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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.

26 dead after boat capsizes on Lake Tanganyika

2014-12-14 07:54

At least 26 people have drowned after a boat packed with passengers and goods capsized on Lake Tanganyika in southeastern DRC, officials say.

UN warns of long fight against DRC militants

2014-12-10 21:51

The head of the UN mission in the Democratic Republic of Congo has warned of a long battle ahead to stop militants who have hacked over 250 people to death.

More killings follow DRC massacre

2014-12-09 20:13

More civilians have been slain in the northeast of the Democratic Republic of Congo days after the massacre of 36 people by suspected Ugandan rebels.

France: Cargo plane detained in Nigeria has no weapons

2014-12-09 13:26

A Russian cargo plane that Nigerian authorities detained over the weekend had no weapons on it but was carrying two French army helicopters out of CAR, the French ambassador says.

CAR's fragile peace a year after mass killings

2014-12-08 10:17

A year after the savage violence that engulfed the CAR, what people remember most about the hatred that bubbled over into a killing frenzy is the smell, as hundreds of bodies littered the streets.

36 hacked to death in DRC

2014-12-07 19:48

Suspected Ugandan rebels in the eastern DRC have hacked 36 people to death with machetes and axes, as an outcry grew against the failure of the army and UN peacekeepers to stop a repeat of such massacres.

Clash in CAR kills 4, wounds several

2014-12-05 21:15

Communal clashes have left four people dead and more than a dozen wounded at Bambari in the unstable CAR, announces UN mission Minusca.

Cameroon troops desperate for help against Boko Haram

2014-12-02 13:15

Boko Haram is increasingly a regional threat and the battle against the Nigerian Islamist sect is meant to be a regional campaign, but that's not the way it feels for Cameroon's soldiers.

Anti-balaka militia to become political party

2014-11-30 18:12

The 'anti-balaka' militia in CAR, formed in response to abuses by mostly Muslim rebels who seized power last year, said it would lay down its weapons and become a political movement.

DRC detains 6 UN peacekeepers

2014-11-27 08:46

Congolese authorities have detained six members of a Ukrainian aviation crew working for the UN peacekeeping force after Congolese military uniforms were found in their luggage.

UN eyes sanctions against former CAR leader

2014-11-26 13:16

A UN panel is calling for targeted sanctions against former CAR president Michel Djotodia, accused of trying to derail the political transition in Bangui, diplomats say.

DRC army hunts assailants after attack in east

2014-11-22 20:13

A provincial governor says the Democratic Republic of Congo's army is searching for the perpetrators of a new attack in the country's east that a civil society groups say killed at least 50 people.

51 killed in DRC police sweep - HRW

2014-11-19 05:05

A Human Rights Watch report says Kinshasa police have killed 51 people during a crackdown against organised crime gangs.

DRC officer sentenced to death

2014-11-18 06:17

A border officer has been sentenced to death after killing of military commander in eastern Congo.

DRC declares itself Ebola-free

2014-11-15 16:49

The Democratic Republic of Congo on Saturday declared itself Ebola-free, after a three-month outbreak of the killer disease claimed at least 49 lives.

Bemba did not control militia, ICC hears

2014-11-13 22:12

Jean-Pierre Bemba had 'no command' over his troops in the Central African Republic a decade ago, the former Congolese vice president's lawyers says.

Abductions by Uganda's LRA rebels on the rise

2014-11-13 15:14

Uganda's Lord's Resistance Army rebels have launched a string of attacks across central Africa with a "steady increase" in abductions, the UN says.

Military bosses blamed for SA soldiers deaths in CAR

2014-11-09 12:48

Operational commanders have painted a picture of chaos around the mission in the Central African Republic that claimed the lives of 15 South African soldiers - putting the blame squarely on the shoulders of the military’s top brass.

Court gives DRC general 10 years

2014-11-08 10:01

A top Congolese military court has sentenced a former rebel leader turned army general to 10 years in jail for war crimes.

Amnesty condemns new wave of CAR violence

2014-11-06 10:25

Amnesty International has accused Central African militias of killings, mutilation and abductions in a fresh wave of violence, calling for more peacekeepers to stop the bloodshed.

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.

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.

14 people killed in DRC machete attack

2014-10-31 08:18

Fourteen people have been killed in a machete attack by Ugandan rebels in the Beni region in the DRC, where nearly 100 civilians have already perished, a non-governmental group says.

