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Opposition Activist Mugumya 'Will Not Be Extradited From DR Congo'

[Monitor] Sam Mugumya, an Opposition activist, arrested in the Democratic Republic of Congo two years ago, will not be extradited back to Uganda, government has said. (AllAfrica)

Fear Grows that Violence Inevitable if Kabila Stays in Power

[VOA] Joseph Kabila's second and last term as president of Democratic Republic of Congo comes to an end December 19. However, a court ruling states he could remain in power since elections were not held in November to determine his successor. (AllAfrica)

Top African Clubs Join Fray for Tanzanian Striker Ulimwengu

[Citizen] Dar es Salaam -The future of former TP Mazembe forward Thomas Ulimwengu may be resolved soon as Africans champions Mamelodi Sundowns invite him for possible signing. (AllAfrica)

Rwanda Eyes TMEA Funding for Its Harbours on Lake Kivu

[East African] Rwanda plans to build three ports on Lake Kivu as it seeks to boost its trade with the Democratic Republic of Congo. (AllAfrica)

DR Congo - Performing for Change

[Deutsche Welle] Amid government crackdowns, young people challenging the status quo risk harassment, violence, and jail. Now they've found a new way to push for change: volunteer work in the arts. (AllAfrica)

Lezhnev to Testify in Congress On Preventing Violence

[ENOUGH] Tomorrow, November 29, Sasha Lezhnev, Associate Director of Policy at the Enough Project, will testify alongside a distinguished panel of senior U.S. officials and Congolese and international activists before the U.S. Congress' Tom Lantos Human Rights Commission hearing on "Democracy and Human Rights in the Democratic Republic of the Congo." (AllAfrica)

DR Congo Militia Attack Kills Dozens in Eastern Region

[Al Jazeera] At least 34 civilians have been killed in a bout of ethnic violence in the Democratic Republic of Congo's eastern region, authorities said, after a week of soaring tensions. (AllAfrica)

Ethnic Militia Kills 34 Civilians

[Deutsche Welle] The group had reportedly threatened Hutu villagers with a "purification" for weeks. Armed with guns and knives, the militia simultaneously raided an army outpost and a civilian camp. (AllAfrica)

UN Envoy Calls On Political Stakeholders to Show Flexibility to Aid Election Process

[UN News] Wrapping up a visit to Africa's Great Lakes region, a United Nations envoy today urged stakeholders in the Democratic Republic of the Congo's (DRC) electoral process to do more to help ensure the country is able to hold peaceful elections. (AllAfrica)

Where Is the DR Congo After a Decade of Democracy?

[Deutsche Welle] For most people in the Democratic Republic of Congo, life continues to be a struggle ten years after the country's first free elections. (AllAfrica)

UN Preparing for Crisis in the Country

[VOA] The United Nations is making contingency plans to respond to a sudden increase in humanitarian needs should the Democratic Republic of the Congo's political situation turn violent. (AllAfrica)

Congolese Lingala Superstar Awilo Longomba Lands in Nairobi

[Capital FM] Koroga Festival headliner Congolese Lingala superstar, Awilo Longomba, landed in Nairobi early Thursday morning. (AllAfrica)

No Guarantee Yet DRC's Kabila Will Step Down

[CAJ News] Kinshasa -THE United States is demanding an assurance Democratic Republic of Congo President Joseph Kabila will not seek another term at elections that have been moved to 2018. (AllAfrica)

Updated Submission to the Committee On Child Rights Concerning DRC

[HRW] We write in advance of your upcoming plenary review of the Democratic Republic of Congo government's compliance with the Convention on the Rights of the Child (the "Convention"). It is an update to our earlier submission, based on recent events. This submission relates to Articles 6, 24, 28, 29, 35, 37, 38, 39, and 40 of the Convention, and proposes issues and questions that Committee members may wish to raise with the government. (AllAfrica)

Bizimana Joins DRC Side Virunga as Head Coach

[New Times] Former Etincelles and Amagaju FC coach Abdul 'Becken' Bizimana has joined DR Congo side DC Virunga as head coach on a one-year contract, Times Sport has learnt. (AllAfrica)

Government Bans Opposition March

[Cameroon Tribune] Etienne Tshisekedi's UDPS party on Saturday, November 19, 2016, tried to organise two protests in the capital Kinshasa and Lubumbashi. (AllAfrica)

