US Secretary of State Blinken visits Niger on Africa tour

By DALATOU MAMANE and KRISTA LARSON Associated Press NIAMEY, Niger (AP) — U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken is seeking to strengthen ties with Niger as Russian influence is on the rise in other countries in Africa’s Sahel region. Blinken on Thursday became the first American secretary of state to visit the West African nation.

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