Chinese become targets in DRC anti-govt riots

2015-01-25 14:06

Clashes between DRC police and political protesters that left at least 40 people dead last week have also revealed the level of hostility towards the Chinese in the capital Kinshasa.

DRC army, rebels clash

2015-01-22 20:39

Nearly 30 people have been killed over the past week in clashes between the Congolese army and one of the armed groups operating in the east of the country.

Deadly protests: West urges DRC to suspend new election law

2015-01-22 16:39

Western powers have urged DRC to withdraw or re-draft divisive changes to electoral law after days of deadly protests over the legislation, diplomatic sources said.

Church backs DRC protesters

2015-01-21 21:06

Democratic Republic of Congo's powerful Catholic church has thrown its weight behind opposition to a move that could extend President Joseph Kabila's rule.

Gunfire in DRC as protesters tell Kabila 'get out'

2015-01-21 13:57

Gunshots have been heard as police cracked down on a new student demonstration at Kinshasa’s university following two days of bloody violence in the capital.

DRC cops fire shots to disperse protesters

2015-01-20 15:29

Police have fired shots in the air to disperse crowds protesting for a second day against a proposed revision to the DRC’s electoral code that could delay a presidential election slated for 2016.

DRC cops kill 15 protesters - claim

2015-01-19 20:41

Thousands have demonstrated against alleged plans by DRC President Joseph Kabila to extend his rule, with an opposition representative saying 15 protesters were killed.

DRC police fire tear gas at protesters in Kinshasa

2015-01-19 14:08

Security forces have fired tear gas at hundreds of rock-throwing protesters in the DRC as opposition parties try to block election reforms that may delay elections due in 2016.

UN ramps up pressure on DRC over rebel offensive

2015-01-09 14:16

The UN Security Council has urged President Joseph Kabila to sign a military plan for a joint offensive with UN troops to drive out Hutu rebels in eastern DRC.

DRC president calls for UN to begin withdrawal

2014-12-15 21:43

The DRC's president says the United Nations should start withdrawing from the country where a peacekeeping mission has been based for 15 years.

DRC plotters acquitted

2014-11-28 20:40

A group of Congolese nationals accused of plotting to assassinate Democratic Republic of Congo President Joseph Kabila have been acquitted.

DRC's M23 rebels warn of new conflict risk

2014-11-07 11:44

The leader of the Democratic Republic of Congo's defeated M23 rebels has warned of the possibility of renewed conflict, signalling mounting frustrations among the group's confined-to-camp fighters.

Army clashes with 'rebels' blamed for DRC massacres

2014-11-04 13:27

The Congolese army clashed Monday with suspected Ugandan rebels blamed for two massacres in the town of Beni in the volatile east of Democratic Republic of Congo, a senior official said.

DRC opposition leader jailed for insulting Kabila

2014-09-12 07:56

A senior opposition lawmaker in the DRC has been sentenced to one year in prison for insulting the country’s president and government, one of his lawyers says.

Tycoon claims huge oil find in DR Congo

2014-08-11 19:43

A company owned by Israeli mining magnate Dan Gertler says it has discovered vast potential reserves of oil in the east of the Democratic Republic of Congo.

DRC's Kabila may stay on

2014-08-05 19:47

The Democratic Republic of Congo's President Joseph Kabila gave the United States no sign that he would stick to the country's constitution and stand down after two terms.

DRC plotters argue in PTA court

2014-07-28 20:36

Members of a rebel DRC group, accused of plotting to overthrow President Joseph Kabila while in SA, are challenging the validity of local foreign military assistance legislation.

Delay in trial of DRC's alleged coup plotters

2014-07-22 08:36

The trial of 20 men accused of plotting to overthrow Democratic Republic of Congo President Joseph Kabila has been delayed in the North Gauteng High Court after applications by 14 of the accused were launched.

Kabila destroys own dagga

2014-07-03 21:01

Democratic Republic of Congo President Joseph Kabila has directed security officials to destroy a marijuana plantation grown by his own guards.

300 dead in DRC attacks blamed on 'prophet'

2014-05-22 17:39

More than 300 people, mostly civilians, have been killed in attacks blamed on a self-proclaimed "prophet" in the Democratic Republic of Congo in December, the International Federation for Human Rights says.

DRC rebels sign amnesty to end fighting

2014-05-06 21:27

Defeated DRC rebels who fled to Uganda have signed amnesty papers vowing not to fight again, a leader of the group says, marking a key step in peace efforts.

Kerry embarks on major Africa tour

2014-04-30 07:48

US Secretary of State John Kerry has embarked on his first major tour of Africa focussed on some of the continent’s most brutal wars including the bloodshed in South Sudan.

DRC close to defeating Ugandan Islamist rebels

2014-03-04 09:04

A UN-backed offensive by DRC troops has destroyed the bases of a Ugandan Islamist group in the country’s east and should crush the rebels in the next few days, an army spokesperson says.

DRC’s Kabila wants to conclude talks with M23

2013-12-03 12:41

DRC’s president wants talks with rebels in the country’s east concluded as soon as possible, although there is no sign of a breakthrough on the wording of an accord that scuppered a signing last month.

DRC thanks SA for M23 intervention

2013-12-02 07:34

DRC's president Joseph Kabila has thanked South Africa for its role in defeating the M23 rebels in Goma, the department of international relations and co-operation says.


