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June 15, 2002 | From Times Wire Services
Rebels on Friday launched their first attack on Brazzaville since restarting this West African nation's civil war in March, and an army spokesman said 52 rebels, four army officers and four civilians were killed. State radio said at least 37 civilians were injured by cross-fire. Government troops and the rebels fought with automatic arms and heavier weapons at the southern end of the capital city, as hundreds of residents fled, carrying suitcases and mattresses. The firing began about 3 a.m.
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November 19, 2012 | By Emily Alpert
Reports of escalating clashes in the eastern Democratic Republic of the Congo raised renewed fears of outright war Monday, as rebels again neared the provincial capital of Goma. The M23 rebels had pledged to halt their push toward Goma in order to negotiate, but government officials shot down the idea of talks, saying they were useless because Rwanda was pulling the strings behind the scenes. New violence erupted on the outskirts of Goma only hours after rebels made their pledge, the Associated Press reported.
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WORLD
June 26, 2002 | From Times Wire Reports
Experts investigating a possible outbreak of the deadly Ebola virus in the Republic of Congo have found four suspected cases in neighboring Gabon, the World Health Organization said. Two people died and two were sick with Ebola-like symptoms in Ekata in the remote north of the West African nation, WHO spokeswoman Fadela Chaib said. Six similar cases, including five deaths, already had been reported in the Republic of Congo.
WORLD
March 6, 2012 | By Robyn Dixon, Los Angeles Times
Emergency workers struggled Monday to prevent fires from reaching a second munitions depot in the Republic of Congo's capital the day after devastating blasts at another ammunition storage site killed more than 200 people. The Mines Advisory Group, an international nongovernmental organization, warned that more people in Brazzaville were at risk of being killed in the coming days as munitions scattered by Sunday's blasts explode. The disaster underscored anew the dangerous practice in many developing countries of storing ordnance in heavily populated areas.
NEWS
December 21, 2001 | From Times Wire Reports
Despite stepped-up border controls, an outbreak of the deadly disease Ebola has spread from Gabon to the neighboring Republic of Congo, the World Health Organization and government officials said. Republic of Congo health officials have identified 11 cases in a remote region on the northwestern border with Gabon, where 16 cases have already been reported, WHO said in a statement released in Geneva. The Health Ministry confirmed the outbreak but said the number infected was fewer than 10.
WORLD
July 11, 2004 | From Times Wire Reports
A U.N.-backed body barred the Republic of Congo from the legitimate world diamond trade, accusing it of blatantly sending millions of dollars in smuggled gems onto the global market. Suspending the West African country was "necessary to safeguard the credibility and integrity" of international efforts to block black-market conflict diamonds, the Kimberly Process announced on its website.
WORLD
November 28, 2006 | From Times Wire Reports
The Supreme Court upheld Congolese President Joseph Kabila's victory in landmark elections, ruling that the runner-up's charges of widespread fraud were unfounded. Kabila won the Oct. 29 runoff in the Democratic Republic of Congo with 58% of the votes, compared with about 42% for former rebel leader Jean-Pierre Bemba, the court confirmed.
WORLD
May 15, 2004 | From Times Wire Services
All seven armed factions in the Democratic Republic of Congo's troubled Ituri province agreed to lay down their guns and join the country's peace process, raising hopes of an end to tribal violence in the mineral-rich northeast. Fighting between ethnic militias, often supported by Rwanda and Uganda, has killed about 50,000 people in Ituri since 1999.
WORLD
February 13, 2003 | From Times Wire Reports
An Ebola outbreak is suspected in the deaths of 48 people in the Republic of Congo and many others are sick, officials said. Experts in the Cuvette West region are taking blood tests amid "strong" suspicions that the disease is Ebola, said Joseph Mboussa of the Health Ministry. The outbreak is thought to be linked to the consumption of infected monkey meat.
WORLD
February 20, 2003 | From Times Wire Reports
U.N. health officials confirmed that a disease outbreak that has killed at least 59 people in the Republic of Congo was Ebola and warned that the lethal hemorrhagic fever could still be spreading. The Cuvette West region has been quarantined by the government since last week. Blood samples drawn from victims tested positive for Ebola, a health official said.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 30, 2011 | By Richard Winton, Los Angeles Times
A nonprofit group seeking to raise awareness of a deadly conflict in Africa apologized Thursday for pasting its campaign posters over one of Los Angeles' best known street murals. The group, Falling Whistles, admits it "screwed up" this week when it covered the mural, known as "Only Time Will Tell," at 2nd and Garey streets in the heart of the Arts District. The mural was a global effort by street artists from several nations, many of whom show their works in galleries and museums around the world.
