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Chad says Nigeria deal with Boko Haram to free girls still on

Chad said it believed Nigeria's secret deal with Boko Haram Islamists to free more than 200 kidnapped Nigerian schoolgirls would go ahead despite the breakdown of a truce, and revealed that the key to the agreement was a prisoner swap. The accord mediated by Chad for the release of the girls seized from Chibok in northeast Nigeria in April has been called into question since it was announced by the Nigerian military last week.


Topix.net | 24-Oct-2014 15:20

Chad says Nigeria deal with Boko Haram to free girls is still on

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Topix.net | 24-Oct-2014 15:20

Nigeria talks with Boko Haram but no sign of girls' release

Nearly a week after Nigeria announced a ceasefire deal with Boko Haram, which it said would include the release of more than 200 schoolgirls kidnapped by the Islamist group, there is still no sign of the girls being freed. Talks took place this week between the government and the Islamist militant group in the Chadian capital, but they are shrouded in secrecy.


Topix.net | 23-Oct-2014 07:54

Officials say deal struck for Nigeria girls' return

Relatives of Nigeria's kidnapped schoolgirls on Saturday dared voice cautious hope of seeing the teenagers finally freed after officials claimed to have reached a deal with Boko Haram militants. Senior government and military officials on Friday said they had struck a cease-fire agreement.The deal reportedly included the release of the 219 girls whom the extremists seized from their school in April in a case that drew global outrage and sparked a #BringBackOurGirls campaign.


Topix.net | 18-Oct-2014 20:57

Bridgeporth Commences Airborne Gravity / Magnetic Survey of ERHC Energy's BDS 2008 in Chad

ERHC Energy Chad, a subsidiary of ERHC Energy Inc. , a publicly traded American company with oil and gas assets in Sub-Saharan Africa today announced Bridgeporth Ltd., a specialist geosciences company, has commenced an airborne gravity/magnetic survey of BDS 2008 in Southern Chad. ERHC has 100 percent of the interest in BDS 2008.


Topix.net | 14-Oct-2014 01:33

Chad: President must scrap homophobic Bill

The President of Chad, Idriss Deby, has been directly warned that if a homophobic bill currently before parliament is passed, he will be showing a blatant disregard for the country's human rights obligations. In an open letter published today, Amnesty International's Secretary General, Salil Shetty, calls on the President to scrap the bill which threatens to impose jail sentences of up to 20 years and heavy fines for people "found guilty" of same sex activity.


Topix.net | 09-Oct-2014 13:56

Chad to double oil output by 2016, develop minerals -minister

Chad expects to double oil production by the end of 2015 as new fields come on stream and has appointed firms to inventory potential mineral deposits in an effort to diversify the economy, its finance minister said. The former French colony, one of the poorest nations in the world, has been rocked by humanitarian crises over the past decade including conflicts in the east and south, drought in the arid Sahel region and flooding.


Topix.net | 07-Oct-2014 16:24

Children dance for peace in Chad

N'DJAMENA, Chad, 3 October 2014 - Last summer, I traveled with a UNICEF production team to Tdjou, a small town in eastern Chad with a mix of arid and green landscapes, in the region of Dar Sila. Our objective was to talk with a group of parents in Tdjou about the Dance4Peace project, and to seek permission for their children to participate.


Topix.net | 04-Oct-2014 05:47

African First Ladies Unite Against Mother-to-Child HIV Transmission

On Tuesday, September 23, representatives from the Organization of African First Ladies Against HIV/AIDS took a break from the United Nations General Assembly to meet with UNAIDS, the International Planned Parenthood Foundation and Alere , one of the world's leaders in HIV testing technologies, to discuss intensifying efforts to end mother-to-child transmission of HIV and syphilis throughout Africa. Last week, representatives from the Organization of African First Ladies Against HIV/AIDS met at NYC's Ford Foundation during the U.N. General Assembly for a workshop and conference on ending the epidemic.


Topix.net | 02-Oct-2014 00:13

ERHC Energy Inc. Updates Shareholders on Progress

ERHC Shareholders: ERHC is pleased to present highlights of the Company's recent progress. Republic of Kenya Block 11A As announced last month, BGP successfully completed the 2D seismic program for Kenya Block 11A for the contracting parties.


