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Congo says kills rebels, gains ground in drive to crush insurgency

KINSHASA - The Congolese army has killed at least 10 rebel fighters and captured territory, weapons and men during its latest campaign to stamp out an insurgency in the east of the country, the government spokesman said on Sunday.

Congo army drives rebels from eastern hills in fierce fighting

KIRUMBA, Democratic Republic of Congo - Congolese government forces ousted rebels from hills in heavy fighting in North Kivu province on Friday, an army spokesman said, cranking up a campaign to crush an insurgency at the heart of two decades of conflict.

World, Africa 27 Feb 2015

Congo army launches first strike against Rwandan rebels

KINSHASA - Congolese government forces launched strikes against Rwandan Hutu rebels in Democratic Republic of Congo on Tuesday, military officials said, in the first combat since last month's announcement of a campaign to stamp out the group.

World, United Nations, Africa 24 Feb 2015

African Union urges Congo to let UN forces help assault on rebels

ADDIS ABABA - The African Union on Monday urged the Congolese government to accept help from U.N. forces to defeat rebels in the country's east, after a row over human rights derailed plans for joint operations.

World, United Nations, Africa 23 Feb 2015

Dozens missing after Congo boat collision

KINSHASA - Dozens of people were missing on Saturday after a collision between two boats on the Congo River in western Democratic Republic of Congo, the World Health Organization (WHO) and a local official said.

World, Africa 14 Feb 2015

Congo fails to meet U.N. deadline to remove generals linked to abuses

UNITED NATIONS - Democratic Republic of Congo failed to meet a U.N. deadline to remove two generals accused of rights abuses and will now be formally notified that peacekeepers will not support its offensive against Rwandan rebels, a U.N. official said on Saturday.

World, United Nations, Africa 14 Feb 2015

Exclusive: U.N. pauses support for Congo campaign against rebels over abuses

UNITED NATIONS - The United Nations peacekeeping mission in Democratic Republic of Congo has paused support to Congolese troops for operations against Rwandan rebels because two of the generals involved are accused of human rights abuses, a U.N. official said on Tuesday.

World, United Nations, Africa, 10 Feb 2015

Hundreds still detained after Congo protests as Kabila gets tough

KINSHASA - More than 300 people, including opposition leaders, remain in detention in Democratic Republic of Congo after protests last month, reinforcing concerns that President Joseph Kabila plans to cling to power beyond his legal mandate.

World, United Nations, Africa 10 Feb 2015

U.S. envoy urges Congo to set date for presidential election

KINSHASA - Democratic Republic of Congo should promptly set a date for a presidential election in 2016, a senior U.S. envoy said on Monday, increasing international pressure on President Joseph Kabila to step down at the polls next year.

World, Africa, United Nations, 09 Feb 2015

U.N. to Congo: Remove generals accused of abuses or lose support

UNITED NATIONS - The United Nations has threatened to withdraw support for a planned Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) military campaign against Rwandan rebels if the government does not remove two generals accused of human rights abuses by the end of next week, a senior U.N. official said on Wednesday.

World, Africa, United Nations, 04 Feb 2015
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Advancing Iraq troops enter strategic town on edge of Tikrit

BAGHDAD - Iraqi government forces and Iran-backed militiamen entered a town on the southern outskirts of Saddam Hussein's home city Tikrit on Friday, pressing on with the biggest offensive yet against Islamic State militants that seized the north last year.