Six French humanitarian workers accused of trying to kidnap 103 African children go on trial in Chad on Dec. 21 as speculation grows that a diplomatic deal could send them back to France. Although the accused risk forced labor sentences if convicted, Chadian lawyers and many citizens believe they will either be able to serve their jail terms in France or benefit from a pardon from Chadian President Idriss Deby. The six are members of a humanitarian group called Zoe’s Ark who were stopped in late October from flying the children, aged 1-10, out of Chad to Europe. (Reuters)

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