The stuck-fast presidents

Chad's President Idriss Déby©ISSOUF SANOGO/AFPSome things just never seem to change. That is what voters stuck in the groundhog day of endless presidencies may have felt early this year.

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Africans support vibrant media, survey shows

In a new trend this year, several governments cut off social media during elections. Photo©ReutersThe main findings released on World Press Freedom showed that a majority of African citizens supported the media's "watchdog" role, saw the media as effective in revealing government mistakes and corruption, and affirmed that journalists "rarely" or "never" abuse their freedom by publishing lies.

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Nigeria to begin exploratory oil drilling in Chad Basin by October - NNPC

Nigeria's oil minister, Emmanuel Ibe Kachikwu. Photo©Ronald Zak/AP/SIPANigeria plans to begin exploratory drilling in search of oil in the northeastern Chad Basin region by October, the head of the state oil company has said.

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West African clergymen demand action against terrorists

File photo©Andrew Medichini/AP/SIPACatholic Church leaders from West Africa have condemned terrorist attacks in the region and urged governments to act decisively to end the scourge.

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Boko Haram suffer huge setback in Cameroon raid

File Photo©ReutersExtreme Islamists militants, Boko Haram have suffered severe setback and losses at the hands of the Cameroonian army, after a raid on its stronghold in northeastern Nigeria claimed the lives of over 150 militants.

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Mugabe speaks his mind to rapturous applause at African Union

Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe. Photo©ReutersZimbabwean President Robert Mugabe handed over the chairmanship of the African Union to the Chad President Idriss Déby at the 26th African Union Summit in Addis Ababa.

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Plentiful polls across Africa in 2016, as old guard hold on to power at all costs

GIANLUIGI GUERCIA/AFPThe year 2015 hosted a bumper crop of high-stakes elections, and 2016 brings more of the same. A major trend involves presidents seeking to hold on to power for as long as possible by almost any means necessary.

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Low oil prices and security threats haunt central African region

IMF chief, Christine Lagarde says the prolonged slump in oil prices presents a new reality for CEMAC. Photo©ReutersTighter public spending, economic diversification and greater regional trade are needed to spur growth in central Africa that has been hampered by plunging oil prices and security threats, the head of the International Monetary Fund said on Friday.

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Chad Country Profile 2015: All in the family

altElectoral preparations will dominate the political debate in Chad in 2015 and into 2016.

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Nigeria - Niger: Boko Haram resurgence deepens humanitarian crisis in Niger

A wave of attacks by Islamist insurgents Boko Haram in northeast Nigeria and the islands of Lake Chad has forced tens of thousands across the border to Niger's arid southeastern region of Diffa, worsening a dire humanitarian situation.

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The Hissene Habre affair: Timeline

20 July marked the first time in the history of Africa when a former Head of State faced a court on the continent accused of crimes against humanity, torture and war crimes. It took fifteen years to prepare for the trial of Chad's former leader, Hissene Habre, whose bloody regime prosecuting judges say killed thousands. The once feared Habre is being tried in Dakar, Senegal. Below is a timeline of the fight to bring him to justice.

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Telecoms: Bharti Airtel has no plans to exit Africa

Bharti Airtel Ltd, the biggest Indian cellphone carrier, has no plans to exit Africa, it said on Tuesday, despite announcing exclusive talks with France's Orange to sell four of its units on the continent.

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AfDB banks on the future

As the AfdB flag is raised over Abidjan outgoing president Kaberuka (centre) wonders who will continue his legacy. Photo©SIA KAMBOU/AFPThe African Development Bank (AfDB) will choose its new leader to replace Donald Kaberuka in May. The Africa Report profiles the candidates who want to take the continental institution on paths of continuity or change.

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Chad's Déby takes on Boko Haram

Chad’s is one of the most capable armies in French- speaking Africa. Photo©Emmanuel Braun/ReutersWith a regional power vacuum and support from France and the US, Chad's president is talking tough and fighting Islamist rebels in Cameroon, Niger and Nigeria.

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Chad to receive $1.1 billion debt relief

Chad will receive $1.1 billion in debt relief after completion of the Highly Indebted Poor Countries (HIPC) initiative of the World Bank and International Monetary Fund (IMF), its finance minister said on Tuesday.

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Niger and Chadian forces to continue offensive against Boko Haram

Chad and Niger pledged to continue their offensive against Boko Haram, after the group was pushed back to allow for a violent-free Nigerian presidential elections.

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UN to approve African Union proposed creation of a West African force

Photo©ReutersThe African Union (AU) has proposed the creation of a 10 000 strong force to fight Nigerian Islamist cult Boko Haram in a plan backed by the United States.

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Chad: Going after Boko Haram's Leader, Shekau

Chadian President Idriss Deby. Photo©ReutersChadian President Idriss Deby has pledged to deliver the death blow to Nigerian militant group, Boko Haram by slaying the sect's leader Abubakar Shekau.

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Nigerian refugees face abuse

Nigerians displaced by the deadly insurgency led by the Islamist group Boko Haram are reportedly in danger of starvation, rape, trafficking and abuse in refugee camps in the north of the country, reports say.

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Boko Haram on the Back Foot

Islamist terrorist group, Boko Haram attacked a military base in Cameroon, killing more than 70 people.

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