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.

DRC M23 rebels end rebellion, say ready to disarm

2013-11-05 12:38

DRC's M23 rebel group has declared an end to its 20-month rebellion and says it is ready to disarm and demobilise troops and pursue a political solution to end the crisis in the east of the country.

Zuma pledges solidarity with DRC

2013-10-30 08:01

President Jacob Zuma has pledged South Africa's solidarity with the people of the DRC, saying the deployment of hundreds of SA troops to the country is a testament to that.

DRC's M23 movement 'finished'

2013-10-29 11:26

Government troops in the DRC say they have gained more ground against M23 rebels as the head of the UN mission in the country describes the movement as finished.

DRC troops gain ground against rebels

2013-10-28 15:18

The army in eastern DRC has gained ground from M23 rebels, seizing back control of a major military base as the UN Security Council prepared to hold emergency talks on the crisis.

DRC returns to negotiations with rebels

2013-09-07 09:25

Democratic Republic of Congo says it would return to negotiations with rebels next week after regional leaders set a two-week deadline for peace talks to end an 18-month-old rebellion.

Defence chiefs meet over DRC

2013-09-04 17:42

Defence chiefs and foreign ministers from Africa's Great Lakes region have met in the latest bid to end fighting in resource rich eastern Democratic Republic of Congo.

DRC M23 rebels declare ceasefire

2013-08-30 14:28

DRC's M23 rebels have suspended fighting and withdrawn from the frontline to allow an independent investigation into shelling that hit neighbouring Rwanda, its leader says.

Few African leaders at Mugabe's inauguration

2013-08-22 12:52

Few serving African leaders have attended Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe's inauguration ceremony in Harare where thousands of his supporters filled the 60 000-seater venue.

DRC opposition rejects Kabila's offer

2013-07-02 17:13

Opposition parties in the DRC have rejected an offer of "national consultations" made by President Joseph Kabila, they said in a joint statement.

Armed group burns 16 alive in DRC

2013-06-13 15:00

An armed tribal movement burned 16 people alive in a house during a 1 June attack on a village in the Katanga province of the DRC, the UN sources say.

Comoros, DRC discuss coup bid

2013-05-04 11:27

The foreign minister of the Comoros has met DRC’s President Joseph Kabila to discuss the alleged involvement of Congolese nationals in the Indian Ocean state's latest coup attempt.

Stop supporting DRC rebels, says Ban

2013-02-28 09:15

The UN leader Ban Ki-moon says foreign countries are still backing rebels in the DRC and must face "consequences" over the instability there.

DRC rebels clashes leave 10 dead

2013-02-25 16:24

Fighting between rival factions of the M23 rebel movement in the northeastern Rutshuru region of the Democratic Republic of Congo has left 10 dead.

Anti-Kabila demo planned

2013-02-15 22:01

Part of the parliamentary opposition in the Democratic Republic of Congo has announced a march in Kinshasa to protest against the rule of President Joseph Kabila, in spite of a ban.

DRC alleged plotters to appear in court

2013-02-14 08:10

The 20 men accused of plotting a coup in the democratic republic of Congo are set to appear in the Pretoria Regional Court.

DRC rebels kingpin arrested in C Town

2013-02-10 15:51

The kingpin behind the plot to overthrow Democratic Republic of the Congo President Joseph Kabila has been arrested in Cape Town, the Hawks say.

Southern Africa to discuss DRC crisis

2013-02-08 07:49

Leaders from southern African countries are set to gather in the Mozambican capital for an extraordinary summit to discuss the crisis in DRC, an official says.

DRC coup plotters appear in SA court

2013-02-07 12:58

Nineteen DRC coup plotters who were arrested in SA this week have appeared in court and prosecutors say the rebels offered mineral rights for weapons and assistance in overthrowing President Joseph Kabila.

SA arrests 19 DRC rebels suspected of coup plans

2013-02-05 10:16

South African police have arrested 19 suspected Congolese rebels, including two senior members of the M23 group, on suspicion of running an illegal military operation.

New rebel group in DRC

2013-02-03 21:54

As the Democratic Republic of Congo struggles to stem unrest in its east, another newly formed armed rebel coalition has announced it is seeking to topple President Joseph Kabila.

DRC accuses M23 of ceasefire breach

2012-12-18 22:03

The Democratic Republic of Congo has accused the M23 rebels of never fully withdrawing from the key eastern city of Goma.

Kabila in tight spot after Goma flare-up

2012-12-06 08:02

DRC's M23 rebels have pulled back from the city of Goma but they are calling all the shots, leaving an increasingly isolated President Joseph Kabila with tough military and political challenges.


