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DRC Rebel Group Rejects War Crimes Charges

Posted September 11th, 2012 at 3:05 pm (UTC-5)
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A rebel group in the eastern Democratic Republic of Congo is denying allegations it has committed widespread war crimes. Human Rights Watch accuses the March 23 Movement of rapes, killings, torture, abductions and recruiting children to work as soldiers. The report issued Monday says M23 is leaving behind a “horrific trail of atrocities” in eastern […]

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DRC: No Negotiation With M23 Rebels

Posted August 9th, 2012 at 9:15 am (UTC-5)
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The Democratic Republic of Congo says it will not negotiate with rebel group M23, made up of former soldiers now fighting the army in North Kivu province. Foreign Minister Raymond Tshibanda says his government does not want the group to survive or its actions to continue, so there is nothing to discuss or negotiate. Tshibanda […]

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UN: Conditions ‘Extremely Bad’ For DRC Refugees

Posted August 8th, 2012 at 2:00 pm (UTC-5)
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The United Nations humanitarian agency says the thousands who have fled violence in the eastern Democratic Republic of Congo are living in desperate conditions. The U.N. says nearly 280,000 people have left North Kivu province in recent weeks, many of them abruptly. Humanitarian chief Valerie Amos tells VOA many are sheltering inside public buildings. Others, […]

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Clinton Urges Rwanda to Cut Aid to DRC Rebels

Posted August 7th, 2012 at 1:35 pm (UTC-5)
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U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton is urging Rwanda and other regional states to cut off aid to a rebel group that has seized land in the eastern Democratic of Congo. The top U.S. diplomat says the rebel group M23 is a serious threat to regional stability and security. The group of army mutineers launched […]

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DRC Pushes for UN Mission Mandate Change

Posted July 30th, 2012 at 2:50 am (UTC-5)
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The United Nations Security Council is set to discuss the U.N.’s mission in the Democratic Republic of Congo, as officials from that country call for a change in the mission’s mandate to go after armed groups in its restive northeast. The Security Council meeting Monday comes days after it extended the MONUSCO mission to protect […]

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ICC Issues Warrant For Rwandan Hutu Rebel Leader

Posted July 13th, 2012 at 2:50 pm (UTC-5)
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The International Criminal Court has issued an arrest warrant for a Rwandan Hutu militia leader accused of war crimes in the Democratic Republic of Congo . The court Friday said Sylvestre Mudacumura is wanted on five counts of crimes against humanity and nine counts of war crimes, including murder, rape and mutilation. Mudacumura is a […]

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UN Helicopters Attack Rebel Targets in DRC

Posted July 12th, 2012 at 3:25 pm (UTC-5)
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United Nations helicopters have attacked positions of the rebel group M23 in the eastern Democratic Republic of Congo. A DRC spokesman tells VOA there were casualties in Thursday’s exchange. “M23 shelled a small village, Runiga, killing three people according to our sources. Our army had to fight back because we had to protect civilians.” M23 […]

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UN Helicopters Attack Rebel Targets in DRC

Posted July 12th, 2012 at 11:40 am (UTC-5)
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United Nations helicopters have attacked positions of the rebel group M23 in the eastern Democratic Republic of Congo. A spokesman for the U.N. mission in Congo, Madnodje Mounoubai, told VOA that the helicopters shelled M23 positions on Thursday, and returned to base. The French news agency reports explosions were heard around two villages (Nkokwe and […]

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Great Lakes Countries Hope to ‘Eradicate’ Rebels in DRC

Posted July 12th, 2012 at 11:00 am (UTC-5)
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Central African countries say they will work to “eradicate” rebel groups in the eastern Democratic Republic of Congo, including M23, which seized several towns in the region last week. The 11-nation International Conference on the Great Lakes Region issued a statement after a special meeting in Ethiopia’s capital Addis Ababa. Ministers condemned actions by M23 […]

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New Fighting in DRC Sends Refugees Spilling Into Uganda

Posted July 10th, 2012 at 3:50 pm (UTC-5)
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The sounds of shuffling feet and the occasional wheelbarrow fill the air on the road to Goma, with hundreds of civilians in the Democratic Republic of Congo fleeing new fighting between rebels and the Congolese army. Many of them carry all they own on their backs as they pass government troops, and eventually United Nations […]

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