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A plant (Guizotia abyssinica) of the composite family native to northeast Africa, having yellow flower heads and grown for its oil-rich seeds, often used for birdseed.

[From earlier niger seed, probably after the Niger River in West Africa, where it is widely grown.]

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 (nī′jər, nē-zhâr′)
A country of west-central Africa. The Tuareg and Hausa established states in the late Middle Ages, and the region was dominated by the Songhai and Bornu empires in the 1500s. Niger came under the French sphere of influence after the Conference of Berlin (1884-1885) and was made a separate colony within French West Africa in 1922. It achieved independence in 1960. Niamey is the capital and the largest city.

Ni′ger·i·en n. & adj.
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1. (Placename) of or relating to Niger or its inhabitants
2. (Peoples) of or relating to Niger or its inhabitants
(Peoples) a native or inhabitant of Niger
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Noun1.Nigerien - a native or inhabitant of Niger
Republic of Niger, Niger - a landlocked republic in West Africa; gained independence from France in 1960; most of the country is dominated by the Sahara Desert
African - a native or inhabitant of Africa
Adj.1.Nigerien - of or relating to the people of Nigeria; "a Nigerian novelist won the Nobel Prize for literature this year"
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Le gouvernement nigerien vient de creer un code de reseaux d'electricite afin de dynamiser le developpement de l'offre de l'electricite et pour un acces universel a l'electricite a l'horizon 2035, indique un communique rendu public a l'issue de la reunion hebdomadaire du Conseil des ministres.
The spokesperson for the Command, DSP Joseph Alabi, disclosed the identity of the 32-year-old Nigerien to the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on Saturday in Lagos.
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During the visit, Al Nowais and Saadou Sidou, Nigerien Minister of Trade and Private Sector Development, signed the aid agreement.
Le Niger souhaite beneficier de l'experience algerienne en matiere d'education, d'enseignement et d'alphabetisation ainsi que de formation et d'enseignement professionnels, a indique, jeudi a Alger, le ministre nigerien des Enseignements professionnels et techniques, Tidjani Idrissa Abdoulkadri.
Foreign Minister Sameh Shoukry met Wednesday his Nigerien counterpart Kalla Ankourao - Courtesy of the Egyptian MFA spokesperson CAIRO - 15 November 2018: Foreign Minister Sameh Shoukry met Wednesday his Nigerien counterpart Kalla Ankourao on the sidelines of the preparatory meetings for the extraordinary AU summit, held in Ethiopia on November 14-18.
The US Army has punished six members of the armed forces for their roles in a 2017 mission in Niger that resulted in the ambush deaths of four Americans and four allied Nigerien troops, The New York Times reported Saturday.
Summary: TEHRAN (FNA)- Iranian President Hassan Rouhani in a message to his Nigerien counterpart Mahamadou Issoufou called for broadening of mutual cooperation and bilateral relations between the two countries.
During this operation, the National Agency for the Fight against Trafficking in Persons and the Illicit Transport of Migrants (ANLTP/TIM) reported that Nigerien law enforcement officials identified a fraudulent employment agency placing Nigerien women in Middle Eastern countries; the investigation of this agency remained ongoing at the end of the reporting period.
According to the rights group a group of 145 people including women and children who had fled Libya to Niger fearing extortion and torture sought refuge at a displacement camp in the Nigerien city of Agadez where they hoped to claim asylum.