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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.


Security Council mission warns of sanctions against armed groups

IRIN - November 9, 2005

A UN Security Council mission arrived in Uganda on Wednesday and told reporters that the UN would increase pressure on illegal armed groups in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC).


New integrated police facility inaugurated in Kinshasa

IRIN - November 9, 2005

A new police facility opened on Tuesday in the capital of the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), Kinshasa, to bring the country's disparate police units under central command and control.


336 armed fighters surrender to UN, Congolese forces

IRIN - November 9, 2005

Since UN and government troops began a joint operation last week to flush out Hutu Rwanda rebels and other illegal armed groups in eastern Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) up to 336 armed men have surrendered, a UN military spokesman said on Tuesday.


Regional Summit postponed

IRIN - November 8, 2005

A summit of Africa's Great Lakes countries due in December has been postponed due to delays in the holding of general elections in Tanzania and a constitutional referendum in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), the body organising the meeting said on Tuesday.


Where is Kony? "Not in Congo", according to Kinshasa

MISNA - November 7, 2005

The government of Kinshasa has categorically denied that the historic leader of the LRA, Joseph Kony is in the country as the Kampala daily 'New Vision' reported during the weekend.


Officials block Indian egg consignment over bird flu fear

IRIN - November 4, 2005

Health authorities in the Democratic Republic of Congo blocked the release of a consignment of eggs from India at the port of Matadi because of suspicion that they could be contaminated with the Avian Influenza A virus (H5N1), or the bird flu.





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