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Ethnic killings rampant in once-placid South Sudan town

Site - Isaac waited as soldiers came to take away his cellmates, one by one, fearing the worst as the uniformed men returned alone and spattered in blood.

Militia attack kills 34 civilians in DR Congo

Goma - At least 34 civilians were killed Sunday in a flare up of ethnic violence in restive eastern Democratic Republic of Congo, authorities said, following a week of soaring tensions.

DR Congo president defies growing calls to resign

Kinshasa - Congolese President Joseph Kabila on Tuesday defied calls to step down when his term ends next month and vowed during remarks to lawmakers to defend his government against violent overthrow.

DR Congo prime minister resigns

Kinshasa - Congolese Prime Minister Augustin Matata Ponyo resigned Monday to make way for an opposition figure to take his place following talks aimed at averting a political crisis."I have offered my resignation as well as those of the members of my government.....

DR Congo blast kills schoolgirl, injures peacekeepers

Goma - A seven-year-old schoolgirl was killed and 32 Indian UN peacekeepers were injured early Tuesday in an explosion in Goma in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), the world body said.

UN urges restraint in Kinshasa as opposition rally banned

Kinshasa - The United Nations on Friday urged the Democratic Republic of Congo's government and the opposition to exercise restraint after officials banned an opposition rally in the capital Kinshasa set for Saturday.

Strikes hit DR Congo over bid to delay presidential vote

Kinshasa - Congo's normally bustling capital Kinshasa was shut down Wednesday by a strike to protest plans to extend the president's stay in power beyond the end of his term in December, AFP journalists said.

At least 10 dead as army, Ugandan rebels clash in DR Congo

Goma - At least 10 people were killed in clashes between the army and suspected Ugandan rebels in east DR Congo, a local activist said Monday, in an area that has suffered a string of massacres since 2014.

DR Congo opposition suspends role in 'dialogue' process

Kinshasa - An opposition delegation taking part in a so-called "national dialogue" to resolve a political crisis in DR Congo said Friday it had suspended its participation after deadly violence in the capital this week.

DR Congo unrest ends with official death toll at 32

Kinshasa - Police in DR Congo said 32 people had been killed during two days of clashes in the capital Kinshasa this week, while the opposition said more than three times that number had died.

Deadly clashes in DR Congo for second day

Kinshasa - Several people died in a second day of violence in DR Congo Tuesday, with three opposition HQ buildings torched in clashes between police and opponents of President Joseph Kabila.

50 dead in clashes in DR Congo capital: opposition

Kinshasa - More than 50 people were killed on Monday in clashes between protesters and security forces in the Congolese capital Kinshasa, opposition groups said, calling for further anti-government demonstrations.

Six feared dead as DR Congo bans giant opposition rally

Kinshasa - At least six people were feared dead on Monday in clashes ahead of a huge opposition rally in the Democratic Republic of Congo capital Kinshasa demanding that President Joseph Kabila step down.

DR Congo summit to avoid poll chaos opens despite no-shows

Kinshasa - A long-awaited "national dialogue" to avert political chaos opened in Democratic Republic of Congo Thursday despite the absence of many opposition figures who described the event as a government "trap".

DR Congo's second city poisoned by years of mining

Lubumbashi - "In this stream, the fish vanished long ago, killed by acids and waste from the mines," says Lubumbashi resident Heritier Maloba, staring into the murky waters of his childhood fishing hole.

Six suspected rebels on trial for DR Congo massacre

Beni - Six suspected members of a Ugandan rebel group went before a Congolese military court on Saturday accused of taking part in the killing last weekend of 51 people, the latest in a string of massacres in the restive east of the country.

Curfew slapped on eastern DR Congo towns after deadly clashes

Beni - Authorities slapped a dawn-to-dusk curfew on two towns in northeast DR Congo Thursday, following deadly clashes over the government's failure to prevent repeated civilian massacres.

DR Congo 'massacre' leaves 36 dead in troubled east

Goma - At least 36 people have been killed in the eastern Democratic Republic of Congo, the government said Sunday, calling it a massacre in revenge for military operations in the area.

Congo opposition chief comes home as crisis looms

Kinshasa - Congo's veteran opposition chief Etienne Tshisekedi returned home after a two-year absence to a warm welcome from large crowds Wednesday as the mineral-rich African nation heads into fresh turbulence.

Congo rumba star Koffi Olomide arrested over kicking controversy

Kinshasa - Star Congolese rumba singer Koffi Olomide, who was expelled from Kenya at the weekend after allegedly kicking one of his dancers, was arrested Tuesday at his home in Kinshasa, police said.
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