Latest Republic of the Congo Stories

2006-01-05 19:17:12

By Paul Majendie LONDON (Reuters) - The Congo conflict is the deadliest humanitarian crisis of the last 60 years but the world is still not doing enough to save lives, according to a survey on Friday. Its authors pleaded urgently for more aid and tougher security in the wake of a war estimated to have killed nearly four million people, mainly through hunger and disease. "Congo is the deadliest crisis anywhere in the world over the past 60 years," said Richard Brennan, health...

2005-12-24 19:44:45

By Willy Kabwe KINSHASA (Reuters) - U.N. and Congolese troops on Saturday captured a militia base in the volatile east, as referendum results showed an overwhelming "Yes" to a new constitution intended to help end the country's conflict. A U.N. military spokesman said 30 militia gunmen were killed when 300 Nepalese U.N. peacekeepers and 1,500 government soldiers took Nioka, a town 80 km (50 miles) northeast of Bunia in the Democratic Republic of Congo's Ituri Province. "This morning...

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...

2005-12-15 05:36:41

By David Lewis MBANDAKA, Congo (Reuters) - The outboard motor strains and water threatens to pour in with every wobble of the dugout canoe ferrying 15 election workers, voting kits and a mountain of food steadily along the vast, brown Congo river. Hours later and 65 km (40 miles) further downstream the team arrive in Maita, a remote jungle village. Today Maita is little more than a collection of huts, but come Sunday thousands of people are expected to paddle here to take part in a...

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...

2005-08-20 14:11:49

BRAZZAVILLE (Reuters) - Police in Congo Republic seized 253 kg (557 lb) of elephant tusks that poachers were trying to smuggle out of the country by air, police said on Saturday. Police discovered the haul consisting of 66 pieces of ivory at the Maya-Maya international airport in the capital Brazzaville on Friday, saying it was probably destined to be smuggled out of West Africa via Ivory Coast's main city Abidjan. "We have caught the forwarding agent, and the investigation in...

2005-07-01 17:21:07

By David Lewis KINSHASA (Reuters) - Congo's opposition pledged on Fridayto pressure the government to quit, a day after at least oneperson was killed when security forces clashed with protestersangry at delays to post-war elections. A U.N. spokesman said police used excessive force to breakup the protests, which were triggered by the government'sfailure to organize elections by the end of June, as laid outby a 2003 peace deal to end a devastating five-year war. "We are calling for...

Latest Republic of the Congo Reference Libraries

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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