Gunmen kill at least 30 in new CAR attacks

2014-10-23 14:08

Gunmen have killed at least 30 people in fresh attacks this week in the strife-torn Central African Republic, the UN peacekeepers say.

 

Big rise in toll after boat capsizes in DRC

2014-12-14 17:17

At least 129 people have drowned after a boat capsized on Lake Tanganyika in the southeast of Democratic Republic of Congo, according to a new official death toll.

Zuma heads for Equatorial Guinea

2014-12-11 21:01
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President Jacob Zuma will depart on a "working visit" to Equatorial Guinea.

UN warns against delaying CAR elections

2014-12-10 08:13

A senior UN official has warned that postponing elections beyond August in the Central African Republic could plunge the country back into violence and chaos.

16 killed in new massacre in eastern DRC

2014-12-09 18:16

Suspected Ugandan rebels have killed at least 16 people in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo, an official says.

DRC rebels not ready to return from Uganda

2014-12-08 20:39

Former DRC M23 rebels are not ready to return from Uganda and are insisting on amnesty for the fighters.

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.

Revenge killings in CAR leave at least 14 dead

2014-12-06 12:55

At least 14 people have been killed in tit-for-tat sectarian violence in Central African Republic, and hundreds of Christians have sought shelter in the main church in the central town of Bambari.

General: CAR security better

2014-12-04 17:55

The commander of France's military operation in CAR says security has improved considerably in the country, with French authorities studying plans for a troop drawdown.

ICC upholds DRC warlord's conviction

2014-12-01 23:56

Appeals judges at the ICC have upheld the conviction of a Congolese warlord who was sentenced to 14 years for recruiting and using child soldiers, bringing to an end the court's first trial.

Terrified DRC refugees prefer hunger to home

2014-11-27 10:04

Thousands of DRC refugees prefer to live in abject poverty in refugee camps rather than risk being raped, killed or robbed by Hutu rebels back home.

Army tracks DRC massacre rebels

2014-11-26 20:42

The Congolese army is searhing for suspected Ugandan rebels in villages in the east of the Democratic Republic of Congo, following the massacre of around 100 people.

At least 100 massacred in DRC's restive east

2014-11-24 13:58

At least 100 people were slaughtered last week in the east of the DRC, the latest massacres to shake the restive region, regional deputies say.

WHO confirms DRC Ebola-free status

2014-11-22 06:00

The WHO has confirmed that DRC is Ebola-free, as 42 days have passed since the last case in an outbreak that killed 49.

51 killed in DRC police sweep against gangs – report

2014-11-18 10:21

Human Rights Watch says in a new report that police in DRC’s capital conducted dozens of extrajudicial killings in a three-month crackdown against organised crime gangs.

World leaders vow to 'extinguish' Ebola

2014-11-15 22:09

The world's most powerful economies vowed "extinguish" the Ebola epidemic ravaging west Africa, as the vast desert nation of Mali scrambled to prevent a new outbreak of the killer disease.

CAR’s ex-rebels return to camps after day of protest

2014-11-14 16:04

Former Muslim rebels who held sway for 10 months in the Central African Republic have returned to two camps in the capital after a rowdy protest against plans to return them to distant homes.

Central African Republic rebels block highways

2014-11-13 18:50

Seleka rebels in Central African Republic have blocked two highways through the capital Bangui and exchanged gunfire with UN peacekeepers.

Bemba guilty of troops' barbarity, ICC hears

2014-11-12 16:22

The ICC should convict Jean-Pierre Bemba for his troops’ "barbarity" in Central Africa Republic, prosecutors say, as the ex-Congolese vice president’s war crimes trial nears its end.

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'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.

DRC massacres - 200 arrested

2014-11-05 20:13

Authorities in the Democratic Republic of Congo have arrested 200 suspects in connection with massacres in the troubled east of the country that left over 100 dead.

Gold, diamonds fuelling CAR conflict

2014-11-04 22:49

Gold and diamond sales are being used to finance conflict in Central African Republic.

DRC crowd kills man, eats him

2014-10-31 21:06
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A crowd stoned to death a young man in northeast DRC before burning and eating his corpse.

DRC may be declared Ebola-free in late November

2014-10-24 20:42

The DRC could be declared Ebola-free in late November, as its two-month outbreak apparently fizzles out, the World Health Organisation says.

Ebola sleuths scour DRC jungle for source of outbreak

2014-10-23 10:55

Medical sleuths are deep in the jungle of the Democratic Republic of Congo trying to track down the origins of the latest Ebola outbreak in the country.

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