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The Republic of Niger is a former French colony located in West Africa. Niger is bordered to the north by Algeria and Libya, east by Chad, south by Nigeria and west by Benin, Burkina Faso and Mali.

Internal rebellions have constituted the major threat to stability in Niger over the past few decades. For instance, Tuaregs in the north of the country rebelled in the 1990s, and then again in 2007. In April 1999, President Ibrahim Bare Mainassara was assassinated in a...

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