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Rape fears hit Kinshasa

Sonia Bakaric

As militiamen rape and kill hundreds of women in the war-ravaged east of the DRC, Kinshasa has witnessed a growing wave of sexual attacks on women.

Failure to renew DRC expert's mandate draws criticism

Michael Deibert

The decision of the United Nations Human Rights Council not to renew the mandate of its independent expert on human rights for the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) has met with fierce criticism from a leading human rights organisation. Human Rights Watch says the move represented "a betrayal of its responsibilities toward the Congolese people".

UN troops in DRC accused of sexual abuse

Staff Reporter

The United Nations is investigating allegations that its peacekeepers sexually abused children in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), its mission in the war-scarred country said on Wednesday. The mission "is deeply concerned by allegations that surfaced recently of sexual exploitation and abuse", spokesperson Kemal Saiki said.

Death threats mar DRC murder appeal hearing

Staff Reporter

Defence lawyers and observers have received death threats during the appeal hearing of four men sentenced to death over a Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) journalist's murder, human rights groups said on Wednesday. Serge Maheshe (31), a reporter with Radio Okapi, was murdered in June last year.

DRC finds radioactive minerals in ore export

Staff Reporter

Security forces in Democratic Republic of Congo's Katanga province have intercepted a truck transporting radioactive mineral ore bound for export, local authorities said on Friday. The truck, carrying 30 tonnes of copper and cobalt ore for Chinese-run firm Hua-Shin Mining, was stopped at a checkpoint near Kolwezi.

Western DRC violence has killed 68, UN reports say

Joe Bavier

At least 68 people were killed in a two-week government crackdown against separatists in Democratic Republic of Congo's (DRC) western Bas-Congo province, according to internal United Nations reports. Starting on February 28, hundreds of soldiers and police battled members of the ethnic-based political and religious movement Bundu dia Kongo.

Makeba backs DRC women in fighting Aids

Sofia Bouderbala

"What I have seen here, I will tell the world in words and in songs," South African diva Miriam Makeba -- an ambassador of the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organisation -- promised women with smallholdings on the banks of the Congo, then threw aside her cane for a spontaneous song in the sand.

Central Africa summit focuses on Chad

Staff Reporter

Leaders from 10 Central African nations began summit talks in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) on Monday regarding developments in Chad in the wake of a failed rebel offensive. President Joseph Kabila of the DRC welcomed six other heads of state, including Chad's President Idriss Déby Itno.