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DRC Official Says “Foreign Interests” Fueling Conflict

Posted May 14th, 2012 at 8:40 pm (UTC-5)
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The top prosecutor of the International Criminal Court says he is seeking new war crimes charges against a militia leader in the Democratic Republic of Congo. Bosco Ntaganda, known as the “Terminator,” has been wanted by the court at The Hague since 2006 for recruiting child soldiers in the district of Ituri. ICC Chief Prosecutor […]

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DRC Official Says “Foreign Interests” Fueling Conflict

Posted May 14th, 2012 at 5:55 am (UTC-5)
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The Democratic Republic of Congo’s information minister says “foreign interests” are playing a role in fighting in his country. Lambert Mende told VOA those elements have an interest in destabilizing the country, but that there is no reason to think the DRC’s neighbors are involved. He said the country’s defense minister is visiting Rwanda, Uganda […]

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Rebel Fighting Breaks Out in Congo’s North Kivu

Posted May 11th, 2012 at 12:35 pm (UTC-5)
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The army in the Democratic Republic of Congo is reporting heavy fighting with ex-soldiers who have formed a rebel force. Officials said the fighting broke out late Thursday near the town of Bunagana in the troubled North Kivu province. The mutineers say they are members of M23, an offshoot of the CNDP (National Congress for […]

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UN: DRC Security Forces Killed 33 During Elections

Posted March 20th, 2012 at 7:40 am (UTC-5)
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The U.N. human rights office says Democratic Republic of Congo security forces killed at least 33 people during the country’s election period late last year. A report released Tuesday accuses DRC police, Republican Guards, intelligence agents, and soldiers of committing serious human rights violations in the capital, Kinshasa. The U.N. report says security forces wounded […]

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Congolese Warlord Found Guilty in ICC’s First Verdict

Posted March 14th, 2012 at 12:35 pm (UTC-5)
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The International Criminal Court has found Congolese warlord Thomas Lubanga guilty of sending children into battle, in the court’s first verdict since it was established a decade ago. Presiding Judge Adrian Fulford said the court unanimously found the evidence, including video footage and witness testimony, proved that Lubanga and his co-perpetrators knowingly conscripted children 15 […]

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Congolese Warlord Found Guilty in ICC’s First Verdict

Posted March 14th, 2012 at 8:00 am (UTC-5)
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The International Criminal Court has found Congolese warlord Thomas Lubanga guilty of sending children into battle, in the court’s first verdict since it was established a decade ago. Presiding Judge Adrian Fulford said the court unanimously found the evidence, including video footage and witness testimony, proved that Lubanga and his co-perpetrators knowingly conscripted children 15 […]

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Congolese Warlord Found Guilty in ICC’s First Verdict

Posted March 14th, 2012 at 5:05 am (UTC-5)
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The International Criminal Court has found Congolese warlord Thomas Lubanga guilty of sending children into battle, in the court’s first ever verdict. The judges said Wednesday the decision was unanimous; that the evidence, including video footage and witness testimony, proved beyond reasonable doubt Lubanga and his coperpetrators knowingly conscripted children younger than 15 to fight […]

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ICC to Deliver 1st Verdict, on DRC Warlord

Posted March 14th, 2012 at 2:00 am (UTC-5)
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The International Criminal Court is set to deliver its first ever verdict Wednesday in the trial of alleged Congolese warlord Thomas Lubanga, accused of sending children into battle. ICC prosecutor Luis Moreno-Ocampo says Wednesday’s verdict will set a precedent that shows the world on guard against crimes against humanity. “Tomorrow is a very important day. […]

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DRC: Senior Kabila Adviser Dies in Plane Crash

Posted February 12th, 2012 at 4:00 pm (UTC-5)
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that they will be evacuated to South Africa for treatment on Monday. Authorities are investigating the cause of the crash. Plane crashes are frequent in the DRC, which has one of the world’s worst air safety records.

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DRC: Senior Kabila Advisor Dies in Plane Crash

Posted February 12th, 2012 at 2:30 pm (UTC-5)
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A plane crash in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo has killed a close advisor to President Joseph Kabila, along with at least one other person. Augustin Katumba Mwanke died when a private jet apparently overshot the runway at Bukavu airport. The pilot was also killed. The country’s finance minister, Matata Ponyo, and South Kivu Governor […]

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