Senate drops clause requiring census before DRC vote

2015-01-23 12:49

DRC’s Senate has dropped a clause requiring a national census before 2016 presidential elections, following days of violent protests.

Joseph Kabila is a steely, enigmatic leader

2015-01-22 19:13

Propelled to power by the 2001 murder of his father, Congolese President Joseph Kabila has since struggled with the challenge of ruling a vast mineral-rich nation ravaged by incessant conflict.

Fresh violence in DRC as Senate votes on election law

2015-01-22 14:47

Riot police have opened fire on protesters in the DRC in a new bout of violence as the Senate is set to vote on a controversial bill that would extend President Joseph Kabila’s rule.

DRC protests enter 3rd day, at least 42 dead

2015-01-21 14:44

At least 42 people have been killed in three days of protests in DRC over a proposed legal reform the opposition says would keep President Joseph Kabila in power for years, a rights group says.

More violence in DRC

2015-01-20 22:31

Fresh clashes have erupted as demonstrators rampaged in the Democratic Republic of Congo a day after deadly protests.

Tensions boil in DRC after deadly protest

2015-01-20 07:40

DRC opposition says the situation in tense in the central African country after several people were shot dead during demonstrations against alleged plans by President Joseph Kabila to extend his rule.

Police open fire in DRC ahead of planned demo

2015-01-19 14:54

Police have wounded two students after they opened fire to disperse thousands of youths protesting against President Joseph Kabila in the DRC, witnesses say.

DRC Police disperse census protesters

2015-01-12 22:06

Police have fired tear gas at demonstrators trying to protest against a parliamentary debate on a proposed census in the Democratic Republic of Congo.

DRC tells UN its troops are ready to act against rebels

2015-01-08 10:03

The UN says DRC’s president has assured Secretary General Ban Ki-moon that his army is ready to join the UN troops in a military offensive against a rebel group that failed to surrender by a 2 January deadline.

Kabila names new govt to broaden political base

2014-12-08 08:01

Democratic Republic of Congo President Joseph Kabila has announced the formation of a new government, in a shake-up apparently aimed at broadening his political base.

DRC's M23 rebels warn of new conflict risk

2014-11-08 10:01

The leader of the Democratic Republic of Congo's defeated M23 rebels has warned of the possibility of renewed conflict, signalling mounting frustrations among the group's confined-to-camp fighters.

DRC vigilante warning after massacres

2014-11-05 05:10

Ministers have appealed to panic-striken civilians in the volatile east of the Democratic Republic of Congo not to form militias to protect themselves after a string of massacres by Ugandan guerrillas.

DRC crowd kills man, eats him

2014-10-31 21:06

A crowd stoned to death a young man in northeast DRC before burning and eating his corpse.

Undercover cop testifies in DRC coup plot trial

2014-08-11 22:18

An undercover police colonel who infiltrated a group of rebels allegedly plotting to overthrow DRC President Joseph Kabila's government has started testifying in the North Gauteng High Court.

DRC 'mercenary' maintains innocents

2014-08-05 21:04

Etienne Kabila, the man accused of being the leader of a group of rebels plotting to overthrow DRC President Joseph Kabila, claims he is an innocent man who did nothing wrong.

Applause as DRC 'mercenaries' appear

2014-08-04 14:32

Applause and chanting echoed in the North Gauteng High Court in Pretoria ahead of the appearance of members of a Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) rebel group.

Gunfire near military base in DRC capital

2014-07-22 17:41

Unidentified gunmen have attacked a major military base in Democratic Republic of Congo's capital, Kinshasa.

Asylum-seeking Congolese sent to Kinshasa

2014-07-07 14:38

Three Congolese witnesses formerly detained by the ICC have been returned to Kinshasa after failed asylum bids in the Netherlands, their layer says.

Step aside, US envoy tells DRC leader Kabila

2014-06-06 08:44

The top US envoy to Africa’s Great Lakes region has called for DRC President Joseph Kabila to respect a constitutional term limit and step down.

Khulubuse Zuma swimming in oil billions

2014-05-18 12:55

Business mogul Khulubuse Zuma owns an oil fortune of R100bn in the DRC which he allegedly acquired through the help of his uncle, President Jacob Zuma.

Kerry urges Kabila to respect law

2014-05-04 16:15

US Secretary of State John Kerry has urged Democratic Republic of Congo President Joseph Kabila to respect a constitutional law which forbids him from seeking a new term in 2016 elections.

World Bank to finance DRC's Inga dam

2014-03-14 22:01

The World Bank is likely to approve $73m next week to fund an expansion of the Inga hydro-electric dam in Democratic Republic of Congo.

Death toll in DRC attacks rises to 100

2013-12-31 17:04

Around 100 people have been killed in Democratic Republic of Congo when security forces clashed with supporters of a self-proclaimed 'prophet' who tried to seize control of the airport, a military barracks and state television.

Fight against M23 rebels not over - Kabila

2013-12-02 08:40

President Joseph Kabila of the DRC says the fight against insurgents in the country’s conflict-torn east is not over despite the recent defeat of the M23 rebels.

DRC blames Uganda for failed peace talks

2013-11-13 08:54

DRC has quit Ugandan-hosted talks with M23 rebels, saying Kampala's support for insurgents was to blame for the failure to sign a document due to end the central African country's latest rebellion.

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