Niger sacks military chiefs after deadly militant attack Jan 14, 2020 0 721 12345 Niamey: Niger replaced two top military brass on Monday, four days after a jihadist assault on an army base left 89 dead in the biggest single loss in the country’s history.The new armed forces chief of staff is General Salifou Modi, who replaces General Ahmed Mohamed, the government said in a statement read on national radio. The new head of the army is Brigadier General Seidou Bague, replacing Sidikou Issa. The decision was made by a cabinet meeting before President Mahamadou Issoufou left for Pau, southwestern France, for a summit on the crisis in the Sahel to be attaended by the so-called G5 countries -- Burkina Faso, Chad, Niger, Mali and Mauritania -- with France, the former colonial power in the region. (AFP) Pages 12 RELATED ARTICLES Iran denies ‘cover-up’ as public anger mounts over downed airliner Jan 14, 2020 0 148 Libya’s Haftar delays ceasefire signing at Moscow talks Jan 14, 2020 0 123 Al-Shabaab kills three teachers in attack on eastern Kenya school Jan 14, 2020 0 1042 Israeli MPs vote to start Netanyahu immunity talks AFP Jerusalem Israeli lawmakers on Monday voted in favour of discussing Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s immunity request, bringing the premier’s legal woes to the fore weeks ahead of an election. Netanyahu lodged .. King of Jordan warns IS militants on rise again AFP Paris King Abdullah of Jordan on Monday warned that the Islamic State group was regrouping and was once again on the rise in the Middle East. Months after the ousting of IS last year from their last Syrian holdout, .. One dead in Guinea as sweeping anti-govt rally starts Conakry: One man was shot and killed in Guinea’s capital Conakry on Monday at the start of open-ended protests against President Alpha Conde. The West African country has been wracked by demonstrations since .. German FM warns Iran doubt about troops in Iraq Amman: Iran needs to stop interfering in regional conflicts, German Foreign Minister Heiko Maas said on Monday during a visit to Jordan. “We are agreed. If Iran wants to de-escalate, then it must stop agitation in its .. Trump defends targeted killing of top Iranian general on Twitter post DPA Washington US President Donald Trump on Monday took to Twitter to defend the targeted killing of top Iranian general Qassem Soleimani after critics questioned the “imminent” nature of the threat Trump said ..