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DR Congo opposition suspends role in 'dialogue' process

Kinshasa - An opposition delegation taking part in a so-called "national dialogue" to resolve a political crisis in DR Congo said Friday it had suspended its participation after deadly violence in the capital this week.

DR Congo unrest ends with official death toll at 32

Kinshasa - Police in DR Congo said 32 people had been killed during two days of clashes in the capital Kinshasa this week, while the opposition said more than three times that number had died.

DR Congo warlord 'Terminator' breaks hunger strike at ICC

Den Haag - Congolese former rebel leader Bosco Ntaganda has started eating again after an unprecedented nearly two-week hunger strike in his detention cell in The Netherlands, refusing to attend his war crimes trial.

Deadly clashes in DR Congo for second day

Kinshasa - Several people died in a second day of violence in DR Congo Tuesday, with three opposition HQ buildings torched in clashes between police and opponents of President Joseph Kabila.

50 dead in clashes in DR Congo capital: opposition

Kinshasa - More than 50 people were killed on Monday in clashes between protesters and security forces in the Congolese capital Kinshasa, opposition groups said, calling for further anti-government demonstrations.

Six feared dead as DR Congo bans giant opposition rally

Kinshasa - At least six people were feared dead on Monday in clashes ahead of a huge opposition rally in the Democratic Republic of Congo capital Kinshasa demanding that President Joseph Kabila step down.

DR Congo warlord on hunger strike at war crimes trial

Den Haag - Congolese former rebel Bosco Ntaganda has gone on hunger strike and is refusing to appear at his international war crimes trial in protest against his detention conditions, judges were told on Tuesday.

Yellow fever 'under control' in Angola, DR Congo: UN

Geneva - Yellow fever outbreaks in Angola and the Democratic Republic of Congo are "under control" after a massive vaccination campaign involving millions, the World Health Organisation said Tuesday.

UN mission transports S. Sudan fighters for emergency treatment

New York - The UN mission in the Democratic Republic of Congo has transported more than 100 supporters of South Sudan's rebel leader Riek Machar to health facilities for emergency medical treatment, the UN said Wednesday.

Eastern gorilla suffers 70 percent decline — Near extinction

The world's largest primate has been pushed to the brink of extinction by illegal hunting in the Democratic Republic of Congo and are now critically endangered.

Spanish police rescue migrants hidden in minivan

Madrid - Spanish police freed four young African migrants found squeezed into a hidden compartment of a minivan with no ventilation at a border crossing from Morocco into Spain and arrested the driver, they said Monday.

DR Congo summit to avoid poll chaos opens despite no-shows

Kinshasa - A long-awaited "national dialogue" to avert political chaos opened in Democratic Republic of Congo Thursday despite the absence of many opposition figures who described the event as a government "trap".

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.
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