11 dead as boat capsizes in Niger Jul 12, 2019 0 730 12345 AFPNiameyEleven people drowned Thursday when their boat capsized on a river in central Niger, the governor of the region said. The accident happened near the town of Maradi, said governor Zakari Oumarou of the Maradi region near the border with Nigeria.“Three or four passengers” of the boat were also reported missing, a local source added. The Goulbi is a seasonal river that originates in Nigeria. “In the rainy season, the Goulbi cuts off the roads, obliging inhabitants to take small boats to go from one place to another,” a resident said.In June, the UN warned the Sahel desert country risks floods affecting as many as 170,000 people this rainy season, which lasts about three months.In 2018, heavy rains were blamed for the deaths of 52 people and the destruction of 170,000 homes. The waters also destroyed 8,000 hectares of crops, killed 33,000 head of cattle and damaging schools and drinking water wells. RELATED ARTICLES US, Britain will ‘strongly regret’ oil tanker seizure: Iran Guards Jul 12, 2019 0 1921 Israeli troops kill fighter on Gaza border: Hamas Jul 12, 2019 0 402 Japanese probe lands on distant asteroid Jul 12, 2019 0 1864 Clashes kill more than 80 fighters in northwest Syria AFP Beirut More than 80 fighters were killed in clashes on Thursday between regime and rebel forces in northwest Syria, as violence raged on the edge of an opposition bastion despite a September truce deal. In nearby .. Four killed in blasts at funeral in Libya dpa Benghazi Four people were killed in three back-to-back explosions during the funeral of an ex-military commander in Libya’s eastern city of Benghazi on Thursday, an army official said. Twenty-six others were .. Sanctions widen US assault on Lebanon, says Hezbollah Reuters BEIRUT Lebanon’s Hezbollah said on Thursday that new US sanctions against three of its officials, including two MPs, have widened Washington’s assault on Lebanon. The move marks the first time the United States .. Clashes rock volatile C Africa area after vendor’s killing Bangui: Clashes rocked a volatile Muslim-majority area of the Central African Republic capital Bangui for a second day Thursday in tit-for-tat violence after a vendor was killed by a local militia. The PK5 district has .. EU mulls adding Saudi Arabia to money-laundering grey list: Sources Reuters BRUSSELS The European Union is preparing an overhaul of its listing of countries that pose money-laundering risks, an EU confidential document shows, a review that could allow Saudi Arabia to be moved to a new ..