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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.

DR Congo risks 'even worse crisis' over Kabila uncertainty

Kinshasa - Democratic Republic of Congo opposition leader Moise Katumbi warned President Joseph Kabila risked plunging the country into an "even worse crisis" by letting doubt linger over when he will step down.

DR Congo opposition leader Katumbi sentenced to jail

Lubumbashi - Embattled DR Congo opposition leader Moise Katumbi, who last month quit the country, was sentenced to three years in jail Wednesday over a real estate dispute.

'Several dead' as army clashes with rebels in DR Congo

Lubumbashi - Several people were killed in clashes between the army and former rebels at a military base in the Democratic Republic of Congo, officials said.

'He will never die': World mourns Muhammad Ali

Kinshasa - From the White House to Kinshasa and Uzbekistan they remembered on Saturday a sporting and cultural icon, saying there would never be another one like Muhammad Ali, "The Greatest".

At least one killed in clashes as opposition protests sweep DR Congo

Kinshasa - At least one person was reported killed Thursday as rallies across DR Congo against President Joseph Kabila turned violent, with police firing tear gas in the capital Kinshasa and the eastern city of Goma.

DR Congo's opposition defiant despite rising crackdown

Lubumbashi - Tensions are soaring in the Democratic Republic of Congo where veteran President Joseph Kabila is turning up the pressure on an embattled yet defiant opposition ahead of planned protests on Thursday.

Major opposition rally banned in Congo after Kabila ruling

Kinshasa - Public demonstrations have been banned in parts of the Democratic Republic of Congo, officials said Tuesday, ahead of a planned opposition rally to denounce a controversial court ruling allowing President Joseph Kabila to remain in power beyond his man...

DR Congo surgeon warns of 'unbearable atrocities' in country's east

Kinshasa - A leading Congolese surgeon who treats women sexually abused during conflict warned Tuesday of "unbearable atrocities" being committed in the country's east including the mutilation of babies and the disemboweling of pregnant women.

EU sanctions mooted amid DR Congo crackdown

Kinshasa - Britain warned Friday it may seek EU sanctions over "acts of repression" in the Democratic Republic of Congo, as police clashed with supporters of a key opposition leader accused of hiring foreign mercenaries.

DR Congo president's mandate can be extended if no vote: Court

Kinshasa - DR Congo's President Joseph Kabila, who is constitutionally barred from running for a new term, can remain in office even if no election takes place before his mandate expires at the end of 2016, the Constitutional Court said Tuesday.

Thousands honour 'rumba king' Wemba at requiem mass in Kinshasa

Kinshasa - Thousands of fans paid a final tearful tribute to Congolese "rumba king" Papa Wemba at a requiem mass in Kinshasa on Wednesday where his songs were played, before he is laid to rest.

16 villagers hacked to death in eastern DR Congo

Kinshasa - Attackers armed with machetes and axes hacked at least 16 civilians to death in a night-time assault on their village in the volatile east of the Democratic Republic of Congo, UN and local officials said Wednesday.

Probe opens into UN troops' alleged sex abuse in DR Congo

Kinshasa - The United Nations and Tanzania have opened a joint enquiry into alleged sexual abuse by Tanzanian troops serving in the UN peace mission in the Democratic Republic of Congo, the head of the mission said Saturday.

These remarkable primates are being wiped out by war in the Congo

Decades of conflict in the Democratic Republic of Congo have decimated populations of the world's largest primate — the eastern lowland gorilla, also known as Grauer's gorilla.
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