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Bodies of two UN experts found in DR Congo as violence spirals

Kinshasa - Two foreign UN contractors who were kidnapped in DR Congo have been found dead, one of them decapitated, the government said Tuesday, as spiralling violence in the vast country sparked international condemnation.

ICC awards 'symbolic' $250 each to Congo war crimes victims

Den Haag - In its first such decision, the International Criminal Court on Friday awarded $250 dollars as "symbolic" damages to each victim of a former Congolese warlord, a sum swiftly dismissed as meaningless by those who lost homes and loved ones in a militia a...

ICC jails ex-Congo VP Bemba for bribing witnesses

Den Haag - Judges on Wednesday sentenced former Congolese vice president Jean-Pierre Bemba to a year in jail and fined him 300,000 euros for bribing witnesses during his war crimes trial in an unprecedented case before the International Criminal Court.

France warns against big cuts to UN mission in DR Congo

New York - France warned Tuesday that drastic cuts to the United Nations peacekeeping mission in the Democratic Republic of Congo would be tantamount to "playing with fire" as the country faces election turmoil.

UN presses search for foreign experts kidnapped in DR Congo

Kinshasa - The UN peacekeeping mission in the Democratic Republic of Congo on Wednesday said its troops were pressing ahead with a search for two foreign experts who were kidnapped in the violence-wracked central Kasai region."The search is ongoing ...

UN chief seeks to boost UN police in DR Congo

New York - UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres on Friday asked the Security Council to send an extra 320 UN police to the Democratic Republic of Congo after a deal to end a dispute over elections stalled, raising fresh fears of violence.

UN urges probe of DR Congo violence

Geneva - The UN's top rights official on Wednesday called for a high-level investigation into abuses committed against civilians in the violence-wracked Democratic Republic of Congo following the discovery of mass graves.

EU warns DR Congo of more sanctions

Brussels - The European Union on Monday warned the Democratic Republic of Congo it faces more EU sanctions if political and military leaders block a deal with the opposition on the country's future.

UN gives $5 mn in aid for crisis-hit DR Congo region

Kinshasa - The United Nations announced aid worth $5 million (4.7 million euros) on Saturday to help people affected by the humanitarian crisis in the violence-wracked Kasai region of the Democratic Republic of Congo.

DR Congo military under fire over massacre video

Kinshasa - The Democratic Republic of Congo's government came under pressure on Sunday to stem violence after the emergence of a video purporting to show soldiers massacring unarmed civilians.

Pope calls for quick accord to end DR Congo violence

Vatican City - Pope Francis on Sunday urged leaders of the Democratic Republic of Congo to act quickly to resolve its political crisis and curb violence, condemning in particular the use of child soldiers.

25 civilians killed in DR Congo ethnic attack

Goma - Militiamen from the Democratic Republic of Congo's Nande ethnic group have killed 25 civilians in the country's violence-torn east, almost all of them hacked to death with machetes, local officials and activists said Saturday.

DR Congo dubs video massacre fake, but admits "excesses"

Kinshasa - A Democratic Republic of Congo spokesman condemned as a "ridiculous montage" Saturday a video purporting to show a massacre of unarmed civilians by DR Congo soldiers (FARDC).

DR Congo war crimes trial resumes for ex-warlord Katanga

Kinshasa - Former Congolese warlord Germain Katanga, a convicted war criminal, was back before a top military court in his home country Friday as his trial on fresh charges of war crimes and insurrection resumed.

Congo at crossroads as opposition chief Tshisekedi dies

Kinshasa - Volatile Congo faced uncertainty Thursday after the death of Etienne Tshisekedi, the veteran politician who recently banded the opposition together to end President Joseph Kabila's rule of the mineral-rich nation.

Congo at crossroads as opposition chief Tshisekedi dies

Kinshasa - Longtime DR Congo opposition chief Etienne Tshisekedi died Wednesday at the age of 84 in Brussels, as talks aiming to end the nation's political crisis were under way in Kinshasa."President Tshisekedi died today...

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.
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