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    Niger’s militia junta requests sanctions reduction from West African court docket

    Niger’s junta on Tuesday asked West Africa’s regional court to order the lifting of sanctions imposed on the country by its neighbors following a July coup in which the democratically elected president was deposed. "There is no sector of the Nigerien society that has not been affected by these sanctions" which have caused untold economic hardship in one of the world’s poorest countries, Younkaila Yaye, one of the junta’s lawyers,…