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Niger Authorizes Troops for Force to Fight Boko Haram

Niger's parliament unanimously authorized sending troops to battle Boko Haram militants as part of a regional force, lawmakers said after a vote late Monday. Niger, Nigeria, Chad, Cameroon and Benin plan to deploy up to 8,750 soldiers to fight the militants who have killed thousands of people since launching their insurgency in 2009. Hours before the vote, Boko Haram fighters attacked the southeastern Niger town of Diffa, including carrying out a bombing and raiding a...

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