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New rules for miners

IRIN - March 17, 2011

Big business... But little of the hundreds of millions of dollars generated annually by DRC's mineral sector ends up in stateVarious stakeholders in the Democratic Republic of Congo’s mining sector have signed a code of conduct designed to reduce fraud and increase transparency in an industry that has played a key role in the armed violence that has ravaged the east of the country for years, but there is still concern about illegal mining and the military’s role.
Plight of the Congo Is Focus of U.S. Congress Hearing

chrissmith.house.gov - March 8, 2011

Actor Ben Affleck testifies about violence in eastern Congo at U.S. Congress hearing led by Rep. Chris SmithThe tragedy and hopes for peace in the Congo was the focus of a hearing held today by U.S. Rep. Chris Smith (NJ-04), Chairman of the House Africa, Global Health and Human Rights Subcommittee. Actor Ben Affleck testified about the work of the Eastern Congo Initiative, including his travel to the DRC.
Police display suspects in failed coup attempt

Congo News Agency - March 8, 2011

Colonel Lole OnyondoAuthorities displayed to the press on Monday 126 people suspected of involvement in a February 27 coup attempt against President Joseph Kabila. The police said that 44 of the suspects have already been presented to judicial authorities. The remaining 82 are still being questioned.
Kabila, Kibaki meet over smuggled gold from eastern Congo

ACP - March 6, 2011

Joseph Kabila and Mwai Kibaki at Harambee House in Nairobi, KenyaPresidents Joseph Kabila of the Democratic Republic of Congo and Mwai Kibaki of Kenya met on Friday at Harambee House in Nairobi, Kenya, over a “significant amount of gold”, estimated to be worth US $113 million, smuggled to Kenya from eastern Congo.
Mining ban fails to end armed control of trade, says Global Witness

Global Witness - March 4, 2011

Global WitnessThe Congolese government's decision this week to lift a ban on the mining and export of minerals from the country's eastern provinces is long overdue, says Global Witness today. The campaign group questioned what has been achieved since restrictions were imposed nearly six months ago.
Government Sends Plane to Evacuate Congolese Citizens from Libya

ACP - March 4, 2011

Joseph Kabila and Mouamar KadhafiThe Ministry of Foreign Affairs chartered a plane on Friday to evacuate 167 Congolese citizens from Tripoli, Libya. The Boeing 727 departed Kinshasa N'djili airport at 10 am for a 10-hour round trip to bring back home those who have been caught up in the fighting between insurgents and forces loyal to Muammar Gaddafi.
Investigation to Follow Presidential Residence Attack

VOA News - February 27, 2011

Joseph KabilaA top official says the government is waiting for the judiciary to officially launch an investigation after assailants attacked President Joseph Kabila's residence Sunday in the capital, Kinshasa.
Six killed in 'coup bid' against Kabila

BBC News - February 27, 2011

Joseph KabilaSix people have been killed in an attack on a residence of the president of the Democratic Republic of Congo. An "unidentified group of armed men" attacked the residence of President Joseph Kabila in the capital, Kinshasa, a government spokesman said, describing the raid as an attempted coup.
Military Operations Have Weakened the LRA, Says UN

Radio Okapi - February 23, 2011

Dungu, Oriental ProvinceThe military operation codenamed "Umbrella" and other joint special operations against Ugandan LRA rebels have significantly reduced their freedom of action and maneuvering space in Orientale Province, the military spokesman for the United Nations Organization Stabilization Mission in the DRC, Lt-Colonel Mamadou Gaye, said on Wednesday during a press briefing in Kinshasa.
Army colonel gets 20 years for ordering mass rape in eastern Congo

Congo News Agency - February 21, 2011

Lt Col Kibibi MutwareAn army colonel accused of ordering the mass rape of at least 49 women in eastern Congo has been sentenced to 20 years in prison. A military court in eastern Congo also sentenced three officers serving under his command to 20 years and five soldiers to between 10 and 15 years.



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