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Richard Arthur Opentil, captain of Black Challenge, Ghana's amputee football team, after defeating Niger in the 2011 Cup of Africa Nations for Amputee Football (CANAF). (Clair MacDougall/Special to The Washington Times)

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This image provided by the Libyan Youth Movement that was taken Saturday, Nov. 19, 2011, purports to show Seif al-Islam Gadhafi surrounded by revolutionary fighters following his capture near the Niger border with Libya. (AP Photo/Libyan Youth Movement)

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This image taken from video and provided by U.S.-based SITE Intelligence Group Thursday Sept. 30, 2010 shows the first images of a group of foreign hostages working for a French energy company who were seized in Niger two weeks ago by an al Qaeda offshoot, according to the group that monitors terrorism. The hostages were grabbed in the middle of the night on Sept. 16 from their guarded villas in the uranium mining town of Arlit in Niger where they worked for French nuclear giant Areva. Five are French citizens, the other two are from Togo and Madagascar. (AP Photo/SITE)

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A giraffe from Africa's most endangered giraffe subspecies, Giraffa camelopardalis peralta, roams freely near Koure, Niger. While the African giraffe population has decreased over the years, Niger is seeing an unlikely boom. (Associated Press)