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Central Africa peace talks suspended after rebel no-show

Brazzaville - Peace talks between Central Africa's sectarian rivals were suspended Tuesday after the ex-rebel Seleka group failed to show up less than a day before the deadline of a deal.

UN and Congolese troops launch offensive against Hutu rebels

Kinshasa - Congolese forces moved into the eastern region of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), backed up by United Nations troops, to attack the Hutu rebels that have claimed the Virunga region of the country as their base of operations.

Central African militia leader denies Congo arrest report

Brazzaville - The self-styled political leader of a militia sowing terror in the Central African Republic (CAR) denied a police report that he had been arrested in north Congo and transferred to Brazzaville."Contrary to what has been said on foreign channels and in ...

Rebel group in Congo surrenders after UN force attacks

Kinshasa - After the deployment of the first peace-making force raised by the UN, the Force Intervention Brigade (FIB) to aid the Congolese Army, the M23 rebel group, which has kept the North Kivu province in turmoil, has begun to surrender.

Review: How is it that one of the world's richest nations is the poorest?

Dan Snow's trip into the Democratic Republic of Congo will show the world that a country blessed with just about every natural resource available, somehow finds itself being one of the poorest nations on the planet.

UN report highlights Congo's continuing rape crisis

Goma - A new report by United Nations human rights inspectors says Congolese troops carried out systematic rapes of women and girls numbering nearly 200 toward the end of last year.

$88 million missing on Congo mining taxes, says watchdog

Tax authorities in Democratic Republic of Congo failed to account for more than $80 million in revenue from the country's mining sector.

Congo: Soldier confessed to raping 53 women

A young soldier in Congo recounted the crimes that he and his comrades committed a few months back. The soldier said that he and twenty-four others got together a few months ago and said that they should rape 10 women each, and that is what they did.

Central African Republic coup sparks refugee crisis

The situation in the Central African Republic becomes more dire as thousands flee the widespread lawlessness that has followed the recent rebel victory.

David Livingstone's diary to go on show

Blantyre - Scottish explorer David Livingstone was born in Blantyre, South Lanarkshire and travelled widely throughout Africa, becoming the first white man to see the waterfalls he named after Queen Victoria.

Mbuti pygmy children have fun meeting white man for 1st time

When a mixed martial arts (MMA) fighter recently visited a remote village in Eastern Congo during an aid mission, he became the first white man the children had ever seen, and his video of the heartwarming moment is going viral.

Ben Affleck will testify on Congo

On Wednesday, Ben Affleck will testify before the House Armed Services Committee at a hearing on the evolving security situation in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) and the implications for U.S. security.

ICC acquits Congolese warlord Mathieu Ngudjolo

The International Criminal Court (ICC) acquitted Congolese warlord Mathieu Ngudjolo Chui of all charges of crimes against humanity and war crimes over his alleged role in planning the 2003 assault on Bogoro village in the mineral-rich Ituri province.

The Congolese government regains control of Goma

The Congolese government has managed to recapture the city of Goma, the capital of North Kivu in the eastern part of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), but the M23 rebels continue to pose a threat, as they remain in close proximity to the city.

M23 rebels refuse to leave Congo's Goma

Goma - The deadline for M23 rebels to withdraw from the Congo city of Goma, which they captured last week, has passed, and they are still refusing to leave.

Op-Ed: Uganda Rejects UN Accusations of Supporting Rebels in the DRC

Uganda has dismissed the United Nations (UN) accusations that it is supporting the M23 rebels, fighting against the Congolese government in the east of the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) since April, by ensuring weapons and other forms of assistance.

New monkey found in Congo

A new species of monkey has been discovered according to claims made by scientists. The monkey lives in remote forests located in Congo.

Congolese warlord sentenced for recruiting child soldiers

The Hague - Congolese warlord Thomas Lubanga has been sentenced to 14 years in prison for using child soldiers in battle. Taking into account time already served, Lubanga will serve just 8 more years behind bars.

Kony 2012: The sequel video released

One month ago today, Invisible Children brought to the world's attention the little known plight of children abducted by Joseph Kony's Lord's Resistance Army (LRA) in Uganda. A new video from the charity sheds more light on the conflict.

Congo protest in Toronto calls for Congolese president to resign Special

Toronto - Today protesters marched down Yonge Street in Toronto's downtown to protest the killings that are going on in their homeland of the Congo.

Op-Ed: Did police intervention just prevent a civil war in Congo? Special

Kinshasa - In the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), where the loser of recent national elections, Etienne Tshisekedi, had prepared to declare himself president today, found security forces blocking his residence and prevented the alternative ”swearing in”.

Suspected Congo rebels accused of sexually assaulting 100 women

Fizi - Local media outlets are reporting that 100 women have been sexually assaulted and injured over a two-day time period. Suspected Congo rebels are accused of being involved in the latest case of mass rape.

Study says 48 women raped every hour in Congo

The ultimate price of war is the destruction of people's spirit. In the Congo, rape is destroying women, children and men in the most brutal way.

Explorer to walk solo across Africa from coast to coast Special

An explorer is attempting to walk 4,000 miles solo across Africa from the Indian Ocean to the Atlantic Ocean. If successful he will be the first American to walk alone from coast to coast across Africa.

Canadian journalists team with Congo reporters for election news

Journalists for Human Rights, a Canada international media development organization, is working in the Congo to help local reporters cover the elections this year.

Doctors Without Borders report increased violence in Congo

Between January 19 and 21 Doctors Without Borders treated 53 women, men, and children who were raped in the South Kivu Province in the east of the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC).

Rwandan accused of DR Congo genocide and rapes held in Paris

French authorities have arrested in Paris the alleged leader of a Rwandan rebel group accused of mass rapes in the Democratic Republic of Congo, the International Criminal Court (ICC) said on Monday.

ICTR Lawyers: No International Justice for Congo Special

Human rights activists around the world have called for international justice and an end to impunity in the wake of the UN Mapping Report on Human Rights Abuse in the Democratic Republic of Congo.

Op-Ed: UN report on Congo rapes is stuff horror films are made of

The world played a mute spectator to the Rwandan genocide of Tutsis in the Nineties. It enacted the same role when untold atrocities were being perpetrated in DR Congo. Now that the UN report on DRC is out, the world must speak out. And, of course, act.

Rwanda's other genocide Special

Friday, October 1st, is the date of the official release of the U.N. Report on Human Rights Abuses in the Democratic Republic of Congo, including documentation of the Rwandan Patriotic Army's massacres of Rwandan Hutu refugees and Congolese Hutus.
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Villagers fleeing their homes in Sake, in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC)’s North Kivu province, after fighting erupted between FARDC Government forces and rebel groups
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Victoire Ingabire Umuhoza, leader of Rwanda's FDU-Inkingi coalition of opposition politial parties.
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A group of demobilized child soldiers in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC).
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Independent journalist and human rights investigator Keith Harmon Snow.
Independent journalist and human rights investigator Keith Harmon Snow.
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Congolese refugees in the Nakivale refugee settlement in southwest Uganda.
Congolese refugees in the Nakivale refugee settlement in southwest Uganda.
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Hollywood actor Ben Affleck
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The Great Lakes region of Africa, including Rwanda, with its western border on the eastern border of the Democratic Republic of Congo.
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The interior of the Congo was opened up in the late 19th Century by the British explorer Henry Stanley.
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A UN armoured vehicle in the Congo.
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Warlord Mathieu Ngudjolo during his trial.
Warlord Mathieu Ngudjolo during his trial.
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Young Mai Mai militants
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Map showing the provinces of the vast Central African nation of the DRC.
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