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ICC rules on appeal by Congolese 'Terminator' warlord

Den Haag - The International Criminal Court will decide Tuesday on an appeal by a Congolese warlord dubbed the "Terminator", who received the tribunal's longest-ever war crimes sentence.

DRCongo militia kills 200, displaces 40,000 this year: UN

Geneva - Nearly 200 people have been killed and 40,000 displaced since January following a surge of attacks by the ADF militia in northeast Democratic Republic of Congo, the UN said Friday, as protests over the massacres brought three cities to a standstill.

200 killed, 40,000 displaced in DR Congo by ADF militia since Jan: UN

Geneva - Nearly 200 people have been killed and 40,000 displaced since January following a surge of attacks by the ADF militia in northeast Democratic Republic of Congo, the UN said Friday.

Italy seeks UN probe into DRC envoy's killing

Rome - Italy said Wednesday it has asked the United Nations to launch an investigation into the killing of its ambassador to the Democratic Republic of Congo.

Hutu rebels accuse DRC, Rwanda over Italian ambassador's death

Apo - Rwandan Hutu rebels on Tuesday denied accusations they were behind the killing of the Italian ambassador to the Democratic Republic of Congo and instead blamed the armies of the DRC and Rwanda, as grim details emerged about the attack.

Hutu rebels accuse DRC, Rwanda over Italian's killing

Apo - Rwandan Hutu rebels Tuesday denied allegations they were behind the killing of the Italian ambassador to the Democratic Republic of Congo and instead accused the armies of the DRC and Rwanda.

Italian ambassador killed in DR Congo attack

Goma - Italy's ambassador to the Democratic Republic of Congo was among three people killed on Monday when a UN convoy came under attack in the troubled east, DRC sources and the Italian government said.

Ebola death toll hits 4 in DR Congo as people 'resist' measures

Goma - Four people have died from the hemorrhagic Ebola virus during a new outbreak in the Democratic Republic of Congo, officials said Sunday, warning that people are resisting measures to contain the highly contagious disease.

DR Congo's Tshisekedi names mine boss as PM after power struggle

Apo - DR Congo's President Felix Tshisekedi on Monday named the head of state-owned mining giant Gecamines as prime minister, following a prolonged tussle for power with allies of his predecessor.

Edinburgh University appoints first black rector

Edinburgh - It's been more than 16 years since Debora Kayembe fled her home in the Democratic Republic of Congo after learning that a gun-running militia group that she had helped to expose wanted to kill her.

DR Congo announces 'resurgence' of Ebola

Beni - DR Congo on Sunday announced a "resurgence" of Ebola in its troubled east after a woman died of the disease, just three months after authorities declared the end of the country's latest outbreak.

DR Congo announces 'resurgence' of Ebola

Beni - DR Congo on Sunday announced a "resurgence" of Ebola in its troubled east after a woman died of the disease, just three months after authorities declared the end of the country's previous outbreak.

DR Congo PM resigns, allowing president to name own premier

Apo - DR Congo's prime minister Sylvestre Ilunga Ilunkamba resigned on Friday, the presidency said, a move enabling President Felix Tshisekedi to appoint his own premier supported by a new parliamentary majority.

DRC marks Kabila assassination with calls for reconciliation

Apo - DR Congo on Saturday marked the 20th anniversary of the assassination of former president Laurent-Desire Kabila with calls for reconciliation in the badly divided country.

Family seeks justice for Lumumba, DR Congo's murdered hero

Apo - Will justice ever be served for Patrice Lumumba?Aged just 35, the charismatic hero of Belgian Congo's independence was assassinated 60 years ago in a plot linked to the fledgling nation's colonial master.

Unfinished history: 60 years after the murder of DRC hero Lumumba

Lubumbashi - A lonely statue of DR Congo's independence hero Patrice Lumumba marks the spot where he was assassinated 60 years ago on Sunday, weeds encroaching on the unfinished and largely forgotten roadside memorial.

DR Congo crisis deepens after fresh clashes in parliament

Apo - A spiralling political crisis in DR Congo saw more clashes on Tuesday in the country's trashed parliament, after which MPs supporting President Felix Tshisekedi moved to oust the majority party loyal to his predecessor Joseph Kabila.

Dozens killed in eastern DR Congo, ADF militia blamed

Beni - Around three dozen people have been killed in the Democratic Republic of Congo's troubled east, local officials said Tuesday, blaming the notorious ADF militia which has slaughtered hundreds of civilians over the past year.

UN bodies including UNICEF, WHO probe DR Congo sex abuse reports

Geneva - UNICEF on Wednesday became the third UN agency to launch an internal inquiry into sexual abuse of women in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), promising "serious consequences" for any culprits.

DR Congo leader urges debt relief over pandemic

New York - The leader of the Democratic Republic of Congo appealed Tuesday before the UN General Assembly for debt relief for developing countries to help them cope with the pandemic.

Around 50 feared dead in DR Congo mine flooding

Bukavu - About 50 people are feared dead after an artisanal gold mine flooded in the eastern Democratic Republic of Congo after torrential rain, a provincial governor said Saturday.

Belgium to return slain Congo leader's tooth to family

Apo - A Belgian judge has agreed that a tooth taken from the remains of assassinated Congolese independence leader Patrice Lumumba be returned to his family, prosecutors said Thursday.

Belgian Congo's 'children of sin' demand justice

Apo - Torn from their parents, brought up in a convent then abandoned when the Belgian Congo gained independence.

DRCongo vows to protect Nobel laureate Mukwege after death threats

Apo - The government vowed Saturday to protect Nobel peace laureate Denis Mukwege and investigate death threats against him after he called for an international court to try crimes in the Democratic Republic of Congo.

DR Congo struggles to wipe out armed groups

Apo - DR Congo's army launched an offensive last October aimed at fulfilling a pledge by President Felix Tshisekedi to root out the armed groups that infest the east of the vast country.

Daughter of DR Congo hero demands Belgium return father's 'relics'

Apo - The daughter of Congolese independence hero Patrice Lumumba has called on Belgium to return her father's "relics", in an apparent reference to teeth taken from his body after his assassination in 1961.

DR Congo violence displaces over one million in six months: UN

Geneva - More than one million people have been forced to flee their homes in the violence-ravaged eastern Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) since the start of the year, the UN said Tuesday.

Belgian king expresses 'deepest regrets' over DR Congo colonial past

Apo - Belgium's King Philippe expressed his "deepest regrets" on Tuesday for the harm done during Belgian colonial rule in DR Congo, in a first for his country.

Belgian king expresses 'deepest regrets' over DR Congo colonial past

Apo - Belgium's King Philippe expressed his "deepest regrets" for the harm done during Belgian colonial rule in DR Congo, in a first for his country.

DR Congo justice minister arrested in crisis over judicial reforms

Apo - DR Congo's justice minister was arrested on Saturday, the latest twist in a crisis over proposed judicial reforms that have triggered violent street protests.
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