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DRC accuses rebels of killing 39 police officers

Kinshasa, DR Congo | AFP | Congolese national police accused rebels Monday of massacring 39 of their officers in the violence-wracked Kasai region. The victims were killed in an “ambush” early Friday and buried in a mass grave by supporters of late militia leader Kamwina Nsapu around 75 kilometres north …

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UN finds 10 mass graves in crisis-hit DR Congo region

Kinshasa, DR Congo | AFP | The United Nations said Wednesday investigators found 10 mass graves in the violence-wracked Kasai region in the Democratic Republic of Congo’s centre. “We have communicated to the (Congolese) government the presence of seven mass graves in the town of Demba … and three mass …

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UN gives $5mn in aid for crisis-hit region in DR Congo

Kinshasa, DR Congo | AFP | The United Nations announced aid worth $5 million (4.7 million euros) on Saturday to help people affected by the humanitarian crisis in the violence-wracked Kasai region of the Democratic Republic of Congo. The remote, central region has been plagued by violence since mid-August when …

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Late DRC opposition leader’s son named successor

Felix Tshisekedi, son of The Democratic Republic of Congo’s opposition coalition late leader Etienne Tshisekedi, has been picked to succeed him despite objections by at least two groups in the alliance. According to BBC, Tshisekedi was chosen this week by nine opposition groupings challenging President Joseph Kabila. The body of Congolese …

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22 dead in DR Congo army clashes with M23 rebels

Goma, DR Congo | AFP |  The Congolese army said Wednesday it had killed 20 fighters from the M23 militia group and lost two soldiers in clashes with the rebels since the end of January. General Leon Mushale told reporters in the eastern city of Goma that a further 25 …

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Bantus, Pygmies sign historic peace deal in DR Congo

Lubumbashi, DR Congo | AFP |  The Pygmy and Bantu people of the Democratic Republic of Congo signed a peace deal Friday to put an end to decades of deadly violence that has killed hundreds. Pygmies from the ethnic Twa group have been seeking recognition of equal rights with other …

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Under pressure DR Congo govt vows to stem violence

Kinshasa, DR Congo | AFP | The Democratic Republic of Congo’s government, under pressure to act after months of violence in the south, on Sunday vowed to move away from a solely military solution. Interior Minister Emmanuel Ramazani Shadari told reporters: “The state is envisaging political, traditional and humanitarian solutions …

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Pope calls for quick accord to end DR Congo violence

Vatican City, Holy See | AFP |  Pope Francis on Sunday urged leaders of the Democratic Republic of Congo to act quickly to resolve its political crisis and curb violence, condemning in particular the use of child soldiers. Violence has flared across the country in recent months, including deadly confrontations …

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UPDF say leader of Congolese militia M23 missing

Kampala, Uganda | AFP |  The leader of a Congolese rebel group who had been living under security in Uganda has gone missing, after scores of his fighters escaped their military base, the army said Friday. The leader of M23, a mostly ethnic Tutsi rebel group which fled Democratic Republic …

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DR Congo at crossroads as opposition chief Tshisekedi dies

Kinshasa, DR Congo | AFP | Longtime DR Congo opposition chief Etienne Tshisekedi died Wednesday at the age of 84 in Brussels, as talks aiming to end the nation’s political crisis were under way in Kinshasa. “President Tshisekedi died today… in Brussels,” Bruno Tshibala, an official from his Union for …

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