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UN Envoy and Church Leaders in DR Congo Condemn Attacks Against Catholic Facilities

[UN News] The United Nations peacekeeping mission in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) and the National Episcopal Conference of Congo, known as CENCO have called for an immediate end to the spate of violent attacks against Catholic facilities in several parts of the country. (AllAfrica)

Rwanda Refugees Quit Conflict in DRC

[CAJ News] Kigali -MORE than 100 Rwandan refugees living in the turbulent Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) have this week returned to their home country. The Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) jointly with the authorities of the DRC and Rwanda organised the voluntary repatriation of the refugees, coming at a time Rwanda has secured some stability unlike the DRC that is beset by volatility. Several hundred returnees are still waiting for their return in the weeks to come. This adds to the 6 (AllAfrica)

Tanzania Calls for Ironing Out of Nile Water Differences

[Daily News] Nile River Basin Initiative member states have been advised to work together in attaining Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) number six on water security and sanitation, by ironing out any likely differences in the use of water resources. (AllAfrica)

Trump Is Right On Congo's Minerals, but for All the Wrong Reasons

[The Conversation Africa] A few weeks ago a British newspaper leaked the draft of an executive order proposing the suspension of a US law that imposes tight controls over the trade in Congolese gold, tin, coltan and tungsten. (AllAfrica)

Scientists Warn of Oil Drilling At Lake Tanganyika

[Citizen] Dar es Salaam -As preparations for the exploration of oil and gas in Lake Tanganyika get into top gear, international scientists at the site are warning that if the activities are not pursued carefully, they could cause massive and long-term environmental disaster. (AllAfrica)

'Real Investigation' Into DR Congo Violence Needed

[Deutsche Welle] A number of killings have taken place recently in the DR Congo (DRC), including one allegedly perpetrated by military personnel. Nick Elebe says that it is necessary to have a real response to real issues. (AllAfrica)

Minors, Women Killed As DRC Forces Run Amok

[CAJ News] Kinshasa -GOVERNMENT forces in the Democratic Republic of Congo are embroiled in fresh human rights scandal after video footage shows soldiers summarily executing civilians, including women and children. (AllAfrica)

U.S. Demands Independent Probe of Alleged Civilian Massacre in DRC

[VOA] The Democratic Republic of Congo is brushing off demands for an independent investigation into the alleged executions of unarmed civilians by DRC troops in the Kasai region. (AllAfrica)

Militiamen Kill 25 Civilians in Ethnic Attack

[Deutsche Welle] An estimated 25 people, mostly Hutus, have been hacked to death with machetes by militiamen from the Nande ethnic group in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo. They were reportedly beheaded by the attackers. (AllAfrica)

Musicians Mourn Death of Leading Congolese Music Promoter Tamukati Ndongala

[Nation] Leading Congolese music promoter Tamukati Ndongala is dead. (AllAfrica)

Who Cares About the ICC's Trial of LRA Fighter Dominic Ongwen?

[African Arguments] Thousands were killed and hundreds of thousands displaced in the conflict with the Lord's Resistance Army. So why aren't more Ugandans following the first public trial on the matter? (AllAfrica)

My Necktie Tricks With M23 Rebels and Why Kabila Should Leave Power

[Monitor] On Wednesday, the Congolese minister for Budget was quoted as saying that the government was unable to secure funds for presidential elections slated for this year. This statement flew into the face of a national consensus agreement that there must be elections this year. (AllAfrica)

The AU's (Other) ICC Strategy

[ISS] At the recently concluded 28th African Union (AU) Summit in Addis Ababa, heads of state and government adopted a decision on a strategy for withdrawing from the International Criminal Court (ICC). (AllAfrica)

Budget Minister Casts Doubt on 2017 Elections

[VOA] Kinshasa -The budget minister of the Democratic Republic of Congo has cast doubt on whether the country will be able to finance elections this year. His statement has sparked concern as delaying the polls last year led to violent unrest. (AllAfrica)

Cycle of Terror Condemns Millions in DRC

[CAJ News] Kinshasa -THE multiplication of violence and hunger has affected more than 6,7 million people in the Democratic Republic of Congo with fears more will be affected this year following a deadlock by political rivals. Among these are 2 million displaced by militancy, including 500 000 children under five years of age suffering from acute malnutrition. Hundreds of thousands of people are threatened by diseases and epidemics. An average of 2 000 people were forced each day to travel due to insecurity. (AllAfrica)

