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Niger's soldiers intercepted a shipment of nearly three tonnes of cannabis being escorted by a group of heavily armed smugglers in the mountains of northern Niger, the West African country's defence ministry said late on Monday. The seizure occurred on Sunday in the Air Mountains, an area regularly traversed by criminal gangs, some with links to Islamist militant groups, to smuggle drugs and migrants into northern Africa and then onward to Europe. Three vehicles as well as machine-guns, assault rifles, a grenade launcher and ammunition were seized during the operation, which was carried out by soldiers from Niger and a partner nation.
KEENE, N.H. (AP) — Hillary Rodham Clinton has found herself on the defensive during her first presidential campaign visit to New Hampshire this year, pushing back against swirling questions about her family foundation.
Britain's stability would be threatened if a future Labour government cut a deal with Scottish nationalists, John Major, the country's former Conservative prime minister, will warn on Tuesday, saying "mayhem" and political blackmail would ensue. Major's intervention comes ahead of a knife-edge May 7 election in which neither the Conservatives nor Labour are expected to win an outright majority, teeing up a possible deal between Labour and a resurgent Scottish National Party (SNP), which wants Scotland to break away from the United Kingdom.