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Uganda says begins sending ex-Congo rebels back home

KAMPALA - Uganda began sending home more than 1,000 fighters of a rebel group from Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) on Tuesday after Kinshasa pressured it to return them to prevent them regrouping to fight again.

U.N. brigade will need to 'neutralise' Congo rebels: chief

DAKAR - Only a few of Rwanda's FDLR rebels operating in eastern Congo have laid down their arms before a January deadline, meaning that U.N. troops will launch operations against the group next month, the U.N.'s peacekeeping chief said on Monday.

World, Africa, 15 Dec 2014

Kabila says Congo won't bow to foreign 'injunctions'

KINSHASA - The president of Democratic Republic of Congo told foreign nations on Monday to respect his country's sovereignty after several urged him to comply with the constitution and not to run for re-election.

World, Africa 15 Dec 2014

Hundreds feared missing after boat sinks in Lake Tanganyika

DAKAR - More than two hundred people were feared missing after a boat sank in Democratic Republic of Congo's waters on Lake Tanganyika on Thursday night, a senior Tanzanian official said on Sunday.

World, Africa 14 Dec 2014

Congo's Kabila names new government in bid to broaden political base

KINSHASA - Democratic Republic of Congo President Joseph Kabila announced the formation of a new government on Sunday in a shake-up apparently aimed at broadening his political base ahead of a possible constitutional showdown.

World, Africa 07 Dec 2014

Suspected rebels kill at least 12 in northeast Congo village

KINSHASA - Suspected rebels stabbed and hacked to death at least a dozen people in a village in northeastern Democratic Republic of Congo on Saturday, a local government official said, in the latest in a series of attacks on civilians.

World, Africa, United Nations, 07 Dec 2014

Congo to start repatriating ex-M23 rebels from Uganda, Rwanda

KINSHASA - Democratic Republic of Congo is to start repatriating former M23 rebels from neighboring countries, a government official said on Thursday, a process it hopes will prevent the defeated insurgents regrouping.

World, Africa 04 Dec 2014

ICC appeal judges uphold conviction of Congolese warlord Lubanga

THE HAGUE - Appeal judges at the International Criminal Court on Monday upheld the conviction of Congolese war criminal Thomas Lubanga and confirmed his 14-year prison sentence, bringing to a close the permanent war crimes court's first case.

World, Africa, 01 Dec 2014

Inter-ethnic conflict racks Congo's mining heartland

MUKONDO, Democratic Republic of Congo - Nsange's troubles began with an affair. Pygmy residents of the village in southeastern Democratic Republic of Congo caught a Bantu man in bed with a married pygmy woman last year.

World, United Nations, Africa 30 Nov 2014

France's Hollande praises peaceful Burkina transition as model for Africa

DAKAR - French President Francois Hollande warned African leaders on Saturday against trying to hang on to power, praising peaceful political transitions in Burkina Faso and Tunisia as positive examples to the continent.

World, Africa, France, Tunisia 29 Nov 2014
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Putin says Russia economy will be cured but offers no remedy

MOSCOW - President Vladimir Putin said on Thursday Russia's economy would inevitably rebound after the ruble's dramatic slide this year but offered no remedy to a deepening financial crisis.