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12 Jan 2010 description
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KINSHASA, Jan. 12 (Xinhua) -- The French government will release 200,000 euros (more than 280,000 U.S.

18 Dec 2009 description
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By Xiao Linjun

NAIROBI, Dec 18, 2009 (Xinhua via COMTEX) -- African wisdom sheds light on efforts to resolve political crises in 2009, with a series of achievements made to ensure the continent of peace and prosperity in the coming years.

The Democratic Republic of Congo (DR Congo) is in the limelight of 2009 for defusing flare-ups, which until months ago posed a real danger not only to the war-torn central African country, but the entire Great Lakes region.

The key to the success is an African plan worked out by regional leaders, under which DR Congo and neighboring Rwanda, …

17 Dec 2009 description
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By Gema

KINSHASA, Dec 17, 2009 (Xinhua via COMTEX) -- The Democratic Republic of Congo's armed forces (FARDC) in the last three days launched attacks from different fronts against the rebel Democratic Forces for the Liberation of Rwanda (FDLR) and their local allies.

The FARDC announced the military advance in the ongoing Kimia ll operations in the eastern province of North Kivu in a communique released on Tuesday.

North Kivu, which borders Rwanda, has suffered years of tensions since the FDLR fled into the mineral rich province after committing the 1994 Rwanda massacre.

16 Dec 2009 description
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LUANDA, Dec 16, 2009 (Xinhua via COMTEX) -- The ongoing talks at the ninth session of the joint commission on border and refugee issues between Angola and the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) have made positive progress, commission spokesman Nelson Cosme said here on Wednesday.

At a press briefing on the two-day commission work in Luanda, Nelson Cosme said the commission had agreed to set up four sub- commissions to deal with urgent issues confronting the two nations.

The first sub-commission, dedicated to refugee and border issues,discussed illegal immigration, repatriation …

15 Dec 2009 description
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By Gema

KINSHASA, Dec 15, 2009 (Xinhua via COMTEX) -- Members of the Democratic Forces for the Liberation of Rwanda (FDLR) have kidnapped at least four people since last week in the Nyamilima area, about 100 km from Goma, the capital of North-Kivu province in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC).

Local media said the battered Rwandan rebels were resorting to abductions for ransoms of between 300 U. S.

09 Dec 2009 description
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KINSHASA, Dec 09, 2009 (Xinhua via COMTEX) -- A delegation of experts from the Burundian government arrived on Tuesday in Kinshasa, the capital of the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), to prepare for a tripartite accord with UNHCR on refugees living in the two countries, Congolese News Agency reported on Wednesday.

Led by Emmanuel Nkengurutse, Burundi officer in charge of judicial and administrative issues, the delegation will work with their Congolese counterpart on an agreement to be signed on Friday by the interior ministers of the two countries and UNHCR, in view of voluntary …

29 Nov 2009 description
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By Gema and Shu Shi

KINSHASA, Nov 29, 2009 (Xinhua via COMTEX) -- The arrival of about 12,000 families in the last few months in the territory of Masis and Rutshuru, in the province of North Kivu, in the east of the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) has aroused doubts about their origin and raised fear of infiltration of foreigners.

The authorities indicated that they may pose as Congolese refugees from Rwanda.

The coordinator of the national commission for refugees in North Kivu (CNR), Laingulia Njewa, told local radio this week that these people came in illegally through the …

27 Nov 2009 description
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KINSHASA, Nov 27, 2009 (Xinhua via COMTEX) -- The communication and media minister of the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), Lambert Mende Omalanga, on Thursday called on certain Western countries, especially France, Belgium, Britain and the United States, to arrest the leaders of the rebel Democratic Forces for the Liberation of Rwanda (FDLR).

Referring to a report by a group of UN independent experts, which was published at the beginning of November and forwarded to the UN Security Council, Mende demanded that these countries follow the example of Germany which arrested two high …

27 Nov 2009 description
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KINSHASA, Nov 27, 2009 (Xinhua via COMTEX) -- The elements of the rebel Democratic Forces for the Liberation of Rwanda (FDLR) have been reduced into small groups causing violence in the eastern region of the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), the military said on Thursday.

The coordinator of the anti-insurgency Kimia ll operations, general Amuli, told a press briefing that arrangements had been made to cut off their mining zones still acting as their source of supply.

According to Amuli, the objective of Kimia ll operations in the east of the DRC is to cut off FDLR elements from …

06 Nov 2009 description
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By Shu Shi

KINSHASA, Nov 06, 2009 (Xinhua via COMTEX) -- A group of ex-Mai-Mai militias attacked a military training and integration camp on Tuesday night in Luberizi in South Kivu province of the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), triggering fear of new rebellion in the conflict-striken central African country.

