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Ban calls for greater efforts to protect children in armed conflict in latest report

UN News - April 22, 2009

Ban Ki-moonSecretary-General Ban Ki-moon today called on the Security Council and judicial systems to step up action in the fight to end abuse of children in conflict zones around the world. In his latest report on the issue, the Secretary-General encourages national and international justice systems to take strong action ending impunity for crimes against children committed within their jurisdictions.
Celebrities Promote Humanitarian Causes

VOA News - April 20, 2009

Ben AffleckMovie stars, models and musicians can often command the media's attention when they promote charitable or environmental causes. Angelina Jolie, Bono, Leonardo Di Caprio are just some of the A-list celebrities lending their famous faces to humanitarian issues, third world debt and climate change.
Evariste Boshab Elected National Assembly President

Congo News Agency - April 18, 2009

Evariste BoshabThere were no surprises at the Palais du Peuple on Saturday morning as elections results revealed that Evariste Boshab, from President Joseph Kabila's People's Party for Reconstruction and Development (PPRD), had come ahead as the new speaker of the lower house of Parliament in polls held on Friday to replace its former officers.
DR Congo, Rwanda and UNHCR discuss returns

UNHCR - April 17, 2009

Refugees return homeUNHCR is encouraged by the strong desire of the governments of the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) and Rwanda to have their nationals who are now refugees in their respective countries return home. Officials of the two countries met in Goma in eastern DRC to discuss the first steps in the return of their nationals, estimated at more than 150,000. The two-day tripartite gathering, which ended yesterday, was facilitated by UNHCR.
Russia to strengthen ties with DR Congo

Xinhua - April 8, 2009

Sergei LavrovRussia favors strengthened relations with the Democratic Republic of Congo, said Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov Tuesday when meeting his Congolese counterpart Alexis Thambwe Mwamba.
UN complains of Congo troop delay

BBC News - April 8, 2009

Goma - MONUCThe UN force chief in the Democratic Republic of Congo has complained there is still no sign of 3,000 peacekeepers approved by the UN five months ago. Alan Doss told the BBC his force was overstretched and unable to respond effectively to outbreaks of violence.
Banning DRC conflict minerals would be mistake, says new report

VOA News - April 7, 2009

Blood diamonds - AfricaA new report says it would be a mistake to ban the mining of so-called conflict minerals in the eastern DRC. The report contradicts what many humanitarian agencies have been calling for. It says the mining provides a livelihood for many poor people. The study was conducted by Resource Consulting Services of London and funded by the British Department for International Development, the London School of Economics and others.
Sarkozy Praises Congolese, Rwandan, Ugandan Military Cooperation

VOA News - March 26, 2009

Nicolas SarkozyFrench President Nicolas Sarkozy said it is time for new momentum in cooperation between the Democratic Republic of Congo and its eastern neighbors to resolve years of conflict in the troubled Great Lakes region.
Congolese assembly speaker quits

BBC News - March 25, 2009

Vital KamerheThe Democratic Republic of Congo's parliament speaker has quit after criticising the decision to let Rwandan troops enter the country in January. Vital Kamerhe had said the president should not have allowed them in for a joint operation against rebels.
Sarkozy to visit DR Congo

XINHUA - March 20, 2009

Nicolas SarkozyAt the invitation of Congolese President Joseph Kabila, Sarkozy will arrive on March 26 to promote the already good ties between Kinshasa and Paris, especially their political, economic and diplomatic relations, said French Ambassador Pierre Jacquemot.







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