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U.S. disappointed Congo did not announce election calendar | Reuters

NEW YORK (Reuters) - The United States said it was disappointed that Democratic Republic of Congo did not announce an election calendar on Monday and threatened to impose additional sanctions on Congolese officials responsible for violence and repression.<p>“The United States is also outraged and …

North Africa

At least 17 dead amid opposition protests in Congo's capital

KINSHASA, Congo (AP) — Street clashes between security forces and demonstrators opposed to President Joseph Kabila left at least 17 dead in Congo's …

Africa

At least 17 dead amid opposition protests in Congo’s capital

KINSHASA, Congo — Street clashes between security forces and demonstrators opposed to President Joseph Kabila left at least 17 people dead in Congo’s capital on Monday in a dramatic sign of mounting tensions after officials sought to delay the upcoming election until next year.<p>Some view the …

Africa

DRC refuses to renew HRW researcher's visa

Kinshasa - The Democratic Republic of Congo refused on Tuesday to renew the visa of a senior Human Rights Watch (HRW) researcher, who was to leave …

Africa

Refugee athletes from Congo find joy simply in competing

RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — Even defeat ultimately felt like victory for Yolande Bukasa and Popole Misenga.<p>The two refugees, originally from Congo, …

Rio De Janeiro

Rio Olympics 2016: Win Or Lose, There's One Athlete For The World To Pull For

Olympic spectators can put their national pride and biases aside Wednesday morning. We can all pull for our countries another time.<p>When the women’s …

Olympics 2016: Judoka Avtar Singh loses to Popole Misenga; bows out of Rio Games

<b>Rio de Janeiro</b>: Indian judoka Avtar Singh crashed out of the Rio Olympics after losing to Refugee Olympic Team's Popole Misenga in the second round …

Olympics

Congo refuses to renew visa of leading US rights activist

KINSHASA (Reuters) - Congolese authorities have refused to renew the visa of a prominent American human rights activist, the government said on Tuesday, a decision that follows expulsions of other foreign researchers in a tense election year.<p>Democratic Republic of the Congo's President Joseph …

Africa

Defence minister to visit Congo as peacekeeping mission mulled for Africa

NewsAug 04, 2016 by Lee BerthiaumeThe Canadian Press<p>OTTAWA — Defence Minister Harjit Sajjan will visit the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) next …

Africa

American accuses Congo officials of unlawful arrest, torture

WASHINGTON — An American security contractor is accusing two top-ranking Congolese officials of ordering his detention and torture, declaring in a …

Africa

Seven dead in troubled east DR Congo

The province has been the scene of repeated clashes for nearly two decades<p>Suspected Rwandan rebels killed seven people overnight in a region of …

Africa

DR Congo: six years on, UN envoy calls for action in Walikale mass rape

“We must never forget the victims of one of the most shocking mass rapes in recent history. To all the victims in Walikale and beyond, we say: …

Africa

Congo opposition chief demands elections by end 2016

1 / 4<p>An opposition supporter holds up a banner during a rally organised by political opposition parties in Kinshasa on July 31, 2016<p>An opposition …

Tens of thousands rally in support of Congo's Kabila | Reuters

KINSHASA (Reuters) - Tens of thousands of President Joseph Kabila’s supporters rallied in Democratic Republic of Congo’s capital on Friday in a growing stand-off with opposition parties who have accused him of trying to cling to power.<p>Supporters of Congolese President Joseph Kabila carry his …

Africa

Congo's Small Miners Fill Hole Left by Big Businesses

Pop-out player<p>As large mining companies in the Democratic Republic of Congo are eliminating jobs, government officials are expanding the role of …

Africa's top shots: 22-28 July 2016

South Africa

AfDB vows to assess Congo mega-dam impact | Public Finance

Inga Dam. Credit: International Rivers<p>The Democratic Republic of Congo’s Inga 3 dam and hydropower station is the first phase of a much larger, …

