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ICC orders release of Congo “warlord” Jean-Pierre Bemba

Judges at the International Criminal Court (ICC) ordered the release of former DRC vice-president, who was acquitted last week of war crimes. The Hague-based court has ordered the interim release, “under specific conditions”. He will be released as soon as the court’s Registry makes the necessary arrangements. Upon release, Bemba is expected to leave the […]

DRC: 49 dead following shipwreck in the Northwest

At least 49 people are feared drowned while about the same number survived after an overcrowded whaleboat sank in the River Congo, a local official told a Congolese radio station. According to Richard Mboyo Iluka, vice governor of Tshuapa Province, in northern Congo, the whaleboat had sunk late on Wednesday. The number of victims can […]

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WHO gets Congo’s go-ahead to launch Ebola vaccination experiment

The World Health Organization has been authorised by officials in the Democratic Republic of Congo to use an experimental Ebola vaccine in the country as the virus spreads in the central African nation. According to WHO Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, the organisation has agreement, registration, plus import permit and the vaccinations could begin by next […]

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Rwanda: police arrest 23 Congolese refugees to break up protest

Rwandan police arrested 23 Congolese refugees after two days of clashes in which one refugee died. Rwandan National Police had reported that one refugee had died and 20 others were injured after its officers were attacked by the refugees in western Rwanda’s Kiziba camp. The camp is home to 17,000 Congolese refugees. It was not […]

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Morocco, Congo Upgrade their Multi-faceted Cooperation, Sign 14 Agreements

Morocco and the Republic of the Congo Monday signed 14 cooperation agreements during a ceremony in Brazzaville, held under the chairmanship of King Mohammed VI and Congo’s President Denis Sassou N’Guesso. The agreements were signed during the King’s friendship and working visit to Brazzaville, where he had attended on Sunday the first Summit of Heads […]

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DRC: UN Investigators discover 5 probable mass graves

The United Nations investigators have discovered five probable mass graves in eastern Congo’s Ituri Province, a UN peacekeeping mission said in a statement. More than 100 people have been killed by violence in the province since mid-December. Tens of thousands of people have fled clashes in the region over recent weeks, traveling by boat to […]

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Congo has “met” criteria for an IMF deal

Congo Republic over the weekend said it fulfilled the criteria for a deal with the International Monetary Fund (IMF) to revamp its debt-crippled economy. The Washington-based fund last year proposed a program to restore the macroeconomic stability of Congo. The Central African nation’s debt, which stood at $9.14 billion or around 110 percent of GDP, […]

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DRC says no to “foreign interference” in elections

The Democratic Republic of Congo on Monday said it would refuse international financing of the presidential election to avoid “foreign interference.” The move comes after one of the main contenders for the presidency said the mineral-rich country needs hundreds of millions of dollars in foreign support to pull off its first peaceful transition of power […]

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UN warns against ‘spiralling humanitarian needs’ in DR Congo

The UN aid chief has warned against the ‘spiralling humanitarian needs’ in DR Congo and urged the international community to help meet these needs as fighting in the country forced 4.5 million people to flee their homes over the past year and left more than 13 million in need of humanitarian assistance. The UN Emergency […]

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DR Congo: Flaring tensions could ‘plunge Kasai region into new violence,’ UN warns

The United Nations refugee agency warned Tuesday that ongoing instability in the Kasai region of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) poses a grave risk to civilian safety, including for several hundred refugees recently returned there from Angola. Congolese Government forces have regained control of large areas of the Kasai, but there is sporadic […]

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