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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...

2006-04-29 13:50:21

KINSHASA (Reuters) - The United Nations said on Saturday reports of a Ugandan army incursion into Congo were "credible" after peacekeepers conducted a verification mission in the remote northeastern border region. Democratic Republic of Congo's government has protested to Kampala over what it said was an incursion by Ugandan troops who clashed with Kinshasa's forces as they pursued Ugandan rebels over the border earlier this week. "After verification, we found the reports concerning...

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....

2006-03-17 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...

2006-03-02 07:18:32

KINSHASA (Reuters) - Congolese army soldiers fighting alongside U.N. peacekeepers against ethnic militiamen have mutinied and ransacked a U.N. camp in the east of the vast country, the United Nations said on Thursday. The mutiny began on Wednesday and forced the suspension of a joint U.N. and Congo government army operation to retake the eastern town of Tchei in Ituri district from an ethnic militia, said Lieutenant-Colonel Frederic Medard, U.N. military spokesman in the capital,...

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2006-02-13 08:10:00

By David Lewis KINSHASA -- Hortense Muadi has heard about bird flu on the radio and knows it can kill. But the Congolese mother of two didn't know it had arrived in Africa and, like many others on the world's poorest and most disease-stricken continent, she has more to worry about than watching out for sick chickens. "So it is in Africa now? Well, I guess that just adds to the malaria, typhoid, AIDS and measles we already have to deal with," said 36-year-old Muadi, who is unemployed and lives...

2005-12-20 17:48:45

By David Lewis KINSHASA (Reuters) - The "Yes" vote in Democratic Republic of Congo's referendum on whether to accept a post-war constitution took a strong early lead on Tuesday after a poll seen as paving the way for elections next year, officials said. Sunday's vote was the first independent election to be held in the vast central African country for over 40 years, a period during which it has suffered dictatorship, wars and chaos. "From votes counted across the country, the 'Yes'...

2005-12-20 09:03:43

By David Lewis KINSHASA (Reuters) - The "Yes" vote in Democratic Republic of Congo's referendum on a post-war constitution appeared to take an early lead on Tuesday, according to U.N. radio citing early returns from the ground-breaking poll. Sunday's vote on whether to accept a proposed constitution was the first independent election to be held in the Congo for over 40 years, a period during which the vast central African country has suffered dictatorship, wars and chaos. Adoption...

2005-12-20 07:00:32

By David Lewis KINSHASA (Reuters) - The "Yes" vote in Democratic Republic of Congo's referendum on a post-war constitution appeared to take an early lead on Tuesday, according to U.N. radio citing early returns from the ground-breaking poll. Sunday's vote on whether to accept a proposed constitution was the first independent election to be held in the Congo for over 40 years, a period during which the vast central African country has suffered dictatorship, wars and chaos. Adoption...


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