In the absence of the main rebel group, over 40 opposition groups agreed to a ceasefire ahead of the August 20 talks planned in the Chadian capital of N’Djamena.
Rebel groups accused the interim government representatives of creating a “bad atmosphere” at talks and announcing the August 20 national dialogue without any consultation.
Around 100 people were killed after violence broke out at an informal gold mining site in the mountainous Kouri Bougoudi district, near the border with Libya.
“A combination of violence, insecurity, deep poverty and record-high food prices is exacerbating malnutrition and driving millions to the fringes of survival,” according to the UN.
France supported the African country’s military-ruled government, angering Chadians and opening old wounds of the European country’s past colonial practices.
Police fired tear gas and used water cannon to disperse hundreds of protesters who came out on the streets in capital N'Djamena, accusing the former colonial power of supporting the country's military junta.
The Doha meeting would be a prelude to agreeing on a new constitution and then holding elections in the African nation that was thrown into turmoil last April.
The French president is learning yet another hard lesson in foreign policy mere weeks before the April presidential election.
New military leader Paul-Henri Damiba promises normalcy and security to farmers and herders in Africa's Sahel nation, saying he will retake control of those areas dominated by insurgents.
Libya’s upcoming presidential vote - or its absence - could force a U-turn back towards violence, as elections often do in fragile contexts.
The dispute over water resources in northern Cameroon has caused around 80,000 people to flee into Chad since December 5, prompting the host country to call for immediate assistance for new refugees.
The violence poses a significant challenge to Sudan's transitional government, which is seeking to end decades-long rebellions in Darfur and elsewhere in the African country.
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