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Former opposition leader named Congolese premier

Brazzaville - Republic of Congo's newly-reelected President Denis Sassou Nguesso has named former opposition leader and one-time finance minister Clement Mouamba as his prime minister.

At least 5 killed, buildings torched in Congo capital unrest

Brazzaville - At least five people died and buildings were torched in clashes between government forces and suspected rebels in Congo's capital, the government said Tuesday, saying some 50 people had been arrested over the "terror attack".

Thousands flee gunbattles in Congo capital after disputed polls

Brazzaville - Thousands fled fighting in Congo's capital Brazzaville on Monday as the government blamed hours of heavy clashes in opposition bastions on a rebel group known as "The Ninjas".

Congo capital partly shut to protest veteran leader's re-election

Brazzaville - Opposition strongholds in Brazzaville were closed Tuesday following a strike call over the re-election of Congo's veteran ruler Denis Sassou Nguesso in polls his rivals say were marred by "massive fraud".

Congo opposition urges peaceful protest of president re-election

Brazzaville - Five defeated opposition candidates in Congo's recent presidential poll called on their countrymen to challenge the re-election of President Denis Sassou Nguesso through "peaceful" and legal actions, according to a statement confirmed by AFP.

Congo president wins third term, opposition cries foul

Brazzaville - Congo strongman Denis Sassou Nguesso was on Thursday declared the winner of presidential elections, extending his 32 years in power in a vote the opposition says was marked by "massive fraud".

Congo president Sassou Nguesso reelected in first round

Brazzaville - Congo president Denis Sassou Nguesso has been reelected in a first round vote, extending his 32 years in power, the interior minister said Thursday.

Global calls for calm as Congo awaits election results

Brazzaville - Washington and the European Union called for calm in Congo as the country Tuesday awaited results from a weekend presidential election, with communications lines cut for a third day.

Communications cut as Congo leader seeks to extend 32-year rule

Brazzaville - Communications lines were cut in Congo for a second day and business was slack, hit by fears of post-election trouble as the country waited to see if President Denis Sassou Nguesso will keep his grip on power.

Sassou Nguesso seeks to extend 32-year rule in Congo vote

Brazzaville - Congo holds elections on Sunday under a media blackout, in a tense vote expected to see President Denis Sassou Nguesso prolong his 32-year rule over the oil-rich but poor nation.

Congo candidate Mokoko 'receives police summons' on eve of poll

Brazzaville - Congo presidential candidate general Jean-Marie Michel Mokoko told AFP Saturday he had received a fresh police summons to report to authorities on the eve of the election, slamming what he termed a bid to torpedo his hopes of standing.

Congo's Sassou Nguesso seeks new term after 32 years in office

Brazzaville - Congo's President Denis Sassou Nguesso will seek re-election Sunday after 32 years at the helm of an oil-rich but impoverished nation which is clamouring for jobs and decent living standards.

Pope Francis says contraception may be used to avoid Zika virus

In what is likely just the secnd time a Pope has okayed contraceptive use, Pope Francis said artificial contraceptives are acceptable for women threatened by the Zika virus. He made his remark to reporters on Wednesday.

Abdoulaye Toure: A life dedicated to women’s empowerment Special

In early childhood, Abdoulaye Toure from Mali took his first stance against injustice towards women. When he was about six years old, he realized it was unfair for his mother to be responsible for all the household work.

Congo to hold early presidential elections on March 20

Brazzaville - The Republic of Congo will hold early presidential elections in March, authorities said, after a new constitution removed barriers to President Denis Sassou Nguesso extending his rule.

Congo vote allows president to seek third term

Brazzaville - The Congolese government claimed a landslide victory Tuesday in a controversial referendum over a bid by President Denis Sassou Nguesso to extend his 31-year rule but the opposition swiftly branded the result fraudulent.A total of 92.

More than 90% vote to allow Congo leader's bid to extend rule

Brazzaville - More than 90 percent of people voting in a controversial referendum in the Republic of Congo approved a bid by President Denis Sassou Nguesso to extend his 31-year stay in office, according to official results announced on Tuesday.A total of 92.

Congolese begin voting on longtime leader's bid to extend rule

Brazzaville - People in the Republic of Congo began voting in a referendum Sunday on whether longtime President Denis Sassou Nguesso can seek a third term in office that has sparked clashes in the oil-producing country.

Congo opposition calls off protest

Brazzaville - Congo's opposition has said it will obey a ban on public demonstrations after deadly street violence, cancelling a Friday protest against a referendum that could allow the president to extend his three decades in office.

Clashes, arrests in Congo after day of deadly protest

Brazzaville - Demonstrators and security forces clashed for a second day in Congo's capital Wednesday in unrest triggered by the president's bid to extend his three-decade stay in office.
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