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At Least 35 Dead in Clashes

VOA News - February 1, 2007

Matadi - Congo mapAt least 35 people have been killed in clashes between security forces and opposition supporters protesting against the results of governorship polls in Congo's western-most province. The violence appeared to be the worst since President Joseph Kabila won last year's presidential election.
Congo: mining, conflict and complicity

Bretton Woods Project - February 1, 2007

Congo - GecaminesA confidential World Bank memo dated September 2005 and leaked to the Financial Times in November 2006 finds that three of the Democratic Republic of Congo's (DRC) biggest mining contracts over which the World Bank had oversight were approved with "a complete lack of transparency".
War Crimes Case to Present In-Person Testimonies

VOA News - January 30, 2007

Thomas LubangaFormer Congolese militia leader Thomas Lubanga is the first person to be tried by the world's only permanent global war crimes court, the Hague-based International Criminal Court.
World Criminal Court to Hear First Case

VOA News - January 29, 2007

Thomas LubangaIn a historic decision, judges at the International Criminal Court are poised to begin hearing their first case. Judges found there was enough evidence against Congolese militia leader Thomas Lubanga to send him to trial for recruiting and using child soldiers to fight his war in the eastern Ituri region of the country. Lauren Comiteau reports from the court in The Hague.
Ban Ki-moon says security key to solving humanitarian issues

IRIN - January 29, 2007

Ban Ki-moon in Congo DRCWar-related humanitarian problems in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) can only be solved in an atmosphere of lasting peace and stability, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said during a two-day visit to the country.
Ban Ki-moon pledges continued UN support to consolidate peace

UN News Centre - January 28, 2007

Ban Ki-moon and Congo's president Joseph KabilaThe United Nations will stand by the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) as it consolidates peace, but ultimately future stability lies in the hands of the Congolese people, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has told parliamentarians in the capital, Kinshasa.
Ban Ki-moon emphasizes a "contract for good governance" for the DRC

MONUC - January 27, 2007

UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon during a press conference in Congo-KinshasaAt a press conference on Saturday January 27, 2007 in Kinshasa, UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon gave his impressions on the current state of the political process in the DRC, while underlying the remarkable progress achieved by the country in the past year on its road to democracy.
Surprise visit of President Kabila to Bukavu on January 25

MONUC - January 26, 2007

Joseph Kabila in Bukavu - CongoPresident Joseph Kabila made a surprise visit to Bukavu in South Kivu province on January 25 2007, accompanied by a team of advisers. During the visit, the President also went to the territory of Walungu, close to the exactions of the Hutu Rwandese combatants.
Amnesty:DRC stability threatened as country fails to reform army

Amnesty International - January 25, 2007

Congo-Kinshasa soldiersAmnesty International today warned that the demobilization and army reform programme currently underway in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) risks compromising the country's entire political process and future stability.
President Bush praises Dikembe Mutombo during State of the Union Address

Congo Planet - January 23, 2007

Dikembe Mutombo at the State of the UnionDikembe Mutombo was among the guests of honor at the State of the Union Address. During his annual speech to the nation, President Bush praised Dikembe Mutombo for building a new hospital in the Congo and never forgetting the land of his birth even after becoming a star in the NBA, and a citizen of the United States.



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