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2006-08-01 09:47:34

By David Lewis KINSHASA (Reuters) - A Congolese opposition party and former rebel group on Tuesday denounced widespread fraud in the country's historic elections in a protest that heralded a divisive political dispute over the polls. The RCD party of presidential contender Azarias Ruberwa said unless its allegations of "systematic fraud" were cleared up it would contest the election results, due by August 20. The complaint posed an early challenge to Congolese electoral authorities...

2006-07-31 16:12:35

By Daniel Flynn and David Lewis KINSHASA (Reuters) - A former Congo rebel leader said on Monday initial results gave him a lead in landmark presidential elections and warned he would not accept defeat by President Joseph Kabila if he felt the process was rigged. Defying calls from election authorities not to predict the results, Jean-Pierre Bemba said that preliminary counts from Sunday's vote compiled by his party's election witnesses showed he held a strong lead in six of Congo's...

2006-07-30 16:56:00

By David Lewis KINSHASA (Reuters) - Millions of Congolese voted enthusiastically in their first free elections in over 40 years on Sunday, hoping to end years of war, corruption and chaos that have brought the mineral-rich African giant to its knees. U.N. officials and foreign observers said turnout was high and voting was mostly orderly and peaceful at the landmark polls, aimed at turning the page on a 1998-2003 war that sucked in six neighboring states and killed 4 million people....

2006-07-30 05:26:10

By David Lewis KINSHASA (Reuters) - Millions of Congolese turned out enthusiastically to vote in their first free elections in 40 years on Sunday, protected by the world's biggest U.N. peacekeeping force and hoping to end years of war and chaos. From Democratic Republic of Congo's sprawling capital Kinshasa to the thick jungles of the Congo river basin and the mist-shrouded peaks of the east, they flocked to cast their ballots under the watchful eye of U.N. blue helmets. "I came...

2006-07-29 17:08:52

By David Lewis KINSHASA (Reuters) - Millions of Congolese will vote on Sunday in historic elections aimed at ending years of war and chaos in the heart of Africa and protected by the world's biggest U.N. peacekeeping force. From the crumbling capital Kinshasa through the thick jungles of the Congo river basin and the mist-shrouded peaks of the east, Congolese will participate in their first free elections in more than 40 years. Schools, churches and tents in Democratic Republic of...

2006-07-29 13:33:03

By Pascal Fletcher KINSHASA (Reuters) - World leaders urged the people of Congo on Saturday to shun violence and embrace democracy by voting peacefully in the country's first free multi-party elections in 40 years. Sunday's presidential and parliamentary elections are the culmination of a peace process that followed a devastating 1998-2003 war in the Democratic Republic of Congo. The international community has thrown its weight behind the polls in the vast, mineral-rich former...

2006-07-29 11:29:05

By Pascal Fletcher KINSHASA (Reuters) - World leaders urged the people of Congo on Saturday to shun violence and embrace democracy by voting peacefully in the country's first free multi-party elections in 40 years this weekend. The international community has thrown its weight behind Sunday's polls in the Democratic Republic of Congo, stumping up the $460 million needed to hold them and deploying the largest United Nations peacekeeping operation on the planet. The presidential and...

2006-07-28 12:18:16

By Daniel Flynn KINSHASA (Reuters) - An ex-rebel leader running for president in Congo's historic elections appealed to his supporters on Friday to vote in peace and denounced allegations of war crimes and cannibalism as a slur against him. Jean-Pierre Bemba, who has served as vice-president of Democratic Republic of Congo under a peace deal that ended a 1998-2003 war, is a leading contender in Sunday's landmark polls in a field of 32 candidates. But some analysts fear he could be...

2006-07-28 09:35:26

By Pascal Fletcher KINSHASA (Reuters) - Democratic Republic of Congo is ready to hold its first multi-party elections in 40 years despite violence during campaigning in Kinshasa which killed at least six people, the United Nations said on Friday. "We're ready for elections on Sunday," Deputy U.N. Special Representative for Congo Ross Mountain said a day after supporters of one presidential candidate torched buildings and attacked police and journalists in the riverside capital....

2006-07-28 04:59:52

By C. Bryson Hull WALIKALE, Congo (Reuters) - Voters in Congo's east say they will risk their lives to cast their ballots in historic elections on Sunday as they run the gauntlet of marauding rebels and militias. "We live in fear. These people take from us, they kill us, and they rape us," said Rita Mikindu, a resident of the remote eastern town of Walikale in Democratic Republic of Congo's North Kivu district. United Nations peacekeepers are promising to protect voters in Sunday's...


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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Word of the Day
mallemaroking
  • Nautical, the visiting and carousing of sailors in the Greenland ships.
This word is apparently from a confusion of two similar Dutch words: 'mallemerok,' a foolish woman, and 'mallemok,' a name for some persons among the crew of a whaling vessel.