Pre-vote fears drive nearly 15,000 from Burundi to Rwanda, Congo

KIGALI - Nearly 15,000 Burundians have fled into Rwanda and the Democratic Republic of Congo since mid-March, United Nations and Rwandan officials said on Friday, amid growing fears of violence in the run-up to a presidential election on June 26.

Congo illegally detained, tortured pro-democracy activists: HRW

KINSHASA - Security forces in Democratic Republic of Congo have illegally detained and tortured pro-democracy advocates as part of a crackdown before a presidential election next year, Human Rights Watch (HRW) said on Thursday.

World, Africa 16 Apr 2015

U.N. calls for exhumation of Congo mass grave

KINSHASA - The U.N. mission in Democratic Republic of Congo urged the government on Wednesday to exhume more than 400 bodies buried last month in a mass grave, the head of the organization's human rights office said.

World, Africa 15 Apr 2015

Congo police arrest five pro-democracy activists: group

KINSHASA - Police arrested five members of a pro-democracy group in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo on Tuesday as they protested against the illegal detention of activists in the capital Kinshasa, group members said.

World, Africa 07 Apr 2015

Opposition, rights group demand investigation into Congo mass burial

KINSHASA - A rights group and an opposition lawmaker called on Monday on the government of Democratic Republic of Congo to investigate the late night burial of at least 421 bodies last month.

World, Africa 06 Apr 2015

West losing influence in Congo at political crossroads

KINSHASA - The expiry of Congolese President Joseph Kabila's second mandate next year, a crucial test of governance, risks exposing the limitations of Western donors trying to promote democracy and transparency in return for the billions they have spent on aid.

World, United Nations, Africa 02 Apr 2015

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.

World, Africa, 27 Mar 2015

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

Desperate Nepalese sleep in open, seek help as aftershocks spread fear

KATHMANDU - Thousands of desperate Nepalese huddled under tents and sought scarce food and medical supplies on Monday, two days after a massive quake killed more than 2,500 people, as overwhelmed authorities struggled to care for the wounded and homeless. | Video