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Legal limbo for DR Congo warlord

BBC News - October 21, 2008

Thomas LubangaWar crimes tribunal judges have ruled that Congolese warlord Thomas Lubanga should not be freed but say his trial remains suspended. Correspondents say the International Criminal Court (ICC) ruling leaves Mr Lubanga in legal limbo.
Fresh Clashes in DRC Displace Scores in North Kivu Province

VOA News - October 15, 2008

DRC refugee campThe United Nations Mission in the Democratic Republic of Congo (MONUC) says fresh clashes Tuesday night between government forces and rebels have contributed to more than 150-thousand people internally displaced. The report says Congolese army tanks pounded rebel-held hilltops and repelled an attack on a military base in the east on Tuesday in the latest round of fighting against rebels loyal to renegade army general Laurent Nkunda.
Joseph Kabila appoints Adolphe Muzito as new Prime Minister

Congo Planet - October 10, 2008

Adolphe MuzitoPresident Joseph Kabila named Adolphe Muzito as the new Prime Minister on Friday in a decree read on state television. He had been the Minister of the Budget in the government led by Antoine Gizenga until the former Prime Minister resigned last month.
Government calls for urgent UN security council meeting

MISNA - October 9, 2008

Un Security CouncilThe government of the Democratic Republic of Congo called for an urgent meeting of the United Nations Security Council to address the delicate security situation in the east of the country, theatre in the past weeks to fighting, and accusing Rwanda of an imminent attack on Goma, provincial capital of North Kivu.
U.S. Senators Barack Obama and John McCain asked about Congo humanitarian crisis in second presidential debate

Congo Planet - October 7, 2008

Barack Obama and John McCainSenator Obama, let me ask you if -- let's see if we can establish tonight the Obama doctrine and the McCain doctrine for the use of United States combat forces in situations where there's a humanitarian crisis, but it does not affect our national security. Take the Congo, where 4.5 million people have died since 1998, or take Rwanda in the earlier dreadful days, or Somalia. What is the Obama doctrine for use of force that the United States would send when we don't have national security issues at stake?
U.S. opposes statements made by Nkunda, and those who seek instability

U.S. Department of State - October 6, 2008

US State DepartmentThe United States condemns and rejects the statements made by General Nkunda, leader of the National Congress for the Defense of the People (CNDP), claiming the CNDP intends to overthrow the elected and universally recognized Government of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (GDRC). The U.S. calls on the international community to support the GDRC as it works to consolidate its democracy and capacity to govern justly its entire territory. The U.S. opposes all those who seek to foment instability in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC).
UN envoy calls for 'surge' of peacekeepers in DR Congo in face of new violence

UN News - October 3, 2008

Alan DossThe top United Nations envoy in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) today asked for additional peacekeepers beyond the nearly 19,000 uniformed personnel already there to prevent the vast country from slipping back into "horrendous" conflict.
Red Cross Appeals for Access to Victims of Congo Conflict

VOA News - September 30, 2008

ICRCInternational Committee of the Red Cross is calling for all warring parties in the eastern Democratic Republic of Congo to respect the Red Cross emblem. The humanitarian situation has deteriorated in North and South Kivu provinces since fighting between Congolese government troops and rebels resumed at the end of August. Lisa Schlein reports for VOA from ICRC headquarters in Geneva.
For an effective and credible MONUC

EurAc - September 28, 2008

Alan DossSince 28 August Laurent Nkunda's CNDP has launched several offensives against positions held by the army, the FARDC, thus violating the "Acte d'engagement à la paix" he signed in January 2008. These attacks have aggravated the humanitarian situation in North Kivu, causing the displacement of a further 100.000 people.
Some Congolese Welcome Prime Minister's Resignation

VOA News - September 26, 2008

Antoine GizengaCritics of Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) President Joseph Kabila's government have welcomed with open arms yesterday's (Thursday) resignation of Prime Minister Antoine Gizenga. Prime Minister Gizenga tendered his resignation to President Kabila claiming his age and health make it impossible for him to effectively perform his duties. But his critics say he has failed to revive the country's faltering economy and end violent clashes between the army and rebels.



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