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15 die in DR Congo inter-ethnic clashes

Goma - At least 15 people have been killed in clashes between armed groups in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo in a region that has been the scene of heightened ethnic tensions in recent weeks, local authorities said Monday.

'Dramatic rise' in DR Congo rights abuses, UN warns

Kinshasa - The United Nations warned Wednesday of a sharp rise in rights abuses in the Democratic Republic of Congo, holding government officials responsible for half of them as political tensions rise ahead of uncertain presidential elections.

NGOs seek oil drilling ban in famed mountain gorilla national park

Kinshasa - International environment and rights groups on Thursday launched a joint plea to the Democratic Republic of Congo and Ugandan governments not to allow oil drilling in or around the Virunga National Park, Africa's oldest wildlife reserve famed for its m...

DR Congo to prosecute militia leader Katanga, convicted by ICC

Kinshasa - The Democratic Republic of Congo said it plans to prosecute notorious militia leader Germain Katanga, who had been scheduled to leave prison in Kinshasa on Monday after completing a sentence handed down by the International Criminal Court.

Rwandan rebels blamed for deadly attack in east DR Congo

Goma - Fourteen people were killed in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo overnight by suspected Rwandan rebels accused of repeated attacks in the area, local authorities and the military said Thursday.

Congo's Kabila pardons separatists in national unity bid

Kinshasa - Democratic Republic of Congo President Joseph Kabila has pardoned nine members of a separatist movement as he pursues a policy of national dialogue ahead of elections later this year, according to state television.

Clinging to power: The African leaders who won't stand down

Kinshasa - The fate of Blaise Compaore, who was ousted after a bloody uprising in 2014 after 27 years as president of Burkina Faso, has not been enough to deter other African leaders from clinging to power long after their constitutions demanded they go.

Fierce clashes between UN peacekeepers, Uganda rebels in DR Congo

Kinshasa - Fierce fighting between UN peacekeepers and Ugandan rebels raged in the restive east of the Democratic Republic of Congo on Tuesday, a day after a deadly attack by the rebel group.

UN peacekeeper among 24 dead in Ugandan rebel attack in DR Congo

Goma - An attack by Ugandan rebels in the restive east of the Democratic Republic of Congo has left at least 24 people dead, including a United Nations peacekeeper, the UN said Monday.

At least 12 killed in attack by Ugandan rebels in eastern DR Congo

Goma - At least 12 people have been killed in an overnight attack blamed on Ugandan rebels in the restive east of the Democratic Republic of Congo, a witness and local NGO said Monday."I saw four civilians killed by bullets...

Op-Ed: Will Canada condemn Rwanda’s brutality at home and abroad? Special

Rwanda’s tragic history and predatory governance have been devastating for refugees. The West has enabled the government’s witch-hunts and has made things worse.

Five civilians dead in UN helicopter attack, says DR Congo governor

Kinshasa - The governor of North-Kivu province in troubled eastern DRCongo told AFP on Thursday that five civilians had been killed in a UN helicopter attack against rebel fighters this week.

Spain dismisses Rwanda case, abolishes universal jurisdiction Special

Spain’s supreme court has dismissed a high profile case against 40 Rwandan military officials indicted on charges of genocide, crimes against humanity and other offenses committed in Rwanda and the Democratic Republic of Congo during the 1990s.

Main DR Congo opposition party walks out of talks

Kinshasa - The Democratic Republic of Congo's main opposition says it has broken off talks with President Joseph Kabila ahead of elections.

Homes razed in DR Congo's border zone with Rwanda

Goma - Bulldozers, homes in ruins, anger: after years of war the people of Goma in eastern DR Congo now are bearing the brunt of moves to clear a neutral zone on the border with Rwanda to prevent further conflict.

Ugandan rebels kill seven civilians in eastern DR Congo: Official

Goma - Seven civilians were killed in a new attack by Ugandan rebels in the restive east of the Democratic Republic of Congo, a local official told AFP Sunday.

Tsetse fly, sleeping sickness and the bacterial mystery

Scientists are edging closer to wiping out sleeping sickness worldwide. However, to do so a greater understating of the relationship between the Tsetse fly and the disease causing parasite is required.

UN peacekeepers killed in eastern DR Congo ambush

Kinshasa - An ambush in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo, a region wracked by fighting between the army and Ugandan rebels, killed two United Nations peacekeepers on Tuesday, officials said.

Fifty years later: tracing Che's 'failure' in DR Congo

Fizi - "This is the story of a failure," Marxist guerrilla leader Ernesto "Che" Guevara wrote in his journal after a bid to bring "revolutionary war" to the Congo 50 years ago.

DR Congo must guarantee 'space' for opposition ahead of vote: UN

Kinshasa - The United Nations on Sunday called on the Democratic Republic of Congo to respect its citizens' civil liberties as the political climate has turned tense ahead of key elections next year.
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