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2006-08-21 20:05:51

By Euan Denholm CHOMBO, Congo (Reuters) - After queuing for hours to mark her ballot paper in Congo's first multiparty elections for four decades, Salome Ndavuma confesses she had a little dance. "I just never thought the day would come," she says, beaming and breaking into another impromptu jiggle. The July 30 polls prompted celebration all over Congo, but the official recognition conferred by the ballot box and photo registration card was particularly sweet for Pygmies like...

2006-08-21 15:56:20

By David Lewis KINSHASA (Reuters) - U.N. and European peacekeepers on Monday rescued a group of foreign ambassadors in Congo trapped by fierce fighting between soldiers loyal to President Joseph Kabila and supporters of an election rival. Uruguayan troops using armored vehicles and supported by Spanish legionnaires escorted the U.N. and foreign envoys from the house of Congolese Vice President Jean-Pierre Bemba in the capital Kinshasa where they were pinned down by gunbattles. "They...

2006-08-21 07:18:45

By David Lewis KINSHASA (Reuters) - The United Nations called for calm in Democratic Republic of Congo on Monday after gun battles surrounding the announcement of a presidential election run-off stoked fears of a violent political showdown. Congo's election race is headed for a second round between President Joseph Kabila and former rebel chief Jean-Pierre Bemba, according to provisional results from the July 30 polls, the first free national vote for more than four decades. The...

2006-08-17 07:27:31

By David Lewis KINSHASA (Reuters) - The United Nations is investigating a suspected child prostitution ring involving its peacekeepers and government soldiers in the Democratic Republic of Congo, the U.N. mission said on Thursday. Among accusations being investigated is that pimps are using the presence of U.N. peacekeepers to lure vulnerable girls to go and work as prostitutes in areas of South Kivu where they are deployed, the mission said in a statement. The U.N.'s 17,000-strong...

2006-08-13 15:59:08

By David Lewis KINSHASA (Reuters) - Hackles are rising in Congo's volatile capital Kinshasa as incumbent President Joseph Kabila builds a lead with results trickling in from the country's first free elections in more than four decades. Electoral officials stress drawing a trend with so few votes counted is premature but their advice is being roundly ignored as Kabila stretches his lead over former rebel chief Jean-Pierre Bemba, possibly heading for a win in the first round. The...

2006-08-13 13:31:37

By David Lewis KINSHASA (Reuters) - Hackles are rising in Congo's volatile capital Kinshasa as incumbent President Joseph Kabila builds a lead with results trickling in from the country's first free elections in more than four decades. Electoral officials stress drawing a trend with so few votes counted is premature but their advice is being roundly ignored as Kabila stretches his lead over former rebel chief Jean-Pierre Bemba, possibly heading for a win in the first round. The...

2006-08-10 11:03:54

By David Lewis KINSHASA (Reuters) - Results trickling in from Congo's historic election confirm a two-man race between the incumbent president and a former rebel leader but 10 days after the vote, experts caution the results are still tentative. President Joseph Kabila is currently leading with just over 46 percent of the 1.6 million votes so far counted from Democratic Republic of Congo's first free election in more than 40 years. Jean-Pierre Bemba trails with about 24 percent....

2006-08-05 12:49:42

By Eva Gilliam SAKE, Congo (Reuters) - Thousands of people fled clashes between troops loyal to renegade General Laurent Nkunda and the Congolese army on Saturday in which two government soldiers were killed, officials said. The gun battle in the eastern town of Sake also left 18 civilians wounded as well as 17 government soldiers and at least two soldiers from Nkunda's brigade, U.N. officials said. Fleeing the fighting, women carrying children on their backs and men bearing...

2006-08-04 09:00:15

By Daniel Flynn KINSHASA (Reuters) - Accusations of foreign meddling in Democratic Republic of Congo's elections mounted on Friday after another candidate warned the international community not to intervene to keep President Joseph Kabila in power. With over two weeks still to go until the deadline for the announcement of results from Sunday's election, the capital of the former Belgian colony was awash with rumors of vote-rigging by Kabila's supporters. With heavily-armed United...

2006-08-03 13:40:11

KINSHASA (Reuters) - Seventeen people died in a plane crash in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo on Thursday, a United Nations spokeswoman said. The Russian-made Antonov 28 aircraft was flying in low cloud as it approached the airport at Bukavu in the South Kivu province when it clipped a mountainside and plunged into the forest in flames, the spokeswoman said. All fourteen passengers and three crew were killed when the plane crashed some 15 km short of the airport runway, she...


Latest Congo Reference Libraries

Congo Dwarf Clawed Frog, Hymenochirus boettgeri
2014-08-18 16:11:58

The Congo dwarf clawed frog is one of four species belonging to the African dwarf frog genus. It is native to central Africa and lives primarily in shallow freshwater creeks, flooded areas during the rainy season, and ponds. The Congo dwarf clawed frog can only live out of water for a short period of time, or it will dry up and die. It lives underwater and will only surface to take in oxygen. This species is often used as pets. This species is very small, growing to an average of 2.5...

Western Tree Hyrax, Dendrohyrax dorsalis
2012-10-01 17:43:06

The western tree hyrax (Dendrohyrax dorsalis), also known as Beecroft's tree hyrax or the western tree dassie, is a mammal that is native to Central and West Africa. Its range holds many areas including Benin, Cameroon, the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Gabon, Gambia, Liberia, Rwanda, Senegal, and Uganda. It prefers a habitat within moist savannah or rocky areas, as well as tropical and subtropical moist low-lying forests. Not much is known about this species habits, but some studies have...

Okapi, Okapia johnstoni
2012-10-01 08:48:10

The okapi (Okapia johnstoni) is a species within the Giraffidae family that can be found in Central Africa. Its native range includes the Ituri Rainforest, which can be found to the northeast of the Democratic Republic of the Congo. This species is most closely related to the giraffe, despite its resemblances to the zebra. Its habitat varies slightly depending on the area of its range. It occurs in swamps in the southeast, montane forests in the east, savannahs in the north, and woodlands in...

2012-06-15 06:58:02

Symbol: HICL2 Group: Dicot Family: Malvaceae Duration: Perennial Growth Habit: Tree Shrub Native Status: PR    N VI    N Distribution: HibiscusclypeatusL. distribution:USA+(PR, VI) Classification:       Kingdom   Plantae – Plants Subkingdom   Tracheobionta – Vascular plants Superdivision   Spermatophyta – Seed plants Division   Magnoliophyta – Flowering plants Class   Magnoliopsida...

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2008-10-18 12:24:29

The Gray-backed Fiscal (Lanius excubitoroides) is a species of bird found in Burundi, Cameroon, Central African Republic, Chad, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Ethiopia, Kenya, Mali, Mauritania, Nigeria, Rwanda, Sudan, Tanzania, and Uganda. Its natural habitats are dry savanna and subtropical or tropical dry lowland grassland.

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