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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.


EU Ministers Discuss Force to Help Safeguard Congo Elections

VOA News - March 6, 2006

European Union defense ministers are meeting in Innsbruck, Austria Monday to try to bolster support for an EU military peacekeeping force in Democratic Republic of Congo.


UN heads drum up support for vulnerable Congolese

IRIN - March 1, 2006

The heads of three United Nations agencies, who are on a joint mission to Africa's Great Lakes region, have identified the alleviation of human suffering, security and protection of vulnerable people as some of the issues vital to stability and peace in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC).


Hundreds flee fighting in Ituri District

IRIN - March 1, 2006

Hundreds of civilians have been displaced by fighting between United Nations-supported government troops and militiamen in the northeastern province of Orientale in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), according to the head of the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs in Bunia, Ituri District.





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