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International Community Must Ensure 'Endemic' Impunity Brought to an End - UN Rights Chief

[UN News] Voicing concern over lack of progress on the part of Government of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) to undertake credible investigations into widespread allegations of rights violations and abuses in the Kasai Central and Kasai Oriental provinces, the top United Nations human rights official today called for setting up of an international investigation mechanism to look into the situation. (AllAfrica)

Oil Exploration to 'Begin Soon' in Lake Tanganyika

[Citizen] Arusha -Exploration for petroleum resources is focussed on an area of 2,270km², of which 1,447.5km², are offshore and 793.1km² are on shore. (AllAfrica)

President Sacks Ambassadors to DR Congo, Serbia

[ANGOP] Luanda -Angola's ambassadors to the Democratic Republic of Congo, Emilio José de Carvalho Guerra, and to the Republic of Serbia, José João Manuel, were fired on Thursday by the Angolan President, José Eduardo dos Santos. (AllAfrica)

Tracking Gold From Mine-to-Market

[East African] The Great Lakes region has successfully implemented the first conflict-free artisanal supply chain for tracing gold from mining sites to buyers in the international market. (AllAfrica)

It's No Longer Possible to Predict What'll Happen

[African Arguments] Kabila is flexing. Kasai is unravelling. Angola is smouldering. (AllAfrica)

Govt to Sell Wildlife to DR Congo, Gambia

[New Zimbabwe] Harare -The government is set to export wildlife to the Democratic Republic of Congo and Gambia, the Environment Minister, Oppah Muchinguri-Kashiri has said. (AllAfrica)

Murder of UN Investigator Puts Congo Under Mounting Pressure

[IPS] New York -The United Nations is stepping up pressure on Congo to ascertain the reasons for the brutal murder of Swedish Zaida Catalán who was investigating human rights abuses in the country. "The latest news is that the inquiry will continue" says Carl Skau, Sweden's ambassador to the UN. (AllAfrica)

Angola Grapples With its DR Congo Foreign Policy Problem

[ISS] Congolese foreign minister Léonard She Okitundu has been touring the continent for the past few weeks in an attempt to rally African leaders' support for the current political arrangement in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC). This arrangement is one that disrespects key aspects of the 31 December political accord, and has been resoundingly rejected by the political opposition. (AllAfrica)

Salhadin Sinks Congo's As Vita

[Ethiopian Herald] Salhadin Seid's second half lone goal helped Saint George to collect the full three points with a 1-0 win over DR Congo's AS Vita on Sunday in their CAF Champions League Group C first leg that took place at the Addis Ababa Stadium. (AllAfrica)

DR Congo - EU, U.S. Sanction Top Officials

[HRW] Washington -The United States on June 1, 2017, imposed targeted sanctions against the personal military chief of staff of President Joseph Kabila of the Democratic Republic of Congo, Human Rights Watch said today. The US also imposed sanctions on a resort the adviser owns outside the capital, Kinshasa. (AllAfrica)

Voter Enrollment Starts in Kinshasa

[VOA] The voters of the Democratic Republic of Congo should have gone to the polls last November to choose their new head of state. (AllAfrica)

Congo's Ebola Outbreak Threatens CAR After Violence Forces Thousands Across Border

[Thomson Reuters Foundation] Dakar -"We are worried as the refugees are close to the epicentre of the outbreak" (AllAfrica)

Unicef Reaches Children Fleeing to Angola From Violence in the Democratic Republic of the Congo

[Unicef] Luanda, Ango -More than 9,000 children who have arrived at two temporary reception centres in Dundo, northern Angola, from the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) need urgent support, UNICEF said today. To date, more than 25,000 people have arrived in Angola, having fled violence in the Kasai province of the Democratic Republic of the Congo. (AllAfrica)

This Homemade Refugee Crisis

[Deutsche Welle] The Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) has more internally displaced persons than any other country. That's due to numerous violent conflicts - fuelled by a political crisis. Experts say fresh EU sanctions could help. (AllAfrica)

The Youth Movement Striking Fear Into Congo's Elite

[African Arguments] Neither an NGO nor a political party, Lucha has mobilised in innovative ways to ensure young people's voices are heard in DRC's tense environment. (AllAfrica)

