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26 Aug 2010 description

26 Aug 2010 00:01:05 GMT

Source: Reuters

* Drought tolerant maize boosts yields up to 25 percent

* Gains from full adoption: $907 million - $1.53 billion

* Africa suffers worsening drought linked to climate change

By Tim Cocks

ABIDJAN, Aug 26 (Reuters) - Distributing new varieties of drought tolerant maize to African farmers could save more than $1.5 billion dollars, boost yields by up to a quarter and lift some of the world's poorest out of poverty, a study found.

The study published on Thursday by the Mexico-based International Maize and Wheat Improvement Centre …

19 May 2010 description

19 May 2010 20:58:02 GMT

* Darfur rebel leader showdown at Chad airport resolved

* Khalil Ibrahim returning to Libya

* Showdown reveals JEM dependence on Chad

(Writes through with standoff over)

KHARTOUM, May 19 (Reuters) - Chad refused entry to a Darfur rebel leader on his way back to the battlefield on Wednesday, ordering him to return to Libya after a 19-hour diplomatic standoff at the country's main airport.

Chadian officials had stopped Khalil Ibrahim, the head of the Justice and Equality Movement (JEM), when he flew into the Chadian capital N'Djamena from …

01 Mar 2010 description

01 Mar 2010 21:19:44 GMT

* Chad agrees to UN proposal of two-month extension-UN

* UN council wants long-term "phased withdrawal" of force

* "Door open" for continuation of peacekeeping mission (Adds background, details)

By Daniel Magnowski

DAKAR, March 1 (Reuters) - Chad has accepted a U.N. proposal to extend the mandate of its peacekeeping force in the West African country until May 15, the U.N.

09 Feb 2010 description

09 Feb 2010 21:01:05 GMT

* UN "regrets" Chad request for withdrawal of MINURCAT

* Blue helmets' mandate in Chad expires in mid March

By Louis Charbonneau

UNITED NATIONS, Feb 9 (Reuters) - The United Nations on Tuesday said it regretted Chad's request for U.N. peacekeepers to withdraw and defended itself against allegations that the blue-helmet force has been a failure.

"It's of course regrettable that the government of Chad has requested the withdrawal of MINURCAT and attributing it to ... the failure of the United Nations force," U.N.

09 Feb 2010 description

09 Feb 2010 18:42:30 GMT

* Sudan, Chad agree definitive end to hostilities

* Deby-Bashir meeting to help Darfur talks

* Analysts say leaders to concentrate on polls

(Adds analyst quotes, byline)

By Opheera McDoom

KHARTOUM, Feb 9 (Reuters) - Sudan and Chad agreed on Tuesday to end their proxy wars and work together to rebuild their border areas, a move seen aimed at bolstering security and credibility before impending polls in both nations.

Chadian President Idriss Deby made a surprise visit to Khartoum for talks with President Omar Hassan al-Bashir after relations …

08 Feb 2010 description

08 Feb 2010 12:08:15 GMT

* Deby makes in rare Khartoum visit

* Two-day visit aimed at repairing relations

KHARTOUM, Feb 8 (Reuters) - Chadian President Idriss Deby on Monday began a rare visit to Sudan, part of a rapprochement aimed at ending a proxy war between the two African neighbours.

Rebels from Darfur attacked Khartoum in 2008 and Sudan said they came with arms and men from Chad.

18 Jan 2010 description
  • MINURCAT approaching end of mission mandate

    * Chad official says has asked U.N.

11 Jan 2010 description
  • Activists say UN probe needed, may be war crimes

    * Recent rapprochement in sensitive Chad-Sudan ties

    By Opheera McDoom

    KHARTOUM, Jan 11 (Reuters) - Chadian rebels are raping, beating and looting villagers in western Sudan's North Darfur region, residents said on Monday.

    Rights activists said the attacks might be war crimes and urged the Sudanese government and the United Nations to investigate them.

    Chadian-Sudanese relations are key to the conflict in Darfur, and the two countries have accused each other of supporting rebels fighting for more power.

    A …

11 Jan 2010 description

Jan 11 (Reuters) - Al Qaeda's North African wing have threatened to execute a French hostage if four al Qaeda prisoners being held in Mali were not released within 20 days.

Here are details about foreigners held throughout Africa:

* CHAD:

November 2009 - Frenchman Laurent Maurice, an agronomist, was kidnapped on Nov. 9 near the border with Sudan, while working for the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) in Chad. The ICRC suspended its activities in the region on Nov.

19 Dec 2009 description

Dec 19 (Reuters) - An Italian couple were missing and their bullet-riddled car was found abandoned on Saturday in eastern Mauritania, near the border with Mali.

The vehicle was found in an area where armed groups with links to al Qaeda are known to operate, and a local journalist said they had probably been kidnapped.

Here are details about foreigners held throughout Africa:

CHAD:

November 2009 - Frenchman Laurent Maurice, an agronomist, was kidnapped on Nov.

