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.
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.
Tillerson visits Chad and gets an earful about US travel ban
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.
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.
Foreign ministry says French national kidnapped in Chad
N'DJAMENA, Chad (AP) — A French citizen employed by a private company was kidnapped in Chad on Thursday by unidentified abductors, Chad's government and the French foreign ministry said.
The French national was taken Thursday morning in the Sila region, about 50 kilometers (31 miles) from the city of Goz-Beida in the village of Ndoroti, Chad's minister of communications Madeleine Alingue said.
Chad high court fines Exxon-led oil consortium $75 billion
N'DJAMENA, Chad (AP) — Chad's high court has ordered an oil consortium led by Exxon Mobil Corp. to pay a fine of more than $75 billion after the country's finance ministry accused it of not paying royalties.
Exxon spokesman Todd Spitler said Thursday that Exxon disagrees with the ruling and is "evaluating next steps."