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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 […]

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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As Political Crisis Deepens in DRC, South Africa Calls for Restraint

The Democratic Republic of Congo is once again on the brink of chaos, as the threat of a renewed and large-scale political crisis with dire humanitarian consequences looms around the corner. The main opposition, led by political heavyweight Etienne Tshisekedi, has vowed on Tuesday to resist Kabila’s stay in power. Opposition elements have clashed with […]

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DRC: Bloomberg Unveils Massive Fortune of Kabila’s Family

President Joseph Kabila of the Democratic Republic of Congo and his relatives have built a network of businesses that reaches into every corner of Congo’s economy, Bloomberg reports. According to the report published on Thursday, the Kabila Empire has recently become visible after Congolese regulators computerized and made corporate and government records publicly available. “Bloomberg […]

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DR Congo: Opposition figure grabs PM role

Samy Badibanga, Democratic Republic of Congo opposition leader has been named prime minister in the troubled central African nation on Thursday as part of a power-sharing deal signed in October. The appointment of Badibanga comes days after Augustin Matata resigned from the position of Prime minister to allow the implementation of the national dialogue framework […]

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Kenya’s Deputy President Calls int’l Community to help End Conflicts in DRC

Kenya’s Deputy President William Ruto on Thursday said Democratic Republic of Congo’s conflict is a threat to the Great Lakes region, calling the international community to help deal with the negative forces behind the conflict in the central African nation. “In the age of ever-rising terrorism, the region should guard against such global terror networks […]

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DRC: Main Opposition Coalition Rejects April 2018 Poll ‘Agreement’

Democratic Republic of Congo’s opposition veteran leader, Etienne Tshisekedi of the UDPS, on Tuesday chastised an agreement between the government and an opposition faction to postpone the presidential election in the central African nation to April 2018. The deal led by former Togolese Prime Minister Edem Kodjo was validated during a plenary meeting in Kinshasa […]

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DRC: Some Parties Agree to April 2018 Elections, Others Plan Protests

Democratic Republic of Congo’s ruling coalition and some opposition parties on Sunday agreed to delay the presidential election in the central African nation to April 2018 as a result of the national dialogue. Parties agreed to give more time for voter registration and to keep Kabila in office until the delayed vote, Delegates at the […]

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