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.
The plight of over one million refugees in Uganda +++ Brewing tension in Nigeria's oil-rich Niger Delta +++ Ghana's dream of becoming the 'Singapore of Africa' in 2020 +++ Upsurge in teen pregnancy in Kenya +++ Cameroon's English-speaking displaced people find difficulties in French-speaking regions
Paris has said it will deploy 600 additional troops to the border zone between Burkina Faso, Mali and Niger. French forces are also seeking to train local fighters who Paris says are unprepared to take on jihadi groups.
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