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Kabila Signs Bill Creating New Electoral Commission

Congo News Agency - July 30, 2010

Elections officials counting votesPresident Joseph Kabila signed into law on Wednesday a bill replacing the Independent Electoral Commission (IEC) with the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC). Like its predecessor, the INEC is tasked with the organization of the electoral process, including voter registration, maintaining the voter registry, counting of votes, and organization of referendums.
Officials Revise Death Toll from Boat Accident

ACP - July 30, 2010

Kasai RiverOfficials say that 44 people are still missing after a boat sunk on Wednesday in Bandundu Province. Earlier reports had put the death toll at around 140 people. The governor of Bandundu Province, Richard Ndambu Wolang, said from Kinshasa on Friday that five bodies have been pulled from the waters and eighty five people survived the accident.
138 Dead after Boat Sinks on Kasai River

Radio Okapi - July 29, 2010

BandunduAt least 138 people are dead after a boat sunk on the Kasai River on Wednesday in Bandundu province. Officials said the boat was headed to Kinshasa and the accident happened near the village of Lingala, downstream the Kasai River — a tributary of the Congo River — near the city of Kwamouth.
Global Witness takes UK government to court over Congo conflict minerals

Global Witness - July 26, 2010

Global WitnessThe British government is acting unlawfully in refusing to put forward eligible UK companies and individuals trading in Congolese 'conflict minerals' for targeted UN sanctions, said campaign group Global Witness today in an application to the High Court for a judicial review.
ICC suspends release of Thomas Lubanga

BBC News - July 23, 2010

Thomas LubangaThe International Criminal Court has suspended the release of the accused in its first case, Thomas Lubanga from the Democratic Republic of Congo. Prosecutors have appealed against the court's decision to release him after his trial was suspended last week. He will remain in custody until judges rule on the appeal, the court said.
Huge DR Congo gold mine to open, displacing 15,000

BBC News - July 22, 2010

Rangold Resources Kibali ProjectMining firm Randgold Resources says it is to begin mining Africa's largest undeveloped gold deposit - in eastern DR Congo. The mine will require the re-location of 15,000 people, but Randgold says the project has the support of the government and the local community.
U.S. Financial Bill Will Require Disclosure on Conflict Minerals - Hillary Clinton

U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton - July 22, 2010

Joseph Kabila with Hillary Clinton in Goma - CongoPresident Obama has now signed into law a measure that will require corporations to publicly disclose what they are doing to ensure that their products don't contain these minerals. The DRC has formally expressed its support for this law and has thanked both the executive and legislative branches of our government. This is one of several steps we are taking to stop this illicit and deadly trade.
Rights Group Says Arms Transport Needs Regulation

VOA News - July 19, 2010

Kinshasa - gunsStates are failing to control the transport of weapons around the world, says a new report from London-based watchdog Amnesty International. Transport companies registered in China, France, the Russian Federation, Britain and the United States move weapons to countries where they could be used to commit human-rights violations.
African Champions TP Mazembe win their first group game

BBC Sport - July 18, 2010

TP MazembeDefending champions TP Mazembe got their Group A campaign off to a great start with a 2-0 win over Dynamos in Harare. Zambia striker Given Singuluma scored both goals, the first a header from close range in the 16th minute.
U.S. passes landmark reforms on resource transparency

Global Witness - July 15, 2010

ColtanProvisions in the Financial Reform Act will require oil, gas and mining companies registered with the Securities and Exchange Commission to publicly disclose their tax and revenue payments to governments around the world. The Act will also require companies whose products contain cassiterite (tin ore), coltan, wolframite and gold to disclose to the SEC whether they are sourcing these minerals from the Democratic Republic of Congo or adjoining countries.



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