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Annan in Kinshasa for last leg of Africa visit

IRIN - March 21, 2006

United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan arrived in Kinshasa, capital of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), on Tuesday for a three-day visit, on the fourth and final leg of his African tour.


Ituri warlord faces first trial at ICC in The Hague

IRIN - March 21, 2006

A Congolese warlord, Thomas Lubanga Dyilo, made his first appearance at the International Criminal Court in The Hague on Monday, on charges of conscripting children and using them to participate in hostilities during 2002 and 2003.


Military tribunal imprisons ex-commander for abusing children

IRIN - March 20, 2006

A Congolese military tribunal has condemned a leader of a former armed group, called Mudundu 40, to five years imprisonment for crimes including the illegal detention of children, the UN Mission in the Democratic Republic of Congo (MONUC) said on Monday.


260 chickens, ducks die of suspected avian flu

IRIN - March 18, 2006

Agricultural officials in the Democratic Republic of Congo have recorded at least 260 chickens and ducks suspected of having died of the avian flu, Agriculture Minister Constant Ndom Nda said on Thursday.


Congolese Rebel Leader Lubanga Transferred to International Criminal Court

VOA News - March 17, 2006

The Democratic Republic of Congo has transferred a militia leader to the International Criminal Court in the Hague to face war crimes charges.


Security concerns in a "democracy without democrats"

IRIN - March 16, 2006

Elections in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) are a near certainty, despite the obstacles that threaten a smooth transition to democracy. What is largely uncertain, however, is how stable the country will be in the aftermath of the polls.


From protection to insurgency - history of the Mayi-Mayi

IRIN - March 16, 2006

Before colonialism in Africa, community life centred on ethnic customs and culture. In pre-colonial Congo, people lived under the authority of a traditional chief, in observance of these cultural norms.


Registration of presidential, legislative candidates begins

IRIN - March 16, 2006

Registration offices for candidates in the Democratic Republic of Congo's presidential and legislative elections opened on Friday in the capital, Kinshasa.


Interview with Jean-Marie Guéhenno

IRIN - March 14, 2006

During a nine-day working visit to the Democratic Republic of Congo which began on 6 March, Under-Secretary-General for Peacekeeping Operations Jean-Marie Guéhenno, spoke to IRIN in Kinshasa about security concerns for a peaceful run of a general election on 18 June. Following are excerpts of that interview on 9 March.


New movement of displaced in Ituri District

IRIN - March 9, 2006

Some 1,000 people have arrived in the southern suburbs of Bunia, the main town of Ituru District, fleeing fighting approximately 50 km farther south, according to local officials.





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