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Opposition Rejects Talks Over Election

[Al Jazeera] The Democratic Republic Congo's main opposition alliance has rejected talks with the government of President Joseph Kabila over elections that were due to have been held in November but have been delayed, and called for a general strike on Tuesday. (AllAfrica)

Four Activists to Be Released

[HRW] The Democratic Republic of Congo's Justice Minister Alexis Thambwe announced at a press conference on Friday that some of the country's political prisoners would be released. He also said bans on two media outlets close to the opposition would be lifted as part of an effort to ease political tensions. (AllAfrica)

Machar Seeks Treatment in DR Congo

[East African] Sacked South Sudan first vice-president Dr Riek Machar is seeking medical attention in the Democratic Republic of Congo after surviving in the bush in Western Equatoria for nearly a month. (AllAfrica)

Kabila Counts On Rwanda, Uganda Backing to Retain Power

[East African] Democratic Republic of Congo President Joseph Kabila is seeking Rwanda and Uganda's support to prolong his stay in office, as pressure mounts on him to organise elections and to drop his bid to extend his current term. (AllAfrica)

DR Congo Puts Fighters On Trial for Civilian Massacres

[Al Jazeera] A military court in the Democratic Republic of Congo has begun the trial of 215 members of an armed group accused of killing hundreds of civilians in and around Beni town in the country's northeast. (AllAfrica)

Machar Still 'Not in the Hands' of DR Congo Authorities

[RFI] The Congolese government once again on Friday denied any knowledge of South Sudan's former vice president Riek Machar being in the Democratic Republic of Congo. A UN official had said on Thursday that Machar had escaped from South Sudan to the DRC with the help of the UN mission following a request from Congolese authorities. (AllAfrica)

Determined Baby Warriors Leave for Congo

[New Era] Windhoek -The Baby Warriors yesterday jetted out to Brazzaville for their CAF 2017 U-17 African Cup of Nations qualifier second-round return leg clash against Congo at the Alphonse Massemba-Debat Stadium on Sunday afternoon. (AllAfrica)

Confusion Over Whereabouts of South Sudanese Opposition Leader

[RFI] Congolese authorities told RFI on Thursday that they are not aware of Riek Machar, leader of the SPLM-IO, having travelled to the Democratic Republic of Congo. Earlier reports indicated that Machar, who was recently sacked from the post of vice president, had travelled across the border into the DRC and flown to the capital Kinshasa where he would travel on to Addis Ababa. (AllAfrica)

Two Killed in Anti-government Protest in Eastern Congo, Police Say

[VOA] A civilian and a police officer were killed Wednesday in clashes in northeast Congo during a protest of the government's failure to stop massacres of civilians by rebel groups, according to police. (AllAfrica)

Rwandan Businesses Eye DR Congo Market

[New Times] Local entrepreneurs in agriculture are paying particular attention to neighbouring DR Congo as they look to boost their business. (AllAfrica)

Zaire - Police Seize Alleged Smuggled Fuel

[ANGOP] Mbanza Congo -At least 1.175 litres of fuel were seized in the last seven days by the Tax Police stationed at Luvo customs post in Mbanza Congo city, northern Zaire Province, for alleged smuggling of the oil by- products. (AllAfrica)

Confusion Surrounds Tuition Fees As Congolese Refugees Graduate

[Focus] The University of Rwanda (UR) has denied claims that refugee University students have to pay higher scholarships compared to local students. (AllAfrica)

Opposition Leader Riek Machar Leaves South Sudan for Kinshasa

[East African] South Sudan's former vice president and opposition leader Riek Machar has left country after a nearly month-long stay in the bushes in Western Equatoria where he had fled following fierce fighting with government troops. (AllAfrica)

Massive Yellow Fever Vaccination Begins in Angola and DRC

[Deutsche Welle] Democratic Republic of Congo and Angola have begun one of the biggest ever emergency vaccination campaigns in Africa to curb a yellow fever epidemic that has killed hundreds since the beginning of this year. (AllAfrica)

Rwanda's Private Sector Federation to Organize Trade Mission in Goma in DR Congo

[Focus] The Private Sector Federation (PSF), in conjunction with of Rwanda farmers, is organizing a three-day Agri-business trade mission in Goma, DR Congo. (AllAfrica)

Living With Down's Syndrome in Kinshasa

[Al Jazeera] Kinshasa -In a suburb of Kinshasa, a tightknit community gathers for lunch in a backyard. It is one of the few spaces in the city where its members go unnoticed and their families enjoy a short reprieve from daily discrimination. (AllAfrica)

Saved by Their Celebrity Status?

