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2006-08-28 15:18:31

By Alexandra Hudson THE HAGUE (Reuters) - Prosecutors on Monday formally charged a Congolese militia leader with enlisting children as young as 10 and forcing them to fight in the country's civil war in the first case at the International Criminal Court. Thomas Lubanga, who was delivered to the court from the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) in March, was the founder and leader of one of the most dangerous militia in Congo's lawless northeastern district of Ituri, according to...

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...

2006-07-27 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...

2006-07-08 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...

2006-07-08 14:01:07

By David Lewis KINSHASA (Reuters) - Militia fighters in Democratic Republic of Congo on Saturday released five Nepalese U.N. peacekeepers they had been holding hostage in the violent east of the country since late May, U.N. officials said. "They are free. They have been released," one of the officials, who asked not to be named, told Reuters. Violence by rebels and renegade militia groups in the volatile east has dogged preparations for historic elections due on July 30, thwarting...

2006-06-27 02:48:07

KINSHASA (Reuters) - Congolese militia fighters on Tuesday released two of seven Nepalese U.N. peacekeepers they have been holding hostage in the violent east of the country for over a month, U.N. officials said. "Two of our men have been released. They were freed early this morning and have come back unharmed," a U.N. military source told Reuters. A separate U.N. source and a Western diplomat confirmed the releases. "They were released after Lendu members of parliament became...

2006-06-22 07:30:00

By David Lewis BUNIA, Congo (Reuters) - Some fight in flip-flops, others hope potions will turn their enemy's bullets into water and most take little time to aim, trusting in the theory: "He who makes most noise wins." But the government soldiers, militia fighters and bush bandits in eastern Congo all have one thing in common -- an AK-47 assault rifle. "At $20 to $50 each, it's pretty easy to get your hands on an AK out here," explains a source close to the militia groups in Democratic...

2006-03-20 11:32:08

By Anna Mudeva THE HAGUE (Reuters) - A Congolese militia leader, the first suspect to face trial at the International Criminal Court, made an initial appearance in The Hague on Monday on charges of conscripting children for war. Thomas Lubanga was transferred to the ICC on Friday night after he was flown from the Democratic Republic of Congo aboard a French military plane the day after Congolese authorities surrendered him to the court. Lubanga, dressed in a dark suit, confirmed his...

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...


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  • A fudgelike confection of brown sugar, cream or milk, and chopped nuts.
'Penuche' is a variant of 'panocha,' a coarse grade of sugar made in Mexico. 'Panocha' probably comes from the Spanish 'panoja, panocha,' ear of grain.
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