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Ouattara forces await Côte d’Ivoire end game

Hundreds of troops loyal to Côte d'Ivoire's Alassane Ouattara are waiting to launch what they say will be the final assault on Abidjan.

Sudan’s al-Bashir defies ICC with Chad trip

Sudan President Omar al-Bashir arrived in Chad on Wednesday, his first visit to a full member state of the ICC, which wants his arrest for genocide.

Chad rebels free US missionary after nine months

Chadian rebels have freed a US missionary after holding him hostage for more than nine months in the remote north of the Central African country.

Chad rejects peace meeting with Sudan leader

Chadian President Idriss Déby Itno said on Wednesday he would not meet his Sudanese counterpart for peace talks.

Chad judiciary gives go-ahead for Zoe’s Ark pardon

Chad's Higher Judicial Council gave him the go-ahead on Friday to pardon six French aid workers jailed for eight years for abducting children, an official said. The six members of the Zoe's Ark charity were sentenced to eight years' hard labour by Chad last year for trying to kidnap 103 African children.

Chad prolongs state of emergency

Chad extended a state of emergency by a further 15 days on Friday, saying it was needed to maintain state authority almost a month after a rebel attack on the capital, Ndjamena. The state of emergency gives the government wide search-and-arrest powers and also permits control of media reporting.

Chad ‘in control’ after rebel attack, says president

Chad's government is in total control of the country after beating off a rebel offensive, President Idriss Déby Itno said on Wednesday. Making his first public appearance since rebels attacked the capital, Ndjamena, on the weekend, Déby accused the president of neighbouring Sudan of backing the rebel offensive.

More South Africans to be airlifted from Chad

It is hoped that four more South Africans will be airlifted from Chad to Gabon on Tuesday, the Department of Foreign Affairs said. The four South Africans were already at the French military base in Chad's capital Ndjamena. Three other South Africans remained stranded and were still hoping to fly out of the country.

Thousands flee Chad capital, fresh attack feared

Thousands of civilians fled Chad's capital Ndjamena on Monday after rebel forces pulled back from a two-day assault, but the rebels said they would attack again to try to topple President Idriss Déby Itno, whose government said it had beaten off more than 2 000 insurgents.

Chad army battles rebels near capital

Chad's army fought to hold off advancing rebels 100km from the capital, Ndjamena, on Friday as the renewed combat delayed the deployment of European peacekeepers to the Central African country. Up to 3 700 European Union troops were due to arrive in coming weeks on an urgent peacekeeping mission to eastern Chad.

Rebels threaten to ‘launch hostilities’ on Chad capital

Chadian rebels said on Friday that their forces had taken up positions around the capital, Ndjamena, and they called on President Idriss Déby Itno to negotiate a power-sharing deal or face an offensive on the city. Residents in the dusty capital on the banks of the Chari River said the atmosphere was tense.

Convicted French aid workers fly home from Chad

Six French aid workers sentenced to hard labour in Chad for trying to kidnap 103 children flew out of the African nation on Friday bound for France where they are due to serve their sentences in jail. France invoked a 1976 judicial cooperation treaty with its former colony to obtain the quick transfer home of the six.

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