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Congo's Catholic church warns Kabila deal risks falling apart

KINSHASA A deal struck last month requiring Congo President Joseph Kabila to step down after elections this year risks unraveling if politicians do not quickly reach compromises on implementing the accord, Catholic bishops mediating the talks said on Monday.

Uganda says returns detained former Congo rebels to military camp

KAMPALA Uganda said on Monday it had returned dozens of former combatants of a Democratic Republic of Congo rebel group to a military camp after they tried to sneak back to their own country in disguise last week.

World, United Nations, Africa Jan 23 2017

Uganda detains more than 100 former M23 rebels sneaking to Congo

KAMPALA Uganda has detained more than 100 former M23 rebels trying to return to neighboring Democratic Republic of Congo, breaking a deal to demobilize after their defeat in 2013, the government said on Thursday.

World, Africa, Jan 19 2017

Uganda minister says Congo's former M23 rebels not welcome

KAMPALA Former Congolese rebels who have lived in disarmament camps in Uganda since 2013 are not welcome in the country and are not Uganda's problem, a state minister told Reuters on Tuesday.

World, Africa, Jan 17 2017

Congo government says M23 rebel fighters cross over border from Uganda

KINSHASA Armed fighters led by the military commander of former Congolese rebel group M23 have crossed the border into the Democratic Republic of Congo from Uganda, Congolese officials said on Sunday.

World, Africa, Jan 15 2017

Carbon deposit in Congo swamp equal to 20 years of U.S. gas emissions: study

JOHANNESBURG Scientists say a recently discovered area of peatland straddling the two Congos contains 30 billion tonnes of carbon dioxide, equivalent to 20 years of U.S. greenhouse gas emissions, and must be protected to prevent major environmental damage.

Environment, Jan 11 2017

Tens of thousands of people uprooted by militia violence in central Congo: U.N

DAKAR (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Tens of thousands of people in the central Democratic Republic of Congo have been uprooted in recent months by spiralling violence between a militia group and government security forces, the United Nations said on Monday.

World, United Nations, Africa Jan 09 2017

Congo rulng party, opposition sign deal for Kabila to step down

KINSHASA Congo's opposition leaders signed a deal with the party of President Joseph Kabila on Saturday that will require him to step down after elections that must take place before the end of 2017.

World, Africa Dec 31 2016

Congo deal reached for Kabila to step down after 2017 elections

KINSHASA Congolese President Joseph Kabila will step down after elections to be held by the end of 2017 under a last-minute deal struck by political parties on Friday, the lead mediator of the talks said.

World, Africa Dec 30 2016

Congo opposition leader sentenced to five years in prison

KINSHASA A court in Democratic Republic of Congo sentenced a political opposition leader to five years in prison on Wednesday, a human rights advocate said, a judgment that risks imperiling multi-party talks meant to organize a presidential election next year.

World, Africa Dec 28 2016

China foreign minister says wants to manage disputes with U.S.

BEIJING China wants dialogue with the new U.S. administration to manage disputes and promote bilateral relations, but only on the basis of respecting each other's core interests, like the "one China" principle, China's foreign minister said.