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EU to impose sanctions on Congo security officials: diplomats

BRUSSELS European Union foreign ministers will impose asset freezes and travel bans next Monday on Congolese officials deemed responsible for suppressing anti-government protests in September that killed dozens, diplomats said on Friday.

Congo official flags budget worries over already delayed election

KINSHASA The Democratic Republic of Congo's government may struggle to afford presidential elections in 2018 due to soaring costs, the electoral commission head said on Tuesday, adding a potential stumbling block to a vote that has already been postponed once.

World, Africa Dec 06 2016

Congo detains dozens of South Sudanese soldiers fleeing civil war

KINSHASA Congolese troops last week detained dozens of South Sudanese soldiers who were fleeing a rebel attack across the border, a local radio station and aid workers said on Tuesday, increasing fears of spillover from South Sudan's conflict.

World, Africa, United Nations, Dec 06 2016

Careful steps for Catholic Church tasked with pulling Congo back from crisis

KINSHASA The task of preventing Democratic Republic of Congo’s political crisis from spiraling into fresh conflict falls to the country’s Catholic Church, one of the few institutions to emerge from decades of turmoil with its credibility intact.

World, Africa, Pope, United Nations, Dec 06 2016

East Congo militia kills 30 civilians, most from rival ethnic group

KINSHASA An ethnic Nande militia in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo killed about 30 civilians, mostly Hutus, on Sunday morning, local sources said, in an apparent escalation of deadly violence between the two groups that has flared repeatedly this year.

World, Africa, Nov 27 2016

Equatorial Resources aims to invest $1.2 billion in Congo iron project

BRAZZAVILLE Africa-focused Australian mining company Equatorial Resources Ltd will aim to invest around $1.2 billion to develop its Badondo iron ore project in Republic of Congo, the company said.

Deals, Nov 23 2016

Landslide kills 13 as diggers invade Freeport mine in Congo: governor

KINSHASA A landslide killed at least 13 people last week in southeastern Democratic Republic of Congo after thousands of artisanal miners began invading a copper mine controlled by Freeport-McMoRan Inc, the provincial governor said on Monday.

World, Africa Nov 21 2016

Congo authorities block opposition demonstration

KINSHASA Authorities in the Democratic Republic of Congo blocked an opposition demonstration in the capital on Saturday aimed at putting pressure on President Joseph Kabila to step down next month at the end of his mandate, witnesses said.

World, Africa, Nov 19 2016

Congo opposition figure Badibanga named PM of unity government

GOMA, Democratic Republic of Congo Democratic Republic of Congo opposition figure Samy Badibanga was named prime minister on Thursday under a power-sharing deal that allows President Joseph Kabila to stay in office after his term ends next month, the presidency said in a statement.

World, Africa, Nov 17 2016

Freeport closes Congo mine sale; Trump appointees keenly awaited

LIMA/TORONTO Freeport-McMoRan Inc said on Wednesday it had wrapped up the $2.65 billion sale of its stake in the Democratic Republic of Congo's Tenke mine, and the company's chief executive said he hopes negotiations will ease objections of Congo's state miner to the deal.

Deals, Nov 16 2016

Syrian government forces press attack in east Aleppo

ALEPPO, Syria/BEIRUT The Syrian army pressed an offensive in Aleppo on Friday with ground fighting and air strikes in an operation to retake all of the city's rebel-held east that would bring victory in the civil war closer for President Bashar al-Assad. | Video