Congo, UN troops fire live rounds amid protest against killings

BENI Democratic Republic of Congo - Congolese troops and United Nations peacekeepers fired live rounds to disperse hundreds of people protesting outside a U.N. base in the eastern Congolese town of Beni on Wednesday, a Reuters witness said.

African rivalries weaken U.N. hand against rebels in Congo 22 Oct 2014

KINSHASA - Hundreds of Rwandan rebels in eastern Congo are defying a six month ultimatum to disarm, ratcheting up pressure on regional powers and U.N. peacekeepers to eliminate, once and for all, a force at the heart of two decades of conflict.

Gunmen free hundreds of prisoners in east Congo 19 Oct 2014

KINSHASA - Heavily armed gunmen freed some 300 inmates from a prison in eastern Congo on Saturday, the provincial minister of justice said, amid fears over deteriorating security in the mineral-rich region.

U.N. rights official to return to Congo despite expulsion - spokesman 19 Oct 2014

KINSHASA - The top U.N. human rights official in the Democratic Republic of Congo has left the country after the government ordered his expulsion for publishing a report accusing the police of abuses, but a U.N. spokesman said on Sunday he would return.

Congo lends a hand to fight Ebola, urges African solidarity 18 Oct 2014

KINSHASA - Democratic Republic of Congo plans to train more than 1,000 volunteers to help fight an Ebola epidemic raging across West Africa, even as it battles the last traces of an outbreak at home.

Rebels kill 23 people in east Congo village 18 Oct 2014

KINSHASA - Suspected Ugandan rebels killed at least 23 people overnight in their second attack near the eastern Congolese town of Beni in 48 hours, the local governor said on Saturday, prompting the U.N. peacekeeping mission to call for renewed military action.

Congo expels top U.N. official after report on police abuses 16 Oct 2014

KINSHASA - Democratic Republic of Congo on Thursday ordered the expulsion of the United Nations' top human rights official in the country, a day after the global body released a report accusing Congolese police of executions during a crackdown on gangs.

At least 27 killed in attacks in eastern Congo - official 16 Oct 2014

KINSHASA - At least 27 people were killed and another seven people seriously injured in overnight raids on villages near the eastern Congolese town of Beni, local officials said on Thursday.

More than 100 ex-rebels, family members die in Congo camp - HRW 01 Oct 2014

KINSHASA - More than 100 people died from starvation and disease over the last year in a government-run camp set up to house former rebels and their families in Democratic Republic of Congo, Human Rights Watch (HRW) said on Wednesday.

Botched customs upgrade cuts off Congo's second city 30 Sep 2014

LUSAKA/KINSHASA - A month ago, Democratic Republic of Congo's (DRC) border post with Zambia, one of Africa's busiest land frontiers, went high-tech, with a web-based customs system that was meant to improve efficiency and eradicate corruption.


Attack on parliament, killing of soldier stun Canada's capital

OTTAWA - A gunman attacked Canada's parliament on Wednesday, with shots fired near where Prime Minister Stephen Harper was speaking, and a soldier was killed at a nearby war memorial, stunning the Canadian capital. | Video