Niger starts evacuations from Libya, 500 citizens flown home Dec 08, 2017 0 32 12345 AFPNiameyNiger has flown home more than 500 of its citizens from Libya as part of an urgent repatriation plan which will see up to 4,000 people evacuated, the foreign ministry has said.The move follows global shock over the atrocities suffered in Libya by African migrants, many of whom are trying to reach Europe, which was brought home by a CNN report showing people being sold as slaves.Pressure has since grown on individual states and the African Union to get them out, with the AU this week pledging to repatriate 20,000 Africans within the next six weeks."This evening, 504 of our fellow countrymen who were living in Libya have been brought back home," said Foreign Minister Ibrahim Yacoubou who met them as they arrived at Niamey airport on Wednesday evening."There are thousands of others who are still in Libya and we will bring back everyone who wants to leave," he said.Interior Minister Bazoum Mohamed said buses had been chartered to ferry them back to their villages.Among those brought back home there was a tangible sense of relief.Some 4,000 Niger nationals have already signed up to be brought home, the foreign ministry said, saying they would be brought back in a"rolling airlift".It is not the first time that Niamey has repatriated its nationals stranded in neighbouring Libya. POST A COMMENT RELATED ARTICLES War inevitable with US drills & threats: N Korea Dec 08, 2017 0 369 Swearing-in of Odinga an act of 'high treason', says Kenyan AG Dec 08, 2017 0 32 'Go home' drone seeks to stop Japan overtime binge Dec 08, 2017 0 38 UN raps Cameroon over rights abuses in Boko Haram fight AFP Yaound` The UN Committee against Torture has asked Cameroon to stop its troops from committing"atrocities" in its fight against Boko Haram militants, according to report seen by AFP. The body also expressed concern .. Chinese media tells how to survive nuclear attack REUTERS BEIJING A state-run newspaper in China's Jilin province, which borders North Korea and Russia, published a page of"common sense" advice on how readers can protect themselves from a nuclear weapons attack .. RPT-Russian lawmaker, citing N. Korean envoy, says Pyongyang does not want escalation - Ifax (Repeats with no changes to text) MOSCOW, Dec 7 (Reuters) - A Russian lawmaker who met North Korea's ambassador to Russia said on Thursday that Pyongyang did not want to escalate tensions with the United States over .. Zimbabwe govt keeps promise of restoring farm rights to whites REUTERS HARARE A white Zimbabwean farmer kicked off his property at gunpoint in June has been told he will be going home within days, the first signs of the post-Robert Mugabe government making good on promises to respect .. RPT-Russian lawmaker, citing N. Korean envoy, says Pyongyang does not want escalation - Ifax (Repeats with no changes to text) MOSCOW, Dec 7 (Reuters) - A Russian lawmaker who met North Korea's ambassador to Russia said on Thursday that Pyongyang did not want to escalate tensions with the United States over .. Russian lawmaker says N Korea doesn't want escalation after meeting envoy MOSCOW A Russian lawmaker who met North Korea's ambassador to Russia said on Thursday that Pyongyang did not want to escalate tensions with the United States over its missile programme but did not fear war, the .. Senegal opens new airport AFP Diass Senegal has opened a flagship new airport on Thursday, seven years later than originally planned but with ambitions to become a west African regional hub with a capacity for three million passengers. President ..