Congo

Earthquake rocks buildings in northern Zambia; no injuries reported

A 5.9-magnitude earthquake struck Zambia and neighbouring countries early Friday, the US Geological Survey reported.

Sixteen killed in fighting between army and rebels in Congo

Sixteen fighters from the reactivated Congolese rebel movement M23 have been killed during two days of fighting with the army in the east of the country, a military spokesman said Thursday.

Congo to investigate alleged massacre by army

The Congolese government Wednesday pledged to investigate an alleged massacre of unarmed men and women by the army, after initially dismissing a video claiming to show it as a fake.

Congo dismisses video of alleged army massacre

The Congolese government on Saturday dismissed a video that appears to show its soldiers firing at unarmed men and women as a probable fake.

Nineteen killed as militia attacks two villages in Congo

About 19 people have been killed in an attack by an armed group on two Congolese villages, a local youth leader said Saturday.

International community warns Congo against postponing elections

The United Nations, the African Union and the European Union on Thursday expressed concern over Congo's lack of progress in organizing the elections due this year, urging the "full and timely implementation" of the plan.

Congo says it does not have enough money to organize elections

Congo does not have sufficient funds for holding the elections planned by the end of this year, Budget Minister Pierre Kangudia announced Wednesday, while the opposition accused the government of manoeuvring to keep President Joseph Kabila in power.

WHO: Yellow fever epidemic ends in Congo

A vaccination campaign in the Democratic Republic of Congo has brought an end to the central African country's deadly yellow fever epidemic, the World Health Organization said Tuesday.

Twelve more killed in clashes in central Congo

Twelve people were killed in clashes between a local militia and security forces in central Congo on Monday, bringing the death toll to about 100 since last week, a representative of local civil society groups said.

At least 90 killed in clashes between police and militias in Congo

At least 90 people were killed during two days of clashes between the Kamuina Nsapu militia and security forces in central Congo, the local Red Cross said Sunday.

Longtime Congo opposition leader Tshisekedi dies in Brussels

Congo's main opposition leader Etienne Tshisekedi died in Brussels on Wednesday aged 84, his party announced.

More than 120 suspected Burundian rebels extradited from Congo

At least 128 suspected Burundian rebels detained in Congo were on Tuesday extradited to Burundi, officials said.

Uganda arrests 101 Congolese ex-rebels heading for Congo

Uganda has arrested 101 members of a former Congolese rebel group which surrendered in 2013, but which is suspected of planning new attacks in eastern Congo, the government in Kampala said Thursday.

Former rebel movement could re-launch attacks in Congo, official says

A former Congolese rebel movement that surrendered in 2013 is planning new attacks in the country, local broadcaster Radio Okapi reported on Sunday quoting a senior official.

More than 40 killed in Congo fighting

About 43 people have been killed in fighting between a local militia and security forces in central Congo, Red Cross sources said Wednesday.

Congo ruling party signs deal to end President Kabila's rule

After weeks of negotiations, Congo's ruling party signed a deal with opposition leaders that aims to end President Joseph Kabila's 15-year-rule.

At least 50 dead in Congo floods

At least 50 people have died in western Congo after flooding caused by heavy rains at the start of the week.

Congo peace agreement will allow Kabila to remain until end 2017

The government in Congo and the opposition have tentatively reached an agreement that will see President Joseph Kabila step down at the end of 2017, the Catholic Church Council of Bishops (CENCO) reported Friday.

Eighteen killed in clashes between militias in eastern Congo

Eighteen people have been killed in clashes between militias in eastern Congo, military spokesman Kaiko Ndjike Guillaume said on Thursday.

At least 22 killed in anti-government protests in Congo

At least 22 people are dead after anti-government protests in various cities in Congo, with more than 275 arrested, Congolese police reported on Wednesday.

About 19 killed in Kinshasa protests, UN says in Congo

About 19 people have been killed in anti-government protests in Congo's capital Kinshasa, the UN said Wednesday.

Anti-Kabila protests rage on in Congo as three are reported killed

Protests raged in Congo on Tuesday against President Joseph Kabila staying in power beyond his second term, with police using tear gas on demonstrators and shots ringing out in the capital Kinshasa, witnesses said.

Dozens of anti-Kabila protesters reportedly arrested in eastern Congo

Dozens of protesters were Monday arrested in eastern Congo while calling on President Joseph Kabila to step down as his second term in office was about to expire at midnight.

At least 20 killed in Congo gold mine accident

At least 20 people have been killed in a mining accident in eastern Congo, South Kivu province's Mining Minister Apollinaire Bulindi said Sunday.

Congo expels Belgian television crews ahead of expected protests

Congo has expelled five journalists from the Belgian broadcasters VRT and VTM, a government spokesman said Saturday, amid reports that they had intended to cover protests against President Joseph Kabila.

Congo to block social media to prevent anti-Kabila protests

Social media will be blocked in Congo starting Monday, in an apparent attempt to prevent protests against President Joseph Kabila.

EU imposes sanctions on seven Congolese officials

The European Union on Monday imposed sanctions on seven Congolese security officials alleged to have suppressed opposition protests in September when dozens of demonstrators were killed.

Fishermen recover 50 bodies from lake in eastern Congo

Congolese fishermen have recovered about 50 bodies floating on a lake in the north-east, officials and civil society activists said on Wednesday.

At least 20 killed in clashes between militia and security forces

At least 20 people were killed in central Congo when militiamen of local chief Kamwena Nsapu clashed with security forces, civil society leaders and residents said Sunday.

Militias kill at least 30 in east DRC ethnic clashes

A rebel militia in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo killed at least 30 people in a Sunday morning attack, according to officials and non-governmental organisations.

