Africa: Congo
The Democratic Republic of Congo said on January 15, 2017 that at least 200 former M23 (rebel group) members arrived from Uganda, though Uganda denied these allegations on January 16, 2017.  By Isaac Kasamani (AFP/File)

Uganda Military Denies Congolese Rebels Left Camp

Monday, January 16, 2017 Kampala (AFP) - Uganda's military on Monday denied that armed Congolese rebels sheltering in the country had crossed back into the Democratic Republic of Congo, saying they were still in their camp. The DRC government said Sunday that at least 200 former members of M23, a mostly ethnic Tutsi rebe ...
Members of the M23 rebel group waiting at a Ugandan army air base to be flown to the Democratic Republic of Congo in 2014.  By ISAAC KASAMANI (AFP/File)

Congolese M23 rebels cross over from Uganda, 'clash with army'

Sunday, January 15, 2017 Kinshasa (AFP) - Armed Congolese rebels crossed back overnight into the country from their longtime refuge in Uganda, prompting fears that a guerilla conflict put to rest in 2013 could be rekindled. At least 200 former members of M23, an ethnic Tutsi group defeated by the Congolese army three yea ...

Soldiers attend a decoration ceremony for new lieutenants at a military academy in the city of Kananga, capital of central DR Congo province of Kasai-Central, on January 11, 2013.  By Junior D. KANNAH (AFP/File)

26 dead in days of DR Congo clashes over slain militia chief

Wednesday, January 11, 2017 Kinshasa (AFP) - Over two dozen people have been killed since the start of the year in clashes pitting the Democratic Republic of Congo's security forces against supporters of a slain tribal chief, a local governor said in a statement. The death toll since the start of 2017 is 26 people killed i ...
A man washes in a river after panning for gold in 2009.  By LIONEL HEALING (AFP/File)

UN urges probe of DR Congo officers involved in gold trafficking

Tuesday, January 10, 2017 United Nations (United States) (AFP) - A UN group of experts is urging the Democratic Republic of Congo to investigate army officers involved in gold trafficking and a mining firm allegedly owned by Chinese nationals. The experts said in a report released Monday that gold remains by far the mine ...
Police fire rubber bullets at demonstrators protesting outside the Democratic Republic of the Congo's Embassy in defiance of their President, Joseph Kabila on December 20, 2016 in Pretoria.  By John Wessels (AFP/File)

UN presses DR Congo for rapid action on crisis deal

Thursday, January 5, 2017 United Nations (United States) (AFP) - 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. In a unanimous vote approving the measure proposed by France, the 15 members of the council reaf ...
Congolese President Joseph Kabila was due to step down on December 20 at the end of his second and final mandate, but has shown no signs of wanting to leave office.  By LIONEL HEALING (AFP/File)

Kabila backs bishops' role in DR Congo crisis

Thursday, January 5, 2017 Kinshasa (AFP) - DR Congo President Joseph Kabila gave the green light Wednesday for the Catholic Church to pursue mediation to end the crisis sparked by his refusal to step down, sources said. The country's influential bishops brokered a New Year's Eve deal to sketch a timetable under which Kabi ...
Mediated by the Roman Catholic Church, the accord sketches a timetable under which Democratic Republic of the Congo President Joseph Kabila will stay in office before new elections are held.  By JEWEL SAMAD (AFP/File)

DR Congo coalition wants Kabila role in approving mediation

Tuesday, January 3, 2017 Kinshasa (AFP) - DR Congo's ruling coalition said contested President Joseph Kabila should have the right to approve Catholic mediation in the next stage of efforts to end the country's political crisis. The demand touches on a key phase for implementing a historic deal, forged on New Year's Eve, ...
Mediated by the Roman Catholic Church, the accord sketches a timetable under which Democratic Republic of the Congo President Joseph Kabila will stay in office before new elections are held.  By JEWEL SAMAD (AFP/File)

DR Congo coaltion wants Kabila role in approving mediation

Tuesday, January 3, 2017 Kinshasa (AFP) - DR Congo's ruling coalition said contested President Joseph Kabila should have the right to approve Catholic mediation in the next stage of efforts to end the country's political crisis. The demand touches on a key phase for implementing a historic deal, forged on New Year's Eve, ...
Catholic bishops arrive for the signing of an accord at the inter diocesan centre in Kinshasa on January 1, 2017 following talks launched by the Roman Catholic Church between the government and opposition.  By Junior D.Kannah (AFP)

DR Congo set for talks on implementing crisis deal

Monday, January 2, 2017 Kinshasa (AFP) - Opposing sides in the crisis that has gripped DR Congo will this week hold their first talks on implementing a landmark deal on the country's political future, mediators said Monday. An initial meeting for deciding on ways to implement the agreement is scheduled for Tuesday, Fa ...
The government and the UN mission have accused the shadowy rebel group Allied Democratic Forces, dominated by hardline Ugandan Muslims.  By Alain Wandimoyi (AFP/File)

Fresh 'rebel' attacks in east DR Congo leave six dead: official

Monday, January 2, 2017 Kinshasa (AFP) - At least six people were hacked to death in troubled northeastern DR Congo in two attacks last week blamed on Ugandan rebels, a regional official told AFP on Monday. The government and the UN mission in the central African country MONUSCO have accused the shadowy rebel group Alli ...
Talks between the DR Congo government and opposition aimed to resolve the future of President Joseph Kabila (pictured), who is holding onto power although his second and final five-year term ended on December 20.  By LIONEL HEALING (AFP/File)

Optimism in DR Congo as deal reached to end political crisis

Sunday, January 1, 2017 Kinshasa (AFP) - The new year in one of Africa's most troubled countries began in a burst of optimism Sunday after rival groups agreed a deal for hauling DR Congo out of a perilous political crisis. Under a landmark accord, the country's contested president, Joseph Kabila -- who under the constit ...
A man stands by a street stall in Kinshasa as another one walks past him on December 21, 2016.  By Eduardo Soteras (AFP/File)

DR Congo: Five facts

Saturday, December 31, 2016 KINSHASA (AFP) - The second largest country in Africa, Democratic Republic of Congo is blessed with oil, timber, diamonds and gold but cursed with violence, instability, graft and poverty. Here are five facts about DR Congo following the outcome of talks to defuse its latest crisis: Dynast ...
Talks on the country's political future were launched by the Roman Catholic church to ward off violence as the mandate of Democratic Republic of the Congo President Joseph Kabila, seen at the UN in April 2016, ended December 20.  By JEWEL SAMAD (AFP/File)

Draft deal agreed on DR Congo crisis: mediators, govt

Saturday, December 31, 2016 Kinshasa (AFP) - Opposition parties reached an agreement Saturday with the government on a deal to end a political crisis over DR Congo President Joseph Kabila's fate that has caused months of deadly unrest, a church mediator and officials said. The talks were launched by the Roman Catholic churc ...
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