17 Dec 2009 description

Dec 17 (Reuters) - Mali believes three Spanish aid workers who went missing in Mauritania last month are being held on its territory by al Qaeda's wing in North Africa, a source close to efforts to free them said.

Here are details about foreigners held throughout Africa:

CHAD:

November 2009 - Frenchman Laurent Maurice, an agronomist, was kidnapped on Nov. 9 near the border with Sudan, while working for the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) in Chad. The ICRC suspended its activities in the region on Nov.

15 Dec 2009 description
  • Chadian military, rebels clash in east

    - Conflicting tolls, diplomats warn of further tensions

    By Moumine Ngarmbassa

    N'DJAMENA, Dec 15 (Reuters) - Chadian armed forces called in air support during clashes with rebels in the east of the country, the first such fighting since May, both sides confirmed on Tuesday.

    "The fighting was very brief.

30 Nov 2009 description

Nov 30 (Reuters) - Three Spanish aid workers who disappeared in Mauritania on Sunday appear to have been kidnapped by a group linked to al Qaeda, Spain's Interior Minister Alfredo Perez Rubalcaba said.

Here are some details about foreigners held throughout Africa:

* CHAD:

November 2009 - Frenchman Laurent Maurice, an agronomist, was kidnapped on Nov. 9 near the border with Sudan, the International Committee for the Red Cross said. The ICRC suspended its activities in the region on Nov. 10.

* MALI:

November 2009 - Pierre Kamat, a Frenchman, was kidnapped on Nov.

18 Nov 2009 description
  • Positive signs for future seen

    - Banditry main problem in bringing change

- U.N. to launch social development project

GENEVA, Nov 18 (Reuters) - Chad, long racked by violence and poverty, seems to be moving into a calmer phase where its energies can be focused on development, the top United Nations official in the central African country said on Wednesday.

"There are positive signs on the horizon," Michele Falavigna, U.N.

06 Aug 2009 description

N'DJAMENA, Aug 6 (Reuters) - Aid group Medecins Sans Frontieres (MSF) said two of its workers in Chad were missing on Thursday after a robbery at its compound by the border with Sudan's Darfur region.

MSF's Dutch arm said it could not account for the whereabouts of one international and one local worker after the attack by unknown assailants on Wednesday, which follows a spate of kidnappings in the Darfur region this year.

"We have no knowledge of their whereabouts," MSF spokeswoman Rolinda Montsma said.

"We have contacted our staff and the family of …

21 Jul 2009 description

N'DJAMENA, July 21 (Reuters) - Chad's armed forces did not attack Sudan's army or population during an air raid on rebels there last week, a Chadian minister said on Tuesday, repeating accusations that Sudan was fuelling the conflict.

Khartoum says that last week's raid on Chadian rebels in Um Dukhn, a town in its west Darfur district, was the fourth such incident in two months and on Monday Sudan lodged a complaint to the U.N.

19 May 2009 description
  • Chad says readying forces to enter Sudan

    - Plans to strike regrouping rebels

    - Sudan issues warning to Chad

    N'DJAMENA, May 19 (Reuters) - Chad said its armed forces would enter Sudan "in the coming hours" to intercept what it said was a planned new rebel assault around its eastern border, its interim defence minister said on Tuesday.

    Sudan denied Chadian rebels were gathering inside its borders for an assault and urged its neighbour not to go through with its threatened raid.

    Tensions between the two oil-producing nations have escalated in recent days, …

18 May 2009 description

By Andrew Heavens

EL FASHER, Sudan, May 18 (Reuters) - Sudan's top official in North Darfur accused Chad on Monday of sending troops into his territory to fight alongside Darfur rebels, raising the stakes in the simmering tension between the two countries.

North Darfur Governor Osman Kebir said Chadian forces had reinforced fighters from Darfur's rebel Justice and Equality Movement (JEM) in an attack on the strategic town of Kornoi on Saturday.

Sudan accused Chad of carrying out three air strikes on its territory last week, calling the raids an "act of war".

17 May 2009 description
  • Chad says air force completed raids in Sudan

    - Minister says 100 "mercenaries" captured

    - Chad vows to destroy rebels, however far away

    N'DJAMENA, May 17 (Reuters) - Chad said its air force had completed raids on "mercenaries" inside Sudan on Sunday, announcing its aircraft had destroyed seven groups of fighters while ground forces had captured 100 prisoners on the border.

    Tensions between the two oil-producing neighbours escalated over the weekend after Sudan complained Chad had launched a series of bombing raids on its territory on Friday, …

17 May 2009 description

By Andrew Heavens

KHARTOUM, May 17 (Reuters) - Darfur's rebel Justice and Equality Movement said on Sunday it had seized a Sudanese government military base close to the border with Chad, stoking tensions after a series of clashes in the area.

Joint U.N.-African Union peacekeepers in Darfur confirmed Sudanese government soldiers were attacked on Saturday afternoon in the town of Kornoi, which is on a key road in North Darfur, and condemned the violence.