Pygmy attacks kill 30 in Congo village

Thirty people have been killed in attacks by Pygmy militiamen against a village in north-eastern Congo, officials said Thursday.

Congo's president appoints opposition member as prime minister

Congolese President Joseph Kabila on Thursday appointed opposition legislator Sammy Badibanga as prime minister as part of a deal to form a national unity government to prepare the 2018 elections, the presidency announced.

Congo to ban foreign media from broadcasting independently

The government of Congo wants to ban all 24-hour foreign news services, including the BBC and Deutsche Welle, from operating independently, Communications Minister Lambert Mende Omalanga said Monday.

Congolese premier resigns as part of deal with opposition

Congolese Prime Minister Augustin Matata Ponyo resigned Monday as part of a deal made with the opposition that allows President Joseph Kabila to stay in power after the end of his second term, officials said.

Explosion kills child, injures 31 peacekeepers in Congo

An explosion killed a child and injured 32 UN peacekeepers Tuesday in the eastern Congolese city of Goma, the UN contingent to the country said.

UN report blames Congo authorities for 48 deaths at recent protests

Congo's security forces killed at least 48 people during three days of protests in September in Kinshasa, a UN report said Friday.

ICC convicts former Congolese vice president of bribing witnesses

The International Criminal Court (ICC) on Wednesday convicted a former Congolese vice president and four members of his legal team of bribing witnesses in his trial.

General strike pressing Kabila to step down paralyses Congo cities

Congo's main cities came to a partial standstill Wednesday as a general strike called by the opposition pressed President Joseph Kabila to step down in December.

Twenty killed in clashes over Pygmies' caterpillar tax in Congo

About 20 people have been killed in three days of clashes between members of a Pygmy and of a Bantu ethnic group in south-eastern Congo, local officials said Tuesday.

EU prepares sanctions on Congo over violence, political crisis

EU foreign ministers paved the way Monday for sanctions against Congo, which has been gripped by violence amid a political crisis in light of upcoming presidential elections.

Congolese army clashes with militia, kills 14 fighters

The Congolese army clashed with a local militia in Central Kasai province on Friday, killing 14 militiamen, officials said.

At least 10 killed in suspected rebel attack in eastern Congo

At least 10 people were killed when gunmen thought to be Ugandan rebels attacked an area in eastern Congo, an army spokesman said Monday.

Human rights group reports 680 deaths in massacres in eastern Congo

Unidentified attackers have killed at least 680 civilians in a series of massacres in eastern Congo over the past two years, Human Rights Watch said Friday.

Congo election commission calls for poll delay until end of 2018

Presidential elections in Congo should be delayed by over two years, electoral authorities said Saturday, in the wake of mass protests over the date of the poll.

Congo downplays US sanctions on two security officials

Congo's defence minister on Thursday criticized US sanctions on two security officials alleged to be involved in the suppression of political opposition, saying the measures may not have much impact.

At least 28 killed in clashes between police and militias in Congo

At least 28 people were killed during four days of clashes between security forces and militants in central Congo, Interior Minister Evariste Boshab said Sunday.

One killed, four injured in attack on Congo opposition headquarters

At least one person was killed and four others injured when armed men attacked the headquarters of Congo's two largest opposition parties, an official said Tuesday.

17 killed in Congo protests against election postponement

Seventeen people were killed during violent protests against a postponement of presidential elections in Congo, the interior minister said Monday.

Congo to vaccinate more than 300,000 people to curb cholera epidemic

Congo will vaccinate 306,639 people against cholera, which has killed more than 500 people in the central African country this year, the UN World Health Organization (WHO) said on Friday.

Congolese police detain 85 opposition supporters

Congolese police arrested 85 opposition supporters on charges of trying to disrupt attempts by the government to launch a dialogue with the opposition after a government decision to postpone elections sparked widespread protests last month.

Huge vaccination drive to fight yellow fever in Congo, Angola

The World Health Organization (WHO) will launch one of the largest emergency vaccination campaigns in Africa this week, to fight a yellow fever outbreak in Angola and Congo that has already killed more than 400 people.

Governor estimates 36 killed in rebel attack in eastern Congo

Dozens of people in eastern Congo were confirmed dead on Sunday after gun- and machete-wielding militants from the Uganda-based rebel group ADF launched an attack at the southern edge of the city of Beni.

Two killed in protests against election schedule in Congo

At least two people were killed when tens of thousands of people took to the streets in the Democratic Republic of Congo to demand that national elections be held on time, the United Nations Joint Human Rights Office (UNJHRO) said Thursday on Twitter.

Flooding leaves 56,600 people homeless in Congo

Torrential rains have left about 56,600 people homeless in south-eastern Congo, the UN humanitarian coordinator OCHA said Monday.

ICC convicts Congolese ex-vice president Bemba of war crimes

The International Criminal Court on Monday found former Congolese vice president Jean-Pierre Bemba guilty of war crimes and crimes against humanity in Central African Republic (CAR).

Two mass graves with dozens of bodies found in eastern Congo

Two mass graves containing dozens of bodies have been found in eastern Congo, a local human rights activist said Friday, adding they appeared to belong to people who had been kidnapped by one of the armed groups operating in the region.

Armed group kidnaps 35 people in eastern Congo

An armed group kidnapped 35 people Wednesday in eastern Congo, local officials and the UN mission to the country said.

UN withdraws Congolese troops from CAR after sex abuse allegations

Three of the peacekeepers in the Congolese contingent of the 11,000-strong UN peacekeeping force had been accused in August of sexually abusing three young women in the town of Bambari, north-east of the capital, Bangui.

Congo to release more than 1,200 prison inmates

The measure will only concern inmates who have served a quarter of their sentences and have behaved well, local radio station Okapi on Tuesday quoted the minister as saying.