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Four Confess to Planning Foiled Coup, Niger Says

Four people arrested for ties to an attempted coup in Niger in December have confessed to the plot and asked for clemency, the defense minister said Wednesday. At least 13 people, including a civilian, had been arrested, Defense Minister Mahamadou Karidio said. Nigerien President Mahamadou Issoufou said on national television Dec. 17 that the coup had been foiled. There have been several coups in the landlocked West African nation, which the West sees as an important ally against...

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