France urged its citizens on Friday to leave the uranium mining region in Niger after saying it suspected the North African wing of Al Qaeda of kidnapping seven foreigners in the country, including five French citizens. There has been no claim of responsibility.

London: Eight Indian states, including Bihar, Uttar Pradesh and West Bengal, together account for more poor people than the 26 poorest African nations combined, a new

Pastoralism provides a living for between 100 and 200 million households, from the Asian steppes to the Andes. But misguided policies are undermining its sustainability. Farming Matters looked at how governments can best strengthen the governance of pastoral systems and find more equitable ways to include pastoralists in policy making.

The Niger Delta, located in the Atlantic Coast of southern Nigeria, is the second largest delta in the world. The region spans over 20,000 square kilometers hosting about 25% of the Nigerian population (from 2006 census, the total population of Nigeria is about 140 million people).

The human impact of climate change

A barge carrying 2,000 tonnes of allegedly stolen crude oil has sunk off the coast of Nigeria's Niger Delta, causing some environmental damage, a military spokesman said on Tuesday.

The boat sank near the Forcados oil terminal, operated by Royal Dutch Shell's joint venture with state-run oil major NNPC, in Delta state late on Sunday.

Some of the developing world's largest rivers including Ganges in South Asia are drying up because of climate change.

Researchers from the US-based National Center for Atmospheric Research (NCAR) said this after analysing data combined with computer models to assess river flows across the world.

By Suzanne Goldenberg
Some of the mightiest rivers on the planet, including the Ganga, the Niger, and the Yellow river in China, are drying up because of climate change, a study of global waterways has warned.

This report, using empirical evidence from research in Niger and north-east Brazil, aims to identify how climate change adaptation can be integrated within the water sector to benefit the most poor and vulnerable people.

A new type of ready-to-use food is changing the way severe malnutrition is treated. But questions remain about how far to push its introduction--and science has a hard time providing the answer.