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Military operations in Ituri counter productive - report

IRIN - June 22, 2006

Monuc soldiersMilitary operations conducted in the troubled northeastern district of Ituri by the Congolese army, with the support of the UN Mission in the Democratic Republic of Congo (MONUC), are counter productive as they have contributed to the worsening of the security situation in the district, according to a report by the Forum on early Warning and Early Response (FEWER-Africa).
Rare Okapi Sighted in Eastern Congo Park

WWF - June 16, 2006

OkapiAfter nearly 50 years, the okapi -- the closest known relative to the giraffe -- has been rediscovered in Virunga National Park in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), World Wildlife Fund announced today. This is the first sign of okapi presence in Virunga National Park since August 1959 according to official records.
New disarmament deadline, amnesty offer for militiamen

IRIN - June 16, 2006

Congo MilitiamenMilitia active in Ituri District in northeastern Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) have until 30 June to disarm, according to an ultimatum by the national army and the United Nations Mission in the DRC, known as MONUC.
Interview with Valentin Mubake, representative of the opposition UDPS

IRIN - June 14, 2006

Valentin MubakeThe Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) is preparing to hold its first democratic elections in 45 years on 30 July, but the main political opposition party is not participating.
ICC defers militia leader's hearing

IRIN - June 1, 2006

The International Criminal Court will hold the confirmation hearing in the case against former Congolese militia leader Thomas Lubanga on 28 September, three month later than the initial date set, ICC Chief Prosecutor Luis Moreno-Ocampo has said.


7 UN Peacekeepers Missing, Presumed Captured in Congo

VOA News - May 29, 2006

Seven Nepalese peacekeepers serving with the United Nations mission in Congo have been missing since Sunday, and are presumed captured by militia. The U.N. says the peacekeepers were separated from their unit during fighting with militia, during which one other Nepalese soldier was killed and three were wounded.


Army captures militia commander

IRIN - May 18, 2006

Congolese soldiers in the restive northeastern district of Ituri have captured a "brigade commander" of the former militia Union des Patriotes Congolais(the Congolese Patriotic Union) which was led by Thomas Lubanga, currently awaiting trial before the International Criminal Court.


ICC reviewing suit against ex-president, official says

IRIN - April 27, 2006

The International Criminal Court (ICC) is reviewing an application filed by the government of the Central African Republic (CAR) against former President Ange-Felix Patasse and four of his aides, to decide whether or not the prosecutor's office would order an inquiry into their alleged crimes, ICC prosecutor Luis Moreno-Ocampo has said.


Thousands displaced by fighting arrive at Lake Albert

IRIN - March 30, 2006

Thousands of Congolese civilians in the northeastern district of Ituri arrived on Thursday at the port town of Kasenyi on Lake Albert, on the border with Uganda, after they fled fighting between the national army and militia groups, a local official said.


Civilians seek refuge near UN military camp to escape fighting

IRIN - March 29, 2006

At least 1,000 residents of two villages in the Democratic Republic of Congo's northeastern district of Ituri sought refuge on Wednesday around a camp of Bangladeshi UN troops following fighting between militiamen and the national army, an official of the UN Mission in the DRC (MONUC) said.









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