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African troops fire on C.Africa protesters, one dead

African peacekeepers shot dead a protester in the capital of the Central African Republic on Monday, a killing likely to exacerbate tensions in the country where UN-mandated troops are struggling to stem sectarian violence. The Chadian soldiers opened fire on stone-throwing protesters who accused them of complicity with rebels in the strife-torn country, according to AFP reporters on the scene.

'Nation's survival' depends on disarmament: C. African leader

Central African president Michel Djotodia on Saturday urged Muslim fighters backing him and the Christian vigilantes they oppose to lay down their arms, after 30 more people were killed in ongoing violence. The mainly Christian country's first Muslim president -- who holds the post on an interim basis after seizing power in a March coup -- also renewed an offer of talks with the Christian "anti-balaka" vigilantes.

'Nation's survival' depends on disarmament: C. African leader

Central African president Michel Djotodia on Saturday urged Muslim fighters backing him and the Christian vigilantes they oppose to lay down their arms, the day after 30 more people were killed in continuing violence. The predominantly Christian country's first Muslim president -- who holds the post on an interim basis after seizing power in a March coup -- also renewed an offer of talks with the Christian "anti-balaka" vigilantes.

'Nation's survival' depends on disarmament: C. African leader

Central African president Michel Djotodia on Saturday urged Muslim fighters backing him and the Christian vigilantes they oppose to lay down their arms, the day after 30 more people were killed in continuing violence. The predominantly Christian country's first Muslim president -- who holds the post on an interim basis after seizing power in a March coup -- also renewed an offer of talks with the Christian "anti-balaka" vigilantes.

Chad looms large over Central Africa crisis

Since the Central African Republic descended into crisis a year ago, Chad has been front and centre, described in turn -- and sometimes all at once -- as coup instigator, victim and peacekeeper. "Ubiquitous but unclear," was how one seasoned observer in Bangui described Chad's presence in the impoverished country where sectarian violence has left 600 dead in a week. Officially, the troubled country is home to a diaspora of some 15,000 Chadians, but Muslim northerners are often referred to also as Chadians.

Chad starts military campaign against rebels in Darfur

N'DJAMENA (Reuters) - Chad has launched a helicopter attack on Chadian rebels in Darfur and sent a military convoy to the region, according to humanitarian workers and an opposition group, after Sudan announced a military campaign to end rebellions in the area. Conflict broke out in the Sudanese region a decade ago when mainly African tribes took up arms against the Arab-led government in Khartoum, which they accuse of discriminating against them.

Two Chadian soldiers, civilian killed in Mali bombing: army source

Two Chadian soldiers and a civilian were killed when militants attacked army positions in northern Mali on Wednesday, an army source from the troubled west African nation told AFP. "Jihadists attacked the positions of the Chadian army in Tessalit with heavy arms and car bombs. Two Chadian troops have been killed. The four suicide bombers were also killed on the spot and a civilian also died," the source told AFP. "At present, the Chadian army and jihadists are exchanging gunfire."

Two Chadian soldiers, civilian killed in Mali bombing: army source

Two Chadian soldiers and a civilian were killed when suicide bombers attacked military positions in northern Mali on Wednesday, an army source from the troubled west African nation told AFP. "Jihadists attacked the positions of the Chadian army in Tessalit with heavy arms and car bombs. Two Chadian troops have been killed. The four suicide bombers were also killed on the spot and a civilian also died," the source told AFP. sd/ft/mfp

Chad closes file on missing opposition leader

A judicial inquiry into the disappearance of Chadian opposition leader Ibni Oumar Mahamat Saleh during a rebel offensive in 2008 has dismissed his case without taking any further action, according to documents seen by AFP Thursday. The magistrates' report said the inquiry had failed to identify anyone responsible for the illegal detention of several members of Chad's opposition as rebels attempted to topple President Idriss Deby Itno in February 2008.

Chad's leader denies opposition 'witch hunt'

Chad's President Idriss Deby Itno on Wednesday denied he was waging a "witch hunt" against the opposition, after a string of arrests in connection with a foiled coup plot last week. "What happened last week was a conspiracy, a very serious conspiracy... Some perpetrators and accomplices were apprehended and brought to justice," the president said. "There are a lot of rumours saying this action (the arrests) was against the opposition, and there is also talks of a witch hunt, but you must not be mistaken. No one is above the law," he said.
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