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2006-07-27 14:32:58

By David Lewis KINSHASA (Reuters) - Two Congolese policemen were killed on Thursday when supporters of a presidential candidate went on the rampage after part of his compound was destroyed by a fire days before historic elections, U.N. officials said. Followers of former rebel chief Jean-Pierre Bemba also looted a church and set buildings ablaze as tensions flared in the riverside capital ahead of what will be the first multi-party polls in 40 years in Democratic Republic of Congo....

2006-07-27 07:41:56

By David Lewis KINSHASA (Reuters) - A Congolese warlord heading a coalition of eastern militias has agreed to lay down his arms and allow voting in historic elections set for Sunday. The deal signed by militia chief Mathieu Ngudjolo with Congo's military in northeast Ituri district late on Wednesday was good news for U.N. peacekeepers who are trying to guarantee security for the polls in Democratic Republic of Congo. But analysts said it was not clear whether the agreement would...

2006-07-27 07:20:00

By David Lewis KINSHASA (Reuters) - They can leap out of helicopters, rescue hostages and they are armed to the teeth -- but few people in Congo understand what exactly a European military force is doing here, and many are suspicious. Some 1,000 European Union soldiers have been sent to Democratic Republic of Congo to help provide security for Sunday's elections, the first multi-party polls in four decades in a vast country laid to waste by war, anarchy and corruption. The EU soldiers will...

2006-07-27 03:55:00

By Daniel Flynn MAITA, Congo (Reuters) - "Vote on Sunday! Vote on Sunday!" men shout at villagers from aboard a 50-foot wooden canoe as it glides along the vast Congo river, packed high with boxes of voting ballots and red plastic tables and chairs. Smiling women and children wave and run along the bank as the pirogue arrives at the tiny island of Maita, bringing to villagers there the chance to vote on Sunday in Democratic Republic of Congo's first free elections in more than 40 years. The...

2006-07-26 02:26:58

By Matthew Green MARIDI, Sudan (Reuters) - A team of more than 100 people hoping to persuade Uganda's Lord's Resistance Army (LRA) leader Joseph Kony to end his uprising prepared on Wednesday for the final leg of their journey to the Sudan-Congo border. More than 20 relatives of senior LRA commanders, including several of Kony's former wives, have joined chiefs, elders and religious leaders from northern Uganda for the trip, which aims to meet Kony this week. The delegation wants to...

2006-07-25 07:29:00

By David Lewis KINSHASA (Reuters) - Congolese police fired warning shots on Tuesday to disperse rioting opposition protesters in Kinshasa who tore down election posters and demanded the postponement of historic polls set for Sunday. The several hundred demonstrators, who want Democratic Republic of Congo's first multi-party polls in 40 years to be delayed because of political tensions and accusations of flaws, threw rocks and petrol bombs, blocking a highway into the city. Plain...

2006-07-25 05:59:27

KINSHASA (Reuters) - Congolese opposition protesters rampaged down a main highway into Kinshasa on Tuesday, tearing down election posters and demanding the postponement of historic polls scheduled for Sunday. The several hundred demonstrators, who want Democratic Republic of Congo's first multi-party polls in 40 years to be delayed because of tensions and alleged flaws, clashed with riot police who beat them with batons while market women scattered. The clashes followed complaints...

2006-07-24 11:12:47

By David Lewis KINSHASA (Reuters) - Congolese police dispersed stone-throwing demonstrators during a campaign visit by President Joseph Kabila to an opposition stronghold, witnesses said on Monday, as tensions build ahead of historic elections. Opposition supporters in the southern mining town of Mbuji Mayi attacked U.N. and government vehicles traveling from the airport late on Sunday, but the president's convoy was not hit as he entered town after dark, witnesses said. The...

2006-07-11 07:50:00

By David Lewis TCHEI, Congo -- As government soldiers dozed in the abandoned market stalls and excited U.N. peacekeepers celebrated reaching the town, several days late, a handful of civilians squatted in a mud hut. The dozen or so -- those too old, young or ill to flee -- were being kept under close guard and were all that was left of the population of 10,000 who lived in Tchei before the attack. "Look at us, this is all we have," said a frail man in tattered clothing who said his name was...

2006-07-08 14:59:54

By David Lewis KINSHASA (Reuters) - Five Nepali U.N. peacekeepers held hostage for more than a month by militia fighters in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo were released unharmed and without conditions on Saturday, the United Nations said. The U.N. peacekeeping mission in the Congo (MONUC) said the five soldiers, part of a group of Nepali blue helmets captured after a May 27 clash with militia in northeast Ituri district, were released safe and sound by their captors. Although...


Latest Congo Reference Libraries

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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2008-05-01 00:06:09

The Reedfish (Erpetoichthys calabaricus), also known as the ropefish or snakefish is a species of freshwater fish in the bichir family and order. It is the only member of the genus Erpetoichthys. It is native to West Africa, with its natural habitat stretching from Nigeria to the Congo. The Reedfish has a maximum total length of 36 inches. It lives in slow-moving, brackish, warm water, and it can breathe air using a modified swimbladder which it uses like a pair of lungs. This organ means...

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glogg
  • Scandinavian punch made of claret and aquavit with spices and raisins and orange peel and sugar.
This word comes from the Swedish 'glogg,' which is an alteration of 'glodgat,' mulled (wine).
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