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U.S. Senators Dick Durbin and Sherrod Brown to Travel to Africa

durbin.senate.gov - February 13, 2010

Dick DurbinAssistant Senate Majority Leader Dick Durbin (D-IL) and Senator Sherrod Brown (D-OH) will travel to Tanzania, the Democratic Republic of Congo, Ethiopia, and Sudan this week to examine US foreign assistance programs in the region.
No Sudanese soldier on DR Congo's territory: ambassador

Xinhua - February 12, 2010

Oriental Province - KisanganiThe diplomat pointed out that minor problems that might arise along the common border could be resolved by the local authorities in the two neighboring provinces in order to strengthen the cross- border cooperation and commercial exchanges.
Official Says MONUC Continues Help with Integrating Ex-Combatants Into Army

VOA News - February 11, 2010

Congo soldiersAn official of the United Nations Mission in the Democratic Republic of Congo (MONUC) says the group has been successful in helping with the integration of tens of thousands of former combatants into Congo’s national army.
Lubanga Witness Says He Was Paid US$200 To Tell Lies

lubangatrial.org - February 8, 2010

Thomas LubangaA witness today told the war crimes trial of Thomas Lubanga that intermediaries of the International Criminal Court (ICC) gave him US$200 as payment for convincing his nephew to give false testimony against the accused.
Ugandan rebels kill 100 civilians in north-eastern DR Congo, UN reports

UN News - February 1, 2010

Joseph KonySome 100 people were slaughtered by a notorious Uganda rebel group in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) last month, the United Nations humanitarian arm has said. According to reliable information collected by the Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA), the Lord’s Resistance Army attacked the village of Mabanga in north-eastern DRC on 13 January.
Official Denies Uganda Troop Presence in Congo

VOA News - February 1, 2010

Joseph Kabila and Yoweri MuseveniAn official of Uganda’s government has denied reports that its troops have entered into Beni town in the Democratic Republic of Congo’s formerly restive Kivu province. Uganda's information minister Kabakumba Masiko says there is no need for residents in the Kivu provinces to panic.
ICC: Thomas Lubanga Defence Questions Witness Credibility

IWPR - January 30, 2010

Thomas LubangaThe case for the defence in the war crimes trial of former Congolese rebel leader Thomas Lubanga opened this week with his lawyers declaring that prosecution witnesses were coached, and that the witnesses who claimed to have been child soldiers never were.
New report urges UN to learn lessons on resource-fuelled wars

Global Witness - January 27, 2010

Global WitnessThe lack of a coherent and committed international approach to tackling the role of natural resources in conflict is costing lives in Democratic Republic of Congo and heightening the risk of further unrest in other fragile states such as Côte d'Ivoire and Guinea, according to a new report from Global Witness.
Russia gets involved in the reform of the Congolese Armed Forces

ACP - January 26, 2010

FARDCRussia has awarded thirty scholarships to the Armed Forces of the Democratic Republic of Congo (FARDC), Anatoly Klimenko, the Russian ambassador in Kinshasa, said on Tuesday after meeting with the Minister of National Defense and Veterans Affairs, Charles Muando Nsimba.

UN agency assisting thousands uprooted by insecurity in eastern DR Congo

UN News - January 26, 2010

Congo refugees - IDPsThe United Nations refugee agency said today it is assisting over 100,000 civilians who have fled eastern Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) in recent months due to the ongoing military offensive against Hutu militants and banditry by armed groups.



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