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ICC Orders DRC Warlord to Compensate Victims

[RFI] In a first, the International Criminal Court has ordered the convicted warlord Germain Katanga to pay damages to his victims. The reparations are for 297 victims of an attack in the Democratic Republic of Congo in 2003. An independent charity is expected to pay some of the money, as Katanga is penniless and without assets. (AllAfrica)

Didier Reynders Supports Cenco in Its Mediation Efforts in the DRC

[PR Newswire] Brussels -This 23 March, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs Didier Reynders has met the President of the Congolese National Episcopal Conference (CENCO) Mgr. Marcel Utembi and the Secretary-General, abbot Nshole. On 24 March, Minister Reynders met the Special Representative of the UN Secretary-General for the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), Maman Sidikou. (AllAfrica)

ICC Hands Ex-DRC Warlord One Year Jail Term for Bribing Witnesses

[East African] Former Congolese vice president Jean-Pierre Bemba has been sentenced to a year in jail and fined him 300,000 euros ($32,000) for bribing witnesses. (AllAfrica)

ICC Gives Jean-Pierre Bemba Extra Year in Prison

[Al Jazeera] Judges at the International Criminal Court (ICC) have added a year to Jean-Pierre Bemba's 18-year jail term following the former Congolese vice president's conviction for attempting to bribe witnesses during his war crimes trial. (AllAfrica)

Rural Women Lead Fight Against Infant Mortality in DR Congo

[Thomson Reuters Foundation] Mbanza-Ngungu -Newly-trained community health workers - many of them women - are making healthcare more accessible in DRC (AllAfrica)

ICC Adds One Year to Bemba's Conviction for Attempted Bribery of Witnesses

[UN News] The United Nations-backed International Criminal Court (ICC) today sentenced the former Congolese Vice-President, Jean-Pierre Bemba Gombo, to another year in prison and about $325,000 in fines for interfering with his trial. (AllAfrica)

UN Urges Govt to Implement December Political Deal

[VOA] The United Nations said Tuesday that nearly three months after a political agreement was signed in the Democratic Republic of Congo, its implementation remains stalled, threatening security and stability. (AllAfrica)

Kamuina Nsapu Insurgency Adds to Dangers in DR Congo

[ICG] Conflict in the impoverished Kasai region was sparked by local grievances but has spread to reflect wider discontent, including frustration over the country's ongoing political and economic crisis. (AllAfrica)

UN Rights Body Should Launch Commission of Inquiry Into Kasai Violence

[HRW] Geneva -Large-scale human rights violations have escalated in the Democratic Republic of Congo in recent months. Government security forces have committed brutal political repression against those who opposed President Joseph Kabila's stay in power beyond the end of his constitutionally mandated two-term limit on December 19, 2016. Meanwhile, violence between government forces and local militias intensified in many parts of the country, including in the Kasai region, Tanganyika, North Kivu, Kongo Central, and in t (AllAfrica)

Stars Match Important for Our World Cup Dream - DR Congo

[Capital FM] Nairobi -Democratic Republic of Congo head coach Florent Ibenge says the Harambee Stars friendly match on Sunday in Machakos will be vital as they prepare to tackle their biggest ambition of making it to the FIFA World Cup for the first time since 1974. (AllAfrica)

ICC Judges Hand Bemba €300,000 Fine, Defense Lawyers Get Suspended Sentences

[Bemba Trial Website] Jean-Pierre Bemba has been handed the heaviest penalty among the five individuals sentenced today for tampering with witnesses at the International Criminal Court (ICC). Judges also issued suspended sentences for Bemba's two former lawyers and also imposed monetary penalties on two of those convicted. (AllAfrica)

Mass Grave Still a Mystery After Two Years

[HRW] On the night of March 18-19, 2015, security forces in the Democratic Republic of Congo secretly dug a mass grave on the edge of a cemetery near the capital, Kinshasa, and dumped several hundred bodies inside. (AllAfrica)

Opposition's Katumbi Urges Regional Action On Stalled Political Deal

[RFI] Exiled Congolese opposition politician Mo´se Katumbi wants regional leaders to put pressure on President Joseph Kabila to implement the country's political agreement, he told RFI in an interview. Katumbi says he wants to travel back to the Democratic Republic of Congo as soon as possible and accompany the body of deceased veteran opposition leader ╔tienne Tshisekedi which remains in Belgium. (AllAfrica)

Spokesman Criticizes UN After Kidnappings

[VOA] The government spokesman in the Democratic Republic of Congo has criticized the United Nations after two U.N. officials were kidnapped in the center of the country Sunday. The spokesman says his government had not been informed of their movements. (AllAfrica)

