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After two key deals, what progress towards peace in North Kivu?

IRIN - May 14, 2008

Nkunda soldiersTwo agreements signed since the end of 2007 offer some hope for an end to more than a decade of violence in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), even if fighting has continued and a lasting solution has yet to be found to the presence in the region of Rwandan Hutu rebels, according to analysts.
Workshop held to validate the priority action plan for the stabilisation of Ituri

MONUC - May 13, 2008

MONUC - IturiThe technical validation of the "Priority Action Plan for the Stabilisation and Community Reconstruction of Ituri" took place on Thursday 8 May 2008 in Bunia, Ituri district, during a workshop chaired by Mr. François Xavier Kubele Nesele, provincial Minister for planning, budget, trade, industry, and small and medium-sized enterprises.
MPs to discuss China-Congo infrastructure deal

Congo News Agency - May 9, 2008

Autoroute - KinshasaMPs will discuss today the deal that the Congolese government signed with the Chinese government regarding the financing of several projects around the country to be paid off with natural resources. The debate was supposed to take place on Thursday but was postponed to Friday amid suspicions from some MPs that the government is not interested in transparency when it comes to the contracts signed with China.
MP Adolphe Onusumba attacked by three armed men

Congo News Agency - May 9, 2008

Adolphe OnusumbaThe former Defense Minister in the transitional period was attacked last night by three armed men in the Ngaliema district of Kinshasa. According to his assistant, he was hit by bullets on his legs after one of his attackers fired on him as he was trying to fend off the attack.
Mandela concert line-up unveiled

BBC News - May 6, 2008

Nelson MandelaQueen, Leona Lewis, Annie Lennox and the Soweto Gospel Choir are among the acts that will appear at a concert for Nelson Mandela's 90th birthday in June. The former South African president will travel to London for the 27 June event, which will also feature Dame Shirley Bassey, Simple Minds and Razorlight.
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.



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