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.

Kidnapped women, kids sex slaves in DRC

2014-07-17 05:00

Women and children are being kidnapped by armed gangs and forced to work as sex slaves in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo.

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.

UN to slap sanctions on Ugandan rebels in DRC

2014-07-02 07:35

The UN Security Council has decided to slap sanctions on Ugandan rebels who are active in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo, diplomats say.

Conflict minerals law starts

2014-07-01 11:30

A US law on conflict minerals is curbing African warlords' presence around mines in Congo, but its full impact remains unclear.

SA equipment can't be serviced in DRC - dept

2014-06-24 15:30

The heavy equipment used by South African military engineers working on roads in the Democratic Republic of Congo can only be serviced in South Africa, the defence department says.

Over 50m driven from homes by war, crisis

2014-06-20 14:35

The number of people driven from their homes by conflict and crisis has topped 50 million for the first time since World War II, with Syria hardest hit, the UN refugee agency says.

LRA massacres 68 elephants in DRC

2014-06-14 10:30

National park group have sounded the alarm over LRA poacher attacks on elephants in DRC's Garamba park.

Troops face-off at DRC-Rwanda border

2014-06-12 18:30

Democratic Republic of Congo and Rwanda have sent extra troops to their shared border after gunfire briefly broke out for the second day.

Rwanda, DRC trade blame for heavy fighting

2014-06-12 10:13

The Rwandan and Congolese governments have blamed each other for an outbreak of heavy fighting on the border between the two neighbours, which are locked in a decades-long conflict.

Horrific accounts of DRC rape victims

2014-06-11 14:03

Democratic Republic of Congo women have told chilling accounts of how they were raped and abused by soldiers during the 2012 war in Minova.

Congolese warlord on trial

2014-06-10 08:40

Prosecutors have presented enough evidence to justify putting on trial a Congolese militia leader accused of rape, murder and enlisting child soldiers.

Dozens shot, stabbed, set on fire in DRC

2014-06-08 11:42

At least 34 people have been killed and 27 injured in eastern DRC in an attack that appears to be part of an ethnic conflict over cattle, reports say.

Mass jailbreak in DRC claims 4 lives

2014-06-06 13:44

At least four people have been killed after 301 inmates broke out of the main prison in Bukavu in the east of the DRC, the provincial justice minister 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.

Group files case in Senegal over DRC killings

2014-06-05 09:08

A human rights group says it has filed a criminal complaint in Senegal against a senior Congolese police officer, accusing him of involvement in the killing of two prominent activists in DRC.

HRW urges DRC to probe attacks on activists

2014-06-04 14:53

HRW has called on the DRC to investigate attacks and threats against opponents of a major oil exploration project at one of Africa’s oldest national parks.

Congo angered by UN comments

2014-05-29 09:43

Authorities in Congo-Brazzaville have reacted with anger to comments by the UN which accuses the country of forcibly returning tens of thousands of people to neighbouring DRC.

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.

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.

DRC 'prophet' accused of killings arrested in Johannesburg

2014-05-16 07:04

A self-proclaimed "prophet" wanted in the DRC over his role in violence that claimed more than 100 lives in the country's main two cities, has been arrested in Johannesburg

'Death threats' for WWF staff in DR Congo park

2014-05-13 09:16

The Worldwide Fund for Nature (WWF) has condemned "death threats" against two of its staff fighting oil exploration in a Democratic Republic of Congo nature park just weeks after the park's director was shot.

Police: Wanted warlord killed in Congo

2014-05-11 21:37

A DRC militia boss who had been hiding in neighbouring Congo-Brazzaville since being sentenced to death three years ago has been killed, police say.

Only 2 convicted of rape in DRC mass trial

2014-05-05 21:23

A military court in the Democratic Republic of Congo has handed down only two rape convictions in a mass trial of 39 soldiers on charges including rape and murder.

SANDF soldiers wounded in DRC attack

2014-05-01 14:20

Three SANDF soldiers were wounded, one seriously, during an attack in the Eastern Democratic Republic of Congo, the defence force says.


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.

ICC asylum seekers return to Kinshasa

2014-07-07 18:46

Three Congolese witnesses who testified before the International Criminal Court have been returned to Kinshasa after failed asylum bids in the Netherlands.

