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Niger : Niger is a country in north central Africa with 13 million inhabitants. The republic is named after the River Niger. Neighboring countries are Mali, Algeria, Libya, Chad, Nigeria, Benin and Burkina Faso. Niger lies in part in a belt known as the Sahel. In the north of Niger is the Azbine Mountains and the Air Mountains, with rocks, green glades and waterfalls. The Tchigai highland located in the northeast. The Lake Chad lies beneath it. The Sahara, with beautiful sand dunes, lies north. Central is the Tenere desert, with splendid oases. The valley of the River Niger is located southwest, with grass savannas around it. Niger has a desert climate in the north and a tropical climate in the south. The capital Niamey has 650,000 inhabitants. Sights are the national museum, the zoo, the Great Mosque, cultural centers and markets. Other major cities are Agadez, Mayahi, Zinder, Bilma, Diffa, Dosso, Maradi, Tahoua and Tillabery. At the World Heritage list of UNESCO are the W National Park and nature reserves of Air and Tenere. Other attractions are the dinosaur graveyard, the village Iferouâne, the Tuareg, La Cure Salee, the Gerewol Festival of the Wodaabee nomads and the salt caravans.

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