The Republic of Niger is the largest country in West Africa, named after the Niger River. Over 80 percent of its land is covered by the Sahara Desert.
The former French colony acquired its freedom in 1960 and is still one of the world's poorest countries. It was ranked last at 187th in the United Nations' Human Development Index in 2013.
Nigerians celebrate their first appearance at the Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang, South Korea +++ The International Organization for Migration in Niger explains measures to curb migration +++ China embarks on acquiring prime land across Zambia, Zambians are not happy
Parliament voted in favor of increased presence in North Africa and cutting the number of troops in the Middle East. Rome hopes to fight the human trafficking that has brought hundreds of thousands of migrants to Italy.
Countries like Niger and Chad are trying to encourage Boko Haram terrorists to leave the group with the offer of integrating them back into normal society. But what are these offers like in practice? In northwestern Chad the authorities are trying to resettle ex-Boko Haram fighters in their former village communities. That’s proving to be extremely difficult.