Military spokesman Olivier Hamuli said the next day the deadly attack was led by a junior officer who had deserted the government forces FARDC.

Three people were killed in the exchange of fire, including two assailants among them the junior officer himself and one FARDC …

04 Nov 2009 description
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KAMPALA, Nov 04, 2009 (Xinhua via COMTEX) -- Egypt and Uganda are in new talks about the use of the River Nile water after previous negotiations with riparian countries failed to reach a compromise, a top Egyptian government official on a visit here said on Wednesday.

Mona Omar, the assistant Minister of Foreign Affairs for African Affairs, told reporters that a delegation of Egyptian experts were sent to Uganda about a week ago with new proposals for a compromise clause into the proposed Nile Water Basin Cooperative Framework agreement.

She did not however reveal what the …

02 Nov 2009 description
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By Luc Roger Mbala and Shu Shi

KINSHASA, Nov 02, 2009 (Xinhua via COMTEX) - The Democratic Republic of Congo ( DRC) has entered into a decisive phase in the process of reconstruction and democratization, but the government still has much to do to get rid of insecurity.

In a recent press release, Congolese Defense Minister Charles Muando Nsimba announced the operation initiated by the armed forces FARDC and the UN mission MONUC to combat Rwandan rebels and other insurgents were on the right track with positive results.

The minister said the situation has much improved, especially …

27 Oct 2009 description
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KINSHASA, Oct 27, 2009 (Xinhua via COMTEX) -- Britain unveiled a package of 40 million sterling pounds (close to 70 million U. S.

05 Oct 2009 description
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KINSHASA, Oct 05, 2009 (Xinhua via COMTEX) -- Up to 263 Congolese were repatriated from Tanzania over the weekend by the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), bringing the number of the returnees from the eastern neighbor to 63,563, an official of the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) said.

The 263 Congolese refugees from Lugufu 2 refugee camp in Tanzania were brought back by UNHCR to the port of Mushimbakye in Baraka in the Fizi territory, approximately 30 km from Uvira.

Each of the returnees received food stuffs, kitchen utensils, ploughing implements and a shelter in the …

31 Aug 2009 description
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by Xinhua writers Li Qi, Zhu Lei, Luo Guofang

CAIRO, Aug 31, 2009 (Xinhua via COMTEX) -- African Union (AU) leaders urged member states which have pledged to contribute to the AU peacekeeping mission in Somalia to honor their promises at a special summit in Libya on Monday.

The African leader also agreed that the war plaguing the restive western Sudanese region of Darfur was over, local sources said, citing the final declaration issued at the end of the one- day summit.

The summit, the third for the AU this year, was aimed to tackle regional conflicts, especially situations …

31 Aug 2009 description
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ACCRA, Aug 31, 2009 (Xinhua via COMTEX) -- Germany on Monday stated that peace and security should be viewed as the topmost priority for accelerated development in Africa.

Hans Christian Winkler, Deputy German Ambassador to Ghana, said: "Germany's policy towards Africa is value-based; its principles are respect for human rights, democracy and the rule of law and peaceful resolution of conflicts.

"Yet Germany also has clearly defined interests.

15 May 2009 description
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LUSAKA, May 15, 2009 (Xinhua via COMTEX) -- The World Food Programme (WFP) said it still has a financial shortfall to cover its various humanitarian assistance programs from this year to 2010 in Zambia, Zambia Daily Mail reported on Friday.

WFP Representative in Zambia, Pablo Recalde, said in Lusaka on Thursday that his organization has a shortfall of about 18 million U.S.

29 Apr 2009 description
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KAMPALA, Apr 29, 2009 (Xinhua via COMTEX) -- The Ugandan army is investigating an unspecific number of foreign nationals allegedly providing logistical and military supplies to rebels of the Lord's Resistance Army (LRA) currently holed up in northeastern Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), an army spokesman said here on Wednesday.

"We are investigating some Belgian nationals for supplying food, military uniforms and arms to LRA rebels in DRC," Maj.

12 Apr 2009 description
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LAGOS, Apr 12, 2009 (Xinhua via COMTEX) -- The UN special envoy and the African Union (AU) mediator urge the Democratic Republic of Congo (DR Congo) to fully implement the peace agreements in the region.

Nigerian former President Olusegun Obasanjo, who is acting as the UN envoy, and former Tanzanian President Benjamin Mkapa, who represents the AU, made the call in which they also condemned the fresh wave of violence led by newly-formed rebel groups.

The News Agency of Nigeria said on Sunday Obasanjo and Mkapa called on leaders in the country "to support peace and take steps to …