UN Wants Rebel Groups in DR Congo Wiped Out

[East African] The UN is asking countries in the Great Lakes Region to push for the quick elimination of rebels in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo before they join the political battles in the country. (AllAfrica)

All Eyes On DR Congo's New PM for Next Elections

[Deutsche Welle] A major task of DR Congo's new Prime Minister Samy Badibanga is to hold the next presidential elections. Can he succeed amid a deep division within the opposition and help pull the country from the doldrums? (AllAfrica)

Kabila Names New Prime Minister

[VOA] Democratic Republic of Congo President Joseph Kabila has named a new prime minister. (AllAfrica)

Opposition Figure Samy Badibanga Named PM

[Al Jazeera] Joseph Kabila, the president of the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), has appointed opposition politician Samy Badibanga as prime minister, under a controversial power-sharing deal that effectively extends his term in office. (AllAfrica)

'I Was Forced to Kill My Best Friend', Former Child Soldier Says

[Thomson Reuters Foundation] Coventry -Abducted at age 5 by rebel soldiers, Michel Chikwanine was blindfolded, handed an AK-47 gun so heavy he could barely lift it and ordered to shoot (AllAfrica)

DR Congo - Political Prisoners in Detention

[HRW] The following individuals were arrested in the Democratic Republic of the Congo since early 2015. Most had spoken out against attempts to extend President Joseph Kabila's term in office or participated in peaceful demonstrations or political activities. Others were suspected of having links with political opposition leaders. These individuals are all still in custody. (AllAfrica)

New Media Rules a Cause for Concern, Says UN

[News24Wire] The United Nations has expressed concern over a new law that seeks international broadcasters to register as local firms in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), BBC reports (AllAfrica)

Rights Group Raises Red Flag Over U.S.$880 Million DR Congo Mining Deal

[East African] Cash from a lucrative mining deal in DR Congo could be diverted towards President Joseph Kabila's operations, a London based rights organisation has warned. (AllAfrica)

Lunda Norte - PGF Arrests Over 700 Illegal Immigrants From the DRC

[ANGOP] Dundo -At least 750 citizens of the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) were detained from 14 October to 7 November this year by the Border Guard Police (PGF) in the province of Lunda Norte for attempted border violations. (AllAfrica)

DRC - Joseph Kabila's Friend With Benefits

[Daily Maverick] If you're wondering why Joseph Kabila is pushing so hard to stay in power in the Democratic Republic of Congo, wonder no more: a new Global Witness report points to just how much the president is likely to benefit from extending his time in office. By SIMON ALLISON. (AllAfrica)

Kabila Defends Deal to Stay in Power Until 2018

[VOA] In a rare public appearance, Democratic Republic of Congo President Joseph Kabila addressed parliament Tuesday one day after his government resigned in accordance with a deal that keeps him in office until elections scheduled for 2018. But much of the opposition continues to call for Kabila to step down. (AllAfrica)

Kabila Shores up Power Base, Turning up Heat on Broadcasters

[Deutsche Welle] DRC President Joseph Kabila was set to address parliament one day after the prime minister and the cabinet stepped down in a deal over delaying elections. There are to be new restrictions on foreign broadcasters. (AllAfrica)

Lack of School Drives Girls Into Armed Groups in Eastern Congo - Charity

[Thomson Reuters Foundation] Dakar -Dozens of armed groups in eastern Congo prey on locals and exploit mineral reserves, and girls forced to join militia groups for food, money and protection (AllAfrica)

Govt Resigns in Deal Extending Kabila Presidency

[VOA] In line with last month's agreement between supporters of Congolese President Joseph Kabila and an opposition faction, the country's prime minister, Augustin Matata Ponyo, announced his resignation Monday. A new government of national unity is expected to be named shortly, even though many opposition members are still against the agreement. (AllAfrica)

Poverty, Insecurity Driving Girls Into Armed Groups, Warns NGO

[RFI] Child Soldiers International is warning that girls in the eastern Democratic Republic of Congo are joining armed groups because they cannot afford to go to school. Once recruited, girls are often used as wives -- and sexually abused by commanders and other soldiers. (AllAfrica)