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Deadly Ebola virus strikes Congoupdated: Tue Aug 21 2012 11:53:00

At least ninie people have died in an outbreak of the Ebola virus in the Democratic Republic of Congo.

Fighting worsens 'deteriorating' situation in eastern Congoupdated: Thu Jul 26 2012 16:37:00

Army troops and rebels clashed on Wednesday in the violence-ridden eastern part of Congo, threatening to undermine an already fragile stability.

Prosecutor seeks new Congo war crimes warrantsupdated: Tue May 15 2012 19:28:00

International Criminal Court Chief Prosecutor Luis Moreno-Ocampo has announced new charges against a former Congolese rebel leader, who is also a general in the Congolese Army despite having been already accused of war crimes.

Fighting threatens gorillas in the Democratic Republic of Congoupdated: Mon May 14 2012 05:50:00

Fighting between the national army and rebels in the eastern Democratic Republic of Congo is threatening mountain gorillas, a critically endangered species, the Virunga National Park said Sunday.

Ammo dump explodes in Congo, killing 200updated: Mon Mar 05 2012 02:17:00

A series of explosions at an ammunition depot killed 200 people and wounded about 2,000 more in Brazzaville, the capital of Africa's Republic of Congo, Congolese officials said Monday.

Ammo dump explodes in Congo, killing 100-plusupdated: Sun Mar 04 2012 14:14:00

A series of explosions at an ammunition depot killed 123 people and wounded about 2,000 more in Brazzaville, the capital of Africa's Republic of Congo, Congolese officials said.

Dedicated followers of fashion: Congo's designer dandiesupdated: Mon Feb 13 2012 09:21:00

Sporting only the most stylish designer labels, wearing only meticulously matched colors, the Congo's dandies are the very embodiment of sartorial elegance.

Top presidential aide killed in Congo plane crashupdated: Sun Feb 12 2012 13:37:00

A chief adviser to the Democratic Republic of Congo's president died in a plane crash Sunday, officials said.

Can we end rape as tool of war?updated: Wed Feb 08 2012 08:01:00

We first thought about starting this piece with the story of Saleha Begum, a survivor of Bangladesh's 1971 war in which, some reports say, as many as 400,000 women were raped. Begum had been tied to a banana tree and repeatedly gang raped and burned with cigarettes for months until she was shot and left for dead in a pile of women. She didn't die, though, and was able to return home, ravaged and five months pregnant. When she got home she was branded a "slut."

Congolese women graduate from inaugural rape survival classupdated: Sun Jan 29 2012 04:11:00

An inaugural group of Congolese women graduated Saturday from a gender violence survivors program in the nation's east, where armed rebels roam the hills and rape residents.

Congolese protesters rally in U.S. capitalupdated: Sat Jan 21 2012 21:41:00

Protesters rallied in Washington on Saturday to raise awareness of violence in the Democratic Republic of Congo following contested elections there in November.

Court upholds Congo electionsupdated: Fri Dec 16 2011 18:07:00

Congo's highest court has upheld Joseph Kabila's win in last month's presidential election, striking down a lawsuit on Thursday that challenged the validity of the results.

U.S.: Congo elections 'seriously flawed'updated: Wed Dec 14 2011 17:49:00

The United States called the recent presidential elections in the Democratic Republic of Congo "seriously flawed" but said it was unclear whether the irregularities were enough to change the outcome of the election in the central African country.

Incumbent president declared winner in Congo electionsupdated: Fri Dec 09 2011 13:14:00

President Joseph Kabila of the Democratic Republic of the Congo has won re-election, that country's communications minister said Friday.

Tense Congo awaits election results updated: Fri Dec 09 2011 06:27:00

The Democratic Republic of Congo is scheduled to release election results Thursday after a two-day delay that has intensified tensions between the government and opposition leaders.

Tensions increase as Congolese voteupdated: Tue Nov 29 2011 07:10:00

Congolese vote in landmark election following weekend violence. CNN's David McKenzie reports.

