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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.

Chad sends 2,000 troops to Niger after Boko Haram attack

Ndjame - Some 2,000 troops from regional military powerhouse Chad headed to neighbouring Niger on Wednesday, where Boko Haram insurgents inflicted heavy losses in the town of Bosso last week, a military source said.

With help, Africa targets coordinated fight against Boko Haram

Ndjame - With US and European support, African states threatened by Boko Haram are out to smash the militant Islamist group terrorising the region -- but a coordinated response is required if they are to succeed.

Sahel jihadists resorting to soft targets: French commander

Ndjame - The commander of a French anti-jihadist force in Africa's northern Sahel says Islamist insurgents are hitting soft targets elsewhere after losing the initiative in the region.

Chadian President Deby wins fifth term, opposition cry foul

Ndjame - Chad's veteran leader Idriss Deby has won a fifth term in office, the national electoral commission announced, extending his 26 years in power, as the opposition alleged widespread fraud.

Hunger and fear of Boko Haram stalk Lake Chad refugees

Massaguet - Sitting on a mat in the shade cradling a six-month baby, Falmata Marara touches her mouth, her stomach, and then her mouth and stomach again. The message couldn't be clearer, she's hungry.

Chad votes as strongman Deby seeks fifth term

Ndjame - Chadians voted Sunday in an election likely to see President Idriss Deby extend his 26-year rule in a country increasingly on the frontline of the global war on terror.

Chad's President Deby runs for 5th term facing rare public dissent

Ndjame - In the dry searing heat of Chad's capital N'Djamena, a single face stares out from election campaign billboards, President Idriss Deby's, though 14 candidates are running in Sunday's presidential poll.
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