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Monday 7 June 2010

Once a rebel haunt, Congo's Garamba opens to tourism

The Democratic Republic of the Congo's Garamba National Park, once known as a haunt for militias and a vicious Ugandan rebel group, is open for tourism, the park's main Western donor said.

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Saturday 15 May 2010

U.N., Congo snagged on timing of peacekeeper exit

The United Nations insisted on Saturday any pull-out of peacekeepers from Democratic Republic of Congo would depend on security conditions, while the central African state stuck to an end-2011 deadline.

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Friday 14 May 2010

U.N. delegation in DR Congo for peacekeeper talks

A United Nations' Security Council delegation arrived in Kinshasa on Friday to persuade Congo that a gradual withdrawal of 20,500 peacekeepers would be better than the swift exit the government wants.

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Thursday 13 May 2010

Congo should review Lake Albert oil deals - group

Democratic Republic of Congo should renegotiate the terms of its Lake Albert oil deals to avoid the "oil curse" that has fed corruption and poverty in other energy producing nations, an advocacy group said on Thursday.

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Tuesday 11 May 2010

Platmin Congo sale to Zijin may by illegal: Gecamines

Congo's state-run mining firm Gecamines said on Tuesday an apparent agreement by Platmin Congo to sell its majority stake in a copper and cobalt concession to Chinese miner Zijin may be illegal.

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Monday 10 May 2010

UN to pull 2,000 Congo troops by June 30 - France

The United Nations will pull 2,000 peacekeepers out of Congo by end-June but propose that the remaining 20,000 leave only when security improves, France's ambassador to Congo said on Monday.

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Thursday 6 May 2010

Up to 80 dead after Congo boat capsizes

At least 20 people died and a further 60 were feared dead after a boat capsized in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo, Red Cross and United Nations officials said today.

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Monday 3 May 2010

DR Congo vows to step up battle against rebels

The Democratic Republic of Congo is looking to intensify military operations against rebel groups on its territory, a top aide to President Joseph Kabila said on Monday despite a U.N. appeal for negotiated solutions.

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Sunday 2 May 2010

UN says investigating LRA massacre of 100 in Congo

The United Nations is investigating reports that Ugandan Lord's Resistance Army rebels killed 100 people in February, the latest in a string of massacres in Congo's remote northeast.

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Saturday 1 May 2010

UN says Congo pull-out would undermine aid work

A hasty withdrawal of U.N. peacekeepers from Democratic Republic of Congo will undermine humanitarian work in the restive central African state, the top U.N. aid official said.

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Wednesday 28 April 2010

U.N. helicopters fly baby gorillas to safety

The endangered eastern lowland gorillas were taken from Congo to a sanctuary to avoid being captured or eaten.

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Monday 26 April 2010

Gunmen attack Congo army camp, kill at least six

Gunmen have killed up to eight people in an attack on a Congolese army training camp in the east, military and U.N. sources said on Monday, also warning of a possible attack on a key trading town nearby.

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Congo sees copper, cobalt output doubling by 2012

Copper and cobalt production from Democratic Republic of Congo will more than double over the next two years, signalling a surge in revenues, according to a government forecast obtained by Reuters on Monday.

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Friday 23 April 2010

DRC to require "clean" diamond exports by mid-June

The Democratic Republic of Congo will make the cleansing of all rough diamonds compulsory before export from mid-June, according to a document provided to Reuters by the mines ministry on Friday.

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La RDC exige la désoxydation des diamants d'exportation en juin

La République démocratique du Congo (RDC) rendra obligatoire la purification de tous les diamants bruts destinés à l'exportation à compter de la mi-juin, selon un document fourni vendredi à Reuters par le ministère des Mines.

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Thursday 22 April 2010

Congo court overturns death sentence for Norwegians

Congo's military high court has overturned the death sentence handed down to two Norwegians convicted of murder, espionage and conspiracy last year after their driver was found dead in the jungle.

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Rights group accuses Congo army of killings

A Congolese rights group has accused government soldiers of summarily executing 49 people during clashes with rebels earlier this month, but the government rejected the report as "fraud.”

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Monday 19 April 2010

U.N. fears Congo pullout will hurt fight against rape

Congolese laws against sexual violence are not being implemented and a withdrawal of United Nations peacekeepers from the country would make the struggle against endemic rape "a lot more difficult," the U.N. said.

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Friday 2 April 2010

Belarusian setback on the way to abolition

After one year of encouraging signals from Belarus, the last European country with the death penalty has brutally resumed secretive executions and the harassment of abolitionist activists.

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Thursday 18 February 2010

Does Congo mean business with rush of reforms?

* Over 30 business reforms by mid-2010
* Questions whether civil service will implement them
* Congo eyes double-digit growth in 2012

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