Topix.net | 23-Sep-2014 18:03

CEMAC Regional Committee reviews Economic Partnership Agreement

The meeting which took place in Ndjamena, Chad was opportunity to negotiate the economic strategic approach of the of the sub region. During the sitting, participants sought ways of cushioning the negative effects of the ACP Economic Partnership Agreement signed with the European Union.


Topix.net | 23-Sep-2014 03:00

Chad to become 37th African state to ban homosexuality

Government ministers of the West African nation of Chad voted Monday to make same-sex relations a crime, the 37th African nation to enact such a law. Homosexuality is not currently illegal in Chad, but a section of a new penal code makes it punishable by 15 to 20 years imprisonment and a fine.


Topix.net | 22-Sep-2014 23:02

West Africa gears up to contain Ebola spread
DAKAR/OUGADOUGOU 22 September 2014 (IRIN) - As the Ebola caseload rises to over 5,350, aid agencies and governments in countries not yet affected by the deadly virus are gearing up for its potential spread across new borders by pre-positioning supplies, training health workers, identifying isolation centres, and disseminating prevention campaign messages, among other activities.
irinnews.org | 22-Sep-2014 02:00

Chad accuses U.N. of neglecting its peacekeepers in Mali

Chad's government accused the United Nations ' peacekeeping mission in Mali on Friday of failing to relieve its contingent in the country's volatile north and neglecting to support it, a day after five Chadian soldiers were killed by a roadside bomb. The mission, known as MINUSMA, was deployed last year after a French-led military intervention drove out al Qaeda-linked Islamist fighters, who had seized the north a year earlier.


Topix.net | 20-Sep-2014 01:48

Côte d'Ivoire refugees stuck in Liberia due to Ebola crisis
ABIDJAN 19 September 2014 (IRIN) - Halted for several months, the voluntary repatriation of Ivoirian refugees in Liberia was to have resumed in July. However, the Ebola outbreak in neighbouring Liberia has led the Ivoirian authorities to close the country's borders to prevent the disease from spreading, suspending refugee returns until further notice.
irinnews.org | 19-Sep-2014 02:00

Cameroon border towns no safe haven for Nigerian refugees
MAROUA (CAMEROON) 17 September 2014 (IRIN) - Nigerians fleeing Boko Haram violence at home and seeking refuge in Cameroon border towns are still not safe.
irinnews.org | 17-Sep-2014 02:00

APC accuses FG of shielding Sheriff, condemns harassment of Goje, others

The All Progressives Congress, APC, has accused the Peoples Democratic Party led Federal Government of engaging in a systematic harassment of members of the opposition party, while at the same time shielding accused Boko Haram sponsor, Ali Modu Sheriff, from the law. In a statement issued in Ilorin on Tuesday by its National Publicity Secretary, Lai Mohammed, the party specifically condemned the harassment and intimidation of Danjuma Goje of the APC during a visit to his constituency in Gombe this week.


Topix.net | 16-Sep-2014 23:32

Nigeria mulls $20-billion offers to sell transmission assets

Chadian President Idris Deby Itno, right, welcomes his Nigerian counterpart Goodluck Jonathan at N'Djamena's airport on September 8, 2014. Chadian President Idris Deby Itno, right, welcomes his Nigerian counterpart Goodluck Jonathan at N'Djamena's airport on September 8, 2014.


Topix.net | 15-Sep-2014 22:28

Airtel launches 3G in Chad

Indian-backed cellco Airtel Chad has launched 3G services in Chad, the Economic Times reports. The announcement was made at a ceremony attended by Chad's President Idriss Deby, and the heads of state of Nigeria and Mauritania, President Goodluck Jonathon and President Mohamed Ould Abdelaziz respectively.


