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2006-05-26 22:20:00

By Maggie Fox, Health and Science Correspondent WASHINGTON - Researchers who picked up and analyzed wild chimp droppings said on Thursday they had shown how the AIDS virus originated in wild apes in Cameroon and then spread in humans across Africa and eventually the world. Their study, published in the journal Science, supports other studies that suggest people somehow caught the deadly human immunodeficiency virus from chimpanzees, perhaps by killing and eating them. "It says that the...

2006-05-24 05:02:23

By Willy Kabwe KINSHASA (Reuters) - Congolese authorities said on Wednesday they had arrested 32 foreigners, including South Africans, Nigerians and Americans, in what they called a suspected coup plot ahead of historic elections in July. But diplomats and security sources played down the announcement, saying they believed the alleged plot had to do with domestic political rivalries and posed no real threat to the upcoming July 30 parliamentary and presidential polls in the...

2006-05-24 02:49:02

KINSHASA (Reuters) - The Democratic Republic of Congo said on Wednesday it had arrested about 30 foreigners, including Nigerians, Americans and South Africans, in a suspected coup plot ahead of elections scheduled for July 30. "About 30 people claiming to work for a security company have been arrested. They say they were working for the company but our information suggests they had other intentions," government spokesman Henri Mova Sakanyi told Reuters. "They wanted to destabilize...

2006-05-14 08:30:57

KINSHASA (Reuters) - The international community is overlooking the world's worst humanitarian disaster in Democratic Republic of Congo, where 10 million people need life-saving assistance, a U.N. official said on Sunday. With 1,200 people dying every day in the vast central African state, the United Nations launched an appeal three months ago for $682 million (361 million pounds) to provide water, food, medical assistance, shelter and protection to those at risk. That equates to...

2006-04-26 10:16:27

By David Lewis KINSHASA (Reuters) - Several hundred children die daily from hunger, disease and violence in Congo, despite the efforts of U.N. peacekeepers, billions of dollars of aid and the prospect of post-war elections, a rights group said on Wednesday. Children in Democratic Republic of Congo are still targeted by armed groups and have little access to education or healthcare, the Watchlist on Children and Armed Conflict said in a new report. Instead of improving after the...

2006-04-06 21:46:49

By Ed Stoddard JOHANNESBURG (Reuters) - American writer Adam Hochschild sees the ghosts of dictators past haunting the Democratic Republic of Congo as the former Belgian colony prepares for its first democratic elections in 40 years. The author of the critically acclaimed "King Leopold's Ghost: A Story of Greed, Terror, and Heroism in Colonial Africa," is not optimistic about the future of a country that has been pillaged and brutalized for decades. "The legacy of King Leopold very...

2006-04-04 06:30:41

By David Lewis KINSHASA (Reuters) - Tens of thousands of street children across Congo risk being recruited by political parties to create chaos, intimidate voters and contest the results of up-coming elections, Human Rights Watch said on Tuesday. The New York-based watchdog warned that the children faced death or injury as Congo's security forces -- who killed or wounded scores of anti-government demonstrators in 2005 -- frequently respond to protests with excessive force....

2006-03-21 13:54:29

By David Lewis KINSHASA (Reuters) - Congo's landmark elections must be open to all and run by the rules to ensure the results are accepted, U.N. Secretary-General Kofi Annan said on Tuesday. The U.N. chief said a promise by European countries to send a force to help secure the polls, scheduled for June 18 and meant to end a decade of war and chaos, showed the international community was committed to the Democratic Republic of Congo. But in a reminder of the conflict simmering in...

2006-03-18 08:34:03

By Alexandra Hudson THE HAGUE (Reuters) - A Congolese militia leader accused of conscripting children for war will be the first suspect to face trial at the International Criminal Court, the chief prosecutor of the ICC said on Saturday. Thomas Lubanga arrived at an ICC temporary detention center late on Friday night after having been flown from the Democratic Republic of Congo aboard a French military plane one day after Congolese authorities surrendered him to the court. "Thomas...

2006-03-17 14:21:30

By Wendel Broere AMSTERDAM (Reuters) - A Congolese militia leader accused of conscripting and enlisting children aged under 15 for warfare became the first suspect sent for trial at the International Criminal Court (ICC), the court said on Friday. Thomas Lubanga Dyilo left Congo aboard a French military plane and is expected to arrive in The Hague later. He will be taken to a temporary detention center in the Dutch city. "Thomas Lubanga must answer for war crimes," the ICC said in a...


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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