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Opposition Party Ousts Leader Ahead of Elections

Julia Ritchey | VOA News - April 21, 2011

François MuambaThe main opposition party in the Democratic Republic of Congo is in disarray after firing its leader, making it even more difficult to mount a challenge against President Joseph Kabila in upcoming elections.
New Law Aims to Halt Sale of Conflict Minerals

Heather Murdock | VOA News - April 18, 2011

A gold miner scoops mud while digging an open pit at the Chudja mine in the Kilomoto concession near the village of Kobu, 100 km (62 miles) from Bunia in north-eastern Congo,In the Congolese countryside, there is said to be $24 trillion worth of precious minerals like tantalum, tungsten, gold and tin. They are used to make everything from light bulbs to airplanes, and have long funded the conflict in the country’s tumultuous eastern provinces.
Kabila, Sassou meet in Kinshasa over security

Congo News Agency - April 16, 2011

Presidents Joseph Kabila and Denis Sassou NguessoPresident Denis Sassou Nguesso of the Republic of Congo flew to Kinshasa on Friday to meet with President Joseph kabila of the Democratic Republic of Congo over security issues that have recently strained relations between the two countries.
Upcoming UN-backed summit to focus on sustainable management of rainforests

UN News - April 13, 2011

Congo rainforestTop officials from more than 35 nations covering the world’s three major rainforest regions will gather at a United Nations-backed conference next month to discuss the common challenges faced by these vital ecosystems that support more than a billion people.
UN names some of the victims of deadly plane crash

UN News - April 6, 2011

MONUSCO senior management observe a minute of silence in KinshasaThe United Nations has released the names of some of the victims of Monday’s plane crash in Kinshasa that killed all but one of the 33 people aboard a UN aircraft. UN officials, working with Congolese counterparts, said they have been able to identify all the bodies and are in the process of notifying the victims’ next of kin.
Mazembe, Lupopo, Motema Pembe advance in African club competitions

Radio Okapi - April 4, 2011

TP MazembeThree of the four teams representing the Democratic Republic of Congo in African club competitions have advanced to the knockout stages. TP Mazembe beat Simba of Tanzania 3-2, DC Motema Pembe advanced by beating Victors of Uganda 1-0, Lupopo were victorious over Nchanga Rangers of Zambia 2-0, Vita Club lost 0-2 to Coton Sport of Cameroon.
UN plane crashes in Kinshasa

Radio Okapi - April 4, 2011

Aéroport international de N'djiliA UN plane crashed on Monday at Kinshasa N'djili airport. According to preliminary reports, the plane was carrying 29 passengers, including United Nations Mission Stabilization Mission in the Democratic Republic of Congo (MONUSCO) staff members and peacekeepers, and three crew members. At least 26 people are reported to have died.
Militiamen Sent to Testify in Warlords Trials at ICC

L'Avenir - March 28, 2011

Thomas Lubanga DyiloFour former militiamen, who had been arrested and were being held at the Makala prison in Kinshasa, were flown to the International Criminal Court on Sunday to testify as witnesses for the defense in the cases against Thomas Lubanga and Germain Katanga.
DR Congo Leopards beat Mauritius 3-0

Congo News Agency - March 28, 2011

DR Congo football team - LeopardsThe Leopards revived their hopes of qualifying for the Africa Cup of Nations on Sunday by beating Mauritius 3-0 at Stade des Martyrs in Kinshasa. Coach Robert Nouzaret men are now second in Group E with 4 points behind Senegal and ahead of Cameroon and Mauritius.
DR Congo Recalls Ambassador to Brazzaville

Radio Okapi - March 26, 2011

Joseph Kabila and Denis Sassou NguessoThe Democratic Republic of Congo has withdrawn its envoy to the Republic of Congo, authorities in Kinshasa announced on Friday. The DRC's Minister of Foreign Affairs, Alexis Thambwe Mwamba, said in a statement that ambassador Esther Kirongozi will leave Brazzaville immediately.



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