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Ben Affleck Launches Initiative to Support Local Solutions in Eastern Congo

Eastern Congo Initiative - March 22, 2010

Ben AffleckActor, director and advocate Ben Affleck today announced the launch of the Eastern Congo Initiative (ECI), an advocacy and grant-making initiative with the mission of helping the Congolese people support local community-based approaches that create a sustainable and successful society in the long-troubled region.
UN Security Council holds small arms flow to Central Africa under microscope

Xinhua - March 20, 2010

Kinshasa - gunsAs the most profitable market for arms smugglers, it comes as no surprise that Africa suffers the largest number of causalities from conflict, the United Nations chief of drugs and crime told the Security Council on Friday.
Reports That LRA's Kony is Hiding in Darfur Alarm South Sudan

VOA News - March 19, 2010

Joseph KonyFollowing reports that the leader of the Ugandan Lord's Resistance Army rebels may be hiding in a Khartoum-controlled region of Darfur in Sudan, a researcher for the Washington-based Enough Project says it is still not clear where he is.  There is concern that LRA forces are preparing to launch attacks in South Sudan during next month's national elections.
DRC make winning CHAN start

BBC News - March 14, 2010

Leopards win CHAN Africa Nations Championship (CHAN) holders DR Congo began the defence of their title with an impressive 2-1 qualifying win over Gabon in Libreville on Saturday. Two goals from TP Mazembe midfielder Alain Kaluyituka Dioko helped the Leopards to secure the important first round, first leg away victory.
Tresor Mputu named Best African Player on the continent

Cafonline.com - March 12, 2010

Tresor Mbutu MabiTresor Mputu, nicknamed the “Treasure of Congolese football” came out tops in the category dedicated to footballers playing on the continent judging by his performances for his club, T. P. Mazembe in the Orange CAF Champions League and the DR Congo national team during the maiden edition of the African Nations Championship (CHAN) held in Cote d’Ivoire in March 2009.
President Joseph Kabila meets Chinese army deputy chief of the General Staff

Xinhua - March 12, 2010

Ma XiaotianPresident Joseph Kabila of the Democratic Republic of Congo met here Friday with Ma Xiaotian, deputy chief of the General Staff of the Chinese People's Liberation Army, to discuss the development of bilateral ties and military cooperation.
Ex-rebels take over mineral trade extortion racket

Global Witness - March 11, 2010

Global WitnessFormer rebels from the Congrès national pour la défense du peuple (CNDP) have established mafia-style extortion rackets covering some of the most lucrative tin and tantalum mining areas in the eastern Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), Global Witness reported today following four weeks of research in the region.
UN: 90 Rwandan Rebels Killed in Eastern DRC

VOA News - March 10, 2010

Great Lakes - Kivu provincesA United Nations official says Democratic Republic of Congo army troops have killed 90 Rwandan Hutu rebels. Madnodje Mounoubai, a spokesman for the U.N. mission in Congo, said Wednesday that the rebels were killed during recent army operations in Congo's North and South Kivu provinces.
ICC: Jean-Pierre Bemba trial postponed

ICC - March 8, 2010

Jean-Pierre Bemba GomboTrial Chamber III of the International Criminal Court decided to postpone the commencement date of the trial in the case of The Prosecutor v. Jean-Pierre Bemba Gombo until Monday, 5 July 2010. On 27 April 2010, the date on which the trial was initially scheduled to commence, the Chamber will hold a status conference to discuss the admissibility challenge brought by the Defence for Mr Bemba.
First set of UN troops could leave DR Congo by late June

Xinhua - March 6, 2010

UN peacekeepers in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC)The first group of United Nations troops could leave the Democratic Republic of the Congo by the end of June, as requested by the government, the world body's top peacekeeping official said on Friday. UN Under-Secretary-General for Peacekeeping Operations Alain Le Roy was in the DRC this week as part of a technical assessment mission, during which he also met with President Joseph Kabila and other officials to discuss the future of the UN mission, known as MONUC.



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