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In DR Congo, fight for sanitation is also a fight for dignity

Kinshasa - From crouching over a small hole with a sheet for privacy to defecating in the open air, for millions of people in the Democratic Republic of Congo going to the toilet is a daily act of misery.The UN has estimated more than 2.

DR Congo makes arrests ahead of anti-Kabila protests

Kinshasa - Police in the Democratic Republic of Congo on Wednesday stifled street protests against the extended rule of President Joseph Kabila, making several dozen arrests according to campaign groups, despite a UN appeal to allow peaceful demonstrations.

DR Congo militiamen on trial for raping children

Bukavu - Eighteen suspected militiamen, including a provincial lawmaker, went on trial Friday in DR Congo's chaotic east for kidnapping and raping some 40 girls.Frederic Batumike and 17 others face charges of "crimes against humanity through rape and murder ......

DR Congo says election pressure due to foreign 'greed' for cobalt

Kinshasa - The Democratic Republic of Congo on Wednesday said foreign "greed" for its cobalt lay behind the "malicious" pressures weighing on the country's electoral process.

Four civilians, policeman killed in clashes in DR Congo's Goma

Goma - Four civilians and a policeman were killed Monday in clashes in eastern DR Congo as protestors demanded President Joseph Kabila stand down this year, an AFP correspondent said.

Trump envoy tells DR Congo elections must be held in 2018

Kinshasa - The US ambassador to the United Nations, Nikki Haley, told the Democratic Republic of Congo to hold elections next year, rather than delay them until 2019, if it wanted to count on American backing.

US ambassador Haley arrives in DR Congo

Kinshasa - US ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley arrived Wednesday evening in Kinshasa on a visit to the Democratic Republic of Congo which is in the grip of a political and humanitarian crisis.

UN demands release of detained DR Congo opposition

Kinshasa - The UN's envoy for DR Congo on Monday called on the Congolese authorities to release opposition members arrested in the southeastern city of Lubumbashi Sunday for allegedly insulting President Joseph Kabila.

US ambassador Haley to pay first visit to Africa

New York - US Ambassador Nikki Haley will be the highest-ranking administration official to visit Africa next week when she travels to South Sudan, the Democratic Republic of Congo and Ethiopia.

DR Congo wins seat on UN rights council despite US opposition

New York - The Democratic Republic of Congo was elected to the UN Human Rights Council on Monday despite opposition from the United States and a leading rights group.DR Congo was among the 15 countries who won seats during a vote at the UN General Assembly.

12 dead, 92 missing as floods hit eastern DR Congo

Goma - At least 12 people died and 92 were missing after heavy rains caused flooding in two villages in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo, an official said Wednesday.

Dozens of Burundian refugees killed in DR Congo

Bukavu - Troops shot dead 34 Burundian refugees in clashes in Kamanyola in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo, local officials in the eastern province of South Kivu said Saturday.

Murdered UN experts 'deliberately misled' in DR Congo

Paris - Two UN experts who were killed six months ago in the Democratic Republic of Congo were deliberately misled about the safety of the place where they were shot dead, French radio said Wednesday.

UN witnessing 'massive destruction' in DR Congo's Kasai region

Geneva - The United Nations warned Friday that its staff had witnessed destruction and suffering on "an enormous scale" in the Democratic Republic of Congo's volatile Kasai region.

DR Congo opposition leader returns to tensions at home

Kinshasa - The leader of the opposition in the Democratic Republic of Congo, Felix Tshisekedi, returned to Kinshasa on Sunday just as police arrested some of his supporters during a demonstration.

Death toll in DR Congo landslide climbs to 140

Bunia - The death toll from a landslide that swept over a fishing village on the banks of a lake in northeast Democratic Republic of Congo has reached 140, the government said Monday.

US wants 'full investigation' into DRCongo death of UN experts

New York - The US ambassador to the United Nations on Thursday called for a "full investigation" into the death of two UN experts killed in March in the Democratic Republic of Congo.

Conflict leaves millions hungry in DR Congo, UN warns

Kinshasa - Nearly eight million people face acute hunger in the Democratic Republic of Congo as a result of conflict, especially in the central Kasai region, UN food agencies said Monday.“Food security and nutrition...

DR Congo opposition leader Tshisekedi's body to be repatriated: family

Kinshasa - An agreement has been struck with Kinshasa for the repatriation of the body of veteran Congolese opposition leader Etienne Tshisekedi, who died aged 84 in Belgium in February, his family and political party told AFP Friday.

DR Congo opposition mounts 'dead city' protest against Kabila

Kinshasa - Opposition campaigners launched a two-day general strike Tuesday to pressure DR Congo President Joseph Kabila to set an election date -- a day after 12 people were shot dead in an anti-government rampage in the capital.
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