Hong Kong businessman gets 3 years in prison for bribery
NEW YORK (AP) — A prominent Hong Kong businessman earned leniency with a three-year prison sentence dispensed Monday by a judge who said bribes paid to the presidents of two African countries were...
Hong Kong businessman seeks leniency in US bribery case
NEW YORK (AP) — Defense attorneys urged a U.S. judge Tuesday to grant leniency to a prominent Hong Kong businessman who was found guilty last year of bribing the presidents of two African...
French army says airstrikes in Chad destroy 20 pickups
JOHANNESBURG (AP) — The French army says airstrikes have destroyed some 20 pickup trucks in an armed column that had made its way from Libya deep into neighboring Chad and ignored three days of warning strikes.
A statement says the airstrikes on Tuesday and Wednesday occurred at Chad's request and in coordination with its army, saying the raid appeared to be aimed at "destabilizing the country." It does not say where the airstrikes occurred.
France launches airstrikes at armed Libyan group in Chad
PARIS (AP) — France's Defense Ministry says French armed forces have intervened in northern Chad and launched airstrikes at an armed group coming in from Libya.
The operation took place Sunday and was organized in cooperation with the Chadian army.
UN: More than 30,000 Nigerians flee to Cameroon amid attacks
DAKAR, Senegal (AP) — The United Nations refugee agency says more than 30,000 Nigerians fled the border town of Rann over the weekend to seek safety in Cameroon as attacks by Boko Haram extremists continue.
Spokesman Babar Baloch said Tuesday that thousands more have fled to neighboring Chad because of the violence in northeastern Nigeria.
Refugees began fleeing to Cameroon earlier this month when extremists attacked and seized Rann, in Borno state, on Jan. 14.
Mali al-Qaida branch claims responsibility for attack on UN
DAKAR, Senegal (AP) — SITE Intelligence Group says Mali's al-Qaida branch claimed responsibility for an attack on a United Nations peacekeeping mission that killed at least 10 peacekeepers and wounded at least 25 others Sunday in northern Mali's Kidal region.
Al-Qaida-linked jihadists kill 10 UN peacekeepers in Mali
BAMAKO, Mali (AP) — Al-Qaida-linked jihadists carried out one of the deadliest attacks on a United Nations peacekeeping mission in months, killing 10 peacekeepers and wounding at least 25 in northern Mali, the U.N. said Sunday.
All of the peacekeepers killed in the assault on their camp in Aguelhoc were from Chad, the U.N. secretary-general's spokesman said in a statement. He strongly condemned the attack, saying it may constitute a war crime.
Israeli leader visits Africa to restore relations with Chad
JERUSALEM (AP) — Israel and Chad restored diplomatic relations after nearly 50 years as Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu visited the central African nation on Sunday.
The visit and official announcement marked a milestone in Netanyahu's recent policy of seeking out new allies among developing countries that have historically sided with the Palestinians at the United Nations and other international forums.
UN says some 30,000 people flee new Nigeria fighting
JOHANNESBURG (AP) — Some 30,000 people have fled fresh fighting in northeastern Nigeria, the United Nations said Wednesday, amid what the government has called an extremist resurgence.
The clashes between Nigeria's military and armed groups near Lake Chad late last month triggered "massive displacement" and a "humanitarian tragedy," said the statement by the U.N. humanitarian coordinator for Nigeria, Edward Kallon.
France vows support for fighting extremists in Africa
N'DJAMENA, Chad (AP) — France's president is confirming his support for anti-extremist forces in Africa, amid growing international concern about the chaos in Libya.
Speaking on a visit to Chad, Emmanuel Macron insisted that France will make no cuts to its military despite domestic budget tightening. He said the "threat is constant and changing" and requires robust military spending.
Macron in Chad to meet soldiers amid extremist threats
PARIS (AP) — French President Emmanuel Macron is traveling to Chad for a two-day visit to meet with French soldiers deployed in the Sahel region with Operation Barkhane amid persistent extremist threats.
According to the Elysee palace, Macron will use his first visit to the north-central African country to reaffirm his commitment to counterterror efforts in the vast region south of the Sahara.
Hong Kong businessman guilty of bribery in African oil deal
NEW YORK (AP) — A federal jury convicted a Hong Kong businessman Wednesday of bribing the presidents of two African nations to secure oil rights for a Chinese energy conglomerate, a case that stretched from the halls of the United Nations and highlighted the often blurry line between nongovernmental organizations and private enterprise.
