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Alarm-bells ring at upsurge in fighting

IWPR - September 8, 2008

Congo soldiersEastern Congo's fragile peace process is again in crisis as fighting between rebels and the army pushes the region closer to all-out war. Observers say armed groups on all sides are digging in after clashes between the Congolese army and fighters loyal to Laurent Nkunda, the head of the Congress for the Defence of the Congolese People, CNDP.
Congolese Express Doubts About UN Mission in DRC

VOA News - September 5, 2008

MONUC Peacekeepers - CongoThe United Nations Mission in the Democratic Republic of Congo (MONUC) is cautioning that the country risks plunging into a full scale war between government forces and rebels loyal to reneged army general Laurent Nkunda. MONUC said there are ongoing pockets of skirmishes between government forces and the rebels in the restive North Kivu province despite a recently signed peace deal.
Kivu provinces: MONUC redoubles efforts for the implementation of the Acts of Engagement for peace

MONUC - September 4, 2008

Alan Doss and Apolinaire Malu MaluAt its weekly press conference of 3 September 2008, MONUC underlined that within the framework of the Amani Programme, it is essential that the Congolese armed groups in the Kivu provinces firmly remain “committed to the respect of the Acts which they signed. It is imperative that they implement it, and ensure that it is successful at all of it stages,” the UN mission insisted.
North-kivu border with Uganda closed

MISNA - September 4, 2008

Congo - Rwanda borderThe capture of Laurent Nkunda's rebels by Congolese immigration officers is said to have provoked the closing of the border with Uganda, in Bunagana, by Congolese authorities said the local press. There had been reports that the army had also arrested several border agents, who were then released, last week during last week's clashes.
'No survivors' in DR Congo crash

BBC News - September 2, 2008

Great Lakes - Kivu provincesNo-one appears to have survived a plane crash in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo, the plane's operator says. The Beechcraft plane was carrying 15 passengers and two crew members when it crashed into a mountain near Bukavu, said the operator, Air Serv.
TP Mazembe stun Enyimba

BBC News - August 31, 2008

Tout-Puissant MazembeDR Congo's TP Mazembe have inflicted a heavy 3-0 defeat on visiting Enyimba of Nigeria in Group B of the African Champions League. Defeat for the Lubumbashi side would have left them unable to make it through to the last four, but they kept the group wide open with a scintillating display.
Eastern DR Congo Quiet After Burst of Violence

VOA News - August 29, 2008

Laurent KundaEastern Democratic Republic of Congo's restive North Kivu province is said to be quiet Friday after the worst outbreak of violence there in months. As VOA Correspondent Alisha Ryu reports from our East Africa Bureau in Nairobi, U.N. officials are working to maintain a fragile cease-fire signed between the government in Congo Kinshasa and Tutsi rebels.
Prosecutors Ask for Death Penalty in Botheti Trial

Congo Planet - August 29, 2008

Patrick MwewaProsecutors have asked for the death penalty in the trial of the alleged killers of Kinshasa Member of Parliament Daniel Botheti. The former vice-president of the provincial assembly of Kinshasa was gunned down by armed men on July 6, 2008 as he was returning from a party.
France contributes one million euros to support the electoral process in the DRC

MONUC - August 28, 2008

France contributes one million eurosOn 27 August 2008, the French government and the Independent Electoral Commission (IEC) signed an agreement for one million euros for the urban, municipal and local elections, planned for 2009. This contribution is on top of those received from the UNDP, Switzerland, the United Kingdom, Italy and the European Commission.
DRC Doctors Resume Work Friday

VOA News - August 22, 2008

DoctorsState Doctors in the Democratic Republic of Congo are expected to resume work today (Friday) after President Joseph Kabila's government signed an agreement promising to address their concerns.



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