GPA Arrive in Kinshasa for Crunch CAF Champions League Clash With As Vita Club

[The Point] The 2015-2016 Gambia Football Federation domestic division one league champions Gambia Ports Authority have arrived in Kinshasa, Democratic Republic of Congo, for their crucial 2017 CAF Champions league clash with AS Vita Club. (AllAfrica)

Two UN Workers Kidnapped

[Al Jazeera] Two United Nations workers from peacekeeping mission in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) have been kidnapped by unknown assailants in the central Kasai region. (AllAfrica)

4G Licences On the Cards but Already the Digital Transition Is Under Way in Kinshasa

[Balancing Act] London -According to a report in Le Potentiel Online, Minister of Posts, Telephones, New Information and Communication Technologies (PT-NTIC), Amy Ambatob announced at the end of February that 4G licences would be published within days. This has turned out to be a bit optimistic but changes are already under way in the market. Russell Southwood looks at how those changes are affecting the market. (AllAfrica)

Stolen Cars, Motorcycles From Uganda Sold in DRC

[Monitor] Kampala -More than 500 cars and 400 motorcycles that were stolen from Uganda last year alone were sold to neigbouring Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), officials have revealed. (AllAfrica)

DR Congo Opposition in Disarray

[Deutsche Welle] Following the death of its leader, DR Congo's main opposition alliance could disintegrate before an interim administration is formed. This would play into the hands of President Joseph Kabila. (AllAfrica)

4,000 Congo Refugees Arrive at Rwamwanja Camp

[Monitor] Kamwenge -Due to insecurity in the Democratic Republic of Congo, authorities in Kamwenge District, have continued to register more refugees settling at Rwamwanja camp. (AllAfrica)

Civilians Fleeing Eastern DR Congo Clashes

[East African] A fresh refugee crisis could erupt in the Great Lakes Region as clashes between Democratic Republic of Congo government forces and suspected rebels herald renewed fighting in the troubled eastern part of the country. (AllAfrica)

Ugandan Soldiers Killed, Injured in Clashes With M23 Rebels

[Observer] A Uganda People's Defence Forces (UPDF) soldier was shot dead and another injured during a gunfire exchange between Ugandan troops and suspected M23 rebels in Kisoro district. (AllAfrica)

Late DRC Opposition Leader's Son Named As Successor

[News24Wire] The Democratic Republic of Congo's opposition coalition has reportedly named the son of its late leader Etienne Tshisekedi to succeed him. (AllAfrica)

Fighting the Democratic Republic of Congo's Goat Plague

[The Conversation Africa] Small ruminant farming in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) accounts for more than 72% of household incomes yet it's under threat from a disease known as 'goat plague', or peste des petits ruminants. The Conversation Africa's Samantha Spooner asked Ahadi Birindwa about the plague and what's being done to stop it. (AllAfrica)

Mbeki 'Hands-Off in DRC', but Wants to See Peace

[News24Wire] Former president Thabo Mbeki is still interested in seeing peace and democracy in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, but he would not get involved in issues there. (AllAfrica)

Harambee Stars to Face Uganda, DR Congo At Nyayo

[Nation] Harambee Stars are set to continue their preps for the 2019 Africa Nations Cup qualifiers by playing two high profile build up matches later this month. (AllAfrica)

Fear Hangs Over Busy Uganda-DR Congo Border

[East African] The jagged, ice-capped Rwenzori Mountains stab at the sky above Mpondwe, a bustling border town in western Uganda. (AllAfrica)

Plantation Firm Financed By UK Aid Accused of Breaking Promise to Help Workers

[Thomson Reuters Foundation] Vancouver -Palm oil company majority-owned by British government found to be paying workers below minimum wage and providing abysmal housing (AllAfrica)

Uganda Holds Dozens of Fleeing M23 Rebels After Congo Clashes

[East African] Uganda is holding dozens of fighters from the M23 rebel group who fled the Democratic Republic of Congo after clashing with troops there this week, the Ugandan military said on Thursday. (AllAfrica)

Tshisekedi Place Hard to Fill

[AfricaFocus] "The death of prominent opposition leader Etienne Tshisekedi has deprived the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) of a unique political figure who was at the forefront of the fight for democracy for over three decades. ... Coming just a month after the signing of a political agreement, which would have put him at the head of an important follow-up committee, his departure robs the opposition of a leader able to combine genuine street-level popularity with an ability to squeeze out political deals." - Intern (AllAfrica)

Govt Orders Probe Into Massacre Videos

[VOA] The government of the Democratic Republic of Congo has launched an investigation into possible abuses by security forces in the Kasai region. Conflict has been intensifying in that part of the country in the past six months but a video posted online late last week drew international attention. (AllAfrica)