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11 dead, over 900 escape in another prison break in DR Congo

At least 11 people were killed and 930 prisoners escaped on Sunday when unidentified assailants stormed a jail in the Democratic Republic of Congo’s northeastern town of Beni, the provincial governor said. The attack is at least the fourth prison break in Congo in the last month. North Kivu province’s …

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Congo: Over 70 prisoners escape in second prison break in one week

Over 70 prisoners broke out of a prison in the Southwestern Democratic Republic of Congo on Friday just two days after thousands escaped from the capital’s main penitentiary. According to Valentin Vangi, president of the Civil Society of Kongo-Central province, said 73 of 77 prisoners at the prison in the town …

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Norwegian-British prisoner in DR Congo jail freed

A Norwegian man jailed for life in Democratic Republic of Congo for murder and espionage has been freed and returned to Norway, the Scandinavian country’s prime minister said on Wednesday. Joshua French, who also holds a British passport, was convicted along with fellow Norwegian Tjostolv Moland of killing their Congolese …

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Congo: President Denis Sassou opens largest oil field in port city of Pointe Noire

Congo President Denis Sassou Nguesso on Monday opened the country’s largest oil project in the commercial city of Pointe Noire. The  Moho Nord field is located 75km off Pointe-Noire and is operated by Total E&P and its partners, Chevron and the national petroleum firm, Societe National des Petroles du Congo …

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DRC arrests 14 Chinese for wood smuggling

Fourteen Chinese people suspected of illegally exporting red wood from the Democratic Republic of Congo were arrested on Thursday, local officials said. “We have arrested Chinese people… who were cutting wood in our region,” Celestin Pande, acting governor of the Haut-Katanga region, said. Pande said 17 000 tons of red …

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DRC police arrest dozens after protest ban

Police have detained dozens of people accused of violating a ban on protests against Democratic Republic of Congo President Joseph Kabila, police said Tuesday. “Police have arrested and detained 34 people in Kinshasa,” after Monday’s protests, said national police spokesperson Pierre-Rombaut Mwanamputu. “Some wanted to breach the ban on a …

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