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Armed group kills 8 UN peacekeepers in Garamba park

IRIN - January 23, 2006

An armed, unidentified group killed eight peacekeepers from Guatemala and injured five others on Monday, during an ambush in Garamba National Park, in the northeast of the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) near the borders of Sudan and Uganda, according to the United Nations Mission in the DRC (MONUC).


Mayi-Mayi attack new area of Katanga

IRIN - January 23, 2006

Relief workers say that fighting between the Congolese army and Mayi-Mayi militias in the Democratic Republic of Congo's Katanga Province has spread to a new area south of the town of Mitwaba in recent days, with militiamen there becoming increasingly dangerous and destructive.


Civilians displaced in renewed fighting in North Kivu

IRIN - January 23, 2006

Hundreds of civilians have been displaced in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) in the latest round of fighting between dissident soldiers and the army's fifth brigade, a humanitarian official has said.


Floods in Kalemie cause food insecurity

IRIN - January 19, 2006

Flooding caused by recent heavy rains in Kalemie Territory in Congo's Katanga Province could cause severe food shortages, a local employee of the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) has said.


Congo Backs Referendum But Delay in Results Causes Concern

VOA News - January 12, 2006

Four weeks after the Democratic Republic of Congo held a constitutional referendum, the electoral commission has provisionally declared a victory for the measure.


Voters give new constitution overwhelming support

IRIN - January 12, 2006

An overwhelming number of voters have approved a new constitution put to a referendum in December 2005, which is expected to lead to general elections in the Democratic Republic of Congo, official results of the poll show.


Retraining of prison officials begins in France

IRIN - January 11, 2006

The retraining of 20 Congolese civilian and military prison personnel began on Wednesday in the southwestern French town of Agen, as part of the Democratic Republic of Congo's effort to shore up its maintenance of the rule of law, the press attaché at French embassy in the Congolese capital, Kinshasa, said.


Congo Conflict Called Deadliest in the World

VOA News - January 6, 2006

According to a new study, nearly four million people have died in the Democratic Republic of Congo since 1998, making it the deadliest humanitarian crisis in the world. The authors of the report say most of the deaths were from easily preventable and treatable causes stemming from war.


Crisis in Katanga ignored

IRIN - January 3, 2006

An enormous humanitarian crisis is emerging in the Democratic Republic of Congo?s Katanga Province, with tens of thousands of people being displaced, but so far the government and the international community are doing little.


Opposition politician ends boycott of upcoming polls

IRIN - January 3, 2006

Veteran politician Etienne Tshisekedi reversed on Monday his call for a boycott of general elections in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), due in 2006.





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