Topix.net | 15-Sep-2014 14:27

How to boost food production in Africa
ADDIS ABABA 15 September 2014 (IRIN) - Smallholder farmers, who hold over 80 percent of all farms in sub-Saharan Africa, are struggling to adapt to rapidly rising temperature and erratic rains, according to the 2014 Africa Agriculture Status Report (AASR), released on 3 September in Addis Ababa.
irinnews.org | 15-Sep-2014 02:00

Why President Jonathan couldn't avoid Modu Sheriff in Chad - Aide

By Ben Agande After the dilemma the presidential delegation was allegedly thrown into when they arrived the Chadian capital and found that the former Borno State governor was not only in Chad but was also part of the Chadian President's delegation that came to receive the president at the airport, more facts have emerged on why Senator Ali Modu Sheriff, the former governor of Borno State was in Ndjamena, Chad during the visit of President Jonathan to the country recently. According to Saturday Vanguard' s investigations, Senator Modu Sheriff is deeply entrenched in the affairs of Nigeria's north eastern neighbour more than it is publicly known to most Nigerians.


Topix.net | 13-Sep-2014 07:59

Heartbreaking Video Shows Elephant Calf Rescue Flight

It's not often a baby elephant takes to the skies above central Africa . The reason for this extraordinary flight is rooted in the ruthless decimation of the elephant population in Africa.


Topix.net | 11-Sep-2014 21:38

GEJ won't interfere with ongoing investigation of accusation against Ali Modu Sheriff

We have noted with surprise, the unnecessary hue and cry raised by the All Progressives Congress and other bigoted critics of the Jonathan Administration over the claim that the President is "hobnobbing" with the former governor of Borno State, Senator Ali Modu Sheriff who was recently accused by the Australian, Stephen Davis of being one of the chief sponsors of the terrorist group, Boko Haram. Continue The totally erroneous basis for that charge was the spurious claim that Senator Sheriff accompanied President Jonathan on his recent trip to Ndjamena as a member of his entourage.


Topix.net | 11-Sep-2014 19:36

Africa must tackle terrorism, leaders warn

Ugandan soldiers serving in the African Union Mission in Somalia patrol in a formation near the Jilacow underground cell inside a national security compound after an attack by suspected militants in Mogadishu August 31, 2014.


Topix.net | 02-Sep-2014 15:30

Rebel-held mine collapses in Central African Republic, killing 25

At least 25 people died when a gold mine collapsed near the Central African Republic town of Bambari, a spokesman for the mainly Muslim Seleka rebels which run the mine said on Friday.


Topix.net | 22-Aug-2014 20:00

Chad: Chad Makes Progress Through a 'Desert Sandstorm'

On August 1, Chad obtained the approval of the Executive Board of the International Monetary Fund to institute a three-year program under its Extended Credit Facility for about U.S. $122.4 million, with a first disbursement of about $20.4 million.


Topix.net | 20-Aug-2014 15:00

Can President Obama Change African Dictators' Ways? Not Likely, Says Chadian Blogger

See all those languages up there? We translate Global Voices stories to make the world's citizen media available to everyone.


Topix.net | 12-Aug-2014 12:54

Cameroon: Chadian Ambassador Bids Goodbye

Outgoing Chadian Ambassador to Cameroon, Yoosem-Kontou Noudjiamlao? has told the press that he is a happy man, going back to his country after spending seven years? two months in a country he describes as beautiful.


Topix.net | 11-Aug-2014 14:01

Emir, PM congratulate Chad president

DOHA: HH the Emir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al-Thani sent Monday a cable of congratulations to President of the Republic of Chad on the occasion of the anniversary of his country's Independence Day.


Topix.net | 11-Aug-2014 09:47

Greetings to President of Chad

Kim Yong Nam, president of the Presidium of the Supreme People's Assembly of the DPRK, Saturday sent a message of greeting to Idriss Deby Itno, president and head of state of Chad, on the occasion of the 54th anniversary of its independence.


Topix.net | 11-Aug-2014 04:32

Chad withdraws Chinese exploration permits

Chad has decided to withdraw five exploration permits issued to a Chinese company and press charges in a row over a $1.2bn fine for environmental violations, the oil ministry has said.