Congo vote count begins after tense election updated: Tue Nov 29 2011 07:10:00

Vote counting was under way Tuesday in the Democratic Republic of Congo after millions went to the polls in the giant nation's second postwar election amid logistical challenges.

Congolese vote in landmark election following weekend violenceupdated: Mon Nov 28 2011 09:53:00

Voters in the Democratic Republic of Congo lined up at polling stations Monday as the giant country holds its second postwar election despite opposition calls for delay over logistical challenges.

Congo's erupting volcano boosts tourism updated: Mon Nov 28 2011 08:17:00

Spewing red hot lava 300 meters in the air, an erupting volcano in the east of the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) is turning the war-torn African country into an unlikely tourist destination.

Conflict minerals of Congoupdated: Wed Nov 23 2011 14:04:00

VICE goes to Congo to find out more about the world's thirst for minerals that make the electronics industry go round.

Congo election could be a test of country's democracyupdated: Wed Nov 23 2011 14:04:00

Voters in the Democratic Republic of Congo head to the polls on November 28 to pick a president and parliament in the mineral-rich central African nation. This is Congo's second election since 1997, and analysts consider it the nation's true test of democracy.

Conflict minerals of Congoupdated: Thu Sep 15 2011 12:30:00

Walking through the jungle in the dead of night with a group of Rwandan rebels best known for their expertise at rape and murder wasn't exactly what we had planned for our first trip to the Democratic Republic of Congo. All we wanted was to make a little film about the controversy surrounding the so-called conflict minerals that make our cell phones work, drop a couple Conrad references, and drink a Primus. Just one Primus.

Two children, army general among survivors of Congo plane crashupdated: Sun Jul 10 2011 04:57:00

The death toll in a plane crash in the Democratic Republic of Congo has dropped to 82, the state news agency reported Saturday.

Report: Plane crash in Congo kills at least 90 peopleupdated: Sat Jul 09 2011 00:51:00

At least 90 people died when a passenger plane crashed Friday at the Kisangani airport in northeastern Democratic Republic of Congo, the state news agency reported.

Attackers rape more than 170 women in raids on Congo villagesupdated: Fri Jun 24 2011 16:39:00

Over the course of two June nights, attackers plundered villages in the far east of the Democratic Republic of Congo. They stole medicine from the local health center, goats from farmers, cell phones, motorcycles and other property from residents. Before fleeing, they raped and beat more than 170 women.

Gangster film goes global, puts Congo on the movie mapupdated: Wed Jun 22 2011 06:13:00

A Congolese gangster drama is kick starting the war-torn country's movie business after operations shut down following decades of conflict.

Ben Affleck tells congressional panel of horrors of Congoupdated: Tue Mar 08 2011 20:51:00

Imagine a place where women are systemically raped, children are forced to fight as soldiers and most people struggle to survive on less than $2 a day.

To empower African women, turn words into actionupdated: Tue Mar 08 2011 08:52:00

Today is the 100th anniversary of International Women's Day, a milestone centenary worthy of the celebrations bestowed upon it. Michelle Bachelet, the first executive director of U.N. Women and former Chilean president, has described the last century as one of progress and of "women using their collective voice to organize for change."

Rwandan rebel leader to face war crimes chargesupdated: Tue Jan 25 2011 11:43:00

An exiled Rwandan rebel leader is being transferred to the International Criminal Court to face charges of war crimes and crimes against humanity, the Paris prosecutor's office said Tuesday.

Report: 33 women raped in the Democratic Republic of Congoupdated: Fri Jan 07 2011 11:40:00

At least 33 women were raped on New Year's Day in a region in the Democratic Republic of Congo, said the medical group Doctors Without Borders Thursday.

Women raped in mass attack in Congo, humanitarian group saysupdated: Fri Jan 07 2011 06:35:00

Dozens of women were raped in a coordinated attack in the Democratic Republic of Congo on New Year's Day, Doctors Without Borders said Thursday.

Congo rapes: What did the U.N. know?updated: Fri Jan 07 2011 06:35:00

From August: The U.N. reportedly knew Rwandan rebels were in eastern Congo, where the rapes took place.

