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Kerry calls for timely election in meeting with Congo's Kabila

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry stressed the need for timely and credible elections in the Democratic Republic of Congo during a recent meeting with President Joseph Kabila, the State Department said on Monday amid concerns by opposition groups that Kabila may be seeking to delay elections.

Who Was Papa Wemba, Congolese Music King and ‘Monument of Africa’?

6 days agoNews : Newsweek: US

Papa Wemba, a musician, actor and fashion icon who collaborated with Stevie Wonder, achieved fame and fandom far beyond the reaches of his native Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). The musician—born Shungu Wembadio Pene Kikumba in 1949...Show More Summary

Elephant poachers kill rangers, wound Swedish park manager in Congo

DAKAR (Reuters) - Elephant poachers killed three rangers in Democratic Republic of Congo's Garamba wildlife park and wounded two other people including the Swedish park manager, environmental officials said.

Angola Accuses Congo of Wrecking Joint-Offshore Oil Development Agreement

By Tom Wilson and Candido Mendes (Bloomberg) — Angola’s oil minister accused neighboring Democratic Republic of Congo’s government of wrecking an agreement to jointly develop offshore oilfields after it failed to respect the terms of the deal. Show More Summary

Do you have to be Affluent to be Democratic?

By Pippa Norris | (The Conversation) | – – Africans recently went to the polls in Benin, Cape Verde, the Republic of Congo, Niger and Zanzibar. The outcome was decidedly mixed. In…

Congo expels American researcher after massacre report

KINSHASA (Reuters) - Authorities in Democratic Republic of Congo have expelled a prominent American researcher weeks after he published a report linking soldiers to the massacres of civilians, the government and the researcher's organization said on Saturday.

EU and US condemn post-election violence in Republic of Congo

BRAZZAVILLE (Reuters) - The European Union on Thursday condemned what it said were human rights abuses in Republic of Congo during violence following the country's March 20 election, echoing similar concerns voiced by the U.S. State Department.

Civil war in the Congo is putting rare gorillas on the brink of extinction

Many creatures find themselves with dwindling numbers at the hands of mankind, but the fate of the Grauer’s gorilla has nearly been sealed in just the last two decades. Civil unrest in the Democratic Republic of Congo has caused a 77 percent decline in the primates’ population and a plea for help from conservationists. Show More Summary

At Least 17 Dead After Rebel Attacks in Republic of Congo Capital

At least 17 people died in heavy fighting and unrest in the Republic of Congo’s capital of Brazzaville, the country’s government’s spokesman said.

Gorilla population decimated by decades of war in Democratic Republic of Congo

The world’s largest population of Grauer’s gorilla, also known as eastern lowland gorillas, have plummeted in the midst of a nearly two-decade civil war in the Democratic Republic of the Congo. Continue reading ? The post Gorilla population decimated by decades of war in Democratic Republic of Congo appeared first on PBS NewsHour.

Benin’s Presidential Elections: Here’s what you should know.

From Burundi to Rwanda and the Republic of Congo, Africa holds its share of leaders who cling to power well after their constitutionally defined term limit ends. Yet from Nigeria’s presidential elections last March to Benin’s two weeks...Show More Summary

The world's largest primate is being wiped out by war

3 weeks agoHealth : The Checkup

War, mining and hunting have decimated Grauer's gorillas, which live — in ever-decreasing numbers — in the eastern Democratic Republic of Congo.

Senegal Consolidates Its Constitutional Democracy

3 weeks agoNews : Newsweek: US

This article was originally published by the Atlantic Council. While a number of African rulers—most notably Joseph Kabila of the rather ironically named Democratic Republic of the Congo whose ham-fisted attempts to prolong his presidency...Show More Summary

Congo police exchange fire with 'militia': reports

Police reported to be engaged in heavy firefight with gunmen in Republic of Congo's capital, weeks after election.

U.N. investigating sex abuse allegations against Tanzanian peacekeepers in Congo

KINSHASA (Reuters) - The U.N. peacekeeping mission in Democratic Republic of Congo said late on Friday that it has received allegations of sexual abuse against Tanzanian peacekeepers based in Congo's northeast, the latest in a series of such accusations against U.N. forces.

Congo starts trial of soldiers accused of sexual abuse in Central African Republic

KINSHASA (Reuters) - Twenty soldiers from Democratic Republic of Congo went on trial this week for alleged rape and other crimes committed while serving as U.N. peacekeepers in neighboring Central African Republic, the Congolese government said on Thursday.

UN Extends Congo Peacekeeping Mission, Supports Upcoming Elections

The UN peacekeeping mission in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) has been extended for one year to facilitate upcoming elections slated for November, according to a resolution approved by the UN Security Council on Wednesday.

Last week, the International Criminal Court convicted a war criminal. And that revealed one of the ICC’s weaknesses.

  Last week, the International Criminal Court read its judgment in the case of The Prosecutor v. Jean-Pierre Bemba Gombo. The ICC found the former vice president of the Democratic Republic of the Congo guilty of acts of rape, murder, pillaging and crimes against humanity committed during the 2002-2003 war in the Central African Republic. […]

Congo police fire teargas, make arrests at opposition meeting

BRAZZAVILLE (Reuters) - Police in Congo Republic fired teargas at opposition supporters and arrested around 10 of them on Friday ahead of a planned news conference by opposition candidates who say last weekend's presidential election was won fraudulently.

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