Congo Republic president says expects referendum over third term


BRAZZAVILLE - The President of Congo Republic, Denis Sassou Nguesso, said on Friday he expected a referendum on a change to the constitution that would allow him to stand next year for a third term at the helm of the oil-producing nation.

No U.N. troop cut in Congo until progress against Rwandan rebels

UNITED NATIONS - The United Nations Security Council on Thursday refused to cut the number of peacekeepers in Democratic Republic of Congo until progress is made in an offensive against Rwandan rebels in the country's east, snubbing government calls for a decrease.

World, United Nations, Africa 26 Mar 2015

Congolese hospital sees rise in rape of girls as young as 18 months

LONDON (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Girls as young as 18 months are being raped and left with horrific injuries in eastern Congo after being stolen from their homes at night, a charity said on Tuesday.

World, Africa 24 Mar 2015

Slow start revives doubts about Congo campaign against Rwandan rebels

KASHUGA, Democratic Republic of Congo - The government soldiers manning an outpost high above the town of Kashuga have a panoramic view of the hills and valleys of eastern Democratic Republic of Congo, home to hundreds of Rwandan Hutu rebels their government has promised to crush.

World, United Nations, Africa 22 Mar 2015

U.N. peacekeepers previously supported blacklisted Congo generals

UNITED NATIONS - U.N. peacekeepers previously worked with two Democratic Republic of Congo generals accused of abuses, but have refused to support the men in a new campaign against Rwandan rebels because Congolese authorities did not investigate the allegations, said a U.N. envoy on Thursday.

World, United Nations, Africa 19 Mar 2015

Congo frees musicians arrested at pro-democracy meeting

KINSHASA - Seven Congolese musicians detained during a raid on a pro-democracy meeting were released on Thursday, a day after four foreign activists accused of fomenting unrest were expelled, the Kinshasa government said.

World, Africa, 19 Mar 2015

Congo orders expulsion of four foreign activists

KINSHASA - Democratic Republic of Congo on Wednesday ordered the immediate expulsion of four foreign pro-democracy activists detained at the weekend during a news conference and criticized the United States for supporting the event.

World, Africa 18 Mar 2015

Congo frees U.S. diplomat but detains African democracy activists

KINSHASA - Democratic Republic of Congo freed a U.S. diplomat on Monday, a day after he was arrested at a pro-democracy meeting, but the African activists detained with him were kept in custody.

World, Africa, 16 Mar 2015

U.S. diplomat arrested with pro-democracy activists in Congo

KINSHASA - Security forces in Democratic Republic of Congo arrested a U.S. diplomat along with pro-democracy activists, journalists and musicians on Sunday following a news conference in the capital Kinshasa, a government spokesman and witnesses said.

World, Africa, 15 Mar 2015

U.N. peacekeepers barred seven Congolese officers over rights records

UNITED NATIONS - The United Nations peacekeeping mission in the Democratic Republic of Congo barred seven Congolese army and police officers from receiving support after ruling there was a "real risk" they could commit human rights abuses, according to a U.N. report.

World, United Nations, Africa 11 Mar 2015

Saudi-led air strikes target fresh Houthi advance on Aden: residents

ADEN - Saudi-led air forces struck a convoy of Yemeni Houthi fighters advancing on Aden from the east on Saturday, residents said, and the Saudi navy evacuated diplomats from the southern port city. | Video