A major modern day activistupdated: Wed Dec 22 2010 02:18:00

Model Noella Coursaris tells CNN about why she campaigns relentlessly for the country she loves.

Noella Coursaris: The African beauty empowering womenupdated: Wed Dec 22 2010 02:18:00

Her image may have appeared on billboards and magazines across the globe, but Noella Coursaris has passions that extend far beyond the glamorous world of fashion.

WikiLeaks: From Congo to the Caucasus -- chasing loose nuke materialupdated: Tue Dec 21 2010 06:07:00

One of the nightmare scenarios of the 21st century is a "rogue state" or terror group getting its hands on nuclear material that could be sufficiently enriched to make a weapon. And diplomatic cables obtained by WikiLeaks show that from central Africa to central Asia, it's a constant preoccupation of U.S. officials.

Orphaned gorillas find a safe havenupdated: Fri Dec 17 2010 05:19:00

In a remote, rural area of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), the Dian Fossey Gorilla Fund has opened the country's first rehabilitation center for Grauer's gorillas.

The endangered gorillas of Gomaupdated: Fri Dec 17 2010 05:19:00

Conservationists plan a bold experiment, reintroducing orphaned, endangered gorillas back into their forest habitat.

UNICEF reports sexual violence in the Congo regionupdated: Sat Nov 06 2010 16:05:00

The long-running conflict in the Democratic Republic of Congo has claimed hundreds of sexual violence victims in the past two months as women and girls continue to be prime targets of retaliation between rival militias along the country's porous borders, according to aid agencies.

Rape victims speak for end to violenceupdated: Thu Nov 04 2010 11:08:00

Women demand an end to "rape as a weapon" of war in Congo. CNN's Nima Elbagir reports.

Congo's beauty hides horrors from worldupdated: Thu Nov 04 2010 11:08:00

The one thing you're never prepared for every time you come back to Eastern Congo is how beautiful it is.

Women march against rape in DRCupdated: Thu Oct 28 2010 06:36:00

CNN's Errol Barnett talks with an expert about rape in the Democratic Republic of Congo as a constant tool of terror.

Raped women used as pawns in Congo warupdated: Sun Oct 24 2010 04:50:00

Quiet, remote and beautiful villages have become the scene for unspeakable horror as women are raped as a weapon in war.

Congo march to end rapeupdated: Sun Oct 17 2010 22:37:00

Thousands of women demand an end to rape as a weapon of war in the Democratic Republic of the Congo. Nima El Bagir reports.

Congolese rape victims march against sexual violenceupdated: Sun Oct 17 2010 22:37:00

Many of Congo's rape survivors took to the streets Sunday to speak out against sexual violence in a country where it has become a weapon of war.

Rwandan rebel leader arrested in Franceupdated: Mon Oct 11 2010 13:52:00

A Rwandan rebel leader was arrested Monday in Paris, France, under an International Criminal Court warrant involving mass rape and other crimes committed in the Democratic Republic of Congo, the court announced.

Court orders resumption of Congo war crimes trialupdated: Fri Oct 08 2010 12:23:00

The International Criminal Court on Friday reversed a decision to release a Congolese militia leader and ordered the resumption of his war crimes trial.

Alleged leader of Congo militia linked to rapes is arrestedupdated: Wed Oct 06 2010 06:35:00

The suspected leader of an armed rebel group accused of committing mass rapes this summer in Congo was arrested Tuesday morning, a spokesman for the United Nations' stabilization mission to the African nation told CNN.

U.N. hears graphic tales of Congo rapesupdated: Wed Oct 06 2010 06:35:00

In September, the U.N. said more than 500 people were raped by rebels in eastern Congo.

U.N. releases 'heartbreaking' human rights report on Congoupdated: Fri Oct 01 2010 12:56:00

The United Nations issued a report Friday detailing human rights violations such as killings and rapes over a 10-year period in the Democratic Republic of Congo -- a massive document that a Congolese diplomat calls "detailed," "credible" and "heartbreaking."

