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DRC: EU sanctions 9 more officials

The European Union has adopted restrictive measures against nine individuals responsible for serious human rights violations in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), with immediate effect, the European Union announced in a statement Monday afternoon. These officials, who held or still hold positions of responsibility in the State administration and in the chain of […]

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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 […]

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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: MONUSCO airlifted 3,900 tonnes of election materials

Election materials distribution has kicked-off in 15 election centres in the Democratic Republic of Congo, officials said on Wednesday. The United Nations Mission in the central African nation (MONUSCO) has already dispatched 3,900 tonnes of election materials around the country’s 107 satellite stations. “As I speak, a helicopter is making a final rotation between Kinshasa […]

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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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DRC: Kabila to appoint new PM

President of the Democratic Republic of Congo Joseph Kabila on Wednesday vowed to appoint a new Prime Minister within 48 hours, calling on opposition coalition to nominate candidates for the position. The move comes barely 5 months after Kabila appointed opposition politician Samy Badibanga as Prime Minister, under a controversial power-sharing deal reached after months […]

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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: Felix Tshisekedi named successor to his father

Democratic Republic of Congo’s largest opposition party on Wednesday, named late Etienne Tshisekedi’s son as a successor to his father who died in Brussels last month. According to Reuters, Felix Tshisekedi was chosen to lead the Union for Democracy and Social Progress (UDPS), but some within the opposition rejected the choice. Etienne Tshisekedi who had […]

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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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