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Plane Crash in Kisangani Kills 74 people

Congo News Agency - July 9, 2011

Hewa Bora AirwaysA plane crashed while landing during a rainstorm at the Kisangani airport on Friday. 74 passengers were confirmed dead on Saturday after rescuers removed 28 bodies strapped in the wreckage. Fifty-three people survived the crash.
DR Congo, South Korea Sign Cooperation Agreements

Le Potentiel - July 8, 2011

President Lee Myung bak and Joseph Kabila during a state diner in KinshasaSouth Korean President Lee Myung-Bak and President Joseph Kabila held a summit in Kinshasa on Thursday to promote practical cooperation in energy, resources development, infrastructure construction projects, and agriculture.
Security Council extends mandate of UN mission in DR Congo

UN News - June 28, 2011

United Nations Security CouncilThe Security Council today extended the mandate of the United Nations peacekeeping mission in the Democratic Republic of the Congo for a year, with the force now scheduled to stay at least until 30 June 2012. The Council resolution, adopted unanimously, “reaffirms that the protection of civilians must be given priority” by the mission MONUSCO, which last year succeeded an earlier mission known as MONUC.
EU, DR Congo Sign Elections Funding Agreement

Radio Okapi - June 25, 2011

Elections officials counting votesThe Congolese Minister of Finance, Matata Ponyo, and the Representative of the European Union in the DRC, Ambassador Richard Zink, signed an agreement on elections funding on Friday in Kinshasa, with the EU saying it will provide 47,5 million euros for the upcoming elections.
Floribert Chebeya killers sentenced to death

BBC News - June 23, 2011

Floribert ChebeyaA military court has sentenced to death four policemen for killing a prominent human rights activist. Floribert Chebeya, head of the Congolese charity Voice of the Voiceless, was murdered last June. Mr Chebeya, a frequent critic of the government, received regular threats in a career spanning more than 20 years.
President Jacob Zuma ends working visit to the DRC

thepresidency.gov.za - June 21, 2011

President Joseph Kabila of the Democratic Republic of Congo with President Jacob Zuma of South AfricaSouth Africa and the DRC signed in 2004 the General Cooperation Agreement that actively promotes political, economic and social cooperation between the two countries and the agreement has over the years enabled the countries to sign several sectoral agreements and memoranda of understanding, including the Agreement on Cooperation in the Water Sector that was signed today.
Motema Pembe complete Confed Cup octet

Cafonline.com - June 19, 2011

Daring Club Motema PembeDR Congo side DC Motema Pembe booked their place at the group phase of the Orange CAF Confederations Cup courtesy a 2-0 win over Simba of Tanzania on Sunday in Kinshasa. The result ensured the 1994 CAF Cup Winners’ Cup winners inched through 2-1 on aggregate.
UN high-level HIV-AIDS meeting continues with progress reports

Xinhua - June 9, 2011

Victor Makwenge KaputVictor Makwenge Kaput, health minister of the Democratic Republic of Congo, said that although the government had made progress in supporting individuals living with HIV and protecting the uninfected, it continues to face many challenges. Indeed, HIV prevalence stood at 3.7 percent for pregnant women and 3 percent for the general population.
UN envoy tells Security Council of improving security, remaining threats

UN News Service - June 9, 2011

Special Representative Roger Meece briefs the Security Council on the situation in the DRC“There has been significant progress regarding the security situation in recent years in eastern DRC,” said Roger Meece, the Secretary-General’s Special Representative and head of the UN Organization Stabilization Mission in the DRC (MONUSCO), in a briefing to the Council.
Rights Groups: Strengthen Civilian Protection Before Elections

Human Rights Watch - June 9, 2011

Goma - MONUCThe United Nations Security Council should ensure that the UN mission in Congo has adequate and appropriate resources to protect civilians from attacks by the Lord's Resistance Army (LRA) and to avert election-related violence, a coalition of 47 international and Congolese organizations said today.



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