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Giulia Paravicini

Congo president turned down predecessor's PM pick: sources

Apr 09 2019

KINSHASA/BRUSSELS Former Congolese President Joseph Kabila wanted his successor, Felix Tshisekedi, to appoint Albert Yuma, a Kabila ally and chairman of state mining company Gecamines, as prime minister, but Tshisekedi refused, sources familiar with the matter said.

Smileys and selfies: Europe's far-right tries to end divisions

Apr 07 2019

BRUSSELS Italian Deputy Prime Minister Matteo Salvini sends texts with smileys to French far-right leader Marine Le Pen and posts selfies with Austrian far-right politician Heinz-Christian Strache.

Belgium apologizes for colonial-era abduction of mixed-race children

Apr 04 2019

BRUSSELS Belgium apologized on Thursday for kidnapping thousands of mixed-race children from Congo between 1959 and 1962, in a move to address the legacy of its often brutal 80 years of African colonization.

U.S. sanctions Congo election officials, says they obstructed vote

Mar 21 2019

WASHINGTON/BRUSSELS The United States on Thursday imposed sanctions on three senior officials from Democratic Republic of Congo’s electoral commission, accusing them of corruption and obstructing December’s presidential election.

Congo suspends seating of new senators following disputed election

Mar 18 2019

KINSHASA President Felix Tshisekedi's Congo government on Monday blocked newly-elected senators from taking office after a disputed vote that gave allies of his predecessor an overwhelming majority in the upper house of parliament.

Congo's ex-leader Kabila's party to pick prime minister: sources

Mar 08 2019

KINSHASA The party of Congo's former president Joseph Kabila will choose the prime minister and negotiate over cabinet appointments under a power-sharing deal with his successor Felix Tshisekedi, sources in both their parties said on Friday.

Senior Congo official withdraws from senate race, decries vote-buying

Feb 27 2019

KINSHASA Former Democratic Republic of Congo President Joseph Kabila's anti-corruption czar withdrew his candidacy from next month's senate election due to what he said was widespread vote-buying.

Congo's former president awarded oil block in UNESCO heritage site

Feb 27 2019

KINSHASA Former Democratic Republic of Congo President Joseph Kabila in December awarded an oil drilling license that overlaps a wildlife-rich UNESCO world heritage site, according to official records, reviving concerns about environmental protections.

Congo police executed 27 in anti-gang operation: Human Rights Watch

Feb 21 2019

KINSHASA An international rights group on Thursday accused Congolese police of summarily executing at least 27 people, some of whom were bound, strangled and mutilated in a crackdown on gangs in the capital Kinshasa last year.

New Congo president Tshisekedi calls for unity after divisive election

Jan 24 2019

KINSHASA Opposition leader Felix Tshisekedi called for national reconciliation on Thursday as he became Democratic Republic of Congo's president, succeeding Joseph Kabila in Congo's first transfer of power via an election in 59 years of independence. | Video

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