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Death toll in Lake Albert boat accident rises to 251

Xinhua - March 27, 2014

Lac Albert between Congo and UgandaA total of 251 Congolese refugees returning to their country from a refugee camp in Uganda died on Saturday in a boat accident on Lake Albert, Congolese government spokesman Lambert Mende has said. North Kivu governor Julien Paluku said the search will continue to find other bodies. He said 251 bodies have been recovered out of 292 that were onboard the ill-fated boat.
Congo Army Dislodges M23 Rebels From Strategic Town of Kibumba

Radio Okapi - October 26, 2013

Colonel Mamadou Ndala briefs North Kivu governor Julien Paluku in KibumbaDR Congo's army has recaptured the town of Kibumba, located 27 kilometers north of Goma, in North Kivu province. The spokesman of the Congolese Armed Forces in the province, Col. Olivier Hamuli, announced Saturday afternoon that the army, known as FARDC, had taken control of the town. He called on the M23 rebels to disarm.
Thousands Protest M23 Capture of Goma, Turn on Government and UN

Congo News Agency - November 21, 2012

Protesters burn PPRD headquaters in KisanganiThousands of students protested on Tuesday after M23 rebels seized the eastern Congo city of Goma. They were mostly expressing their furor at the M23 rebels, but also targeted the government and the United Nations mission in DR Congo, whose soldiers and peacekeepers were unable to stop the rebels from taking the city.
DR Congo Officials Vow to Defend Goma Against M23 Rebels

Congo News Agency - November 19, 2012

Goma, capital city of North Kivu province in eastern CongoNorth Kivu province Governor Julien Paluku has reassured residents of the eastern Congo city of Goma that it remains under the control of the Congolese army. He dismissed rumors that top government and military officials have fled towards Bukavu, in South Kivu province. Military officials in Goma vowed to defend the city against an attack by M23 rebels.
Army Suspends Military Operations Against Ntaganda Loyalists

Congo News Agency - May 6, 2012

Didier Etumba - FARDCThe Congolese army has regained control of the areas of Masisi and Rutshuru, in North Kivu province, which were occupied last week by mutinous soldiers loyal to renegade general Bosco Ntaganda. DR Congo’s Army Chief of Staff, General Didier Etumba, said in a press release on Sunday that military operations against the “undisciplined” soldiers have been suspended.
UN Employee Arrested for Trying to Smuggle Tin Ore

provincenordkivu.org - August 22, 2011

United Nations DR Congo mission vehicle caught in smuggling attempt in North KivuA United Nations employee was arrested in North Kivu province Sunday night while attempting to smuggle over one ton of tin ore to neighboring Rwanda, Congolese officials said on Monday.
Foreign 'gold smugglers' arrested in eastern Congo

BBC News - February 7, 2011

Congo goldEight foreigners - from the US, France and Nigeria - have been arrested on allegations of gold smuggling in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo, officials say. "Millions of dollars" and 436kg of gold were seized, the local governor said.
DRC Army Integrates Over 6,000 Rebels

VOA News - January 29, 2009

Bosco NtagandaAt the ceremony, former rebel military commander Bosco Ntaganda was named second-in-command of the joint military brigades. An international mediation group headed by former Nigerian President Olusegun Obasanjo walked out of the ceremony in protest. Ntaganda is wanted by the International Criminal Court on charges of using child soldiers during hostilities in Congo's Ituri province in 2002 and 2003.
North Kivu : President Kabila receives the international community in Goma

MONUC - September 15, 2008

Joseph KabilaJoseph Kabila Kabange, the President of the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), received, this Sunday afternoon in Goma, a delegation of the representatives in the DRC of the Member States of the Security Council, the African Union and the European Union, as well as the Special Representative of the Secretary General in the DRC (MONUC).
North Kivu: Mr. Doss welcomes the progress achieved in the follow up of the Goma conference

MONUC - February 11, 2008

Alan Doss - MONUCMr. Alan Doss, the Special representative of the UN Secretary General in the DRC, accompanied by MONUC Force commander General Babacar Gaye, paid a visit to Goma on Saturday 9 February 2008, in order to make a progress report on the follow-up of the Goma conference. He welcomed the progress achieved and called on all armed groups to respect the act of engagement.



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