March 27, 2015
by Laura DeGeer
More than 1,000 civilians have been killed so far in 2015 at the hands of the Islamist armed group Boko Haram, Human Rights Watch (HRW) said Thursday. According to HRW, "Boko Haram fighters have deliberately attacked villages and committed mass killings and abductions as their attacks have spread ...[read more]
January 7, 2015
by Brittany Felder
Royal Dutch Shell (Shell) on Wednesday reached a settlement in a lawsuit concerning the Niger Delta oil spills of 2008. The settlement, totaling USD $84 million, will be divided between 15,600 individuals who will receive $3,300 each as compensation for losses caused by the spills. The remaining ...[read more]
March 6, 2014
by Peter Snyder
Saadi Gaddafi, son of former Libyan leader Col. Muammar Gaddafi was extradited from Niger back to Libya Thursday to stand trial for crimes allegedly committed during his father's rule. Saadi is the most recent fugitive whom the Libyan government has extradited from Niger. In February Abdallah ...[read more]
January 30, 2013
by Cynthia Miley
The Dutch District Court of The Hague ruled Wednesday that a subsidiary of Shell could be held liable to one farmer for damages resulting from polluting the Niger Delta region in southern Nigeria. However, the court dismissed four other claims brought by farmers and fishermen, along with Friends ...[read more]
December 17, 2012
by Michael Haggerson
The Libyan government closed the country's southern border with Algeria, Niger, Chad and Sudan on Sunday and declared southern Libya as a military zone. The move was in response to growing lawlessness in Libya's southern provinces of Ghadames, Ghat, Obari, Al-Shati, Sebha, Murzuq and Kufra. ...[read more]
October 11, 2012
by Rebecca DiLeonardo
Four Nigerian residents and an advocacy group told a Dutch court on Thursday that Shell should be held liable for damage from oil pollution in the Niger Delta. The suit, which was filed by the four villagers and Friends of the Earth Netherlands in 2008, is the first time a Dutch company has been ...[read more]
October 8, 2012
by Brandon Gatto
African neighbors Burkina Faso and Niger asked the UN International Court of Justice (ICJ) at a public sitting on Monday for a peaceful settlement of the longstanding and ongoing border dispute between the two former French colonies. In what is known as the "frontier dispute," the ICJ will be ...[read more]
July 27, 2012
by Sung Un Kim
Ivory Coast President Alassane Ouattara announced Friday that four men responsible for killing seven UN officials during an armed conflict near the border town of Tai were arrested in Liberia. The seven UN peacekeepers, all from Niger, were killed in a cross-border raid in early June. The attack ...[read more]
October 31, 2011
by Cynthia Miley
On October 31, 2010, Niger held a referendum on whether to adopt a new constitution after the military coup staged by the Supreme Council for the Restoration of Democracy (SCRD) that ousted PresidentMamadou Tandja in February 2011. The SCRD had suspended the previous constitution and dissolved ...[read more]
October 23, 2011
by Maureen Cosgrove
A Nigerian village on Tuesday filed a lawsuit in US federal court against Royal Dutch Shell PLC alleging the oil company polluted a drinking water well with benzene at levels 900 times the limits set by the World Health Organization (WHO). The lawsuit is based on a UN Environment Programme (UNEP) ...[read more]

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