Cut off U.S. money to Congo militiasupdated: Thu Sep 30 2010 12:01:00

CNN's Mary Snow explains why a provision on Congo "conflict minerals" is contained in the finance reform bill.

UN slams security forces over mass rapes in Congoupdated: Fri Sep 24 2010 08:05:00

A U.N. report slams security forces for failing prevent a wave of mass rapes over several days this summer in Congo.

Rwanda's Kagame rejects as 'absurd' genocide assertionsupdated: Fri Sep 17 2010 03:33:00

The president of Rwanda on Thursday denied as "absurd" reports that Tutsis entered the Democratic Republic of Congo over the course of 10 years and massacred Hutu refugees there.

Connector of the Day: Paul Kagameupdated: Fri Sep 17 2010 03:33:00

Becky Anderson talks with Rwandan President Paul Kagame about accusations of genocide by Rwandan troops in the Congo.

Rwanda complains to UN chief about war crimes reportupdated: Wed Sep 08 2010 20:30:00

Rwandan President Paul Kagame met Wednesday with visiting U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon after Rwanda protested a leaked draft U.N. report that accuses troops from the central African nation of widespread violations of human rights.

Ashley Judd confronts Africa's deadly mineral issueupdated: Wed Sep 08 2010 18:27:00

With a dozen humanitarian missions behind her, Ashley Judd has ventured to Africa to challenge the relationship between valuable minerals and unspeakable violence.

U.N. puts Congo sex attacks at more than 500updated: Wed Sep 08 2010 14:49:00

U.N. officials on Tuesday put the number of rapes and other sexual attacks in eastern Congo since late July at more than 500, more than double the previous estimate.

Unknown number of missing after boat capsizes in Congoupdated: Sun Sep 05 2010 18:31:00

A cargo vessel caught fire and capsized in the Democratic Republic of Congo, leaving an unknown number of people missing, a government spokesman said Sunday.

U.N. focuses on missing activist, gang rapes in Congoupdated: Tue Aug 31 2010 13:49:00

U.N. officials said they will toughen efforts to thwart the kind of mass rape reported recently in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, and they urged the country to ramp up a search for a missing human rights activist believed to be kidnapped.

U.N. report accuses Rwanda of massacre in Congoupdated: Fri Aug 27 2010 12:06:00

The Rwandan military and an allied rebel group massacred ethnic Hutus in the Democratic Republic of the Congo in the aftermath of genocide in Rwanda, says a leaked draft report commissioned by the United Nations.

Armed groups raped more than 150 womenupdated: Thu Aug 26 2010 22:32:00

Journalist Josh Kron reports from Goma, DRC, about the mass rape of women over four days in North Kiva last month.

U.N. Security Council holds emergency session on Congo rapesupdated: Thu Aug 26 2010 22:32:00

The United Nations Security Council in New York held an emergency session Thursday to discuss and condemn widespread rapes in eastern Congo, while the U.S. ambassador to the U.N. said she was troubled by a briefing on the attacks.

U.N. peacekeepers cite delay in learning of mass rape in Congoupdated: Thu Aug 26 2010 08:57:00

The United Nations peacekeeping mission in eastern Congo did not know about a rebel attack and mass rape in that region until more than a week after the events took place, a U.N. peacekeeping mission official said Wednesday.

Plane crash in Congo kills at least 19updated: Thu Aug 26 2010 08:14:00

At least 19 people died when a small plane crashed Wednesday in the Democratic Republic of Congo, a government official told CNN.

Former U.N. peacekeeper reflects on Congo independenceupdated: Wed Aug 25 2010 04:45:00

Donald Luscombe was just 19 when he arrived in the Congo in 1963 as part of a Canadian U.N. peacekeeping force.

3 U.N. peacekeepers killed in Congoupdated: Wed Aug 18 2010 16:06:00

Three United Nations peacekeepers were slain at their military encampment in the volatile eastern Democratic Republic of the Congo Wednesday morning, according to an official with the U.N. mission there.

DR Congo's independence turmoilupdated: Wed Aug 04 2010 11:25:00

A Congolese woman talks about Congo's independence, the near murder of her father, and Congo's problems today.

