Chad to become 37th African state to ban homosexuality

Chad to become 37th African state to ban homosexuality

N'DJAMENA, Chad, Sept. 22 (UPI) --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.
Ed Adamczyk

France to send more troops to conflict-torn Central African Republic

PARIS, Feb. 14 (UPI) -- France will send more troops to help quell violence in the troubled Central African Republic, French defense officials said Friday.

At least 10 people killed in sectarian violence in CAR capital

BANGUI, Central African Republic, Feb. 10 (UPI) -- At least 10 people were killed in Bangui, the capital of the Central African Republic, as French Defense Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian began a tour of the region.

Harbe, Chad's former dictator, arrested

DAKAR, Senegal, June 30 (UPI) -- Police in Senegal said Sunday they have arrested Hissene Habre, Chad's former dictator who is accused of thousands of political killings and systematic torture.

Chad says it thwarted coup

N'DJAMENA, Chad, May 2 (UPI) -- "Ill-intentioned individuals" tried to overthrow the government of Chadian President Idriss Deby, the government said Thursday.

African leaders to add forces in troubled Central African Republic

N'DJAMENA, Chad, April 19 (UPI) -- African leaders meeting in Chad say they will send more troops to the Central African Republic to help restore security following a rebel takeover.

Chad quits Mali war, French stick it out

BAMAKO, Mali, April 16 (UPI) -- Chadian President Idriss Deby says he's withdrawing his troops from Mali, where they've been helping the French battle Islamist insurgents.

Al-Qaida group says leader still alive

BAMAKO, Mali, April 6 (UPI) -- A French claim that a top leader of al-Qaida in the Islamic Maghreb has been killed in Mali is a "blatant error," the group said Saturday.

Hostage fears grow over al-Qaida 'deaths'

BAMAKO, Mali, March 4 (UPI) -- The reported deaths in northern Mali of two top commanders of al-Qaida's North African wing has heightened fears for the safety of French hostages.

Top al-Qaida official killed in Mali

GAO, Mali, March 2 (UPI) -- A senior al-Qaida militant was killed in northern Mali, officials in Chad said.

The almanac

UPI Almanac for Saturday, Feb. 2, 2013.
By United Press International

The almanac

UPI Almanac for Thursday, Feb. 2, 2012.
By United Press International

Chad boots out U.N. force, faces crisis

N'DJAMENA, Chad, May 26 (UPI) -- Violence-ridden Chad, one of the world's poorest and most corrupt states, is on the brink of a humanitarian disaster after its government demanded the U.N. Security Council withdraw a 3,300-strong peacekeeping force.

Sudan, Chad mending fences

KHARTOUM, Sudan, Feb. 9 (UPI) -- The leaders of Sudan and Chad said Tuesday they have taken steps to end diplomatic tensions between the two African nations

6 French charity workers released

PARIS, March 31 (UPI) -- Six French aid workers jailed for abducting 103 African children have been freed in France after being pardoned by Chad, officials said.
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Idriss Deby

General Idriss Déby Itno (إدريس ديبي) (born 1952) is the President of Chad and the head of the Patriotic Salvation Movement. Déby is of the Bidayat clan of the Zaghawa ethnic group. He added "Itno" to his surname in January 2006.

Déby was born in Fada as the son of a herder. After finishing school he entered the Officers' School in N'Djamena. From there he was sent to France for training, returning to Chad in 1976 with a professional pilot certificate. He remained loyal to the army and to President Félix Malloum until central authority crumbled in 1979. Déby tied his fortunes to those of Hissène Habré, one of the chief Chadian warlords. A year after Habré became President in 1982, in exchange for his loyalty, Déby was made commander-in-chief of the army. He distinguished himself in 1984 by destroying pro-Libyan forces in Eastern Chad. In 1985 Habré removed him from his post and sent him to Paris to follow a course at the École de Guerre; on his return he was made chief military advisor to the Presidency. In 1987 he confronted Libyan forces on the field, adopting tactics that inflicted heavy losses to enemy forces. A rift emerged in 1989 between Habré and Déby over the increasing power of the Presidential Guard. Habré accused Déby of preparing a coup d'état, motivating Déby to flee to Libya. He moved to Sudan and formed the Patriotic Salvation Movement, an insurgent group, supported by Libya and Sudan, which started operations against Habré in October 1989. He unleashed a decisive attack on 10 November 1990, and on 2 December Déby's troops marched unopposed into the capital, N'Djaména.

After three months of provisional government, on 28 February 1991, a charter was approved for Chad with Déby as president. A new constitution was approved by referendum in March 1996, followed by a presidential election in June. Déby received first place in the first round but fell short of a majority; he was then elected president in the second round, held in July, with 69% of the vote. He was re-elected in the May 2001 presidential election, winning in the first round with 63.17% of the vote, according to official results, although international observers noted irregularities in the election process. In June 2005, a successful referendum was held to eliminate a two-term constitutional limit, which enabled Déby to run again in 2006. He was a candidate in the 2006 presidential election, held May 3, which was greeted with an opposition boycott. According to official results Déby won the election with 64.67% of the vote; this was revised downward from the initially announced result of 77.6%. Idriss Deby is currently ranked 17th on Parade Magazine’s 2009 World’s Worst Dictator list.

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