UN Should Investigate Kasai Violence

[HRW] Geneva -The United Nations Human Rights Council should urgently establish a commission of inquiry into the situation in the central Kasai region of the Democratic Republic of Congo, a coalition of 262 Congolese and 9 international nongovernmental organizations said today. The 35th session of the Human Rights Council begins June 6, 2017, in Geneva. (AllAfrica)

WHO, DR Congo Approve Ebola Vaccine to Stop Outbreak

[Guardian] - Researchers investigate possible link between pigs, current EVD cases (AllAfrica)

Violence in Central Congo Leaves 400,000 Children Prey to Deadly Malnutrition - UN

[Thomson Reuters Foundation] Dakar -Even before the recent surge in violence, the central Greater Kasai region was one of the poorest in Congo (AllAfrica)

Why Exploring for Oil Under Lake Kivu Carries Unique and Huge Risks

[The Conversation Africa] Rwanda and the Democratic Republic of the Congo have signed a five-year joint exploration agreement for oil under Lake Kivu. But Professor Robert Hecky warns that there are extraordinary risks. The lake has a huge amount of gas in its deep waters and could explode with devastating consequences. (AllAfrica)

Footballer Machapa Flees DR Congo

[The Herald] Zimbabwe international Oscar Machapa has fled the Democratic Republic of Congo due to safety concerns. The former Dynamos and CAPS United player, who can play either as a defender or a midfielder, arrived home yesterday afternoon. Machapa, who turns out for one of that country's biggest clubs AS VitaClub, said he made the decision this week because his safety was no longer guaranteed. (AllAfrica)

Govt Approves Experimental Ebola Vaccine Use

[Deutsche Welle] The Democratic Republic of Congo has given the green light to an experimental vaccine to combat an ongoing Ebola outbreak. While the vaccine is not licensed, it has shown promising signs in a clinical trial. (AllAfrica)

Uganda, DR Congo in Talks to Solve Lakes Albert, Edward Disputes

[Monitor] Kampala -A Ugandan government delegation is in the Eastern Democratic Republic of Congo for talks over transboundary disputes and management of Lakes Albert and Edward in the Albertine region in South Western Uganda. (AllAfrica)

Improved Ebola Alert System Saves Lives

[Thomson Reuters Foundation] Cancun, Mexico -"This is very different from what we experienced in Liberia, Senegal and Guinea, where the outbreak was happening for the first time ever" (AllAfrica)

Genetic Testing Underway on Virus Behind New Ebola Outbreak

[VOA] Tests are underway to determine the genetic sequence of the Ebola virus behind an outbreak in central Africa, a U.S. Centers for Disease Control researcher said Friday. (AllAfrica)

Explainer - Six Things to Know About the DRC's Ebola Outbreak

[Chatham House] Michael Edelstein outlines what the global health community has learned since the last outbreak and the key elements of the current response. (AllAfrica)

Air Zimbabwe Joins the League of 'Flying Coffins'

[Zimbabwe Independent] The first time I visited the Democratic Republic of Congo at the turn of the millennium, I was struck by the country's lackadaisical attitude to aviation safety. (AllAfrica)

Frequent Meetings Proposed to Check Disease Outbreaks

[Daily News] Bukoba -KageraRegion has underscored the importance of trans-border meetings to combat the outbreaks of diseases like cholera, which has been reported in the neighbouring Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). (AllAfrica)

Ugandans Plead With DR Congo to Open Borders for Business

[Monitor] Kasese -Traders at Mpondwe Market in Lhubiriha Town Council in Kasese District near the Uganda-DR Congo border are crying foul following the ban of Ugandan products to DR Congo early this year. (AllAfrica)

Congo's Bad Year Is About to Get Worse

[IRIN] Kinshasa -For a country that has witnessed millions of deaths, brutal colonial rule, and devastating dictatorship, the past year in the Democratic Republic of Congo still stands out as a bleak one. (AllAfrica)

400,000 Children in Greater Kasai At Risk of Severe Acute Malnutrition, UNICEF Warns

[UN News] Deteriorating security conditions have severely disrupted life-saving interventions for children in Greater Kasai in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) in recent months, putting an estimated 400,000 children at risk of severe acute malnutrition, the United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) has said. (AllAfrica)

AG Investigates Former Minister for Alleged Militia Links

[VOA] The attorney general of the Democratic Republic of the Congo opened an investigation Tuesday into a former government minister's alleged sponsorship of militia violence in the Kasai region. The move follows a newspaper report that two slain U.N. experts were probing the former minister's involvement. (AllAfrica)