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In diplomatic first, DR Congo's Tshisekedi lays wreath at Rwanda memorial

Apo - DR Congo President Felix Tshisekedi on Monday paid tribute at a genocide memorial on the sidelines of an economic forum in Rwanda, a highly symbolic gesture in bilateral relations badly hobbled by the 1994 bloodbath.

DR Congo train derailment kills 24

Apo - At least 24 people were killed and 31 injured Sunday when a freight train carrying stowaways derailed in the Democratic Republic of Congo, police and medical services said.

Violence in DRC after president's party crushing senate defeat

Apo - A police officer was killed in DR Congo on Saturday as violence broke out after the crushing defeat of new President Felix Tshisekedi's party in the previous day's senate election.

WHO says aiming to halt DRC Ebola outbreak within six months

Geneva - The deadly Ebola outbreak raging in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo should be over within six months, the head of the World Health Organization said Thursday.

UN slams DR Congo failure to prevent December massacre

Geneva - The UN on Tuesday criticised authorities in southwestern Democratic Republic of Congo for failing to prevent a massacre of hundreds of people last December, despite clear signs of rising tensions.

DR Congo's Bemba seeks 68 mln euros from war crimes court

Den Haag - Former DR Congo vice-president Jean-Pierre Bemba is demanding 68 million euros in compensation from the International Criminal Court following his war crimes acquittal last year, his lawyer said Monday.

UN chief proposes cutting DRCongo force

New York - UN chief Antonio Guterres has proposed shrinking the large peacekeeping force in the Democratic Republic of Congo.

UN considering drawdown of DR Congo mission

New York - The United Nations is considering a drawdown of its large peacekeeping force in the Democratic Republic of Congo and charting a course towards an exit strategy, a senior UN peacekeeping official said Thursday.

DR Congo Ebola death toll passes 500: health ministry

Apo - More than 500 people have died from the latest outbreak of Ebola in DR Congo, but a vaccination programme has prevented thousands more deaths, the country's health minister told AFP.

'Golden handshake' for DR Congo's outgoing ministers

Apo - In the weeks leading up to Democratic Republic of Congo's controversial election, those leaving power quietly passed two decrees guaranteeing themselves money and benefits that would ensure their financial security for decades to come.

Fifty mass graves discovered in western DR Congo: UN rights group

Apo - More than 50 mass graves have been identified in western Democratic Republic of Congo after a spate of killings in the region, a UN rights group has said.

DR Congo set for historic political transition

Apo - Felix Tshisekedi is to be sworn in on Thursday as president of Democratic Republic of Congo, marking the country's first-ever peaceful handover of power after chaotic and bitterly-disputed elections.

President's inauguration in DR Congo may be postponed: party source

Apo - The swearing-in of the newly-elected president of DR Congo, Felix Tshisekedi, may be postponed by two days until Thursday, a source in his coalition said Monday.

Regional powers back Tshisekedi as DRC leader despite dispute

Apo - Regional powers hailed Felix Tshisekedi as DR Congo's incoming president on Sunday, despite claims by his opponents of an election stitch-up and the African Union earlier warning of "serious doubts" over the result.

DR Congo slaps down AU call to suspend final vote result

Apo - DR Congo rebuked the African Union on Friday over its calls to suspend the announcement of final results from presidential elections, insisting that the Constitutional Court assessing the vote's legality was impartial.

AU seeks delay in final announcement of DR Congo vote results

Addis Ababa - The African Union called Thursday for the final announcement of last month's disputed presidential elections in the Democratic Republic of Congo to be suspended due to "serious doubts".

UN urges DR Congo to respect election outcome

New York - The UN Security Council on Tuesday called on all players in the Democratic Republic of Congo to respect the outcome of landmark elections as doubt persisted over results announced by election authorities.

DR Congo presidential runner-up asks court to cancel result

Apo - The runner-up in DR Congo's presidential election, Martin Fayulu, has appealed to the Constitutional Court to annul the provisional result which awarded victory to his opposition rival Felix Tshisekedi, his lawyer said Saturday.

DR Congo presidential runner-up appeals against result: lawyer

Apo - Martin Fayulu, who came second in DR Congo's presidential election, has appealed to the Constitutional Court to annul the provisional result which awarded victory to his opposition rival Felix Tshisekedi, his lawyer said Saturday.

Russia, China push UN to stay out of DR Congo poll dispute

New York - Russia and China led calls at the United Nations Security Council on Friday for world powers to stay out of an election dispute in the Democratic Republic of Congo.

DR Congo's shock vote result goes to Constitutional Court

Apo - The outcome of DR Congo's tempestuous presidential election appeared to be headed for the courts Friday after the poll's runner-up said he would demand a recount.

Instability risk high in DR Congo after vote result: analysts

Apo - DR Congo has finally delivered the result of its much-delayed presidential vote, but the risk of an explosion of violence in this notoriously unstable nation remains high, analysts say.

France says DR Congo runner-up is apparent winner

Paris - France on Thursday challenged the outcome of DR Congo's presidential election, saying the declared victory of opposition chief Felix Tshisekedi was "not consistent" with the results and that his rival Martin Fayulu appeared to have won.

Opposition's Tshisekedi declared winner of DRC presidential poll

Apo - Opposition candidate Felix Tshisekedi has won the long-awaited presidential poll in the Democratic Republic of Congo, the electoral commission said Thursday, paving the way for the country's first handover of power in 18 years. "Having gained... 38.

DRC opposition chief wins vote as rival cries foul

Apo - Opposition leader Felix Tshisekedi was on Thursday declared the victor of DR Congo's controversial presidential election in a surprise result swiftly denounced by his rival as a "coup".

DR Congo election results could be counted in '24-48 hours': official

Apo - Provisional results of the much-delayed Democratic Republic of Congo's presidential election could be counted in "24 to 48 hours," a top electoral official said on Tuesday.

South Africa pushes UN to postpone DR Congo meeting

New York - The UN Security Council has postponed a key meeting on the elections in the Democratic Republic of Congo, at South Africa's request, after an announcement on the results was delayed, diplomats said.

DR Congo on edge as election results postponed

Apo - The DR Congo officials on Saturday delayed the announcement of preliminary results from a crucial presidential election, amid growing pressure from world powers and the influential Catholic church to respect voters' wishes.

UN Security Council meets on DR Congo vote

New York - The UN Security Council met behind closed doors on Friday to discuss the elections in the Democratic Republic of Congo as world powers awaited results.

DR Congo Catholic Church knows who won election, urges 'truth'

Apo - DR Congo's powerful Roman Catholic Church on Thursday said it knows who has won a much-delayed presidential vote and urged the electoral commission to publish the "truth".
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