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Hundreds displaced return home after nine years

IRIN - November 18, 2005

Some 1,000 people who had fled their homes to live in the Democratic Republic of Congo's capital, Kinshasa, for six to nine years have returned to their villages in the provinces of Equateur in the northwest of the country and Orientale in the northeast, humanitarian aid workers said on Thursday.


Thousands displaced as army attacks militias in northeast

IRIN - November 17, 2005

Thousands of civilians are fleeing fighting that has been raging since Monday between the UN-backed Congolese army and local militias around the Semliki River in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC)'s northeastern district of Ituri, an aid official said.


43 dead in latest drive against rebels

IRIN - November 17, 2005

In the latest joint UN-Congolese army military operation that started on Monday in northeastern Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) military officers say at least 40 militiamen and three government soldiers have been killed and these figures are likely to rise.


Resumption of river traffic a great relief to the public

IRIN - November 16, 2005

Only five kilometres separate the ports of Brazzaville and Kinshasa but a two-week suspension of river traffic between the two cities made the distance seem infinite. To the relief of Brazzaville's 856,410 residents, authorities reopened the trade route across the River Congo on 4 November.


150,199 cases of electoral registration fraud uncovered

IRIN - November 15, 2005

The Independent Electoral Commission of the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) announced on Monday that 150,199 people had been caught registering to vote twice.


Trial for murder of belgian missionary concludes

MISNA - November 11, 2005

The trial concluded for the murder of the Belgian Jesuit missionary Ren de Haes, assassinated May 7 in Kinshasa.


UN Security Council mission gives the region a thumbs-up

IRIN - November 11, 2005

At the end of a UN Security Council mission to the Great Lakes the head of the delegation said on Thursday that compared to two years earlier, when he was in the region heading a similar tour, the situation has improved markedly.


Police still holding 432 "vagrants" in poor conditions

IRIN - November 10, 2005

Some 432 people, among them scores of children, arrested as vagrants by police on Friday in Kinshasa, capital of Democratic Republic of Congo, are still being held under harsh conditions, their parents said.


UN says no sign of LRA in the east, UN Mission says

IRIN - November 10, 2005

Reports that Ugandan Lord's Resistance Army (LRA) fighters have returned to eastern Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) have not yet been substantiated, according to the military spokesman for the UN Mission in the DRC (MONUC).


MONUC deploys into east DR of Congo where Ugandan-based soldiers briefly seen

VOA News - November 9, 2005

The United Nations peacekeeping operation in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (MONUC) is assisting the country's troops in cordon and search missions in the troubled east, where Ugandan rebels have been sighted and into which Ugandan-based soldiers were reported to have crossed briefly last month.





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