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Congo political exiles return as new leader brings reforms

Congolese art collector and businessman Sindika Dokolo feared being jailed if he returned to his country as an opponent of the longtime president. Continue reading

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Fire destroys thousands of Congo voting machines in capital

An early-morning fire in Congo’s capital destroyed thousands of voting machines just 10 days before the presidential election, officials said Thursday, saying the blaze appeared to be criminal in nature but vowing that it would not disrupt the vote. Continue reading

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Congolese colonel arrested in killings of UN experts

Authorities have arrested a Congolese colonel who failed to disclose that he had met with two U.N. experts just two days before they were brutally murdered, officials said Friday. Continue reading

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At least 50 dead, 100 burned in Congo tanker truck fire

At least 50 people were killed early Saturday and more than 100 were badly burned when a tanker truck in Congo collided with another truck and, as villagers rushed to collect the leaking fuel, burst into flames, witnesses and officials said. Continue reading

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Congo says former VP Bemba cannot run for president

Congo’s electoral commission says former Vice President Jean-Pierre Bemba, a top opposition contender, cannot run in this year’s presidential election because of a pending case at the International Criminal Court. Continue reading

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Congo’s president not running again in long-delayed election

Congo’s President Joseph Kabila is not running again in December’s long-delayed elections, easing concerns by the opposition and international community that he would try to stay in office and positioning one of Africa’s most turbulent nations for its … Continue reading

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Congo’s Bemba returns to country to register as candidate

Congo’s former Vice President Jean-Pierre Bemba returned to the country on Wednesday to register as a presidential candidate in December’s long-delayed election, more than a decade after his arrest in Belgium led to a trial at the International Crimina… Continue reading

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Congo’s president still coy on role in long-delayed election

Congo’s President Joseph Kabila in a national address Thursday confirmed the long-delayed December election will go ahead but he still gave no indication what role he will play as the deadline for candidate announcements approaches. Continue reading

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Congo says it will give Bemba diplomatic passport to return

Congo’s government says it will give former Vice President Jean-Pierre Bemba, recently acquitted on appeal at the International Criminal Court of war crimes, a diplomatic passport to allow him to return to the country. Continue reading

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Congo to begin vaccinating against Ebola after new cases in major city

Congo will begin administering an experimental Ebola vaccine Monday in Mbandaka, the northwestern city of 1.2 million where the deadly disease has infected some residents, Congo’s health minister announced. Continue reading

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Congo election commission sets Dec. 23, 2018 date for vote

Congo’s top election official announced Sunday that a long-awaited presidential vote would not be held until late December 2018, months later than key opposition leaders have been seeking. Continue reading

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Report: 3,300 dead since central Congo conflict in August

More than 3,300 people have been killed in the volatile Kasai provinces of central Congo since August, according to a document released Tuesday by the Catholic church, as the U.N. called for an international investigation. Continue reading

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Christian sect attacks Congo prison, frees leader, 50 others

Congo’s justice minister says that members of a Christian sect have attacked a prison in the capital, freeing the leader of their group and 50 others. Continue reading

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