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Fighting in the Kivus displaces 55,000

IRIN - February 9, 2006

At least 55,000 people have been displaced in North and South Kivu provinces of the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) as a result of fighting between the army and armed groups, according to humanitarian agencies.


Supreme court confirms referendum results

IRIN - February 6, 2006

The Supreme Court of the Democratic Republic of Congo has confirmed the results of a constitutional referendum held on 18 December 2005, in which 84.3 percent of the votes cast were in favour of the draft constitution, the court's president, Lwamba Bindu, said.


Continued attacks in North Kivu leave 37,000 IDPs without aid

IRIN - February 3, 2006

At least 37,000 internally displaced persons (IDPs) are without humanitarian relief because of continued attacks by military insurgents in North Kivu Province in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), officials said.


Military insurgents resume attacks in North Kivu

IRIN - February 1, 2006

Renewed attacks by military insurgents in North Kivu Province, in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), have cut short an interagency mission to evaluate humanitarian needs in area, an official of the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Office (OCHA) has said.


Football: No Major Surprises as African Championship Group Stage Ends

VOA News - January 31, 2006

The last group matches of the African Cup of Nations soccer tournament under way in Egypt were played Tuesday. And the countries favored to win the trophy are still in the competition.


UN Security Council Urges Security Agreement for Africa's Great Lakes Region

VOA News - January 29, 2006

The UN Security Council has unanimously passed a resolution aimed at bringing security to Africa's troubled Great Lakes region.


UN Expert Says Action Needed to Prevent Genocide in Several African Countries

VOA News - January 27, 2006

A top U.N. official is warning that action must be taken to prevent conflicts in several African countries from turning into genocide. Juan Mendez tells VOA the situation is particularly dangerious in Ivory Coast, the Democratic Republic of Congo, northern Uganda, and Sudan's conflict-ridden province of Darfur.


Mayi-Mayi child soldiers for reintegration

IRIN - January 27, 2006

Some 44 child combatants formerly allied to the Mayi-Mayi militia have left Dubie, in the Democratic Republic of Congo's Katanga Province, for the provincial capital, Lubumbashi, where they are to undergo psychological counselling and vocational training, officials said.


DR Congo must punish those responsible for fatal attacks on UN, Security Council says

UN News Service - January 25, 2006

The Security Council today called on the Government of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) to take immediate steps to bring to justice those responsible for Monday?s attack on United Nations peacekeepers, which left eight of them dead and five wounded.


UN mission reports on serious human rights abuses by Congolese military

UN News Service - January 24, 2006

The Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) military?s efforts to flush militias from the area south of Lake Albert in Ituri district has resulted in serious human rights violations, including the summary execution of six fishermen, rapes, imprisoning children and forcing villagers to transport stolen goods, the United Nations peacekeeping mission (MONUC) said today.





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