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U.N. peacekeepers pressed to do more with less as further cuts loom

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JOHANNESBURG/NAIROBI On June 29, Maman Sidikou, head of the U.N. peacekeeping mission in Congo, received a cable from headquarters in New York in which his bosses laid out in no uncertain terms that the world's largest peacekeeping mission had to make cuts, and fast. | Video

Congo ban on non-biometric passports sparks outcry

JOHANNESBURG A sudden decision forcing all Congolese nationals to travel on biometric passports from next month has provoked a backlash from lawmakers already vexed by revelations about the documents' high cost.

World, Africa Sep 18 2017

Locked in power struggle, Congo army and militia massacred hundreds: report

JOHANNESBURG Congolese army commanders orchestrated a wave of massacres that killed hundreds of people between 2014-2016 as they vied for influence with anti-government insurgents in northeastern Democratic Republic of Congo, a new report said on Monday.

World, Africa Sep 18 2017

Monday Morning Briefing

North Korea’s nuclear threat looms large this week over the U.N. General Assembly, scores have been arrested at protests in St Louis and Sean Spicer made a surprise appearance at the Emmy Awards.

At least 30 Burundian refugees die in clashes with Congolese security forces

KINSHASA At least 30 Burundian refugees have been killed in clashes with Congolese security forces over plans to send some of them home, a Reuters witness and local activists said on Saturday. | Video

World, Africa, Sep 16 2017

American surgeons poorly prepared for humanitarian operations

(Reuters Health) - A Haitian physician taught American-trained vascular surgeon Dr. David Kuwayama how to perform C-sections in a Caribbean clinic, and a Congolese surgeon taught him other basic surgical procedures in an African war zone.

Health, Aug 21 2017

Congo landslide death toll likely to rise over 200: Ituri vice governor

DAKAR A landslide in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo likely killed more than 200 people, based on estimates from the number of households submerged, the vice governor of affected Ituri province said on Friday.

World, Environment, Africa, Aug 18 2017

With Congo finances collapsing, desperate government has few options

KINSHASA As Congo's government was soliciting urgent help from Western donors and the IMF last month to contain an economic crisis, the chairman of the state mining company brought an unusual guest to the prime minister's office. It was Raymond O'Leary, a vice president from Russia's second largest bank, state-owned VTB, to discuss a Eurobond aiming to raise funds for the cash-strapped government, Congolese and VTB officials confirmed.

World, IMF, Africa Aug 17 2017

Congo Republic PM, cabinet resign amid economic woes

BRAZZAVILLE Congo Republic's Prime Minister Clement Mouamba and his cabinet have resigned amid a growing economic crisis, the president's office said in a statement on Thursday.

World, Africa, Aug 17 2017

U.N. inquiry finds Congolese militia likely killed U.N. monitors

UNITED NATIONS A United Nations inquiry found that two U.N. investigators were murdered by a group of Congolese, likely militia members from central Democratic Republic of Congo, but an absence of evidence "does not preclude the possibility that others are involved."

World, United Nations, Africa, Aug 16 2017
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Strong quake near Mexico City kills almost 150, rescuers dig through collapsed buildings

MEXICO CITY Rescue crews and ordinary citizens searched through rubble for survivors as night fell on Tuesday on battered cities in central Mexico, including the capital, where the death toll from a major earthquake grew to at least 149. | Video