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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.

Ex-S.Sudan VP Machar 'safe' in DR Congo

Nairobi - South Sudan's former rebel leader and ex-vice president Riek Machar has escaped to the capital of Democratic Republic of Congo following violent clashes last month, an official said Thursday.

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.

Kidnapping for ransom thrives in eastern DR Congo

Kayna - Floribert Kambale Safari didn't spend long in the hands of his kidnappers, but he still feels he's a captive to the debt owed to those who paid his ransom.

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.

ICC sentences DR Congo's Bemba to 18 years in jail

Den Haag - The International Criminal Court Tuesday sentenced former Congolese vice president Jean-Pierre Bemba to 18 years in jail, handing down its toughest penalty ever for "sadistic, cruel" rapes and murders by his troops in Central African Republic.

'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.

DR Congo opposition demands Kabila quit by year's end

Genval - Opposition parties in the Democratic Republic of Congo early Friday said they had forged an alliance and demanded that President Joseph Kabila quit when his term expires in December.

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...

Congo seeks to expel EU ambassador: Officials

Brazzaville - The Republic of Congo has called on the European Union to recall its ambassador to Brazzaville over EU criticism of President Denis Sassou Nguesso's controversial re-election in March, Congolese and EU officials said Saturday.

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.
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