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DR Congo former warlord says he would back opposition candidate

Apo - Former warlord Jean-Pierre Bemba said Monday he would be willing to support an opposition candidate in DR Congo's much-delayed presidential election, which he is banned from standing in.

DR Congo says latest Ebola outbreak under control

Apo - Health authorities in Kinshasa declared the Ebola virus under control five weeks after the latest outbreak left 89 people dead in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo.

Bemba appeals to DR Congo top court for right to run for president

Apo - Former warlord Jean-Pierre Bemba lodged an appeal with the Democratic Republic of Congo's top court on Monday after he was banned from running in upcoming presidential elections.

DRC's Katumbi won't quit trying to get home for poll deadline

Lubumbashi - Democratic Republic of Congo opposition leader Moise Katumbi, repeatedly blocked from returning home to contest presidential polls, will try every avenue to get through, his spokesman said Sunday.

DRCongo's Katumbi determined to return home: supporters

Lubumbashi - DR Congo Opposition leader Moise Katumbi is determined to try again to return home so he can run in presidential elections after being turned back at the border on Friday, his supporters said.

DR Congo president Kabila to make address to the nation

Apo - DR Congo President Joseph Kabila will make a speech to parliament on Thursday, less than a week before candidates can begin to register in postponed presidential elections.

DRCongo's Bemba leaves ICC detention centre following acquittal

Den Haag - Democratic Republic of Congo's former vice president Jean-Pierre Bemba has left the detention centre of the International Criminal Court following his acquittal of war crimes after a decade behind bars, his lawyer said on Wednesday.

War of words over DR Congo's humanitarian crisis as children die

Kananga - A war of words has broken out between the United Nations and the DR Congo government which is shunning a donor conference in Geneva to raise $1.7 billion to tackle a humanitarian crisis that Kinshasa says has been vastly exaggerated by aid workers.

Tensions high as DR Congo ruling party supporters storm cathedral

Kinshasa - Tensions soared in Democratic Republic of Congo on Saturday as hundreds of ruling party supporters stormed Kinshasa cathedral after authorities banned a planned church-backed rally against President Joseph Kabila.

New head of UN's DR Congo mission takes office amid tensions

Kinshasa - The new head of the UN's peacekeeping mission in the Democratic Republic of Congo took office on Sunday amid heightened tensions between the world body and the government.

Police release 'kidnapped' priest in DR Congo

Kinshasa - Congolese police have released a Catholic priest hours after they snatched him this weekend following a mass in Kinshasa, the cleric said Sunday, amid spiralling tensions between the church and the government.

Three DR Congo soldiers killed fighting Ugandan rebels

Beni - Three Democratic Republic of Congo soldiers died on Monday while repelling an attack in the eastern Beni region by ADF Ugandan Islamist rebels, who are suspected of murdering 14 UN peacekeepers last month.

Four soldiers killed in DR Congo's Kasai region: witnesses

Kananga - Men armed with machetes killed four soldiers in an attack Sunday near the main Kananga airport in Kasai, an opposition stronghold in the south of the Democratic Republic of Congo, residents said as tensions returned to the restive region.

In DR Congo, flood tragedy highlights perils of urban sprawl

Kinshasa - The morning light showed a scene of desolation as people in Ngaliema surveyed the wreckage of shanty homes swept away by killer floods and landslips.

DRC opposition plans court challenge to electoral reforms

Kinshasa - The opposition in Democratic Republic of Congo said Wednesday it had garnered enough signatures to challenge a new electoral reform, which it says is buttressing the ruling party of President Joseph Kabila.

In eastern DR Congo, Ugandan rebel group sows misery

Beni - Jean-De-Dieu was working in the fields in his village of Mamoundioma one day in October when he heard the distant but unmistakeable sound of gunfire.

400,000 children in DR Congo could die from hunger, says Unicef

Kinshasa - The United Nations on Tuesday warned that more than 400,000 children in Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) are severely malnourished and could die within months without emergency intervention.

UN peacekeepers honour 14 troops killed in DR Congo

Beni - The UN force in Democratic Republic of Congo on Monday paid tribute to troops who were killed last week, in the peacekeepers' biggest single loss in nearly a quarter of a century.

DR Congo makes arrests ahead of anti-Kabila protests

Kinshasa - Police in the Democratic Republic of Congo on Wednesday stifled street protests against the extended rule of President Joseph Kabila, making several dozen arrests according to campaign groups, despite a UN appeal to allow peaceful demonstrations.

DR Congo militiamen on trial for raping children

Bukavu - Eighteen suspected militiamen, including a provincial lawmaker, went on trial Friday in DR Congo's chaotic east for kidnapping and raping some 40 girls.Frederic Batumike and 17 others face charges of "crimes against humanity through rape and murder ......

12 dead, 92 missing as floods hit eastern DR Congo

Goma - At least 12 people died and 92 were missing after heavy rains caused flooding in two villages in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo, an official said Wednesday.

UN to close five peacekeepers' bases in eastern DRCongo

Kinshasa - Five UN peacekeepers' bases in the Democratic Republic of Congo are to close at the end of July, the UN mission there announced Wednesday, describing it as a change in operational style.

DR Congo's opposition blasts election delays as 'provocation'

Kinshasa - The main opposition party in the DemocraticRepublic of Congo on Monday blasted as a "provocation" and a power grab an announcement that elections to end a deep political crisis in the mineral-rich country will likely not be held this year.

UN rights chief demands international DR Congo probe

Geneva - The UN human rights chief on Friday slammed Kinshasa for not seriously investigating spiralling violence in the Democratic Republic of Congo's central Kasai provinces and demanded an international probe.

UN rights chief demands international DR Congo probe

Geneva - The UN human rights chief on Friday slammed Kinshasa for not seriously investigating spiralling violence in the Democratic Republic of Congo's central Kasai provinces and demanded an international probe.

DR Congo dubs video massacre fake, but admits "excesses"

Kinshasa - A Democratic Republic of Congo spokesman condemned as a "ridiculous montage" Saturday a video purporting to show a massacre of unarmed civilians by DR Congo soldiers (FARDC).

UN presses DR Congo for rapid action on crisis deal

New York - The UN Security Council called Wednesday for the rapid and complete implementation of a deal to end the political crisis in the Democratic Republic of the Congo.

DR Congo opposition suspends role in 'dialogue' process

Kinshasa - An opposition delegation taking part in a so-called "national dialogue" to resolve a political crisis in DR Congo said Friday it had suspended its participation after deadly violence in the capital this week.

DR Congo risks 'even worse crisis' over Kabila uncertainty

Kinshasa - Democratic Republic of Congo opposition leader Moise Katumbi warned President Joseph Kabila risked plunging the country into an "even worse crisis" by letting doubt linger over when he will step down.

Chinese become targets in DR Congo anti-government riots

Kinshasa - Clashes between Democratic Republic of Congo police and political protestors that left some 40 people dead last week also revealed the level of hostility towards the Chinese in the capital Kinshasa.
 

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