[allAfrica] Cape Town -You may have heard of celebrities who broke the law and walked away with a mere slap on the wrist - adding to the belief that celebrities are treated differently. (AllAfrica)

Outbreak of Yellow Fever Could Go Global, Children's Charity Warns

[Thomson Reuters Foundation] London -Massive vaccination campaign under way in central Africa, where an outbreak of the haemorrhagic virus has killed hundreds of people (AllAfrica)

UN Condemns 'Appalling' Attack On Civilians

[UN News] United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon joined his envoys from the Great Lakes Region and the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) today in strongly condemning the killing of dozens of civilians during an overnight attack in Beni, located in restive eastern part of the country, where the UN mission and national authorities have now deployed forces in the wake if the incident. (AllAfrica)

DR Congo Authorities Arrest FDLR Commander

[New Times] DR Congo military is holding a commander of the FDLR militia. (AllAfrica)

Scores 'Hacked to Death' in Machete Attack

[Al Jazeera] At least 64 people have been killed in northeastern Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) in an attack carried out by suspected rebels. (AllAfrica)

WHO Coordinating Campaign to Protect 14 Million Against Yellow Fever in Two African Countries

[UN News] Working with health ministries in Angola and the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), the United Nations health agency is coordinating one of the largest emergency vaccination campaigns ever attempted in Africa to protect more than 14 million people against yellow fever in an outbreak that has killed more than 400 people and sickened thousands of others. (AllAfrica)

Yanga Can Defeat TP Mazembe, Says Pluijm

[Citizen] Dar es Salaam -Young Africans head coach Hans van der Pluijm believes that the Jangwani Street side has the quality to beat TP Mazembe on an away pitch. (AllAfrica)

Kagame and Kabila Meet, Back Stronger Bilateral Ties

[New Times] President Paul Kagame and his Congolese counterpart Joseph Kabila have agreed to strengthen the two countries' cooperation on energy generation, cross-border trade, and security. (AllAfrica)

Denying Visa to Human Rights Researcher 'Regrettable,' Says UN Rights Chief

[UN News] United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights Zeid Ra'ad Al Hussein today said that the denial of visa to a human rights researcher in the Democratic Republic of the Congo is a regrettable development. (AllAfrica)

Medeama Leaves It Against Mazembe in Five-Goal Thriller

[CAF] Striker Kwesi Donsu scored in added-on time as Medeama toppled TP Mazembe 3-2 on Sunday in Sekondi, and boost their chances of a place at the last four. (AllAfrica)

Kagame, Kabila Discuss Trade and Security

[Focus] The president of the Democratic Republic of Congo, Joseph Kabila, was today received by his Rwandan counterpart, Paul Kagame, for a one-day official visit. (AllAfrica)

Minister for Africa Visits Democratic Republic of the Congo

[PR Newswire] London -Tobias Ellwood urges progress towards holding timely elections. (AllAfrica)

The Lone Woman in the Race to Replace Kabila

[Citizen] Tension is mounting in the mineral-rich but politically unstable Democratic Republic of Congo as the November 2016 presidential election draws closer. (AllAfrica)

Owusu - No More Excuses

[CAF] When his side march to the field on Sunday against TP Mazembe, there will be only one thing on the mind of Medeama coach Prince Owusu - to record a win and enhance his side's chances of a last four berth. (AllAfrica)

Independence Day 2015 and the Count Down to the Elections

[African Arguments] June 30th is Independence Day in Congo. In 1960, the Belgian coloniser handed over power to President Joseph Kasavubu and Prime Minister Patrice Lumumba, who improvised a speech which, through its passionatecriticism of Congo's colonisers, has become a powerful historical artifact. This year's Independence Day falls in the run up to elections which may also prove to be historic. (AllAfrica)