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February 4, 2006 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
Egypt and Niger were declared free of endemic polio Wednesday by the World Health Organization, bringing the goal of eradicating the paralyzing disease worldwide a step nearer. Egypt, where polio has been traced back 5,000 years, has had no cases for more than a year, and the nine reported in Niger were due to imports of the virus from neighboring Nigeria.
October 27, 2006 | From Times Wire Reports
Niger said an expulsion order issued this week applied to 3,300 refugees from neighboring Chad who lack proper identity documents, not 150,000. The interior minister had said Tuesday that the larger number of Arab refugees, who have lived in this West African nation for decades, would have to leave because they were destroying arid Niger's fragile ecosystem, particularly water sources. Government spokesman Mohamed Ben Omar said the 3,300 had until Saturday to leave the country.
December 5, 2004 | From Times Wire Reports
Niger's President Mamadou Tandja looked set to win another five-year term as head of one of the world's poorest nations after a strong voter turnout in a second round of elections. Tandja, a former army officer credited with bringing a measure of political and economic stability to the mostly desert nation, is expected to win the runoff after sealing the support of the parliament speaker, who finished third in the first round.
July 31, 2005 | From Times Wire Reports
Food by the truckload is finally reaching remote northern Niger, eight months after the first pleas for help. United Nations appeals beginning in November went almost unanswered until the situation reached crisis proportions. Almost a third of the population of 11.3 million risk starvation in this desperately poor West African nation, hit by locusts and then drought.
September 10, 2004 | From Associated Press
Government troops battled militia forces Thursday in the creeks and mangrove swamps of the Niger Delta, a leading African oil region, pressing an offensive that has forced thousands of villagers to flee their homes. Burned houses and twisted metal roofs -- strewn over an area the size of a football field -- showed the savagery of militia attacks on one slum district in this city of 3 million. A few refugees made their way through the streets, carrying their belongings in bundles.
March 2, 2006 | From Associated Press
Militants released six foreign oil workers Wednesday, including a diabetic Texan celebrating his 69th birthday. But three other hostages -- two Americans and a Briton -- were kept by militants from the Movement for the Emancipation of the Niger Delta. The nine were taken captive Feb. 18 to press fighters' demands for a greater share of oil revenue generated in the restive southern region. A militant spokesman said Wednesday that all "low-value" hostages had been freed.
Roxie Roker, the elegant and beautiful actress best known for her role as Helen Willis on the long-running hit CBS television series "The Jeffersons," has died. She was 66. Roker died Saturday in Los Angeles, her publicist, Cynthia Snyder, said this week. The cause of death was not revealed. The actress, also known for her community work, had moved to Hollywood in 1975 when Norman Lear cast her in "The Jeffersons" as part of the upstairs interracial couple.
April 11, 1995 | Reuters
A meningitis epidemic sweeping the West African nation of Niger has now killed 2,344 people, the Health Ministry said Monday. The ministry said 23,785 people had been afflicted by the epidemic.
November 14, 1990 | Reuters
The mainly Muslim West African state of Niger will send troops to Saudi Arabia this week to join the anti-Iraq alliance, officials said Tuesday.
October 7, 1987 | Associated Press
Will Mercer Cook, a former ambassador to Niger and Senegal, is dead of pneumonia at age 84. Cook, who died Sunday at the Washington Hospital Center, was named ambassador to Niger in 1962 and served there three years before he was named ambassador to Senegal, a position he held for two years.
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