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First Elements of Additional Troops to Reinforce MONUC Arrive in DRC

MONUC - August 27, 2009

MONUCAn advanced team of 10 officers and 178 troops from the Bangladeshi army arrived in Bunia, district of Ituri yesterday Wednesday 26 August ahead of a new contingent which will be part of the 3000 additional troops authorized by the Security Council in December 2009 to deploy in DRC.
ICC Prosecutor appeals decision to release Jean-Pierre Bemba

ICC - August 25, 2009

Jean-Pierre BembaProsecutor Moreno-Ocampo also requested suspensive effect to the appeal, so that there is no possibility of Mr. Bemba’s release while it is under consideration by the Appeals Chamber.
President Kabila to Meet All DRC Governors

VOA News - August 18, 2009

Joseph KabilaDemocratic Republic of Congo President Joseph Kabila is scheduled to hold discussions with governors across the country as part of a decentralization program. Kinshasa admits, however, that the decentralization program faces an enormous challenge.
Clinton Praises Mutombo Hospital in Kinshasa

VOA News - August 17, 2009

Biamba Marie Mutombo HospitalDuring her trip to Africa last week, U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton visited a $30-million private hospital established by Congolese basketball star Dikembe Mutombo. The former athlete has turned his attention to the issue of health care, one of Africa's most pressing problems.
African development needs more actions, less words

Xinhua - August 15, 2009

Joseph Kabila with Hillary Clinton in Goma - CongoU.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton wrapped up her 11-day, seven-nation African tour on Thursday without announcing sincere and pragmatic actions to promote African development except promising financial aid to very few countries she visited.
International Criminal Court gives Jean-Pierre Bemba conditional release

ICC - August 14, 2009

Jean-Pierre BembaPre-Trial Chamber II of the International Criminal Court decided to grant the request of Jean-Pierre Bemba Gombo for interim release, albeit under conditions. The implementation of this decision is deferred pending a determination in which State Jean-Pierre Bemba Gombo will be released and which set of conditions shall be imposed.
Congo Defends China Mineral Deal

VOA News - August 12, 2009

Tambwe Mwamba and Hillary Clinton in Goma - CongoThe Democratic Republic of Congo is defending a $9 billion mineral deal with China that is holding up a major international agreement aimed at reducing the DRC's external debt. China's biggest investment deal in Africa would give state-owned firms the right to develop Congolese copper and cobalt mines in exchange for building roads, railways, hydroelectric dams, universities, airports and hospitals.
Clinton, Congo President Discuss Security in Country's Eastern Kivu Region

VOA News - August 12, 2009

Joseph Kabila and Hillary Clinton in Goma - CongoU.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and Congolese President Joseph Kabila say they are both committed to improving security in Congo's troubled Kivu regions. Secretary Clinton announced $17 million in new U.S. assistance to help victims of sexual violence in Congo.
World Bank President Robert Zoellick Meets with President Joseph Kabila in Goma

ACP - August 11, 2009

Joseph Kabila and Robert Zoellick in GomaThe president of the World Bank, Robert B. Zoellick, met with President Joseph Kabila for an hour on Tuesday in Goma (North Kivu province). They reviewed the economic issues affecting the DRC amidst the global fincancial crisis.
Student's question lost in translation 'struck a nerve' with Hillary Clinton

CNN - August 11, 2009

Hillary ClintonThe tense moment happened as Clinton spoke to students at a Congolese university in Kinshasa. A male student rose to ask a question about Chinese financial contracts in his country. The student asked Clinton what President Obama would think of the deal, but pool reporters in the room said the translator made a mistake and asked what Bill Clinton would think.







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