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ICC Arrest Jean-Pierre Bemba

ICC - May 24, 2008

Jean-Pierre BembaJean-Pierre Bemba, charged by the ICC for crimes against humanity and war crimes committed in Central African Republic, was today arrested in the suburbs of Brussels, Belgium. Mr. Bemba is chairman of the Mouvement de libération du Congo (MLC), an armed group which intervened in the 2002-2003 armed conflict in Central African Republic (CAR) and pursued a plan of terrorizing and brutalizing innocent civilians, in particular during a campaign of massive rapes and looting. Mr Bemba had already used the same tactics in the past, in CAR, in the DRC, always leaving a trail of death and destruction behind him.
Two more African stadiums passed

BBC News - May 23, 2008

Stade des MartyrsThe DR Congo will be able to host their home matches in the first phase of Group 12 of the qualifiers against Egypt, Malawi and Djibouti. Like Sierra Leone, the stadium in Kinshasa is still subject to further inspections. The president of the DR Congo football association, Constant Omari Selemani, was delighted that the stadium in Kinshasa has been given the go-ahead to host games.
Appeal Court Clears Murdered Journalist's Two Friends

Reporters Without Borders - May 22, 2008

Serge Maheshe verdictThe verdict was issued yesterday by a Bukavu military court, which confirmed the death sentences for the two men previously convicted of carrying out the murder, Freddy Bisimwa Matabaro and Mugisho Rwenzagabo, also known as Mastakila, and sentenced a third civilian to death.
UN submits report on violence in Bas-Congo

XINHUA - May 22, 2008

Ne-Muanda NsemiThe United Nations mission in the Democratic Republic of Congo has sent a report on the February 2008 violence in the Bas-Congo province to the Congolese authorities, the world body said in a press release Wednesday.
LRA regional atrocities demand action

Human Rights Watch - May 19, 2008

Joseph KonyInternational action is needed to end the Lord's Resistance Army's reported new spree of abductions and sexual violence and to help execute arrest warrants issued by the International Criminal Court for the group's leaders, Human Rights Watch said today.
Huge Congo-China Mining Deal Questioned

VOA News - May 15, 2008

Gecamines - KatangaA huge mining deal between the Democratic Republic of Congo and China is getting extra scrutiny as critics say it does not provide enough benefits for ordinary Congolese. But the government says it is crucial to the country's development.
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.



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