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DR Congo bishop appeals for UN support for crisis deal

New York - The Catholic bishop behind a key political deal in the Democratic Republic of Congo appealed for support at the UN Security Council on Wednesday as a top UN official warned of potential pitfalls for the accord.

26 dead in days of DR Congo clashes over slain militia chief

Kinshasa - Over two dozen people have been killed since the start of the year in clashes pitting the Democratic Republic of Congo's security forces against supporters of a slain tribal chief, a local governor said in a statement.

UN presses DR Congo for rapid action on crisis deal

New York - The UN Security Council called Wednesday for the rapid and complete implementation of a deal to end the political crisis in the Democratic Republic of the Congo.

DR Congo set for talks on implementing crisis deal

Kinshasa - Opposing sides in the crisis that has gripped DR Congo will this week hold their first talks on implementing a landmark deal on the country's political future, mediators said Monday.

Optimism in DR Congo as deal reached to end political crisis

Kinshasa - The new year in one of Africa's most troubled countries began in a burst of optimism Sunday after rival groups agreed a deal for hauling DR Congo out of a perilous political crisis.

Floods in DR Congo kill at least 50: provincial governor

Kinshasa - Floods triggered by heavy rains and a river bursting its banks have killed at least 50 people and left thousands more homeless in southwestern Congo, a provincial governor said Thursday.

Who's behind the massacres in Congo's Beni region?

Beni - The official explanation for a two-year wave of massacres in a restive corner of DR Congo centres on a shadowy rebel group accused of having ties to the global jihadist underground.

DR Congo crisis talks suspended, hopes for deal by year end

Kinshasa - Talks to end DR Congo's dangerous political crisis were suspended on Saturday until after Christmas after a fruitless 48 hours of negotiations over President Joseph Kabila's refusal to quit power.

DR Congo crisis deal 'close but not before Christmas'

Kinshasa - A deal aimed at ending DR Congo's political crisis caused by President Joseph Kabila's clinging to power is close but will not be signed before Christmas, mediators said Friday.

Mass arrests in DR Congo's second city

Lubumbashi - Soldiers sealed part of Congo's second city and carried out mass arrests of young men on Thursday, residents said, as talks to defuse the country's explosive political crisis continued.

Congo crisis talks as bishops urge deal by Christmas

Kinshasa - Talks on defusing an explosive crisis in Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) resumed Wednesday, a day after bloody clashes, as the Catholic church appealed for a deal by Christmas over the future of President Joseph Kabila.

Deadly protests in DR Congo as Kabila clings to office

Kinshasa - At least 11 people died as gunfire erupted during protests on Tuesday in Democratic Republic of Congo against longtime President Joseph Kabila, who is refusing to leave office as his mandate ends.

DR Congo people react furiously as president clings on

Kinshasa - Black smoke rose over Kinshasa and angry young men waving red cards blocked roads as Democratic Republic of Congo's leader, Joseph Kabila, clung to power Tuesday despite fears that more violence will follow.

Joseph Kabila: DR Congo's young, enigmatic leader

Kinshasa - Still relatively young after 16 years leading the Democratic Republic of Congo, Joseph Kabila is a secretive president at the centre of a political crisis in his vast, conflict-ravaged nation.

DR Congo opposition leader urges citizens to reject Kabila

Brussels - Congolese opposition head Etienne Tshisekedi called on citizens and foreign countries to "no longer recognise" Joseph Kabila as president, in a video released as the long-serving leader appeared set to remain in office on despite his mandate expiring.

Gunfire in DR Congo as Kabila's mandate ends

Kinshasa - Gunfire erupted in major DR Congo cities and the UN voiced alarm over a wave of arrests, as protesters demanded President Joseph Kabila step down after his mandate expired Tuesday.

Troops deploy in tense DR Congo as leader's mandate expires

Kinshasa - People stayed home across Democratic Republic of Congo on Monday, leaving troops to patrol ghost cities as tension peaked hours before President Joseph Kabila's mandate ends, but with no election in sight.

Tensions mount in DR Congo as end of Kabila's term nears

Kinshasa - Security forces patrolled the streets of Kinshasa on Sunday after the suspension of last-ditch talks seeking a peaceful end to a crisis sparked by the end of Congolese President Joseph Kabila's mandate.

Congo crisis talks suspended until Wednesday

Kinshasa - Congolese crisis talks to ensure a peaceful political transition have been suspended, Catholic church mediators said, announcing they would resume Wednesday, the day after President Joseph Kabila's last legal term in office ends.

Tense Congo succession talks forced into extra day

Kinshasa - Congo's volatile political crisis rumbled on Friday after church-led talks were forced into another day, edging closer to the legal limit for President Joseph Kabila to hold on to power.
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