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Congo Elections Won’t Be Held Before April 2019

Congo Elections Won’t Be Held Before April 2019

Elections in the Democratic Republic of Congo that were due last year won’t be held before April 2019, the electoral commission said, a delay that undermines a pact President Joseph Kabila’s supporters made with his political opponents for him to step down this year. The commission said in a statement that it will need 504 […]

Feminist Icons Join Bid To Upend Congo’s Rape Capital Reputation

Feminist Icons Join Bid To Upend Congo’s Rape Capital Reputation

Leading feminist figures from around the world lent their support on Thursday to scores of Congolese women gathered in a bid to end the Central African country’s rape epidemic. Giving women a role in peace efforts in the conflict-torn nation could help address its astronomical rate of sexual violence, they said, which has earned it […]

One Hundred Years Later, Heart of Congo Ships Oil Again

One Hundred Years Later, Heart of Congo Ships Oil Again

The equatorial sun pierces the forest canopy as two laborers manipulate a machete at the end of a long pole to cut hard red fruits from the top of a soaring palm. The heavy bunches are collected by hand and trucked to a mill, where palm oil is extracted before beginning its journey down the […]

Diggers, Drivers, Diamonds: How Congo’s Zoe Kabila Makes Money

Diggers, Drivers, Diamonds: How Congo’s Zoe Kabila Makes Money

Zoe Kabila, the brother of Congolese President Joseph Kabila, owns a business empire that encompasses everything from tourism to mining. His companies have sold diamonds, owned a luxury hotel on Congo’s Atlantic coast, built roads, invested in farming, set up a fast-food franchise and printed driver’s licenses, according to a review of corporate filings obtained […]

Congo In Talks With Russia’s VTB For $1 bln Investment

Congo In Talks With Russia’s VTB For $1 bln Investment

  Democratic Republic of Congo is in talks with Russian state-owned bank VTB over potential investments worth as much as $1 billion, Congolese officials said, though VTB said there had been no discussions about bilateral lending. Africa’s top copper producer has been hit hard by low commodity prices in recent years. It has only enough […]

Congo-Kinshasa: ICC Orders Congo Warlord To Compensate Victims

Congo-Kinshasa: ICC Orders Congo Warlord To Compensate Victims

In a first, the International Criminal Court has ordered the convicted warlord Germain Katanga to pay damages to his victims. The reparations are for 297 victims of an attack in the Democratic Republic of Congo in 2003. An independent charity is expected to pay some of the money, as Katanga is penniless and without assets. […]

Congo-Kinshasa: Floods Leave 10,000 Homeless

Congo-Kinshasa: Floods Leave 10,000 Homeless

At least 10,000 people have been made homeless in the southern Democratic Republic of Congo after flash floods caused a river to burst its banks, killing dozens and laying waste to entire towns and villages. In Boma, one of the worst-hit towns, residents told Al Jazeera they watched in despair as their loved ones were […]

Congo-Kinshasa: Violence Leaves Dozens Dead

Congo-Kinshasa: Violence Leaves Dozens Dead

A Ugandan Islamist rebel group known as the Allied Democratic Forces (ADF) carried out the attack in Eringeta, a town 55 kilometers (35 miles) north of the regional hub Beni, on Saturday afternoon, local officials said. “The ADF has yet again plunged the people of Eringeti and its surrounding areas into mourning,” regional official Amisi […]

Congo-Kinshasa: Kabila Deal Hangs By Thread After Marathon Meeting

Congo-Kinshasa: Kabila Deal Hangs By Thread After Marathon Meeting

Hopes of a deal to end DR Congo’s dangerous political crisis before Christmas were fast dissipating on Saturday after fruitless all-night talks over President Joseph Kabila’s refusal to quit power. Kabila’s second and final five-year term ended on December 20, but he has shown no intention of leaving office soon, sparking violent protests that have […]

Congo-Kinshasa: Deadly Clashes Erupt As President Kabila’s Term Ends

Congo-Kinshasa: Deadly Clashes Erupt As President Kabila’s Term Ends

Eleven people have been killed in the Democratic Republic of Congo during protests to demand that President Joseph Kabila step down after his mandate expired, according to the government’s spokesman. Nine people died in the capital Kinshasa, the spokesman said, while a protester and a policeman were killed in the second city Lubumbashi according the […]

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