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Congo Suspends Search for Survivors of Cave-In

VOA News - January 7, 2007

Tshikapa - CongoRecovery efforts have been suspended near the town of Tshikapa in the Democratic Republic of Congo, following a cave-in at a pit mine Friday. Local officials in Western Kasai province say at least 13 people digging for diamonds were killed.
Cardinal Frederic Etsou-Nzabi-Bamungwabi dies at 76

Congo Planet - January 7, 2007

Cardinal Etsou - Archbishop of KinshasaCardinal Frederic Etsou-Nzabi-Bamungwabi died on Saturday in the University Hospital of Leuven, in Belgium. He was born on 3 December 1930,he was ordained priest on 13 July, 1958,and he became Archbishop of Mbandaka-Bikoro on 11 November 1977. He was proclaimed a Cardinal by Pope John Paul II on 28 June 1991.
Rwanda Holds Talks in Effort to End DRC Violence

VOA News - January 4, 2007

Displaced in IturiRwanda says it is hosting talks between the Democratic Republic of Congo's government and renegade Congolese General Laurent Nkunda.A Rwandan military spokesman, Major Jill Rutaremara, told reporters Wednesday that DRC officials and representatives for General Nkunda have met in the Rwandan capital, Kigali.
Rekindled clashes displace thousands in Ituri

IRIN - January 3, 2007

Congo-Kinshasa Sake areaThousands of people have fled the village of Fataki, 70 km northeast of Bunia, capital of Ituri district in Eastern DRC, following clashes between militia and the regular army, officials of the United Nations peacekeeping mission, MONUC, said.
More than 20 UN personnel killed in 2006

UN News Centre - January 3, 2007

UN peacekeepers in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC)Fatal attacks against United Nations personnel last year claimed the lives of at least 22 peacekeepers and civilian staff, mostly in southern Lebanon, the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), Haiti, Sudan, and Afghanistan, the world body's staff union said today, as it called for greater effort to bring those responsible to justice
New Law Enhances US Efforts to Assist, Provide Funds to Congo

US Department of State - January 2, 2007

USAID - Congo KinshasaAt least $52 million annually for fiscal years 2006 and 2007 will be provided to the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) under legislation signed December 22 by President Bush. These funds are intended to enhance the United States' and international organizations' efforts to fight political, social and economic challenges facing the African nation.
DRC President Names First Post-War Prime Minister

VOA News - December 31, 2006

Antoine GizengaThe Democratic Republic of Congo's President Joseph Kabila has named life-long opposition leader Antoine Gizenga as the country's new prime minister in a presidential decree read on state-owned television late Saturday.
Vital Kamerhe elected president of the National Assembly

Monuc - December 30, 2006

Vital KamerheVital Kamerhe has been elected president of the permanent Office of the National Assembly on Thursday 28 December 2006. The "Alliance de la Majorité Presidentielle" (the Alliance of the presidential majority) (AMP) of President Joseph Kabila has occupied all the seven seats of this executive Office.
DRC President's Allies Secure Top Posts in Parliament

VOA News - December 29, 2006

Joseph KabilaA close adviser to Congolese President Joseph Kabila has won the top leadership position in the Democratic Republic of Congo's newly elected parliament.Vital Kamerhe, a former minister and secretary-general of President Kabila's People's Party for Reconstruction and Development, was elected president of the National Assembly by an overwhelming margin.
Fighting Resumes Between Government, Dissident Soldiers in DRC

VOA News - December 28, 2006

Laurent NkundaThe U.N. mission in the Democratic Republic of Congo says fighting resumed Thursday between dissident soldiers and government troops in the country's east.U.N. officials say troops loyal to dissident general Laurent Nkunda were battling government soldiers in North Kivu province.



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