80 die in ferry accidentupdated: Thu Jul 29 2010 12:58:00

Eighty people were killed late Tuesday in a ferry accident in the Democratic Republic of Congo, a government spokesman confirmed Thursday.

U.S. law targets 'conflict minerals' in Congoupdated: Sat Jul 24 2010 05:59:00

A new U.S. law aims to ensure that smart phones are not helping fund wars in Congo and neighboring countries.

Congo declares days of mourning after deadly tanker blastupdated: Mon Jul 05 2010 08:17:00

The Democratic Republic of the Congo declared two days of mourning Monday and Tuesday for the victims of the massive oil tanker explosion that killed more than 230 people over the weekend.

Congo tanker explosion kills hundredsupdated: Mon Jul 05 2010 08:17:00

At least 230 people were killed and 190 injured when an oil tanker flipped and exploded in the Democratic Republic of Congo.

Democratic Republic of Congo to get billions of dollars in debt reliefupdated: Fri Jul 02 2010 04:25:00

The Democratic Republic of Congo is in line to get billions of dollars in debt relief, World Bank officials said, cutting the amount the nation owes by more than 80 percent.

2 Norwegians sentenced to death in Congoupdated: Thu Jun 10 2010 10:13:00

Two Norwegians were sentenced to death Thursday in Congo, the Norwegian Foreign Ministry said, after what a human rights group called a "military show trial" that relied on evidence obtained through torture.

Kidnapped aid workers released in Congoupdated: Fri Apr 16 2010 11:55:00

Eight staff members of the International Committee of the Red Cross who were kidnapped April 9 in the Democratic Republic of the Congo were released Friday, the Red Cross said.

Ben Affleck launches initiative for Congo aidupdated: Wed Apr 14 2010 08:48:00

Actor Ben Affleck launched a grassroots initiative to assist communities ravaged by war in one of the most troubled places on earth, the Democratic Republic of Congo.

Ben Affleck: Changing Congoupdated: Wed Apr 14 2010 08:48:00

Ben Affleck tells Christiane Amanpour why he's using his celebrity currency to raise awareness on Eastern Congo.

Red Cross: Eight aid workers abducted in DRCupdated: Tue Apr 13 2010 04:25:00

An armed group in strife-torn eastern Democratic Republic of the Congo has kidnapped eight international Red Cross staffers -- seven Congolese and a Swiss delegate -- the aid group said Tuesday.

Report: Central African gorillas may go extinctupdated: Tue Mar 30 2010 07:58:00

Gorillas may go extinct in much of central Africa by the mid-2020s -- victims of a meat trade, of logging and mining, and even the Ebola virus, a new report says.

Rebels kill, kidnap hundreds in remote Congo areaupdated: Sun Mar 28 2010 15:33:00

A December rampage that killed hundreds in the Democratic Republic of Congo went largely unreported because of lack of communications in the remote area, a United Nations official said Sunday.

Massacre in Congoupdated: Sun Mar 28 2010 15:33:00

A U.N. official says hundreds of civilians were killed by a rebel group in the Republic of Congo in December.

Ben Affleck launches initiative for Congo aidupdated: Mon Mar 22 2010 22:56:00

Actor Ben Affleck on Monday launched a grassroots initiative to assist communities ravaged by war in one of the most troubled places on earth, the Democratic Republic of Congo.

Rights group: U.N. operation causes 1,400 deaths in Congoupdated: Mon Dec 14 2009 12:25:00

A U.N.-backed military operation to thwart rebels in the Democratic Republic of Congo has led to deliberate killings of more than 1,400 civilians in the country over a nine-month period, Human Rights Watch said Monday.

Rape and murder, funded by cell phonesupdated: Tue Dec 08 2009 11:01:00

Last year, the bus in which a young Congolese woman we met named Mary was riding was stopped by a militia. "They wanted to all have me, to rape me," she related haltingly to us. "I told them no, and then they took off my shirt and beat me. I have terrible marks now."

