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U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton to Visit Africa

U.S. Department of State - July 27, 2009

Hillary ClintonThe Secretary will travel to Kenya, South Africa, Angola, the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Nigeria, Liberia, and Cape Verde. In each nation, she will emphasize Africa as a place of opportunity, built on an ethic of responsibility. She will underline America's commitment to partner with governments, the private sector, non-governmental organizations, and private citizens to build societies where each individual can realize their potential.
At least 35,000 Congolese civilians displaced by fighting in South Kivu province

UNHCR - July 24, 2009

Congo refugees in TanzaniaAn outbreak of fighting in the eastern Congolese province of South Kivu has forced more than 35,000 civilians to flee their homes in the past two weeks. The latest population movement brings the total number of civilians to have been displaced in South Kivu since January as a result of clashes between government forces and Rwandan rebels, and reprisal attacks on civilians, to about 536,000 people.
UN team looking into alleged sexual misconduct by blue helmets in DR Congo

UN News - July 24, 2009

MONUC peacekeepers in CongoA fact-finding team has been dispatched by the United Nations peacekeeping mission in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) to investigate rumours of sexual misconduct surrounding some blue helmets stationed in the country’s far east.
Senior UN peacekeeping official assesses DR Congo's prisons

UN News - July 22, 2009

Congo prisonA senior United Nations peacekeeping official continued his tour today of the war-ravaged eastern Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), where he is evaluating the state of the country’s troubled prison system.
Global Witness uncovers foreign companies' links to Congo violence

Global Witness - July 21, 2009

Global WitnessEuropean and Asian companies, including Bangkok-based THAISARCO (a subsidiary of British metals group AMC), UK-based Afrimex, and Belgium-based Trademet have been buying minerals from the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) that are funding armed groups and fuelling conflict, said Global Witness in a report published today.
Mineral firms 'fuel Congo unrest'

BBC News - July 21, 2009

ColtanWestern mineral firms are fuelling violence in the Democratic Republic of Congo by failing to check where their raw materials come from, activists say. Global Witness says companies sourcing minerals used in electronic gadgets are buying them from traders who finance rebel and government troops.
UN emergency fund gives $7 million to aid eastern DR Congo's displaced

UN News - July 17, 2009

Congo refugees - IDPsUnited Nations agencies and their partners will be able to provide urgent humanitarian relief to some 250,000 people in the strife-torn eastern region of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) thanks to $7 million in emergency funding.
More work remains to ensure justice for war crimes victims, says head of ICC

UN News - July 17, 2009

ICC HeadquatersThe creation of the International Criminal Court (ICC) and its achievements to date are vital to ensuring justice for millions around the world, but much more work remains to be done to advance this noble ideal, according to the head of the landmark institution that was established 11 years ago today.
Motema Pembe appoint Mutubile

BBC News - July 16, 2009

Santos MutubileDR Congo champions, DC Motema Pembe, have appointed Santos Mutubile as their new coach. Mutubile will combine his new role with his current job as coach of the DR Congo's team for home-based players, whom he led to victory at the first ever African Nations Championship (CHAN) in March in the Ivory Coast.
China vows closer bonds with DR Congo

Xinhua - July 15, 2009

Wu Bangguo and Evariste BoshabChina and the Democratic Republic of Congo (DR Congo) agreed on Wednesday to strengthen bonds between parliaments and ruling parties. The agreement was reached in a meeting between China's top legislator Wu Bangguo and Evariste Boshab, speaker of the DR Congo's National Assembly and secretary general of the People's Party for Reconstruction and Democracy (PPRD), the country's ruling party.







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