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.

DRC army in 'last phase' push against M23

2013-11-01 11:13

DRC troops are in a mopping up operation to rout the remaining pockets of the M23 rebel movement, after seizing their last stronghold in a push to finally break the back of the insurgency.

Zuma arrives in DRC for visit

2013-10-29 15:08

President Jacob Zuma has arrived in Kinshasa in the Democratic Republic of Congo for a two-day visit.

1 000s flee into Uganda as DRC fighting spreads

2013-10-29 08:57

At least 10 000 Congolese refugees have fled into Uganda to escape fighting between a new rebel faction identified as M18 and militia in DRC’s lawless northeast, military officials say.

DRC clashes: Rwanda says it was shelled

2013-10-25 21:15

DRC's M23 rebels have clashed with government troops for the first time in nearly two months and neighbouring Rwanda says Congolese army shells have landed on its territory.

Leaders meet to broker end of DRC war

2013-09-05 13:15

Presidents from Africa's Great Lakes region have gathered in Uganda for a fresh bid to broker a deal to end fighting in resource-rich eastern DRC.

DRC opposition to boycott unity event

2013-09-02 07:35

The leaders of three opposition partied in the DRC say they will boycott upcoming talks this week that are aimed at national reconciliation.

Tanzania, Rwanda tension may worsen

2013-08-28 08:53

A war of words between Rwanda and Tanzania is enflaming tensions in Africa's resource-rich Great Lakes region, adding a new, potentially dangerous dimension to one of the continent's longest-running conflicts.

Oslo sends cops to DRC after Norwegian dies

2013-08-20 15:17

Norway is set to send police officers to DRC to attend the autopsy of a Norwegian who died mysteriously in a Kinshasa prison, the government says.

Obama: Stop backing DRC rebels

2013-07-02 07:55

President Barack Obama has called on the countries bordering the Democratic Republic of Congo to stop backing armed groups there.

DRC rebels prepare to face UN force

2013-05-06 15:32

Rebels in the DRC are honing their ambush skills to prepare to face a new UN force which has a mandate to go on the offensive.

Kabila at top of coup-accused's hit list

2013-03-06 22:29

A computer confiscated from one of 20 men accused of plotting to overthrow the DRC's government contained a hit list of Congolese leaders, a prosecutor has told a the North Gauteng High Court.

Despite peace accord, DRC still on edge

2013-02-26 11:53

Despite the signing of a Democratic Republic of Congo accord, the central African country remains unsettled by signs of a return to war.

DRC neighbours agree to peace plan

2013-02-24 22:03

DRC and its neighbours have signed a new peace plan and the region has agreed not to support armed groups.

Rebels' supporters swell outside SA court

2013-02-14 13:50

Security guards at the Pretoria Magistrate's Court had their hands full before the appearance of 20 suspected DRC coup plotters, as they tried to limit the number of people attending proceedings.

Alleged DRC rebels kingpin in court

2013-02-12 09:00

The alleged kingpin behind a plot to overthrow DRC President Joseph Kabila has appeared in Pretoria Magistrate's Court, a report says

Southern African leaders mull DRC force

2013-02-08 12:22

Southern African leaders meeting to discuss the DRC crisis are at an advantaged stage of military planning but there are still disagreements about whether to send a stand-alone SADC force or join the UN mission.

SA formally charges DRC coup plotters

2013-02-07 13:58

A South African court has formally charged 19 Democratic Republic of Congo rebels arrested early this week with plotting to stage a coup in their home country.

DRC rebels 'came to SA for military training'

2013-02-06 08:25

The National Prosecuting Authority has said that the 19 men arrested for plotting a coup in the DRC were allegedly in SA to receive military training, according to a report.

SADC begins training of Stand by Force in Zim

2013-02-05 10:07

SADC military inspectors have converged in Zimbabwe to attend a training course set to improve the operation and proficiency of the military component of the SADC Standby Force in war times.

DRC rebels declare unilateral ceasefire

2013-01-08 17:24

Congolese rebels have declared a unilateral ceasefire ahead of a second round of peace talks with the government.

DRC peace talks likely delayed – rebels

2012-12-07 19:29

Peace talks between M23 rebels in the DRC and Kinshasa’s government scheduled to open in the Ugandan capital will likely be delayed due to "logistical" reasons, rebels say.

DRC rebels to go to Uganda for talks

2012-12-05 22:22

The M23 rebels in DRC say they are going to Uganda for talks and have asked to sit down with the opposition and government.

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