ENTERTAINMENT
June 9, 2011 | By Susan King, Los Angeles Times
Djo Tunda Wa Munga is pretty much the entire film industry in the Democratic Republic of Congo, formerly called Zaire. In fact, his acclaimed gangster film, "Viva Riva!," which opens Friday at the Nuart, is the first feature film shot in the country in 25 years. And because there are no movie theaters in the country, Munga has made a deal with the French consulate in the capital of Kinshasa, formerly known as Leopoldville, to screen the film there in September. "When I was a kid, I used to go to the theaters," said Munga, 38, during a recent visit to L.A. "There were two theaters in my neighborhood in Kinshasa.
NEWS
March 9, 2011 | By Julie Mianecki, Washington Bureau
  At 14, Laba Kamana was captured by rebel soldiers in the Democratic Republic of Congo. For two years, she was raped nearly every day. She finally escaped into the Congolese jungle, one of the world's most dense, and discovered she was pregnant with the child of one of her captors. On Tuesday, the actor Ben Affleck used the nightmare of the young woman — now 22, studying law and advocating for women's rights — to argue at a congressional hearing that more needs to be done for the central African country whose vast mineral resources and dangerous geography have kept it mired in civil war. "If we continue to place Congo on the back burner of U.S. policy, it will come back to haunt us," Affleck told a subcommittee of the House Foreign Affairs Committee.
OPINION
December 15, 2009
The deadliest conflict since World War II, in which 5.4 million people have died and 200,000 women have been raped, rages far from Iraq and Afghanistan. It is in the Democratic Republic of Congo, where murderous militias are battling for control of valuable minerals such as tin, tantalum, tungsten and gold, which are essential to the worldwide production of consumer electronics. Congolese, in other words, are dying in extraordinary numbers for our cellphones and video games, digital cameras and laptop computers.
WORLD
November 9, 2009 | Reuters
Security forces in the Democratic Republic of Congo have arrested about 100 armed men blamed for killing dozens of policemen in an attack in the country's isolated north last month, the government said Sunday. Villagers had killed 47 policemen sent to quell clashes over fishing rights between two villages in Equateur province, according to the U.N. peacekeeping mission in Congo. The government disputed the death toll given by the United Nations but vowed last week to stem what it called the start of a new uprising.
WORLD
October 27, 2008 | Edmund Sanders, Sanders is a Times staff writer.
Rebels overran an army base and seized the headquarters of a nearby gorilla park in intensified fighting Sunday in northeastern Congo. Since August, nearly 200,000 more people have been driven from their homes by fighting in a region where more than 1.4 million, or about one-fifth of the population, already have been displaced, aid officials say.
WORLD
October 27, 2007 | From Times Wire Reports
Heavy rains swamped Congo's sprawling capital, Kinshasa, killing 30 people in less than 24 hours, the government said. The death toll was likely to rise, an official at the Humanitarian Affairs Ministry said, because relief workers had not reached some neighborhoods. The heavy rain started falling Thursday in the Democratic Republic of Congo, formerly known as Zaire. Officials said there were landslides and some bridges were out.
WORLD
June 17, 2002 | From Times Wire Reports
The Republic of Congo's army urged people to go quietly about their business and report any suspicious people in the capital, Brazzaville, after fighting that killed about 100 people last week. A state radio broadcast told thousands who fled homes near Brazzaville's Maya Maya airport that their security was assured.
NATIONAL
December 17, 2007 | Henry Weinstein, Times Staff Writer
A Congolese woman who was repeatedly raped by prison officials allegedly investigating the assassination of President Laurent Kabila has been granted political asylum in the U.S., 16 months after her bid was initially denied. A federal immigration judge in San Antonio awarded asylum last week to the woman identified as Monique M, whose full name is being withheld to protect her and family members who remain in the Democratic Republic of Congo, formerly known as Zaire.
WORLD
October 27, 2007 | From Times Wire Reports
Heavy rains swamped Congo's sprawling capital, Kinshasa, killing 30 people in less than 24 hours, the government said. The death toll was likely to rise, an official at the Humanitarian Affairs Ministry said, because relief workers had not reached some neighborhoods. The heavy rain started falling Thursday in the Democratic Republic of Congo, formerly known as Zaire. Officials said there were landslides and some bridges were out.
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