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U.N. Security Council backs plan to defeat Rwandan rebels in Congo

UNITED NATIONS The United Nations Security Council on Thursday backed plans by the Democratic Republic of Congo and U.N. peacekeepers to begin a military campaign to "neutralise" a Rwandan rebel group in the country's rugged eastern provinces.

U.N. says wants fewer but better performing troops in Congo 05 Jan 2015

UNITED NATIONS U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon recommends in a report reducing the number of peacekeepers in Democratic Republic of the Congo by nearly 10 percent while making it more effective when it comes to protecting civilians from armed groups.

U.N., Congo attack Burundi rebels ahead of drive against Rwandan FDLR 05 Jan 2015

KINSHASA United Nations and Congolese troops launched strikes on Monday against remnants of a Burundian rebel group based in the rugged borderlands of eastern Democratic Republic of Congo, a U.N. military spokesman said.


Staff strike at Congo rape hospital accused of tax fraud 02 Jan 2015

KINSHASA A Congolese hospital renowned for treating war rape victims has had its bank accounts frozen for alleged tax fraud, preventing it from paying its staff and prompting them to go on strike.

U.S. envoy urges military action against Congo rebel group 30 Dec 2014

NEW YORK The Democratic Republic of Congo and U.N. peacekeepers should take military action against a Rwandan Hutu militia if it fails to meet a Jan. 2 deadline for disarmament, the U.S. envoy to Africa's Great Lakes region said on Tuesday.

Uganda says begins sending ex-Congo rebels back home 16 Dec 2014

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.


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.


At least 120 killed as quake flattens towns in central Italy

ACCUMOLI, Italy An earthquake flattened towns in central Italy in the early hours of Wednesday, killing at least 120 people and burying some alive in their sleep, with volunteers and firefighters racing to free those trapped under mounds of rubble as darkness fell. | Video