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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...

2006-03-17 11:22:10

By Wendel Broere AMSTERDAM (Reuters) - Congo sent a militia leader suspected of ordering the killing of nine U.N. peacekeepers last year to the International Criminal Court on Friday, making him its first prisoner, the court said. The suspect, Thomas Lubanga, leads the Union of Congolese Patriots (UPC), an ethnic militia now registered as a political party and accused of widespread human rights abuses in eastern Congo's lawless Ituri district. "Thomas Lubanga Dyilo ... was arrested...

2006-03-17 10:24:54

By Willy Kabwe KINSHASA (Reuters) - Congo sent a militia leader suspected of ordering the killing of nine U.N. peacekeepers last year to the International Criminal Court on Friday, making him its first prisoner, U.N. and government sources said. The suspect, Thomas Lubanga, leads the Union of Congolese Patriots (UPC), an ethnic militia now registered as a political party and accused of widespread human rights abuses in eastern Congo's lawless Ituri district. "Thomas Lubanga left for...

2006-03-16 11:57:18

By David Lewis LUBUMBASHI, Congo (Reuters) - A Congolese general is being accused of diverting military food trains for private business after at least 20 soldiers died from hunger or malnutrition at a southern camp, officials said on Thursday. The new national army is facing accusations of abuse and indiscipline as Democratic Republic of Congo prepares to hold its first free, democratic elections in 40 years in June, hoping to emerge from decades of war, dictatorship and chaos. A...

2006-03-16 08:48:46

By Daniel Wallis KAMPALA (Reuters) - Uganda's army said on Thursday the leader of the Lord's Resistance Army (LRA) rebels had left a south Sudanese hideout and joined his deputy in the jungles of neighboring Congo. Uganda's military spokesman Major Felix Kulayigye said intelligence reports that LRA leader Joseph Kony, wanted internationally for war crimes, had entered the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) on Tuesday partly prompted an extra deployment of troops along the Congolese...

2006-03-07 10:52:18

By David Lewis KINSHASA (Reuters) - Foreign diplomats are battling to keep Congo's elections on track as former rebels threaten to pull out and boycott parliament, and participation by the leading political opposition hangs in the balance. With long awaited polls tentatively scheduled for June 18, belligerent factions are fragmenting and politicians and rebels are negotiating alliances behind the scenes. The biggest U.N. peacekeeping force is trying to restore order and the European...

2006-03-06 16:10:40

By David Lewis KINSHASA (Reuters) - U.N. troops killed several militia fighters during heavy clashes in eastern Congo after a joint operation with the government army was aborted by a mutiny among its soldiers, the world body said on Monday. U.N. peacekeeping chief Jean-Marie Guehenno flew into Democratic Republic of Congo for an unprecedented 10-day visit to the U.N.'s biggest peace force and called for unity and cooperation from the Congolese to rebuild their country. U.N. blue...

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2006-03-06 11:26:50

MBIHE-MOKELE, Congo -- Scientists are struggling to save the fast-disappearing bonobo, the gentle "hippie chimp" known for resolving squabbles through sex rather than violence. Unfortunately, bonobos are prized by Congolese for their tasty meat, and many villagers who are illegally hunting the wiry, wizen-faced apes don't realize how close their prey is to extinction. "Bonobos are an icon for peace and love, the world's 'hippie chimps,'" said Sally Coxe of the Washington-based Bonobo...

2006-03-01 11:09:45

By David Lewis KINSHASA (Reuters) - Congolese militiamen fighting U.N. peacekeepers and government troops are using civilians as human shields in a battle raging in the northeast of the lawless country, the United Nations said on Wednesday. With Congo's first free national elections in 40 years due in a few months, the world body has stepped up attempts to help a chaotic national army pacify the east, where rebels and militia still roam three years after war officially ended....

2006-02-23 09:52:45

By David Lewis KINSHASA (Reuters) - Thousands of civilians have taken refuge on floating islands in the lakes of Congo's Katanga province to escape rape and murder by government and militia fighters, a top U.N. humanitarian official said on Thursday. Some 120,000 people have fled their homes in the remote Mitwaba area, where hundreds of women have been raped during fighting between the army and former pro-government militiamen that U.N. peacekeepers are unable to control, he added....


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
omphalos
  • The navel or umbilicus.
  • In Greek archaeology: A central boss, as on a shield, a bowl, etc.
  • A sacred stone in the temple of Apollo at Delphi, believed by the Greeks to mark the 'navel' or exact center-point of the earth.
'Omphalos' comes from the ancient Greek.
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