DRC Catholic bishops urge Kabila to step aside

2014-07-02 19:25

The influential Roman Catholic Church in the Democratic Republic of Congo has urged President Joseph Kabila to respect constitutional terms limits and not seek re-election.

W African nations in crisis talks as Ebola spreads

2014-07-02 06:11

Health ministers from across western Africa will meet to plan "drastic action" against the deadliest ever Ebola epidemic as dozens of new cases continue to emerge.

Africa's oldest nature park counts on sustainability

2014-06-30 12:25

People living in and around Africa's oldest wildlife reserve - Virunga National Park - threatened by armed groups and oil prospectors, are pinning their hopes on sustainable development projects.

Sars freezes assets of Khulubuse Zuma's 'fixer' - report

2014-06-22 12:00

Khulubuse Zuma's business partner and "fixer" - Jen-Chih "Robert" Huang - is in hot water with Sars after having his assets frozen over a R541m tax claim.

DRC conservationist accused of oil plot

2014-06-17 07:08

A senior Congolese conservationist has been sacked after he was accused of colluding in major oil exploration plans by a British firm in one of Africa's oldest national parks.

Poachers massacre elephants in Congo park

2014-06-13 13:22

A non-profit group running nature reserves in Africa has sounded the alarm over a months-long slaughter of elephants by poachers in one of Africa's oldest national parks.

Fighting flares up on DRC-Rwanda border

2014-06-12 11:29

Fighting has flared again on the border of Rwanda and the DRC, the second day of skirmishes between two neighbours locked in a decades-long dispute, sources say.

Rwanda, DRC soldiers exchange fire

2014-06-11 20:12

Fighting involving heavy weapons flared again between Congolese soldiers and Rwandan troops on their volatile border further straining relations between the rival neighbours.

Fighting erupts between Rwandan, DRC troops

2014-06-11 12:36

A gunbattle has erupted between soldiers from the DRC and riva Rwandan forces on their volatile border, local Congolese officials say.

38 killed in DRC ethnic violence, says govt

2014-06-10 07:32

A total of 38 people died in ethnic violence in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo at the weekend, many massacred after a church was set ablaze, the government says.

30 killed in east DR Congo church

2014-06-07 17:30

Armed men burst into a church in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo overnight, killing more than 30 people including women and children, local sources say.

Rwandan rebels say more to surrender in DRC

2014-06-06 10:08

A second wave of Rwandan rebels from a group linked to the 1994 genocide in their homeland will turn themselves in on 9 June in the eastern DRC, a leader of the group says.

DRC jail break - 301 on the run

2014-06-05 20:46

At least two people have been killed when 301 inmates staged a dawn jailbreak from an eastern Democratic Republic of Congo prison.

US slams Rwanda over press freedom

2014-06-05 07:46

The US has expressed deep concern over the arrest and disappearances of dozens of Rwandans over the last two months.

Armed Rwandan rebels surrender in DRC

2014-05-31 12:23

More than 100 armed Rwandan rebels from a group linked to the 1994 genocide in their homeland have turned themselves in, which has been welcomed by the UN.

UN: Congo must stop deportations back to DRC

2014-05-26 15:58

The UN has demanded that Congo-Brazzaville stop forcibly returning people to the neighbouring Democratic Republic of Congo.

Kabila 'mustn't attend Zuma's inauguration'

2014-05-22 13:46

Congolese citizens living in South Africa are seeking to put pressure on South African not to invite DRC President Joseph Kabila to the inauguration ceremony of President Jacob Zuma.

Gays find courage to come out in Kinshasa

2014-05-17 15:48

Free of the harsh anti-gay laws found in much of Africa, the Democratic Republic of Congo may seem a haven for same-sex couples, but it still takes courage to come out in Kinshasa.

DRC blames train driver, cops for deadly crash

2014-05-15 19:36

The transport minister in DRC has blamed both a train driver and lax police officers for a rail accident that killed at least 136 clandestine passengers last month.

11 dead in Congo after police, DRC group clash

2014-05-12 07:33

Eleven people, including a former rebel leader, have been killed in Congo in a clash between police and a group of immigrants from neighbouring DRC, police say.

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 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.

Rebels in DRC kill 6 soldiers

2014-04-30 19:07

Rebels in the eastern Democratic Republic of Congo have killed six government soldiers during an attack on the army and a UN mission.

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