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2006-08-01 06:38:44

KINSHASA (Reuters) - A Congolese opposition party and former rebel group on Tuesday denounced what it called widespread fraud in the country's historic elections and said it could challenge the results if this was not rectified. "These irregularities are so significant that they distort the results of the vote across the national territory," the Congolese Rally for Democracy (RCD), whose presidential candidate is ex-rebel chief Azarias Ruberwa, said in a statement.

2006-07-29 23:21:20

KINSHASA (Reuters) - Polling stations opened in Democratic Republic of Congo on Sunday as the central African country held its first free multi-party elections in 40 years. Polling started first in the east of the vast former Belgian colony due to a one-hour time difference with the west where the capital Kinshasa is situated.

2006-07-29 17:08:52

By David Lewis KINSHASA (Reuters) - Millions of Congolese will vote on Sunday in historic elections aimed at ending years of war and chaos in the heart of Africa and protected by the world's biggest U.N. peacekeeping force. From the crumbling capital Kinshasa through the thick jungles of the Congo river basin and the mist-shrouded peaks of the east, Congolese will participate in their first free elections in more than 40 years. Schools, churches and tents in Democratic Republic of...

2006-07-05 05:45:49

KINSHASA (Reuters) - More than half the presidential candidates for Congo's landmark elections this month have called for the suspension of campaigning in a row over the printing of millions of extra ballot papers. Nineteen candidates said the printing and distribution of an extra five million ballot papers, which are meant to replace those that could be lost or destroyed, put the credibility and transparency of the July 30 poll in danger. "We demand the suspension of campaigning...

2006-06-10 16:09:32

By Christian Tsoumou BRAZZAVILLE (Reuters) - Ministers from across Africa approved a draft democracy charter on Saturday, laying down guidelines on elections and good governance in the world's poorest continent. A two-day meeting concluded on Saturday with unanimous agreement on the draft document which will be put before a heads of state meeting of the 53-nation African Union to be held in Gambia on July 1-2. "This is really a major advance in the democratic process in Africa,"...

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...

2006-05-28 12:49:22

KINSHASA (Reuters) - Congo has released a group of South Africans, Nigerians and Americans arrested over what the government said was a suspected coup plot ahead of elections in July, diplomats said on Sunday. Congo said on Wednesday it had detained the 32 foreigners for planning a coup ahead of presidential and parliamentary polls. Security sources said the arrests were linked to domestic political rivalries and that there was never a serious threat to the government. South African...

2006-05-14 08:30:57

KINSHASA (Reuters) - The international community is overlooking the world's worst humanitarian disaster in Democratic Republic of Congo, where 10 million people need life-saving assistance, a U.N. official said on Sunday. With 1,200 people dying every day in the vast central African state, the United Nations launched an appeal three months ago for $682 million (361 million pounds) to provide water, food, medical assistance, shelter and protection to those at risk. That equates to...

2006-04-26 10:16:27

By David Lewis KINSHASA (Reuters) - Several hundred children die daily from hunger, disease and violence in Congo, despite the efforts of U.N. peacekeepers, billions of dollars of aid and the prospect of post-war elections, a rights group said on Wednesday. Children in Democratic Republic of Congo are still targeted by armed groups and have little access to education or healthcare, the Watchlist on Children and Armed Conflict said in a new report. Instead of improving after the...

2006-02-18 11:24:28

By David Lewis KINSHASA (Reuters) - Democratic Republic of Congo on Saturday adopted a new constitution aimed at bringing an end to decades of dictatorship, war and chaos in the vast country, and paving the way for elections by mid-2006. Thousands of people, including regional presidents, gathered in the gardens of the presidential palace in the capital Kinshasa, cheering and waving paper replicas of the country's new flag as President Joseph Kabila signed into law the new...

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2007-01-02 11:00:22

The western lowland gorilla (Gorilla gorilla gorilla) is a subspecies of the western gorilla (Gorilla gorilla). It lives in montane, primary, and secondary forests and lowland swamps. It is found throughout all or parts of Angola, Cameroon, Central African Republic, Congo, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Equatorial Guinea and Gabon. Of all gorillas it is the least endangered and is the gorilla usually found in zoos. The western lowland gorilla eats plants and, occasionally, insects....

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