HK businessman guilty of bribery in NYC
Senegalese diplomat says Chad president rejected $2M bribe
NEW YORK (AP) — The president of Chad became enraged four years ago after a Chinese oil and gas company tried to bribe him with $2 million cash secreted in gift boxes, a Senegalese diplomat told a federal jury Wednesday.
Israeli leader to visit Chad and restore relations
JERUSALEM (AP) — Israel's prime minister says he will soon travel to the central African nation of Chad to officially restore relations.
Benjamin Netanyahu made the announcement Tuesday in a meeting with visiting Chadian President Idriss Deby in Jerusalem. Deby's visit is the first by a president of Chad, a Muslim-majority country that broke off relations with Israel in 1972.
Netanyahu says they discussed cooperation in agriculture, counterterrorism, border protection and technology.
Feds: Hong Kong man in UN bribe case motivated by greed
NEW YORK (AP) — Greed motivated a Hong Kong businessman to line the pockets of government officials in two African nations — bribes intended to land lucrative business deals and oil rights for a Chinese energy conglomerate, federal prosecutors told a jury Monday.
But a defense attorney for Dr. Chi Ping Patrick Ho argued that the multimillion-dollar payments were both charitable and aboveboard, and that the conglomerate received "nothing in return."
In diplomatic first, Chad’s leader visits Israel
JERUSALEM (AP) — The president of Chad on Sunday became the first leader of his country to pay an official visit to Israel, deepening Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's outreach efforts to African states in what he says is a joint struggle against Islamic militants.
Trial starts for Hong Kong businessman in bribery case
NEW YORK (AP) — The New York trial of a prominent Hong Kong businessman charged in a United Nations-linked bribery conspiracy is set to begin with jury selection Monday.
The trial of Dr. Chi Ping Patrick Ho begins a year after he was arrested on charges accusing him of paying bribes so a Chinese energy conglomerate could secure business advantages. He has been held without bail.
His lawyer has said Ho is looking forward to clearing his name. Ho was once Hong Kong's home affairs secretary.
Nigeria’s military acknowledges major attack by extremists
LAGOS, Nigeria (AP) — Nigeria's military on Saturday acknowledged a major attack against it by Islamic extremists after opposition lawmakers said 44 soldiers were killed, while public pressure on President Muhammadu Buhari grew over the failure of his pledge to defeat Boko Haram.
Judge: No bail for Hong Kong man in UN-linked bribery case
NEW YORK (AP) — A United Nations-linked bribery case against a Hong Kong businessman seems stronger after a prosecutor revealed that a former co-defendant will testify at trial that Chad's president rejected the man's $2 million bribe in 2014, a judge said Thursday.
U.S. District Judge Loretta A. Preska made the observation as she rejected a renewed bail application by Dr. Chi Ping Patrick Ho. Ho, 68, was arrested in November.
Interpol: Sudan rescues 94 human traffic victims, 85 minors
PARIS (AP) — Police in Sudan have rescued 94 victims of human trafficking, including 85 minors, from open-air gold mines near Khartoum and the city's international airport among other places, Interpol said on Monday.
A statement by the international police organization, which coordinated the operation late last month, said 14 people, 12 of them women, have been arrested.
BARCELONA, Spain (AP) — Three new cases of Guinea worm have been discovered in South Sudan, setting the country back in its efforts to eradicate the debilitating disease.
The World Health Organization says the cases were found among cattle-keepers in Rumbek. South Sudan's health minister, Dr. Riek Gai Kok, says teams have been sent to carry out community-based surveillance.
South Sudan had no reported cases in 2017, a rare success in the young nation deep in a five-year civil war.
RIYADH, Saudi Arabia (AP) — Saudi Arabia on Tuesday executed seven people convicted of criminal offenses, including five men for the robbery and murder of a Pakistani warehouse guard in the western city of Jiddah.
The Interior Ministry said the five men, two Saudis and three Chad nationals, stabbed and beat the guard and stole his mobile phone as part of a robbery of the warehouse.
UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The U.N. humanitarian chief warned Tuesday that nearly 6 million people are struggling to get food in West Africa's Sahel region and severe malnutrition is threatening the lives of 1.6 million children.
Mark Lowcock said in a statement that these levels haven't been seen since a crisis in 2012 "and the most critical months are still ahead."
