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Congo: President Denis Sassou calls for cross-border action to tackle DR Congo crisis

President of Congo Republic Denis Sassou Nguesso has called for a regional action to mitigate the escalating crisis in neighboring Democratic Republic of Congo. He expressed concern on Thursday when he hosted the summit of Heads of State and Government of the International Conference on the Great Lakes Region (ICGLR) …

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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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HIV Positive Horcelie Sinda Wa Mbongo Crowned Miss Congo UK 2017

Twenty-two year old Horcelie Sinda Wa Mbongo discovered at 11, she was HIV positive from birth. She won the 2017 Edition of Miss Congo UK and plans to return to Congo to carry on campaigning on HIV and AIDS. “I’m happy I’ve won at least something in my life. My story has warmed …

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Congo: DRC police accuse rebels of killing 39 officers

Congolese national police accused rebels on Monday of massacring 39 of their officers in the violence-wracked Kasai region. The victims were killed in an “ambush” early Friday and buried in a mass grave by supporters of late militia leader Kamwina Nsapu around 75 kilometres north of Tshikapa, in the Democratic …

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Congo Brazzaville opposition leader loses appeal against jail term

A court in Congo Republic on Tuesday threw out a challenge to opposition leader Paulin Makaya’s prison sentence for his role in protests against a third term for President Denis Sassou Nguesso. Makaya was sentenced to two years in jail last July on four counts including “incitement to disturb public …

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Congo opposition leader’s son takes over

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The son of Etienne Tshisekedi, the Democratic Republic of Congo’s late opposition leader, has been chosen as his father’s successor. Felix Tshisekedi, 53, will now lead the opposition coalition in crucial negotiations over the departure of President Joseph Kabila from office. Under a deal agreed last year, new elections would …

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