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2005-12-19 18:59:27

By David Lewis KINSHASA (Reuters) - Voters in Congo's war-ravaged east have turned out in huge numbers to vote on a constitution designed to end years of war and chaos, UN officials and diplomats said on Monday, when the vote officially closed. The vast country held its first national democratic vote in over 40 years to decide whether to adopt a constitution paving the way to elections next year. Voting on Sunday appeared relatively calm but there were several incidents of violence...

2005-12-19 11:21:38

By Alexandra Hudson THE HAGUE (Reuters) - The U.N.'s highest court ruled on Monday that Uganda violated the sovereignty of the neighbouring Democratic Republic of Congo and was responsible for human rights abuses there during a 1998-2003 war. The court also found that Ugandan soldiers plundered Congo's natural resources and ordered Kampala to pay reparations. The Congo -- rich in gold, diamonds and timber -- was the battleground for rebels, local factions, tribes and several...

2005-12-18 05:50:54

By David Lewis KINSHASA (Reuters) - Congo held its first national democratic poll in 40 years on Sunday but pockets of violence marred the vote on a new constitution aimed at ending decades of dictatorship, war and chaos. From schools in the sprawling riverside capital Kinshasa to thatched huts in the jungle and tarpaulin tents in the lawless east of the vast African nation, voters queued from early in the morning for a ballot many regard as crucial to their future -- even though...

2005-12-18 03:08:18

By David Lewis KINSHASA (Reuters) - Congo's first national democratic poll in 40 years started slowly on Sunday and tempers flared among people queuing to vote on a constitution aimed at ending decades of dictatorship, war and chaos. From schools across the sprawling riverside capital Kinshasa to thatched huts in the jungle and tarpaulin tents in the lawless east of the vast African nation, voters queued up early in the morning, but many polling stations opened late. "Voting has...

2005-12-05 11:13:42

KINSHASA (Reuters) - A strong earthquake damaged homes in the town of Kalemie in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo on Monday and local residents reported deaths and injuries, a United Nations official said. "There is quite a lot of damage to these poorly constructed houses. Residents told us that some people had died and others were injured but we do not have any figures yet," Michel Bonnardeaux, spokesman for the U.N. Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs in...

2005-11-29 09:57:11

KINSHASA (Reuters) - At least 60 people were killed when they were swept off the roof of a train into the river below as the train crossed a bridge in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo, local officials said on Tuesday. "It seems there are over 60 dead in this accident," Koloso Sumaili, governor of Maniema province, told Reuters in Kinshasa after speaking with local officials in his region. He said the accident happened on Monday, around 200 km (125 miles) south of the town of...

2005-10-28 09:48:19

By David Lewis KINSHASA (Reuters) - The world's second largest rainforest stands a greater chance of being protected after Congo's president finally backed a largely ignored ban on new logging, conservation group Greenpeace said on Friday. Democratic Republic of Congo's government imposed a ban in 2002 on the allocation of new logging concessions to prevent rampant deforestation in the vast, central African country but the moratorium has since been widely flouted. President Joseph...

2005-09-30 09:55:29

By David Lewis KINSHASA (Reuters) - A deadline for Rwandan and Ugandan rebels to leave Congo expires on Friday, but thousands remain and threats to drive them out are empty since there is no military force capable of doing so, diplomats say. Despite the midnight Friday deadline agreed in August by Democratic Republic of Congo, Uganda and Rwanda, very few of the foreign rebels have returned home, ignoring a barrage of appeals and threats from all three governments and the United...

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2005-09-29 07:15:00

KINSHASA -- Thousands more rare lowland gorillas than previously thought may have survived years of war and poaching in the Democratic Republic of Congo, a U.S. conservation group said on Thursday. Although the eastern lowland gorilla has disappeared from nearly a quarter of its traditional territory, the Dian Fossey Gorilla Fund International (DFGFI) now estimates there are still between 5,500 and 28,000 of the apes left. Also known as Grauer's gorilla, the endangered ape is found only in...

2005-09-06 08:15:33

By David Lewis KINSHASA (Reuters) - Pygmy chimpanzees dubbed "hippies of the forest" for resolving conflicts through sex rather than violence are dying out faster than ever in post-war Democratic Republic of Congo, a conservationist said on Tuesday. Bonobos, the rarest of all the great apes, are being killed in large numbers by bands of gunmen two years after the vast central African country's most recent war officially ended. "In 1980, there were about 100,000 bonobos in Congo. In...


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  • A unit of saved energy.
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