PARIS (AP) — French President Emmanuel Macron called on international donors to quickly make financing available for the Sahel regional counterterror force.
In a news conference in Paris with visiting Niger President Mahamadou Issoufou, Macron said money "now needs to be disbursed" to allow the five-nation regional force, known as the G5 Sahel, to keep functioning.
UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The United States is rejecting a call from U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres for the world body to fund a new 5,000-troop African force meant to fight extremists in western Africa's vast Sahel region.
Guterres says in a report to the Security Council that the Sahel force should receive regular U.N. funding instead of voluntary contributions, and he is urging West African countries to speed up its deployment.
NEW YORK (AP) — A New York judge rejected bail on Thursday for a prominent Hong Kong businessman awaiting trial in a United Nations-linked bribery conspiracy, saying evidence in a prosecution that could result in decades in prison was strong enough to make him want to flee.
PORT ELIZABETH, South Africa (AP) — Six critically endangered black rhinos are being transported from South Africa to Chad, restoring the species to the country in north-central Africa nearly half a century after it was wiped out there.
African Parks, a Johannesburg-based conservation group, said Thursday that the rhinos will travel by air to Zakouma National Park, a reserve in Chad that it manages with the government.
N'DJAMENA, Chad (AP) — Chad's parliament has voted in support of a new constitution that would abolish the prime minister and allow the longtime president to serve two more terms.
Lawyer Senoussi Ali Abdoulaye tells Chadian National Radio the vote means more power will be concentrated in the hands of President Idriss Deby, who has been in office since 1990.
Opposition members and civil society groups demonstrated against the new constitution, which was approved in a 132-2 vote Monday.
WASHINGTON (AP) — The White House said Tuesday that citizens of Chad would be able to receive visas to the United States again because the African nation has been removed from the administration's travel ban list.
White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said President Donald Trump had signed a proclamation announcing Chad had "improved its identity-management and information sharing practices" enough to be taken off the list.
(The Conversation is an independent and nonprofit source of news, analysis and commentary from academic experts.)
Tricia Bacon, American University School of Public Affairs
Guinea worm disease transmission stopped in South Sudan
ATLANTA (AP) — South Sudan has gone 15 months without a single reported case of Guinea worm disease, the nation's health minister said Wednesday, suggesting a major victory for global health officials trying to eliminate the painful affliction.
N'DJAMENA, Chad (AP) — On an unlikely visit to dusty and desolate Chad, Secretary of State Rex Tillerson on Monday told the African nation's citizens they're welcome in the United States. It wasn't enough to overcome a Trump administration travel ban that Chad's top diplomat declared an injustice.
ADDIS ABABA, Ethiopia (AP) — President Donald Trump hasn't spoken much about Africa, and what he's said has been far from flattering. It falls to his top diplomat, on his first official visit to the continent, to show the United States still cares.
U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson arrived at sunset Wednesday in Ethiopia's capital, the initial stop on a five-country tour that will also take him to Djibouti and Kenya in the east before heading further west to Chad and Nigeria.
EU, Africa leaders drum up support for impoverished Sahel
BRUSSELS (AP) — European Union leaders meet Friday with counterparts from West Africa in a show of support for the impoverished Sahel region that has fallen prey to extremists and is a key transit point for migrants heading to Europe.
Bail denied for Hong Kong businessman charged with bribery
NEW YORK (AP) — A New York judge rejected a bail request Monday for a prominent Hong Kong businessman charged in a United Nations-linked bribery scandal, saying he was too great a risk to flee.
U.S. District Judge Katherine B. Forrest, who set trial for Nov. 5, listened to more than an hour of arguments before saying no bail conditions could guarantee Dr. Chi Ping Patrick Ho would be at his trial.
UNICEF: More illiteracy in young people facing instability
UNITED NATIONS (AP) — Nearly 30 percent of young people between the ages of 15 and 24 in countries affected by conflict and disaster are illiterate, triple the global rate, the U.N. children's agency said Wednesday.
UNICEF said in a new study that among these 59 million young people, girls are at the biggest disadvantage when it comes to getting an education.
World moves closer to eradicating Guinea worm disease
JOHANNESBURG (AP) — A new report says the world is moving closer to eradicating Guinea worm disease, in which a meter-long worm slowly emerges from a blister in a person's skin.
