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Uganda says begins sending ex-Congo rebels back home

KAMPALA - Uganda began sending home more than 1,000 fighters of a rebel group from Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) on Tuesday after Kinshasa pressured it to return them to prevent them regrouping to fight again.

U.N. brigade will need to 'neutralise' Congo rebels - chief 15 Dec 2014

DAKAR - Only a few of Rwanda's FDLR rebels operating in eastern Congo have laid down their arms before a January deadline, meaning that U.N. troops will launch operations against the group next month, the U.N.'s peacekeeping chief said on Monday.

Hundreds feared missing after boat sinks in Lake Tanganyika 14 Dec 2014

DAKAR - More than two hundred people were feared missing after a boat sank in Democratic Republic of Congo's waters on Lake Tanganyika on Thursday night, a senior Tanzanian official said on Sunday.

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Congo's Kabila names new government in bid to broaden political base 08 Dec 2014

KINSHASA - Democratic Republic of Congo President Joseph Kabila announced the formation of a new government on Sunday in a shake-up apparently aimed at broadening his political base ahead of a possible constitutional showdown.

Suspected rebels kill at least 12 in northeast Congo village 07 Dec 2014

KINSHASA - Suspected rebels stabbed and hacked to death at least a dozen people in a village in northeastern Democratic Republic of Congo on Saturday, a local government official said, in the latest in a series of attacks on civilians.

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ICC appeal judges uphold conviction of Congolese warlord Lubanga 01 Dec 2014

THE HAGUE - Appeal judges at the International Criminal Court on Monday upheld the conviction of Congolese war criminal Thomas Lubanga and confirmed his 14-year prison sentence, bringing to a close the permanent war crimes court's first case.

Inter-ethnic conflict racks Congo's mining heartland 30 Nov 2014

MUKONDO, Democratic Republic of Congo - Nsange's troubles began with an affair. Pygmy residents of the village in southeastern Democratic Republic of Congo caught a Bantu man in bed with a married pygmy woman last year.

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France's Hollande praises peaceful Burkina transition as model for Africa 29 Nov 2014

DAKAR - French President Francois Hollande warned African leaders on Saturday against trying to hang on to power, praising peaceful political transitions in Burkina Faso and Tunisia as positive examples to the continent.

Cameroon frees Central African rebel chief in exchange for hostages 28 Nov 2014

BRAZZAVILLE/BANGUI - Cameroon has freed a rebel leader from Central African Republic after a group of 26 hostages including a priest were released by his faction, Congo Republic's president and a rebel spokesman said on Friday.

U.N. peacekeepers from Ukraine detained in Congo over uniforms 26 Nov 2014

KINSHASA - Authorities in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo detained six U.N. peacekeepers from Ukraine in the eastern city of Goma on Wednesday because they had Congolese military uniforms in their luggage, a spokesman for the U.N. mission (MONUSCO) said.

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Obama says Sony hack not an act of war

WASHINGTON - U.S. President Barack Obama moved to prevent U.S. anger at North Korea from spiralling out of control on Sunday by saying the massive hacking of Sony Pictures was not an act of war but instead was cyber-vandalism. | Video