May 30, 2006 |
The government said Monday that it was deporting nearly three dozen foreigners, including three Americans, charged with plotting a coup before national elections, saying it would take too long to prosecute them. "All 32 mercenaries have been expelled from the country to face justice in their respective countries," Information Minister Henri Mova Sakanyi said. Congolese officials had said the men were security guards who were found with weapons and were planning to overthrow the government.
August 6, 2003 |
French troops on helicopter patrol over the lush green savanna of troubled northeastern Congo stopped a massacre in progress Tuesday in a remote village, although nine villagers died, residents said. The attack began before dawn when Lendu tribal fighters armed with automatic weapons and machetes raided this tiny village of the Hema tribe from two directions, chief Nguna Manasse said. The attackers came in two waves, Manasse said.
November 23, 2008 |
Eleven-year-old Protegee carried her sobbing niece on her back as they searched for relatives in a sea of people in eastern Congo. An Associated Press photograph of the girl -- using her filthy T-shirt to wipe the tears from her face as 3-year-old Reponse clung to her neck and wailed -- prompted hundreds of e-mails from people around the world hoping to help them. I returned to Kiwanja to try to reunite the girls with family and even succeeded in finding them. But it turned out that in Congo a sympathetic outsider can't solve all problems.
May 27, 2003 |
From the safety of a United Nations compound ringed with razor wire and guarded by Uruguayan peacekeepers in armored vehicles, refugees described two weeks of massacres that have taken place in this town in the northeastern corner of Congo. "We saw people with their throats cut, with their bellies open, bodies from which the hearts had been removed," said Japhet M'Balissaga, a 25-year-old university student sitting under the yellow glow of a plastic makeshift tent.
June 22, 2004 |
Congo on Monday denied claims by neighbor and rival Rwanda that it was massing troops for an attack, and international diplomatic pressure built to avert what one African leader called a "potentially catastrophic war" in Central Africa. Congo's defense minister said his country was sending 5,000 troops east to provinces bordering Rwanda -- Congo's chief enemy in a devastating five-year war -- but insisted the deployment was to quell former rebels on its soil, not to invade Rwanda.
December 20, 2004 |
About 100,000 civilians in eastern Congo fled during a week of fighting between government troops and renegade soldiers and hid deep in the forest where humanitarian workers cannot reach them, U.N. officials said Sunday. Battles broke out again Sunday north of Kanyabayonga, where reinforcements sent by the central government have been fighting troops loyal to a former rebel group, the Congolese Rally for Democracy, which fought in Congo's 1998-2002 war.
December 26, 2005 |
At least 39 fighters were killed when U.N. and Congolese troops clashed with Ugandan rebels in Congo's war-torn east over the weekend, a United Nations official said. Maj. Hans-Jakob Reichen, a U.N. spokesman, said 35 rebels were killed in the operation. An Indian peacekeeper was killed and four compatriots injured, and three Congolese government forces were killed and 16 hurt, he said.
June 13, 2006 |
The president of Congo told the U.N. Security Council on Monday that he would do his utmost to stop political intimidation and incitement during campaigning in the country's first national elections in more than four decades, diplomats said. The Security Council met privately at the presidential palace with President Joseph Kabila, who is one of 33 candidates for the presidency. The Democratic Republic of Congo, formerly known as Zaire, is struggling to emerge from years of conflict.
December 18, 2002 |
The Congolese government and several armed rebel groups signed a peace accord Tuesday aimed at ending a four-year civil war that claimed 2.5 million lives and raising hopes for greater stability throughout Central Africa. President Joseph Kabila of the Democratic Republic of Congo and four vice presidents will lead a transitional government and share power until elections in 2006, according to the plan brokered by South Africa. Negotiators sang and embraced when the deal was signed at 2 a.m.
November 16, 2008 |
Renewed fighting broke out Saturday between rebels and soldiers in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo, as a U.N. special envoy flew in for emergency talks and said President Joseph Kabila was ready to meet his main rival. Former Nigerian President Olusegun Obasanjo met Kabila late Friday and said the Congolese leader "did not give anything that I would call conditions" for holding talks with rebel leader Laurent Nkunda.