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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.

Congo vote allows president to seek third term

Brazzaville - The Congolese government claimed a landslide victory Tuesday in a controversial referendum over a bid by President Denis Sassou Nguesso to extend his 31-year rule but the opposition swiftly branded the result fraudulent.A total of 92.

More than 90% vote to allow Congo leader's bid to extend rule

Brazzaville - More than 90 percent of people voting in a controversial referendum in the Republic of Congo approved a bid by President Denis Sassou Nguesso to extend his 31-year stay in office, according to official results announced on Tuesday.A total of 92.

Sassou Nguesso: From Congo paratrooper to political strongman

Republic of Congo's President Denis Sassou Nguesso, who could extend his three-decade stay in office after Sunday's constitutional referendum, began his career, like many African leaders, in the military.

Congolese begin voting on longtime leader's bid to extend rule

Brazzaville - People in the Republic of Congo began voting in a referendum Sunday on whether longtime President Denis Sassou Nguesso can seek a third term in office that has sparked clashes in the oil-producing country.

Congo opposition calls off protest

Brazzaville - Congo's opposition has said it will obey a ban on public demonstrations after deadly street violence, cancelling a Friday protest against a referendum that could allow the president to extend his three decades in office.

Clashes, arrests in Congo after day of deadly protest

Brazzaville - Demonstrators and security forces clashed for a second day in Congo's capital Wednesday in unrest triggered by the president's bid to extend his three-decade stay in office.

Tens of thousands rally for Congo leader's bid to extend rule

Brazzaville - Tens of thousands of supporters of Congolese President Denis Sassou Nguesso took to the streets of the capital Brazzaville on Saturday to back his controversial bid to change the constitution in order to remain in power, an AFP journalist said.

Congo to vote on extending veteran leader's rule as opposition vows fightback

Brazzaville - The opposition in oil-rich Congo Tuesday vowed a fight to the finish after the government called an October referendum on allowing veteran leader Denis Sassou Nguesso to run for a controversial third term.

Child soldiers reunited with families

This week 152 child soldiers in the Democratic Republic of the Congo were reunited with their families. While a happy start, the violence these children have lived is a hard trial to get over.

Ebola extends to fifth African country

The Democratic Republic of Congo has confirmed two first cases of Ebola. This means that the cases of infection have now been recorded in five African countries.

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 ...
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