Congo

Wrong to expel top rights expert, U.N. envoy tells Congo

UNITED NATIONS - The United Nations envoy to the Democratic Republic of the Congo on Monday publicly rebuked the Kinshasa government for expelling the top U.N. human rights official, as the Congolese ambassador accused the official of "offensive behavior."

Congo, U.N. troops fire live rounds amid protest against killings

BENI Democratic Republic of Congo - Congolese troops and United Nations peacekeepers fired live rounds to disperse hundreds of people protesting outside a U.N. base in the eastern Congolese town of Beni on Wednesday, a Reuters witness said.

World, United Nations, Africa 22 Oct 2014

African rivalries weaken U.N. hand against rebels in Congo

KINSHASA - Hundreds of Rwandan rebels in eastern Congo are defying a six month ultimatum to disarm, ratcheting up pressure on regional powers and U.N. peacekeepers to eliminate, once and for all, a force at the heart of two decades of conflict.

World, 22 Oct 2014

U.N. condemns top human rights official's expulsion from Congo

UNITED NATIONS - United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on Tuesday condemned the expulsion of the top U.N. human rights official in the Democratic Republic of the Congo and called on the U.N. Security Council to consider possible action.

World, United Nations, Africa 21 Oct 2014

U.N. rights official to return to Congo despite expulsion: spokesman

KINSHASA - The top U.N. human rights official in the Democratic Republic of Congo has left the country after the government ordered his expulsion for publishing a report accusing the police of abuses, but a U.N. spokesman said on Sunday he would return.

World, United Nations, Africa 19 Oct 2014

Congo lends a hand to fight Ebola, urges African solidarity

KINSHASA - Democratic Republic of Congo plans to train more than 1,000 volunteers to help fight an Ebola epidemic raging across West Africa, even as it battles the last traces of an outbreak at home.

Health, 18 Oct 2014

Rebels kill more than 20 people in east Congo village

KINSHASA - Suspected Ugandan rebels killed more than 20 people overnight in their second attack near the eastern Congolese town of Beni in 48 hours, a civic group said on Saturday.

World, Africa, 18 Oct 2014

At least 27 killed in attacks in eastern Congo: official

KINSHASA - At least 27 people were killed and another seven people seriously injured in overnight raids on villages near the eastern Congolese town of Beni, local officials said on Thursday.

World, Africa, 16 Oct 2014

HIV pandemic's roots traced back to 1920s Kinshasa

LONDON - Bustling transport networks, migrant labor and changes to the sex trade in early 20th-century Congo created a "perfect storm" that gave rise to an HIV pandemic that has now infected 75 million people worldwide, researchers said on Thursday.

Health, 02 Oct 2014

Botched customs upgrade cuts off Congo's second city

LUSAKA/KINSHASA - A month ago, Democratic Republic of Congo's (DRC) border post with Zambia, one of Africa's busiest land frontiers, went high-tech, with a web-based customs system that was meant to improve efficiency and eradicate corruption.

World, United Nations, Africa 30 Sep 2014
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Clashes erupt as Israeli police kill Palestinian suspected of shooting Jewish far-rightist

JERUSALEM - Israeli police on Thursday shot dead a 32-year-old Palestinian man suspected of having tried hours earlier to kill a far-right Jewish activist, leading to fierce clashes in East Jerusalem and fears of a new Palestinian uprising.