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2006-07-29 04:45:22

KINSHASA (Reuters) - A drone flying over Kinshasa as part of EU efforts to keep Congo's historic elections safe has crashed, setting a house on fire and injuring five people, European military sources said. It was a setback for the European Union military force, EUFOR, that was deployed in the central African state with great fanfare to protect civilians during Sunday's vote. The unmanned Belgian craft was flying its first reconnaissance mission over the capital when it crashed into...

2006-07-28 15:03:08

By Pascal Fletcher KINSHASA (Reuters) - President Joseph Kabila told thousands of cheering supporters on Friday to vote for a new era of peace and development in war-scarred Congo by backing him in Sunday's historic elections. At a final campaign rally, he claimed credit for leading the Democratic Republic of Congo to its first free multi-party elections after four decades of war, dictatorship and chaos. Kabila, who took over the presidency of former Zaire when his father Laurent...

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....

2006-07-27 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...

2006-07-25 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...

2006-07-25 05:47:52

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.

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 11:44:47

By David Lewis KINSHASA (Reuters) - Gunmen killed a journalist in Democratic Republic of Congo early on Saturday, a day after foreign donors called on the government to guarantee press freedoms ahead of historic elections this month. A local media watchdog said independent journalist Mwamba Bapuwa, who had recently criticized the government and survived a previous attack several months ago, was shot at his home by unidentified intruders who took his mobile phone. The killing comes...

2006-05-28 13:43:00

By David Lewis KINSHASA (Reuters) - Congo has released a group of South Africans, Nigerians and Americans arrested over what it called a suspected coup plot, saying it did not have time to try them itself before long-awaited national elections in July. Congo said on Wednesday it had detained the 32 foreigners for planning a coup ahead of the presidential and parliamentary polls. Diplomats and security sources said the arrests were about domestic political rivalries and dismissed talk...