General Assembly snub
President Mohamed Bazoum was overthrown by the military on July 26.
Mali, Niger, Burkina Faso: Three military regimes sign mutual defence pact
All three countries have undergone coups since 2020, most recently Niger.
Macron says ambassador to Niger 'literally held hostage', living off 'military rations'
Niger’s military leaders told the ambassador he had to leave the country after they overthrew President Mohamed Bazoum.
This month
September 2023
Coups d'état: How France's imperial legacy continues to influence West African politics
The military leaders in Niger have this week ordered the expulsion of the French ambassador Sylvain Itte despite his refusal to recognise the authority of the junta.
Last month
August 2023
Tánaiste Micheál Martin to attend informal meetings of EU Defence and Foreign Affairs ministers
The EU’s response to the latest developments in Ukraine and Niger are set to dominate the discussions in Spain.
Niger coup supporters rally after French ambassador ordered out
The largest stadium in Niger was two-thirds full and the sound of vuvuzelas rang out.
Niger's coup leaders order French ambassador to leave the country
France’s government quickly rejected the order against its ambassador, repeating that it did not recognise the military rulers’ authority.
African Union suspends Niger over coup as 12 troops die in attack
It was the council’s first public communication since it met earlier this month to discuss the crisis in Niger following last month’s coup.
West African bloc reject calls by Niger's coup leaders for three-year transition plan
Toppled President Mohamed Bazoum is being held with his family at the presidential palace and could be facing treason charges.
West African military chiefs prepare for possible armed intervention in Niger
The president of Nigeria has warned that ‘any further deterioration’ to his well-being of ousted President Mohamed Bazoum will have ‘grave consequences’.
Niger's military regime vow to prosecute ousted president Mohamed Bazoum for 'high treason'
Bazoum and his family have been held at the president’s official Niamey residence since the coup, with international concern mounting over his conditions in detention.
West African summit steps up threat of force against Niger coup leaders
The bloc had already set a deadline of last Sunday for the military leaders to reinstate Niger’s president Mohamed Bazoum or face military intervention.
Diplomacy 'best way forward' in Niger but force still on table, says Nigerian president
A spokesperson for Bola Tinubu said: ‘No options have been taken off of the table.’
US claims Russia's Wagner mercenaries may 'take advantage' of Niger coup
Mali and Burkina Faso — whose military leaders have been accused of ties with Wagner — have sent envoys to Niger in solidarity with the coup leaders.
Niger closes airspace over 'threat of intervention' as junta defies ECOWAS deadline
ECOWAS (the Economic Community of West African States) issued its ultimatum a week ago, demanding the generals relinquish power by midnight last night.
Pressure mounts on Niger coup leaders as deadline approaches
France said it would ‘firmly’ back whatever course of action ECOWAS takes after the deadline expires today.
West African bloc says it has plans for possible Niger intervention
ECOWAS gave the junta General Abdourahmane Tchian one week to restore power or face the potential use of force.
Niger’s military junta says it's cutting military ties with France, its former colonial ruler
The announcement deepens the post-coup isolation for what had been the United States’ and allies’ last major security partner in the Sahel.
Niger coup leaders ignores 'threats' of sanctions as French and other Europeans evacuate
The Department of Foreign Affairs yesterday said they were engaging with European countries and other States to determine if an evacuation was required.
DFA 'carefully monitoring' situation in Niger as European partners launch rescue mission
The unrest comes as Niger is the latest country in the African region of the Sahel to suffer a coup along with Mali and Burkina Faso.
July 2023
France shuts downs accusations by Niger's junta that it plans to 'intervene militarily'
The French foreign minister denied the claims and added it was still possible to restore Bazoum to power.
Possibility of sanctions on the cards as West African leaders hold summit over Niger coup
General Abdourahamane Tiani, the chief of Niger’s powerful presidential guard, has declared himself leader of the country.
The EU and the African Union condemn leaders of Niger's coup
General Abdourahamane Tiani decalred himself to new leader of Niger.
Army general declares himself leader of Niger after coup
The general presented the coup as a response to “the degradation of the security situation” linked to jihadist bloodshed.
Coup leaders in Niger claim broad army support but France says overthrow is not ‘final’
Niger’s President Mohamed Bazoum has been confined to his residence since Wednesday by his own presidential guard.
Niger president defiant after soldiers overthrow him and declare coup on state television
It was unclear where the president was at the time of the announcement or if he had resigned.
All time
French aid workers among eight killed by gunmen in Niger
A French aid group said several of its workers were among those killed during a tourist outing.
'I thought at least that was sacred' - Trump's chief of staff strongly defends president's call to war widow
If Trump and John Kelly aren’t getting along, it didn’t show in the chief of staff’s speech this evening.
Mother of US soldier killed in Niger accuses Trump of 'disrespecting' her son
Hours earlier, Trump denied the claims that were made, saying that he had proof.
'He knew what he signed up for': Trump faces backlash over call to soldier's widow
La David Johnson was killed in Niger earlier this month.
Three American special forces troops among several killed in ambush
The US Africa command confirmed in a statement that a joint US and Nigerien patrol came under fire in Niger.
Over 40 people including women and infant children die of thirst in Sahara desert
A car carrying a number of migrants broke down in the middle of the desert.
Australian couple in their 80s kidnapped by African Islamist group
The couple have lived in Burkina Faso for over 40 years.
Four killed, 45 injured in violent protests against Charlie Hebdo cover
A doctor in the Zinder’s hospital said that all of the dead and three of the injured had gunshot wounds.
Here’s What Happened Today: Thursday
Everyone’s talking about water restrictions again, unemployment and 48 children who died of thirst.
Ireland gives 4,500 blankets, 150 tents and 2,100 mosquito nets to Niger
About 8,500 families have been displaced because of recent flooding.
AFCON round-up: Ghana denied by Congo, Eagles flying high
After no goals on the opening day, there were five scored in Group B’s first set of matches.
'Millions of lives' could be saved by new global subsidy for malaria drugs
The first independent evaluation of the international scheme shows promise.
35 tonnes of Irish aid flown to Niger after floods
Severe floods struck the regions of Tillaberi and Dosso earlier this month, following on the heels of a food crisis and refugee crisis.