DRC democracy group says detained activists could be 'tortured'

2018-01-21 19:30

A pro-democracy movement has called for the release of five of its activists detained in the Democratic Republic of Congo, saying it fears they could be tortured.

DRC blocks internet ahead of banned protests

2018-01-21 15:03

Authorities in the Democratic Republic of Congo have blocked the internet in Kinshasa and set up roadblocks throughout the city ahead of planned protests demanding that President Joseph Kabila leave power.

DRC general ambushed in troubled eastern region

2018-01-19 18:30

A general commanding military operations in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo was ambushed, army sources have said, as rebels launched fresh attacks in the troubled region.

UN needs over $1.5bn for DRC with country at "breaking point"

2018-01-17 19:30

The United Nations this year will seek more than $1.5bn to respond to the worsening humanitarian crisis in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), an official has said, warning the country was at a "breaking point".

UN probes DRC clashes that killed Burundi refugees

2018-01-17 14:00

The United Nations has announced it will investigate the death of 39 Burundian refugees in clashes with soldiers in the Democratic Republic of Congo in September.

Top Africa stories: Grace Mugabe, Mugabe ex-deputy, Nigeria

2018-01-17 08:30

Former Zimbabwean first lady Grace Mugabe supported her ageing husband's "decision to resign", says ex-aide, and Zimbabwean authorities have reportedly remained mum over the pension of former vice president Phelekezela Mphoko.

WHO says 'high' cholera risk in DRC capital

2018-01-16 06:05

The World Health Organization Monday said there was a high risk of a cholera epidemic after flooding in Kinshasa, the teeming and ramshackle capital of the Democratic Republic of Congo.

Gabon opposition leader prevented from flying to France

2018-01-15 18:05

Gabon opposition leader Jean Ping was prevented from taking a flight to France by security forces who said he needed to stay over a judicial matter, he has said.

Catholic church pounds out anger at Kabila at mass for dead protestors

2018-01-14 08:35

Supported by throngs of worshippers and with western ambassadors in attendance, Catholic leaders in Democratic Republic of Congo hammered home a message of anger toward President Joseph Kabila at a mass to mourn victims of a crackdown.

Laurent Monsengwo, DRC's combative cardinal

2018-01-11 17:31

A 78-year-old prelate is likely to play a key role this year in shaping the future of one of Africa's most important and volatile states.


At least five dead in DRC in banned anti-Kabila marches: UN

2018-01-21 16:09

At least five people have been killed in the Democratic Republic of Congo, the UN says, as the authorities cracked down on a banned protest against President Joseph Kabila.

DRC army 'at war' with two militia groups: minister

2018-01-20 10:30

The defence minister for the Democratic Republic of Congo says the army is waging 'war' against two militia forces in the country's troubled east.

Top Africa stories: Nigeria, Mnangagwa, Zim Army

2018-01-18 08:45

A Nigerian woman was left devastated after she made a public proposal to her boyfriend and got turned down, and Emmerson Mnangagwa says Looters 'have returned millions of externalised funds.

DRC revises mining code to make most of battery-driven cobalt boom

2018-01-17 16:50

As demand for batteries drives a surge in the price of cobalt, the Democratic Republic of Congo is gearing up to overhaul its mining regulations to harvest more profit from the coveted metal.

Former DRC army chief accused of coup bid held in Gabon

2018-01-17 12:02

Democratic Republic of Congo's former military chief, who has been accused by Kinshasa of an attempted coup against President Joseph Kabila in 2011, has been arrested in Gabon, sources say.

UN says 100 000 people in Central African Republic need aid

2018-01-16 15:37

The UN says some 100 000 people in the Central African Republic town of Paoua have been caught in clashes between armed groups and urgently need humanitarian aid.

Three DRC soldiers killed while fighting Ugandan rebels

2018-01-15 20:22

Three Democratic Republic of Congo soldiers died while repelling an attack in the eastern Beni region by ADF Ugandan Islamist rebels, who are suspected of murdering 14 UN peacekeepers last month.

CAR bishops urge fighters to lay down arms

2018-01-15 13:45

Catholic bishops in the Central African Republic have appealed to armed groups controlling swathes of the chronically unstable country to stop looting and lay down their arms.

Warning shots in Kinshasa after mass by anti-govt cardinal

2018-01-12 20:00

Police fired warning shots to disperse a crowd gathered in front of Kinshasa cathedral after a mass by prominent government critic Cardinal Laurent Monsengwo, says an AFP journalist.

DRC gets high-tech voting machines for long-delayed polls

2018-01-10 15:34

Democratic Republic of Congo's electoral body has trumpeted the arrival of the first voting machines from South Korea for long-delayed elections that the government has pledged to hold in December.

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