Why Fighting Fire With Fire in DRC's Virunga Park Isn't Helping Conservation

[The Conversation Africa] Conserving nature in areas immersed in prolonged violent conflict is challenging. One such area is the Virunga National Park, located in the east of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC). The park management tries to face these challenges head-on with the aim of protecting Virunga's rich biodiversity. In particular, the survival of the well-known endangered mountain gorilla is at stake. (AllAfrica)

Dar es Salaam Port Services Impress DR Congo

[Daily News] Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) has pledged to continue using Dar es Salaam port for imports and exports due to its safety and vicinity to their country. (AllAfrica)

Death Turned Political Football in the DRC

[ISS] The sudden death on 2 February of Etienne Tshisekedi -- the long-time opposition leader in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) -- is more than a personal tragedy for a man who spent four decades fighting for democracy, only to die moments away from exercising actual power. (AllAfrica)

Congo Reacts to Tshisekedi's Death

[Deutsche Welle] The death of DRC's most prominent opposition figure Etienne Tshisekedi at 84 should come as no surprise. However it comes at a crucial political moment and many Congolese are in shock. (AllAfrica)

UN - Soldiers Kill 101 in Clashes With Kamwina Nsapu

[Al Jazeera] Soldiers targeting the Kamwina Nsapu group in central Democratic Republic of Congo killed at least 101 people over five days in February, the UN said. At least 39 women were among the victims killed amid the violence between February 9 and 13, the UN's human rights spokeswoman Liz Throssell said on Thursday, citing sources in the country. (AllAfrica)

Tanzania, Zambia, DR Congo to Build Bridge to Boost Trade

[Citizen] Dar es Salaam -Tanzania, Zambia and the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) are planning to construct a 700km bridge in an effort to boost trade relations among them. (AllAfrica)

Clashes Leave Over 100 Dead

[Deutsche Welle] Security forces are reported to have fired indiscriminately on militia members in central Congo. A recent surge in violence comes as fears the DRC may descend into civil war continue to grow. (AllAfrica)

Death Toll Rises in DRC Militia, Military Clashes

[CAJ News] Kinshasa -ESCALATING clashes between the Kamuina Nsapu militia and government forces have in recent days resulted in the deaths of 50 more people in the Kasai regions of the Democratic Republic of Congo. The persistent conflict is marked by violent atrocities committed by the militia loyal to the tribal ruler, including their recruitment and use of child soldiers whilst targeting symbols and institutions of state authority. There is also the disproportionate use of force by the Armed Forces of the DRC (FARDC) in the (AllAfrica)

UN Mission Slams Army as Scores Die in Fighting

[Deutsche Welle] The UN peacekeeping mission in DRC says unconfirmed reports suggest that at least 100 people have been killed in recent fighting. The agency has condemned the clashes between the Kamwina Nsapu militia and the DRC's army. (AllAfrica)

The Best Way to Honour Tshisekedi Is to Take On the Fight for Democracy in DR Congo

[African Arguments] Now more than ever, we must heed the late politician's declaration that, ultimately, the people must take responsibility for themselves. (AllAfrica)

URA Impounds Shs120 Million Cosmetics From DR Congo

[Monitor] Kampala -Uganda Revenue Authority (URA) has impounded 622 cartons of cosmetics containing hydroquinone from DR Congo valued at Shs120m. (AllAfrica)

Fate of Former M23 Rebel Fighters Remains Unclear

[East African] The fate of fighters affiliated with the re-emerging M23 rebel group hangs in the balance, days after more than two dozen combatants fled into Rwanda, escaping clashes with Democratic Republic of Congo government forces. (AllAfrica)

Suspended Talks to Resume Next Week

[VOA] Opposition groups in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) under the umbrella group Rassemblement are expecting talks with the government will begin next week, despite the death of the group's leader, Etienne Tshisekedi. (AllAfrica)

Tshisekedi's Death Highlights Obstacles and Opportunities for Peace

[allAfrica] The death in Brussels of Etienne Tshisekedi wa Mulumba, the iconic figure of democracy in the Democratic Republic of Congo, combined with a stalemate in the implementation of the agreement on governing until elections later this year, could plunge the country again into a constitutional abyss. (AllAfrica)

Uganda's Museveni Decries Shortage of Funding for Refugee Activities

[Monitor] Kampala/Lira -President Museveni has decried the shortage of financial resources his government is grappling with, despite of the willingness to embrace hordes of refugees and asylum seekers escaping political turmoil in neighbouring countries. (AllAfrica)

Its Time for Amani Festival in Goma

[East African] The fourth edition of Amani Festival, one of the biggest cultural events in the Great Lakes Region, will be held on February 10-12 in Goma, the provincial capital of North Kivu Province in the Democratic Republic of Congo. The town straddles the border between Rwanda and DR Congo. (AllAfrica)