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Exhausted C. Africans leave exile for unknowns at home

Under the tarpaulin shading the back of the lorry, the heat is still stifling on a rough road for some 30 refugees travelling home to the strife-weary Central African Republic.

Congo's bread basket struggles to recover from conflict

Mongoumba - "The trains are running again. We have peace," says Didier, the station master at Mindouli, in the Republic of Congo's southern region of Pool.

World Bank deploys $300 mn to DR Congo to contain Ebola outbreak

Washington - The World Bank announced Wednesday it was deploying another $300 million in crisis aid for DR Congo to help contain the year-old Ebola outbreak.

World Bank deploys $300 mn to DR Congo to contain Ebola outbreak

Washington - The World Bank announced Wednesday it was deploying another $300 million in crisis aid for DR Congo to help contain the Ebola outbreak.

The missing of Brazzaville's 'Beach', 20 years on

Brazzaville - Twenty years ago, Congo-Brazzaville's new president urged conflict refugees to come home across the River Congo from Kinshasa. Then 353 returnees disappeared who were widely believed to have been murdered.

Alps murder mystery: French ex-spy suspected of Congo murder plot found dead

Lyon - A sleepy village in the Alps has reacted with shock after the bullet-riddled body of a former French spy who had been linked to a plot to kill a Congolese opposition leader was found on the side of a local road.

Fear and trauma haunt Congolese massacre survivors

Kindu - Wounded in the head and chest and with her children in tow, Miniunga Bonkita fled to the haven of an island in the Congo River, a sliver of land between two nations."I stumbled across the assailants as I was returning home," the young mother told AFP.

Three Congo soldiers walk free after 'mass murder' convictions

Libreville - A court in the Republic of Congo jailed three soldiers for three years for "mass murder" during a peacekeeping mission to the Central African Republic, but the convicts have been freed, Human Rights Watch said Tuesday.

Nobel-winning Congolese doctor helped Yazidi women in June visit

Dohuk - Congolese doctor Denis Mukwege, who was Friday jointly awarded the Nobel Peace Prize with Iraqi Yazidi, Nurad Murad, visited the Yazidi community in June to share his experiences.

Congo votes for parliament with opposition calling foul

Brazzaville - Voters went to the polls in legislative elections in the oil-rich Republic of Congo on Sunday, the first since a violence-marred presidential poll last year which returned Denis Sassou Nguesso to power.

Three African leaders to sue Transparency over corruption case

Bata - The leaders of the oil-rich African nations of Equatorial Guinea, Gabon and Congo will sue Transparency International over a case in France involving allegedly ill-gotten properties worth hundreds of millions, President Teodoro Obiang of Equatorial Gui...

Congo peacekeepers accused of sex abuse to leave C. Africa: UN

New York - About 600 troops from Congo Republic serving as UN peacekeepers in the Central African Republic will be returning home following allegations of sex abuse, the United Nations announced on Wednesday.

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.

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.

Former opposition leader named Congolese premier

Brazzaville - Republic of Congo's newly-reelected President Denis Sassou Nguesso has named former opposition leader and one-time finance minister Clement Mouamba as his prime minister.

At least 5 killed, buildings torched in Congo capital unrest

Brazzaville - At least five people died and buildings were torched in clashes between government forces and suspected rebels in Congo's capital, the government said Tuesday, saying some 50 people had been arrested over the "terror attack".

Thousands flee gunbattles in Congo capital after disputed polls

Brazzaville - Thousands fled fighting in Congo's capital Brazzaville on Monday as the government blamed hours of heavy clashes in opposition bastions on a rebel group known as "The Ninjas".

Congo capital partly shut to protest veteran leader's re-election

Brazzaville - Opposition strongholds in Brazzaville were closed Tuesday following a strike call over the re-election of Congo's veteran ruler Denis Sassou Nguesso in polls his rivals say were marred by "massive fraud".

Congo opposition urges peaceful protest of president re-election

Brazzaville - Five defeated opposition candidates in Congo's recent presidential poll called on their countrymen to challenge the re-election of President Denis Sassou Nguesso through "peaceful" and legal actions, according to a statement confirmed by AFP.

Congo president wins third term, opposition cries foul

Brazzaville - Congo strongman Denis Sassou Nguesso was on Thursday declared the winner of presidential elections, extending his 32 years in power in a vote the opposition says was marked by "massive fraud".

Congo president Sassou Nguesso reelected in first round

Brazzaville - Congo president Denis Sassou Nguesso has been reelected in a first round vote, extending his 32 years in power, the interior minister said Thursday.

Global calls for calm as Congo awaits election results

Brazzaville - Washington and the European Union called for calm in Congo as the country Tuesday awaited results from a weekend presidential election, with communications lines cut for a third day.

Communications cut as Congo leader seeks to extend 32-year rule

Brazzaville - Communications lines were cut in Congo for a second day and business was slack, hit by fears of post-election trouble as the country waited to see if President Denis Sassou Nguesso will keep his grip on power.

Congo police fire tear gas at opposition supporters: AFP

Paris - Riot police in Congo on Sunday used tear gas to disperse 200 opposition supporters who were trying to get into a polling station during counting in the country's presidential election, an AFP journalist saw.

Sassou Nguesso seeks to extend 32-year rule in Congo vote

Brazzaville - Congo holds elections on Sunday under a media blackout, in a tense vote expected to see President Denis Sassou Nguesso prolong his 32-year rule over the oil-rich but poor nation.

Congo candidate Mokoko 'receives police summons' on eve of poll

Brazzaville - Congo presidential candidate general Jean-Marie Michel Mokoko told AFP Saturday he had received a fresh police summons to report to authorities on the eve of the election, slamming what he termed a bid to torpedo his hopes of standing.

Congo's Sassou Nguesso seeks new term after 32 years in office

Brazzaville - Congo's President Denis Sassou Nguesso will seek re-election Sunday after 32 years at the helm of an oil-rich but impoverished nation which is clamouring for jobs and decent living standards.

Sassou Nguesso: From Congo commando to entrenched strongman

Republic of Congo's President Denis Sassou Nguesso, seeking a third term in Sunday's election, began his political career as a Marxist-Leninist and has become a wealthy strongman determined to extend his 32 years in power.

DR Congo plans to open its rainforests to loggers

The world's second largest tract of rainforest, twice the size of Texas, is at risk of being cut down as Democratic Republic of Congo plans to lift the moratorium on industrial logging in place since 2002.

Congo to hold early presidential elections on March 20

Brazzaville - The Republic of Congo will hold early presidential elections in March, authorities said, after a new constitution removed barriers to President Denis Sassou Nguesso extending his rule.
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