Scores of Civilians Are Dead After an Attack in Niger

NIAMEY, Niger — A hundred civilians were killed in attacks by suspected militants in the West African nation of Niger on Saturday, according to government officials.

Armed men shot men and boys in what was said to be a revenge attack on the villages of Tchoma Bangou and Zaroumadareye. The villages are in the southwestern region of Tillabéri, where civilians have increasingly come under attack in the past two years.

“They opened fire on everybody,” said Jahafar Koudize, a resident of Tchoma Bangou who managed to escape.

The attack, which came just a week after Niger’s presidential election, is one

Matthew Specktor and Samantha Culp wedding

Long before the name Matthew Specktor was inscribed on Samantha Culp’s heart, it could be found beneath a short, sweet note inscribed on a page of Mr. Specktor’s book, “American Dream Machine,” which she bought at a benefit at the Hotel Bel-Air in Los Angeles in June 2013.

“With warmest wishes,” Mr. Specktor, 54, wrote, “and thanks, hope you enjoy.”

Ms. Culp, 38, a Los Angeles-based freelance writer and producer, recalled suffering from jet lag that day as she had flown home two days earlier from Shanghai, where she spent a decade living and working as a journalist, art curator