Topix.net | 10-Aug-2014 19:08

ERHC Energy: Kenya Block 11A 2D Seismic Survey Completed

ERHC Energy Inc. , a publicly traded American company with oil and gas assets in Sub-Saharan Africa, today announced the successful completion of a major 2D seismic acquisition program of Block 11A in the Republic of Kenya.


Topix.net | 07-Aug-2014 22:10

Donor support to Sahel "anaemic"
DAKAR 04 August 2014 (IRIN) - More donor support is needed to help close the US$1.5 billion funding gap in the Sahel this year and protect the livelihoods of the estimated 20.2 million people who are at risk of food insecurity. Only 30 percent of the $2.2 billion dollar appeal to fight hunger and malnutrition, and build resilience in the region has been met by donors as of July, according to the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA).
irinnews.org | 04-Aug-2014 02:00

Chad: HissA ne HabrA Trial to Cost Fcfa 5.5 Billion

A Special African Court sitting in the Senegalese capital, Dakar, is getting set to begin the trial of the former Chadian President, Hissne Habr, over alleged human rights abuses committed during his rule from 1982 to 1990.


Topix.net | 29-Jul-2014 12:13

No blaming refugees here! Amman drops 14 spots in list of most expensive cities

Amman has dropped 14 places from 89 to 103 in Mercer's 2014 Cost of Living Survey, which shows the most expensive expatriate destinations in the world.


Topix.net | 27-Jul-2014 07:05

Cameroon: Disturbing Digital Lateness

Since the completion of work on the Cameroon-Chad pipeline in 2004, an optical fibre backbone facility now exists in Cameroon with the possibility of some 12 landing points or terminals.


Topix.net | 25-Jul-2014 15:42

IOM Organizes Safe Return from Cameroon of Chadian Migrants Displaced from CAR

GENEVA, Switzerland, July 25, 2014/African Press Organization / - Thousands of Chadian migrants fleeing violence in the Central African Republic have been stranded in Cameroon since the beginning of 2014.


Topix.net | 25-Jul-2014 11:47

Central African Republic: 'Ceasefires Signed by Seleka Not Respected for Long'

Rebels in the Central African Republic were due to sign a cease-fire agreement on Wednesday .


Topix.net | 24-Jul-2014 11:56

Move Over Tokyo: The World's Priciest Cities Are In Angola and Chad

Ask someone to guess the world's two most expensive cities and it's a safe bet that the capitals of Chad and Angola - two of Africa's more impoverished nations - won't leap to mind.


Topix.net | 16-Jul-2014 18:46

Singapore ranked among priciest cities for expats as locals feel the pinch

In one of Asia's most modern and globalized cities, many locals are struggling to make ends meet.


Topix.net | 16-Jul-2014 09:22

France sets up anti-Islamist force

The French force based in Mali has officially wound up its work and will be replaced by the new operation France is to set up a new military operation in the Sahel region of northern Africa in an effort to stop the emergence of jihadist groups.


Topix.net | 14-Jul-2014 16:45

Singapore now 4th most expensive city in the world for expats: Survey

SINGAPORE: The Republic is now the fourth most expensive city in the world for expatriates and the second most expensive in Asia, according to the latest cost of living survey by Mercer.


Topix.net | 14-Jul-2014 06:26

Ethnicity, politics at root of CAR conflict

A French soldier of the Sangaris force stands guard on July 8, 2014 at the entrance of the PK5 muslim area of Bangui.


Topix.net | 11-Jul-2014 22:22

Beirut, Dubai take the lead: new survey reveals the Middle...

The world's most expensive cities for expats are both in Africa. Luanda in Angola is ranked first for the second year, followed by N'Djamena in Chad.


Topix.net | 11-Jul-2014 22:22

Moscow has slipped seven places to ninth on an annual list of the...

St. Petersburg, Russia's cultural capital, fell 12 places to 35th on Mercer's annual list of the world's most expensive cities for expats.


Topix.net | 11-Jul-2014 22:22

Moscow has slipped seven places to ninth on an annual list of the...

St. Petersburg, Russia's cultural capital, fell 12 places to 35th on Mercer's annual list of the world's most expensive cities for expats.


Topix.net | 11-Jul-2014 03:29

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