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French hostage freed in DRC

Armed attackers freed a French national and three Congolese kidnapped in March during an attack on a gold mine in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo, the Interior Ministry said in statement. “The president of the (French) republic welcomes the news of the liberation of our compatriot kidnapped on March 1 in the east of Democratic […]

WHO confirms Ebola cases in DRC’s isolated far north

The World Health Organization (WHO) on Sunday confirmed a second case of Ebola in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) and suspected 17 other cases. A health official in the central African mineral-rich nation on Friday reported that one person in the country had died from the virus. The WHO said they are attempting to […]

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IMF team to visit DR Congo as economic crisis deepens

International Monetary Fund Managing Director, Christine Lagarde on Thursday proposed a visit of IMF officials in Democratic Republic of Congo to check the state of the central African nation’s economic crisis, the finance minister told Reuters. According to Finance minister Henri Yav, the head of the international lender addressed a letter to the Head of […]

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DRC: 4,600 people flee homes daily – UN

About 4,600 people flee their homes every day in the Democratic Republic of Congo as the political and humanitarian crisis deepens, the UN said on Monday. According to the United Nations humanitarian agency OCHA, 3.7 million people were displaced within the central African nation by the end of March – more than double the 1.6 […]

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DRC to finance polls with internal resources– PM

The new Prime Minister of the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), Bruno Tshibala on Wednesday indicated that the central African mineral-rich nation will organise next presidential polls with the country’s internal resources. “We see no disadvantage to this that there is a booster that would come from our partners, but we will make every effort […]

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ICC warns warlords in conflict-hit DRC, Pope Francis calls for peace

The International Criminal Court chief prosecutor Fatou Bensouda this weekend warned warlords and authorities in unstable Democratic Republic of Congo that her office was “carefully monitoring” the situation, while Pope Francis called for peace in the central African nation. In a statement, the former Gambian Justice Minister said she is “deeply concerned by the numerous […]

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Two UN experts kidnapped in DRC’s Kasaï region

Gunmen have kidnapped two United Nations officials in the Democratic Republic of Congo’s Kasai Central province, officials said. Michael Sharp, a U.S. citizen, and Zaida Catalan, of Swedish nationality, had “fallen into the hands of negative forces not yet identified,” along with four Congolese they were with, the government said in a statement. Sharp and […]

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DRC: Pope Prays for Victims of Violence, Calls for Quick Accord

Pope Francis on Sunday urged leaders of the Democratic Republic of Congo to act quickly to resolve the political crisis and curb violence in the Central African mineral-rich nation. During the Angelus prayer, the sovereign pontiff condemned the clashes in the opposing camps, which have been going on in the South and Kasai Central region […]

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DRC cannot afford $1.8bn Election in 2017 – Gov’t

The Democratic Republic of Congo’s Minister of State in charge of Budget, Pierre Kangudia Mbayi on Wednesday said the country cannot afford the cost of elections in 2017. According to Mbayi, the central African nation needs $1.8bn to organize the polls.  “It will be difficult to think that we can mobilize $1.8 billion this year. […]

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Military Helicopters Crash in Eastern Congo

Two military helicopters crashed in the North Kivu province of Democratic Republic of Congo with at least four crew members on board, officials confirmed on Monday. According to a report on local UN-sponsored Radio Okapi, the helicopters crashed while pursuing fighters from the former Congolese rebel group M23. However, government spokesman Lambert Mende told Reuters […]

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