Hydroelectric Power

Congo opposition leader Tshisekedi returns to rapturous welcome | Reuters

KINSHASA (Reuters) - Hundreds of thousands of people lined the streets of the Congolese capital Kinshasa on Wednesday to welcome home opposition leader Etienne Tshisekedi after a nearly two-year stay overseas for medical treatment.<p>Supporters of Congolese opposition leader Etienne Tshisekedi gather …

Africa

World Bank suspends funding for DR Congo's Inga 3 power project

The $14 billlion Inga 3 power project in the Democratic Republic of Congo could be in jeopardy after the World Bank suspended its funding.<p>The lender …

Hydroelectric Power

Fleeing chaos at home - the refugee judoka competing in the Olympics

Popole Misenga and Yolande Mabika, two judoka from the Democratic Republic of Congo, sought asylum in Brazil during the 2013 World Judo Championships in Rio.<p>Three years on they are about to compete in this year's Olympic Games.<p>They are two of the 10 athletes who are refugees that have been selected …

Brazil

‘I was raped by a boy’: Women in Congo get help from Seattle-area groups

GOMA, Congo — Sitting in a dark law office, 16-year-old Mwamini whispers, “I came here for a problem. I was raped by a boy.”<p>A tiny teenager with …

Africa

Refugees primed to pump up Games feel-good factor | Reuters

BERLIN (Reuters) - When record Olympic champion Michael Phelps and the king of sprinting Usain Bolt resume their hunt for world records and gold medals at the Rio de Janeiro Olympics next month they will not be the only big stories in town.<p>Athletes from South Sudan, part of the refugee athletes who …

North Africa

DRC: Six Lucha activists face 'forcible removal' from prison after rejecting presidential pardon

The group asked not to be released in solidarity with other prisoners of conscience currently detained<p>The Congolese government has warned it will …

DRC: Moise Katumbi adviser warns of 'confrontations' as leader threatened with arrest if he returns

EXCLUSIVE: Tensions are high in country where conditions for political dialogue 'are not met'.<p>Threats made to presidential hopeful Moise Katumbi by …

Congo's Kabila issues pardons in effort to ease political tension | Reuters

KINSHASA (Reuters) - Democratic Republic of Congo’s Joseph Kabila issued a raft of pardons on Friday, including to several pro-democracy activists detained after calling for the president to stand down.<p>Congo President Joseph Kabila delivers his remarks during the opening ceremony of the Paris …

Africa

U.N. demands release of political prisoners in Congo | Reuters

KINSHASA (Reuters) - The U.N. High Commissioner for Human Rights called on Thursday for the release of people he considers political prisoners in Democratic Republic of Congo as the government cracks down on dissent ahead of a contentious electoral period.<p>United Nations (U.N.) High Commissioner for …

North Africa

Watch: Kidnapping for cash thrives in eastern Congo

Watch Full Video<p>Kidnapping for cash is a flourishing activity in North Kivu, a strife-wracked eastern province of the Democratic Republic of Congo …

Africa

Watch: Olympics' first-ever refugee team prepares for Rio

Watch Full Video<p>The Olympics' first ever refugee team is preparing to compete at the Rio Games next month. The team includes five track athletes from …

Congo

Democratic Republic of Congo launches yellow fever vaccination drive | Reuters

KINSHASA (Reuters) - Democratic Republic of Congo launched a campaign on Wednesday to vaccinate about a million people against yellow fever over the next 10 days in the capital Kinshasa and a nearby province.<p>A Congolese child is vaccinated during an emergency campaign of vaccination against yellow …

Public Health

BBC World Service - Newsday, DRC new national park: "the animals are amazing"

The Democratic Republic of Congo has just designated a new national park. It's created from a huge forest in the Lomami River basin and has more animals endemic to the DRC than any other protected area in the country - from the bonobo to the rare Congo peacock. The director of the project Dr Terese …