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DR Congo landslide kills at least 12, more than 50 still missing

Beni, Democratic Republic of Congo Reuters At least 12 people were killed and more than 50 are still missing after heavy rain caused a ravine to collapse onto a river in southwest Democratic Republic of Congo, a local official and a civil society leader said on Sunday. The landslide occurred around midday on Saturday in […]

Suspected Islamist rebels kill at least 10 in eastern Congo

Beni, Democratic Republic of Congo Reuters Suspected Islamist rebels killed at least 10 civilians in an attack on Friday near the city of Beni in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo, local authorities and a UN source said. The assailants fired guns at people working in fields in Mulekera commune outside Beni, Mulekera Mayor Ngongo Mayanga […]

Twenty-five civilians killed in militia attack in eastern Congo

Bunia, Democratic Republic of Congo Reuters The death toll from an attack in a village in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo’s Ituri province rose to 25 on Sunday, a local chief and civil society leader said, after a government spokesman and a UN document confirmed the attack on Saturday. The Cooperative for the Development of […]

Over 100 inmates die in DR Congo prisons since start of year, UN says

Kinshasa, Democratic Republic of Congo Reuters More than 100 inmates have died so far this year in Democratic Republic of Congo’s underfunded and chronically overcrowded prisons, a UN human rights official said on Wednesday. The main cause of the deaths was contagious diseases such as tuberculosis, which spread easily in crowded facilities and require unavailable […]

UN peacekeepers begin withdrawal from eastern Congo

Kamanyola, Democratic Republic of Congo Reuters United Nations troops began their gradual withdrawal from restive eastern Democratic Republic of Congo on Wednesday, handing over a base to Congolese authorities, the peacekeeping mission said in a statement. The peacekeeping force, known as MONUSCO, has been deployed in Congo for more than 13 years after taking over […]

Pope Francis urges diplomatic solution to Ukraine war on anniversary of invasion

Vatican City Reuters Pope Francis on Sunday called for a diplomatic solution to the war in Ukraine that would lead to a just and lasting peace, as the second anniversary of Russia’s invasion was marked a day earlier. Pope Francis leads the Angelus prayer from his window at the Vatican, 18th February, 2024. PICTURE: Vatican […]

Eastern Congo residents scramble for food and safety as conflict intensifies

Goma, Democratic Republic of Congo Reuters An intensifying conflict between Democratic Republic of Congo’s army and the Tutsi-led M23 rebels, allegedly backed by Rwanda, has disrupted food supplies to the eastern city of Goma, affecting over two million residents and displaced individuals. Clashes have escalated since the start of the year in towns and villages […]

South Africa to deploy 2,900 troops to fight armed groups in eastern Congo

Johannesburg, South Africa Reuters South Africa will send 2,900 troops as part of its contribution to the Southern African Development Community force deployed to tackle armed groups in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo, the President’s office said in a statement on Monday. Displaced Congolese people are reflected on a puddle, at the Muchacha primary school, […]