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African Rainforests Continue to Face Challenges

VOA News - January 6, 2012

Congo rainforestThe African continent contains about 30 percent of the world’s global rainforests, second only to the Amazon. Scientists and conservationists met at Oxford University to discuss changes the forests are expected to undergo in the 21st Century. Africa’s tropical forests face challenges from deforestation, hunting, logging and mining, as well as climate change.
UN, AU vow to eradicate Ugandan rebel group LRA in 2012

Xinhua - January 5, 2012

Joseph KonyA joint mission of the African Union (AU) and the United Nations has ended its visit to the Central African Republic, vowing "to act and ensure the eradication of the Lord's Resistance Army (LRA)." The "urgent need to finish LRA" was voiced by the head of the UN Regional Bureau for Central Africa (UNOCA), Abou Moussa, and the AU special envoy on the issue of LRA, Francisco Madeira.
Rwandan FDLR rebels 'kill 26 in DR Congo'

BBC News - January 4, 2012

FDLR rebels in South KivuAt least 26 people have been killed in attacks by a Rwandan militia group in the eastern Democratic Republic of Congo, the Congolese army says. It says several remote villages in South Kivu province have been targeted since the start of January.
UDPS Denies 'Henious' Attack on Senate President

Xinhua - January 3, 2012

Joseph Kabila, Vital Kamerhe, Kengo wa Dondo and Adolphe MuzitoThe main opposition party in DR Congo has denied that its supporters were involved in Saturday's attack against the country's Senate president in Paris. "The Congolese in the diaspora always attack all those who work against their interests. They want change and they have always fought for institutionalization of democracy and constitutionalism in DR Congo," a UDPS official told a press conference on Monday in Kinshasa.
Senate Chief Hospitalized in Paris After Attack

VOA News - January 2, 2012

Leon Kengo Wa DondoThe head of the Democratic Republic of Congo's Senate is in a French hospital after being attacked on New Year's Eve in Paris. Seventy-six-year-old Leon Kengo wa Dondo was assaulted Saturday evening in the French capital.
Tshisekedi Stages Self-Inauguration at Home

Congo News Agency - December 23, 2011

Etienne Tshisekedi inaugurates himself president of the Democratic Republic of CongoEtienne Tshisekedi inaugurated himself as the president of Democratic Republic of Congo on Friday. The ceremony was staged at his home after police prevented him and his supporters from holding the event at Stade des Martyrs. Mr. Tshisekedi swore “before God and the nation to uphold and respect the Constitution and laws of the Republic and to defend its national unity and territorial integrity.”

In Inauguration Speech, Kabila Vows to Speed Up Modernization

Congo News Agency - December 21, 2011

President Joseph Kabila during his inauguration speech on Dec. 20, 2011President Joseph Kabila was sworn in on Tuesday and pledged to speed up the modernization of the Democratic Republic of Congo in his second five-year term. “I will work with all compatriots who have the passion of the Congo and who sincerely want to work for its modernization. When serving the country, there are no political camps. Only competence, patriotism and goodwill matter,” Mr. Kabila said.

Tshisekedi Says He Is President-Elect, Asks Security Forces to Arrest Kabila

Congo News Agency - December 18, 2011

Etienne TshisekediEtienne Tshisekedi declared himself president-elect of the Democratic Republic of Congo on Sunday and called for the armed forces and the police to arrest President Joseph Kabila. "I ask all of you to look for him, wherever he is in the country, and bring him to me. Whoever brings me Kabila here, handcuffed, will receive a very big prize", Mr. Tshisekedi said.

Tshisekedi Says He Won, Can He Prove It?

Congo News Agency - December 17, 2011

Etienne Tshisekedi, president of the Union for Democracy and Social Progress (UDPS)Unlike the Independent National Electoral Commission, which has published the results of the presidential election showing why it says Joseph Kabila won and for everyone to see and scrutinize, Etienne Tshisekedi has so far provided no proof to support his claim of an outright victory. Yet, the longtime opposition leader has said, once again, that he now considers himself president.

Supreme Court Rules Joseph Kabila Won Presidential Election

Congo News Agency - December 16, 2011

President Joseph Kabila supporters celebrates 2011 presidential election victory announced by the INEC on Dec. 9, 2011The Supreme Court has upheld the results of the Nov. 28 presidential election published by the Independent National Electoral Commission last Friday. The Supreme Court ruled that Joseph Kabila won 48,95% of the votes, Etienne Tshisekedi 32,33%, Vital Kamerhe 7,74%, Leon Kengo wa Dondo 4,95%, Mbusa Nyamwisi 1,72%, Nzanga Mobutu 1,75%, with the remaining 5 candidates garnering less than 1% each.




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