At least 60 people were killed and some 60 others were injured when a freight train derailed in the southeast region of the Democratic Republic of Congo. The accident occurred when the train was speeding too fast before turning around a bend close to the Katongola bridge, which is near the station at Katongola, a town in the southern Katanga province.
DR Congo will have two representatives at the lucrative mini-league stage of the Orange CAF Champions League for the first time. Four-time winners TP Mazembe and AS Vita, champions in 1973 scrapped through to the last eight of the premier continental club championship.
The Security Council today extended for one year the United Nations Organization Stabilization Mission in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (MONUSCO) – along with its Intervention Brigade – noting the need for the Mission to strengthen its support so the Congolese Government can address security challenges in line with the aims of a regional peace and security accord.
A total of 251 Congolese refugees returning to their country from a refugee camp in Uganda died on Saturday in a boat accident on Lake Albert, Congolese government spokesman Lambert Mende has said. North Kivu governor Julien Paluku said the search will continue to find other bodies. He said 251 bodies have been recovered out of 292 that were onboard the ill-fated boat.
South Africa's President Jacob Zuma has informed Parliament that he has extended the employment of members of the South African National Defence Force (SANDF) for service in fulfilment of the international obligations of the Republic of South Africa towards the United Nations.