U.S. says political crisis building in Democratic Republic of Congo

WASHINGTON A political crisis is growing in Democratic Republic of Congo over the possibility that President Joseph Kabila might seek a third term in office, a senior U.S. official warned on Wednesday.

At least 21 Hutus killed in 'alarming' east Congo violence: U.N.

KINSHASA At least 21 people were killed, 40 wounded and dozens of houses burned in weekend attacks aimed at Hutus in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo, the United Nations said on Monday, expressing alarm at rising ethnic violence.

World, United Nations, Africa 08 Feb 2016

Congolese army attacked U.N. troops meeting Islamist rebels: U.N

UNITED NATIONS Congolese troops killed two United Nations peacekeepers after civilians accused the Tanzanian U.N. troops of providing supplies to Islamist Ugandan rebels in east Congo, according to a confidential U.N. Security Council report.

World, United Nations, Africa 04 Feb 2016

U.N. experts find bid to smuggle Congo arms via Rwanda to Burundi rebels

UNITED NATIONS A confidential report to the United Nations Security Council found there have been attempts to smuggle weapons from Democratic Republic of Congo through Rwanda to rebels in Burundi where a political crisis threatens to spiral out of control.

World, United Nations, 04 Feb 2016

Congo, U.N. troops fire in air to stop clash between machete-armed villagers

KINSHASA Villagers from two major ethnic groups in the east of the Democratic Republic of Congo clashed with machetes and batons before dispersing when army troops and U.N. peacekeepers intervened and fired into the air, a U.N. spokesman said.

World, United Nations, Africa 04 Feb 2016

Peacekeepers, Congo army to resume joint fight against Rwandan rebels: U.N.

KINSHASA Democratic Republic of Congo's army and U.N. peacekeepers agreed on Thursday to resume military cooperation against Rwandan Hutu rebels, the U.N. mission said, beefing up efforts to root out one of the region's most notorious rebel groups.

World, Africa, 28 Jan 2016

Congo to overhaul voter list, fuelling fears of election delay

KINSHASA Democratic Republic of Congo will press on with a lengthy overhaul of its voter lists, authorities said on Thursday, fuelling opposition fears that the government is trying to delay landmark elections.

World, 28 Jan 2016

Update of voter lists could push Congo election beyond this year: sources

KINSHASA Democratic Republic of Congo will take at least 13 months to revise its voter lists, according to what three sources said was an estimate from the elections commission, casting doubt on whether 2016 presidential elections will be held on time.

World, Africa 27 Jan 2016

Congo looking into new charges against ICC convict Katanga

KINSHASA Democratic Republic of Congo said it would not free warlord Germain Katanga at the end of his International Criminal Court (ICC)-imposed jail term on Monday as it is investigating him for other offences including the killing of nine U.N. peacekeepers.

World, Africa 18 Jan 2016

Congo opposition to run against Sassou Nguesso in March polls

BRAZZAVILLE Congo Republic's opposition has conditionally agreed to run against President Denis Sassou Nguesso in an election in March, even though it is widely seen as unlikely to secure what would be the first change in leadership in nearly 20 years.

World, Africa 14 Jan 2016

After 1,000-year split, pope and Russian patriarch embrace in Cuba

HAVANA Pope Francis and Russian Orthodox Patriarch Kirill embraced and kissed on Friday in a historic meeting, uniting to issue a global appeal for the protection of Christians under assault in the Middle East. | Video