Democratic Republic of the Congo

MIT's The Engine invests in seven “tough tech” startups, ups first fund to $200M from $150M


8 ways North Korea evades UN sanctions

The United Nations recently passed its strongest sanctions yet against North Korea following its sixth nuclear test. But critics have expressed doubts as to whether the sanctions would stop Pyongyang from developing nuclear weapons and if the measures would be effectively enforced.<p>The US government …

North Korea

In DR Congo's wounded heart, voting drive offers hope for peace

After more than a year of bloodshed, faint hopes of peace are starting to stir in the heart of the Democratic Republic of Congo.<p>In the vast region of …


Congo leader opens peace conference in bloody Kasai region

DAKAR, Senegal (AP) — Congo President Joseph Kabila has declared that "justice must be done" as he opened a peace conference in the bloody Kasai region where thousands of people have died in a year of fighting among government troops and militias.<p>Kabila blamed the unrest on a "terrorist militia" …


Zambia: Govt Pledges Investor-Friendly Policy Framework

[Times of Zambia] Government has assured investors in the country that it will formulate policy that will not hinder the growth of the local …


Thousands Have Fled Congo ‘Triangle of Death’ to Zambia, UN Says

Thousands of refugees have fled to northern Zambia this year after clashes between Democratic Republic of Congo security forces and militias in an …


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

JOHANNESBURG (Reuters) - 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.<p>The report by the Congo Research …


Congo ban on non-biometric passports sparks outcry

JOHANNESBURG (Reuters) - 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.<p>Even though Democratic Republic of Congo sits near the bottom of the U.N. …

World News

Why Does the U.N. Exist? Secret Deals, Sex Scandals and Silence Harm United Nations Mission

The U.N. has been considered a top authority since World War II, but critics say back-door deals get in the way of real action.

Women's Rights

Post US Led Budget Slash, UN Peacekeepers Told to Do More With Less

<b>Johanesburg/Nairobi:</b> On June 29, Maman Sidikou, head of the UN peacekeeping mission in Congo, received a cable from headquarters in New York in which …


Congo-Kinshasa: Dozens of Burundian Refugees Killed

(File photo).<p>The United Nations has demanded investigations into the killing of at least 30 Burundian refugees and asylum-seekers by security forces …


United Nations ‘club’ Trump derided forges unexpected alliance on key issues

NEW YORK — President Donald Trump, who derided the United Nations as a “club for people to get together, talk and have a good time” after his …

World Leaders

Bodies of 17 people fleeing violence found in DRC lake

Video<p>The Democratic Republic of Congo government has opened an inquiry, after soldiers fired on Burundian refugees in the eastern South Kivu …


Africa: Democratic Breakthroughs in Africa - Time to Celebrate but Worries Still Linger

Supreme Court judges in Uhuru Kenyatta and Raila Odinga's poll petition case.<p>analysis<p>There is much to celebrate as the world marks International Day …


Tanzania: Brazil Cancels $203m Tanzania Debt

BRAZIL has officially cancelled 203 million US dollars debt owed by Tanzania accrued from a loan secured from the South American economic power house …


Africa is rich in diamonds but still poor

For months now, Africa's rough diamonds have been increasing in value but the sale proceeds do not reach the people. Instead, they benefit …


BRIEF-First Cobalt exits Congo to focus on Canada

Sept 18 (Reuters) - First Cobalt Corp FCC.V<p>* First Cobalt exits Congo to focus on Canada<p>* First Cobalt Corp - has elected not to complete strategic …


French journalist Loup Bureau returns to Paris after being detained in Turkey for terror charges

<b>Paris, France</b>: The young French journalist Loup Bureau arrived back in Paris on Sunday, "tired but relieved", after being detained for more than …


How Zimbabwe squandered its diamond riches

Just a year before its citizens couldn’t find basic food items in their stores in 2007 and were literally starving, Zimbabwe made the largest diamond …

Robert Mugabe

Soccer: Bayern's Robben scores with right foot, own goal floors Bremen

BERLIN (Reuters) - Bayern Munich forward Arjen Robben scored a rare right-footed goal in a 4-0 Bundesliga rout of Mainz 05 while a bizarre own goal set Werder Bremen on the way to 2-1 home defeat by Schalke 04 on Saturday.<p>Chadrac Akolo, who arrived in Switzerland as a refugee from his native …


Congolese Troops Shoot Dozens of Burundian Refugees

Congolese Troops Shoot Dozens of Burundian RefugeesAt least 18 Burundian refugees have been killed after security forces from the Democratic Republic …


Troops kill 18 Burundian refugees in DR Congo: officials

A Burundian refugee said that more than 30 had been killed and at least 100 wounded.<p>Interior ministry official Josue Boji said troops had tried to …

News (South Africa)

Congo security forces kill at least 18 Burundian refugees - sources

KINSHASA (Reuters) - Congolese security forces killed at least 18 Burundian refugees at a camp in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo in clashes over plans to send some of them home, a local activist and a diplomatic source told Reuters.<p>Activist Jean-Chrysotome Kijana said Congolese forces opened …


Africa: Cradle of Diversity?

Misconception of Africa’s true variety and diversity is widespread, and can have devastating consequences. Africa is often still viewed and portrayed …

Research Papers

Constellations of Internet Satellites Will Beam Broadband Everywhere

Almost all of the world's internet data zips from place to place through underground and undersea cables. Now, several companies are looking to the …


Democratic Republic of Congo: The displaced people of Kalemie

More than 200,000 internally displaced people live in 17 provisional refugee camps around the city of Kalemie, east of the Democratic Republic of …

World News

Africa's week in pictures: 8 - 14 September 2017

<b>A selection of the best photos from across Africa and of Africans elsewhere in the world this week.</b><p>On Wednesday a hawker plies his wares in Nigeria's commercial capital Lagos.<p>The previous day, a commuter poses inside a minibus taxi in Kinshasa, Democratic Republic of Congo.<p>While school's out for …


Ethiopian Air Seeks Zambia, Chad and Congo Hubs, But No Arik Bid

Ethiopian Airlines Enterprise is in talks about founding regional divisions in Zambia and Chad and aims to buy part of the Democratic Republic of …


World hunger is on the rise again due to climate change and war

Global hunger is on the rise for the first time in over a decade, thanks to a toxic combination of localised wars aggravated by climate extremes.<p>In …

Climate Change

Plague outbreak kills five in Madagascar

An outbreak of the pneumonic plague has killed five people in Madagascar, according to a World Health Organisation representative.

Public Health