Baby gorillas in Congo getting a new playpen: Paradiseupdated: Fri Nov 20 2009 23:57:00

The only two baby mountain gorillas in captivity -- orphaned two years ago after their mothers were slain in massacres -- will soon be getting a lush, new playpen, Congo's wildlife authority announced Friday.

U.N. cuts aid to Congo army brigadeupdated: Mon Nov 02 2009 15:06:00

The United Nations has suspended assistance to a Congolese army brigade battling rebels amid allegations that its troops killed 62 civilians, including women and children, between May and September.

Football: Heartland take slim leadupdated: Mon Nov 02 2009 12:18:00

Nigerian side Heartland will take a slender lead into next Sunday's second leg of African Champions League final after beating TP Mazembe of Congo 2-1 in their home leg.

Activist: Rape of women, girls a weapon of war in Congoupdated: Fri Oct 30 2009 17:32:00

Rape has turned into a weapon of war in the Democratic Republic of Congo, with the number of attacks on women having grown threefold over the past few years, human rights activists said in October.

'Rape in the Congo'updated: Fri Oct 30 2009 17:32:00

"Rape in the Congo," from a documentary by CNN producer/photojournalist George Lerner.

War on women in Congoupdated: Sat Oct 24 2009 07:47:00

I write today on behalf of countless V-Day activists worldwide, and in solidarity with my many Congolese sisters and brothers who demand justice and an end to rape and war.

A vicious war on women in Congoupdated: Sat Oct 24 2009 07:44:00

I write today on behalf of countless V-Day activists worldwide, and in solidarity with my many Congolese sisters and brothers who demand justice and an end to rape and war.

Rape a weapon of war in Congo, activists sayupdated: Sat Oct 17 2009 01:30:00

Rape has turned into a weapon of war in the Democratic Republic of Congo, with the number of attacks on women having grown threefold over the past few years, human rights activists said Friday.

Aid groups are little match for Congo brutality, doctors sayupdated: Wed Oct 14 2009 17:01:00

Humanitarian organizations have been unable to meet the "massive needs" of civilians facing brutal attacks in northeastern Democratic Republic of the Congo, a medical aid group said Wednesday.

Norwegians sentenced to death in Congoupdated: Tue Sep 08 2009 14:02:00

Two Norwegian citizens were sentenced to death Tuesday in the Democratic Republic of the Congo for espionage, murder and attempted murder, Norway's Ministry of Foreign Affairs has confirmed to CNN.

People.com: Hillary Clinton Pledges to 'Banish Sexual Violence'updated: Sat Aug 22 2009 11:07:00

Her visit with African rape victims exposed the Secretary to the worst of humanity

Clinton offers aid to victims of Africa's longest conflictupdated: Tue Aug 11 2009 17:51:00

U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton brought an offer of help Tuesday for victims -- especially victims of sexual violence -- in Africa's longest war, a regional conflict that's dragged on for more than a decade.

Hillary Clinton visits Africaupdated: Tue Aug 11 2009 08:41:00

U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton lays out commitment and expectations during an 11-day, seven nation trip to Africa

Girl, 9, details rape in Congo to photographerupdated: Tue Aug 11 2009 08:41:00

The young girl whispered in a hushed tone. She looked down as she spoke, only glancing up from her dark round eyes every now and then. She wanted to tell more, but she was too ashamed. She was just 9 years old when, she says, Congolese soldiers gang-raped her on her way to school.

Hillary Clinton heads to war-torn Congoupdated: Mon Aug 10 2009 11:44:00

Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said Monday that she will travel to the epicenter of Africa's longest war Tuesday to try to help victims of more than a decade of regional conflict.

U.N.: 35,000 displaced by new fighting in Congoupdated: Sat Jul 25 2009 07:06:00

A new outbreak of fighting in the embattled eastern region of the Democratic Republic of the Congo has forced 35,000 people from their homes, the U.N. refugee agency said.

Red Cross on Congo's orphansupdated: Tue May 19 2009 10:27:00

The ICRC exposes the plight of children lost and orphaned during fighting in the Democratic Republic of Congo.

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