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Southern African Grouping Proposes Extraordinary Summit on Zimbabwe

VOA News - September 7, 2009

SADC leaders in Kinshasa - CongoLeaders of the Southern African Development Community assembled for a summit Monday in the Democratic Republic of Congo decided not to examine progress by Zimbabwe's national unity government and discuss issues that continue to trouble power-sharing in Harare, but will hold an extraordinary summit in a few weeks focused exclusively on Zimbabwe.
SADC Leaders Open Summit in Kinshasa

VOA News - September 7, 2009

Joseph Kabila and Jacob ZumaLeaders from 15 southern African nations have opened two days of discussions in the Democratic Republic of Congo. Political confrontations in Zimbabwe, Madagascar, Lesotho and eastern Congo are high on the agenda.
ICC: Jean-Pierre Bemba interim release suspended pending final decision on appeal

ICC - September 3, 2009

Jean-Pierre BembaThe Appeals Chamber of the International Criminal Court decided to grant suspensive effect to the Prosecutor’s Appeal against the Pre-Trial Chamber II decision, dated 14 August 2009, which granted Jean-Pierre Bemba Gombo “conditional release”. Hence, implementation of the decision on interim release is suspended pending the final decision on the merits of the Prosecution’s Appeal.
Restoration of DRC-Uganda Ties Shows New Regional Cooperation

VOA News - August 31, 2009

Joseph Kabila and Yoweri MuseveniThe reinstatement of full diplomatic ties last week between Uganda and the Democratic Republic of Congo is the latest development signaling a new era in the region's politics, following the DRC's recent willingness to cooperate militarily with its easterly neighbors.  Rwanda and the DRC similarly restored full relations in July.
ICC: Germain Katanga and Mathieu Ngudjolo trial postponed

ICC - August 31, 2009

Germain KatangaTrial Chamber II of the International Criminal Court issued a decision today, 31 August 2009, postponing the commencement of the trial in the case The Prosecutor v. Germain Katanga and Mathieu Ngudjolo Chui until 24 November 2009. The Chamber found that compelling reasons require that the date of 24 September 2009 initially set for the commencement of the trial be put back.
350 Rwandan Hutu militiamen killed during Operation Kimia II in South Kivu province

Radio Okapi - August 29, 2009

FARDC soldier in KivuThe Armed Forces of the Democratic Republic of Congo (FARDC) have either killed or captured 500 Rwandan Hutu militiamen (FDLR) in South Kivu province since launching Operation Kimia II last month.
UN: LRA Attacks in Eastern Congo Displace Thousands

VOA News - August 28, 2009

Displaced civilians in eastern CongoThe UN refugee agency reports at least 125,000 people in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo have been forced to flee from villages attacked by the Ugandan rebel group, the Lord's Resistance Army, in the last three weeks. This brings the number of people displaced in Haute Uele district of Orientale Province by the LRA since September to more than one-half million.
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.



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