A court in Niger threw out charges on Friday against members of the political and social elite accused of trafficking newborn babies -- a case dismissed by the opposition as a plot to discredit its members. Police started arresting 20 people, including the wives of several senior politicians, in June and said they wanted to question Hama Amadou, the main challenger to President Mahamadou Issoufou. Political tensions have risen in Niger since 2013 when Hama, once part of Issoufou's coalition, fell out with the president. According to the prosecution, around 30 children were born to women in neighbouring Nigeria for the sole purpose of being sold to wealthy couples in Niger.
WASHINGTON (AP) — He insists he could win, but Mitt Romney has stepped out of the 2016 presidential contest in favor of the "next generation of Republican leaders" following a three-week fact-finding effort that revealed significant resistance to a third campaign.