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Deby lifts Chad social media restrictions

Ndjame - Chad President Idriss Deby said Saturday he was lifting social media restrictions which were imposed more than a year ago for "security reasons.

Farmers and nomads take to violence in drought-stricken Chad

Ab - The chief medical officer at Adre hospital takes a routine phone call: a patient has been admitted with gunshot wounds and needs emergency surgery.

Macron says 'an ally must be reliable' after US Syria pullout announcement

Ndjame - French President Emmanuel Macron on Sunday criticised US President Donald Trump's decision to withdraw American forces from Syria, saying "an ally must be reliable".

Macron takes champagne and foie gras to French soldiers in Chad

Ndjame - French President Emmanuel Macron paid a pre-Christmas visit to French soldiers in Chad on Saturday, bringing enough champagne, foie gras and chocolate for 1,300 troops along with him.

Chad forces bombard rebel positions on Libyan border

Ndjame - Chad forces bombarded rebel positions around Tibesti, a town in the far north on the Libyan border, security and local sources told AFP Saturday.

18 killed in Boko Haram attack in Chad: military source

Ndjame - Eighteen people have been killed in an attack by suspected Boko Haram jihadists in the Lake Chad region, a Chadian military source said Sunday.

Schools, hospitals shut as Chad civil servants go on strike

Ndjame - Hospitals and schools were shut in Chad Monday as civil servants went on strike over pay cuts imposed by the cash-strapped government which is under pressure to cut public funding to meet the demands of international donors.

Tillerson shortens African tour over 'schedule demands'

Ndjame - US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson on Monday was to shorten his maiden tour of Africa because of work, aides said.

Protesters face 'zero tolerance' in Chad as 17 sentenced

Ndjame - "Fear rules over the city," said Mahamat, a resident of the Chadian capital N'Djamena for more than 40 years who did not dare to reveal his real name."Although people are frustrated, they don't want to be arrested, kidnapped or tortured.

'Day of anger' in Chad sees low turnout and security lockdown

Ndjame - Plans for a "day of anger" in the Chadian capital failed to materialise Thursday, with just a few dozen protesters marching against austerity amid a large police presence, a day after the government suspended 10 opposition parties.

Strike looms as students arrested in Chad anti-austerity protest

Ndjame - Trade unions in Chad called on Monday for a general strike, as anti-austerity protests grow alongside growing impatience with the regime of President Idriss Deby.

Turkish president signs trade deals on visit to Chad

Ndjame - Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan signed a number of trade deals with Chad on Tuesday, on his first visit to what is one of the poorest and most corrupt countries in the world.

Chad blasts UN report on troop abuses in C. Africa

Ndjame - Chad has strongly objected to a UN report accusing its soldiers of abuses in Central African Republic in an official letter seen by AFP on Friday.

Boko Haram attack in Chad kills nine troops, 40 jihadists: sources

Ndjame - Nine Chadian soldiers were killed in a Boko Haram attack on an army post in the Lake Chad region on Friday, local and security sources told AFP.

UN envoys plan Paris conference to aid Chad

Ndjame - UN envoys on a mission to the Lake Chad region said Saturday that a conference would soon be held in Paris aimed at easing the humanitarian crisis gripping Chad.

Chad closes its long border with Libya for security reasons

N'djamena - Chadian Prime Minister Albert Padacke has closed its long 2,000 kilometer northern border with neighbouring Libya. The move is designed to prevent an influx of militant fighters including Islamic State(IS) fighters fleeing conflict in Libya.

France sees 'long war' against jihadists in Africa

Ndjame - French Prime Minister Bernard Cazeneuve on Thursday warned troops stationed in Africa's Sahel region that they should "prepare for a long war" against jihadists.

Chad, anti-jihadist ally of the West, battered by crises

Ndjame - A key ally of the West in its fight against jihadists in Africa, Chad is mired in crises that have rocked the authoritarian regime of President Idriss Deby, as the opposition plans a general strike for Tuesday.

Tension in Chad ahead of Deby's fifth term

Ndjame - Chad's President Idriss Deby is set to be sworn in Monday for a fifth term in power, facing persistent resistance from an opposition that alleges his re-election was a "political hold-up".

Chadian troops 'pour into Niger after Boko Haram attack'

Ndjame - The first of an expected 2,000 troops from regional military powerhouse Chad began arriving in neighbouring Niger Wednesday, where Boko Haram insurgents inflicted heavy losses in the town of Bosso last week, a local security source said.
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