The U.S.-based Carter Center, which leads the eradication campaign, says just 30 cases were reported last year in isolated areas of Ethiopia and Chad. All 15 cases in Ethiopia occurred at a farm where workers drank unfiltered water from a contaminated pond.
Hong Kong businessman pleads not guilty in bribery case
NEW YORK (AP) — A Hong Kong businessman charged in a United Nations-linked bribery conspiracy pleaded not guilty on Monday to an indictment charging him with helping to arrange millions of dollars in bribes to the president of Chad and the Ugandan foreign minister.
Dr. Chi Ping Patrick Ho, polite and soft spoken, said "not guilty, judge" to each of eight counts he faces in the case in Manhattan federal court. Judge Katherine Forrest said it was unlikely that a trial would occur before next year.
Lawyers seek bail for Hong Kong businessman in bribery case
NEW YORK (AP) — The attorneys for a former Hong Kong government official charged in the United States with using bribes to secure business deals asked a judge on Friday to release their client on bail.
The lawyers representing Dr. Chi Ping Patrick Ho said in a letter to Judge Katherine Forrest that Ho "is neither a danger to the community nor a flight risk."
Chad denies role in alleged Equatorial Guinea coup attempt
N'DJAMENA, Chad (AP) — Chad's government is denying involvement in an alleged coup attempt in Equatorial Guinea late last month, saying the dozens of Chadians arrested are mercenaries "and should be treated as such."
Foreign Affairs Minister Mahamat Zene Cherif told journalists Friday that Chadian officials traveled to Equatorial Guinea this week after 60 of its citizens were arrested there following the coup attempt.
African refugees reach France in resettlement initiative
PARIS (AP) — The first group of African refugees benefiting from a new initiative bringing those deemed to be especially vulnerable directly to Europe arrived in France on Monday.
Nigeria troops arrest 400-plus Boko Haram fighters, families
MAIDUGURI, Nigeria (AP) — Military authorities say Nigerian soldiers have arrested more than 400 people associated with the Boko Haram extremist group hiding on the islands of Lake Chad, including fighters, wives and children.
The two-week operation netted the largest number of arrests of Boko Haram fighters in recent months in northeast Nigeria, Col. Onyema Nwachukwu said. The operation included air and ground offensives.
African anti-jihadi force gets $130 million at French meet
LA CELLE-SAINT-CLOUD, France (AP) — A new African military force to counter growing extremism in the Sahel region should see victories "in the first half of 2018," France's president said Wednesday after hosting a summit to boost support for the five-nation effort.
ICC: Failure to arrest Sudan’s president undermines court
UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The prosecutor of the International Criminal Court on Tuesday accused some of its members, including Jordan, Uganda and Chad, of undermining the tribunal's "reputation and credibility" by refusing to arrest Sudan's president to face charges of genocide in his country's Darfur region.
UN approves Mali peacekeepers helping new Sahel force
UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The Security Council unanimously approved a resolution Friday that will enable the U.N. peacekeeping force in Mali to provide support to the new 5,000-troop African force that is charged with fighting extremists in western Africa's vast Sahel region.
The French-drafted resolution asks Secretary-General Antonio Guterres to quickly conclude a technical agreement to have Mali's peacekeepers provide operational and logistical support to the five-nation African force.
State Dept says Trump travel ban fully implemented
WASHINGTON (AP) — The State Department says President Donald Trump's travel ban on citizens of six mainly Muslim countries, North Korea and Venezuela is now fully operational. The announcement follows the Supreme Court's decision earlier this week to allow enforcement of the ban as it is challenged in lower courts.
The department said it began fully implementing the ban at the opening of business at all U.S. embassies and consulates on Friday.
Not a final ruling, but justices OK travel ban enforcement
WASHINGTON (AP) — It's not a final ruling, but the Supreme Court is letting the Trump administration fully enforce a ban on travel to the United States by residents of six mostly Muslim countries.
Challenges to the policy are winding through the federal courts, and the justices themselves ultimately are expected to rule on whether the ban is legal. It applies to travelers from Chad, Iran, Libya, Somalia, Syria and Yemen.
Hong Kong businessman denied bail in bribery case
NEW YORK (AP) — A former Hong Kong government official was denied bail on Friday in a U.S. case accusing of him using bribes to secure business deals.
Dr. Chi Ping Patrick Ho was jailed last week after being charged with paying bribes on behalf of a Chinese energy conglomerate to the president of Chad and the Ugandan foreign minister.