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China, DRC to strengthen parliamentary cooperation

XINHUA - May 6, 2008

Mokolo Wa Mpombo and Han QideA senior Chinese legislator met on Monday with a delegation of the Senate of the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) led by Vice Senate Speaker Mokolo wa Mpombo, vowing to strengthen the parliamentary cooperation between the two countries.
Government raises minimum wage

Congo News Agency - May 3, 2008

Congo - KinshasaPresident Joseph Kabila signed a decree raising the daily minimum wage on Wednesday. The new minimum wage across the country will be set to 1,120 Congolese Francs ($2US) starting June 1, 2008 and will go up to 1,680 ($3US) on January 1, 2009.
Fueling World Ivory Trade Spells New Threat to Africa's Elephant Population

VOA News - May 2, 2008

Elephants - VirungaAn upsurge of elephant poaching in the Democratic Republic of Congo has resulted in the killing of 14 elephants in the past two weeks by militias, the military, and local villagers. Four were felled by an ex-Rwandan Hutu FDLR militia, formerly known as Interahamwe. Three elephants were murdered by the local Mai-Mai militia (PARECO), five by the Congolese military (FARDC), and two by local villagers.
International Criminal Court issues warrant for "The Terminator"

Congo News Agency - April 30, 2008

International Criminal CourtBosco Ntaganda, known as “The Terminator”, is accused of forceful enrollment of children under the age of 15 for military service in the Ituri region. The warrant alleges that these children received military training from the Forces patriotiques pour la libération du Congo (FPLC) in training camps in Bule, Cantrale, Mandro, Rwampara, Irumu, Bogoro and Sota.
Alan Doss: These allegations are still speculation

Radio Okapi - April 29, 2008

Alan DossIn a BBC radio report of 28 April 2008, certain Pakistani and Indian MONUC blue helmets were alleged to have sold weapons for gold to the militia of Ituri in 2004 and 2005. The UN conducted an investigation in 2007. Alan Doss, head of MONUC, responded to these allegations in an interview with Radio Okapi.
UN troops 'armed DR Congo rebels'

BBC - April 28, 2008

UN peacekeepers in CongoThe UN has covered up claims that its troops in Democratic Republic of Congo gave arms to militias and smuggled gold and ivory, the BBC has learned. The allegations, based on confidential UN sources, involve Pakistani and Indian troops working as peacekeepers.
UNHCR Suspends Aid in DRC Province

VOA News - April 25, 2008

Great Lakes - Kivu provincesThe U.N. refugee agency says it has been forced to suspend a distribution of aid to displaced people in the eastern Democratic Republic of Congo's North Kivu province because of renewed violence.
Fight against malaria continues in the DRC

MONUC - April 25, 2008

Malaria Day Conference in CongoWorld Malaria Day was celebrated in Kinshasa this Friday 25 April 2008 in the DRC Ministry of Foreign Affairs, by the DRC Ministry of Health and its national and international partners. A call was made for better partnership and coordination among the various actors in the fight against the epidemic, which kills thousands of Congolese every year.
Yves Kisombe expelled from the MLC

Congo News Agency - April 25, 2008

Yves KisombeHe is accused of insubordination, failure to comply with the party line, damage to the image of the party, and of taking actions detrimental to the interests and fundamental objectives of the party.
Tense relations between the DRC and Belgium

Congo News Agency - April 25, 2008

Joseph Kabila - Karel De GuchtBelgium is primarily a partner. Myself, well I hope that Belgium will always be a friend, a friendly country, with which I personally have no problem. But a year and a half after the elections, you cannot deal with the Democratic Republic of Congo as if we were in the nineties which were marked by the National Sovereign Conference, the transition, wars and so on. You should know that the Congo has completely changed, and that is the starting point: there is a legitimate power in place. Even before, I could not accept that people deal with our country as if it was still a colony.







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