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30 Jun 2012 description

Hundreds of thousands of people have been forced to flee their homes in the Eastern Congo in recent months as new conflicts have resurfaced and old ones have re-ignited.

Peace agreements signed in 2009 brought hope of ending what is known as Africa's World War.

So far it has claimed the lives of more than five million people, but now there are real fears that a new ethnic conflict is on its way.

Villagers and townspeople in the country's east are facing extreme violence with mass executions, abductions, mutilations and rapes committed almost daily.

20 Feb 2011 description

By Africa correspondent Ginny Stein

A military tribunal in the east of the Democratic Republic of Congo will today hand down judgement on the most senior army officer ever to be charged with mass rape.

Lieutenant Colonel Kibibi Mutware is accused of ordering his men to rape, pillage and plunder after one of his men was shot in a bar-room brawl.

A special military tribunal has heard the case in a mobile court set up in a remote jungle town close to where the attacks took place.

The village of Fizi is high up in the mountains.

20 Nov 2008 description

Fighting has broken out between Laurent Nkunda's rebel force and pro-government militia in the east of Democratic Republic of Congo, several sources reported.

The fresh clashes happened at the villages of Katoro and Nyongera, near Kiwanja in Nord-Kivu province, a security source at Kiwanja who asked to remain anonymous said.

The source said that as well as the rebels and the Mai-Mai militia, the fighting might also involve Government troops and possibly Rwandan Hutu rebels.

"The CNDP are trying to dislodge us from Katoro," said Mai-Mai spokesman Didier Bitaki of …

06 Nov 2008 description

By Africa correspondent Andrew Geoghegan reports

Rebel forces in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) have broken a ceasefire and seized another town.

UN peacekeepers are reporting the rebels have taken the town of Nyanzale after forcing government soldiers to flee.

The assault is another sign that the fragile ceasefire in North Kivi province is disintegrating.

11 Jan 1999 description

The human rights group, Amnesty International says children have become deliberate targets of war.

08 Nov 1998 description

In Central Africa....the Angolan army is reported to be deploying on a massive scale in the Democratic Republic of Congo.

01 Sep 1998 description

The United Nations Security Council has called for a ceasefire, the withdrawal of all foreign forces and the start of a political dialogue to end the war in the Democratic Republic of the Congo.

01 Sep 1998 description

The United Nations Security Council has called for a ceasefire, the withdrawal of all foreign forces and the start of a political dialogue to end the war in the Democratic Republic of the Congo.

24 Aug 1998 description

Rebels fighting the government in the Democratic Republic of Congo have suffered their first major setback in two weeks of fighting, losing control of one of their major supply bases.

20 Aug 1998 description

The Democratic Republic of Congo has asked the United Nations Security Council to intervene in a bid to force the withdrawal of what it claims are Rwandan and Ugandan troops in the country.

17 Aug 1998 description

President Laurent Kabila of the Democratic Republic of Congo says the battle against rebels for control of the vast west African nation, is entering its final phase.

06 Aug 1998 description

Fighting in the Democratic Republic of Congo appears to be easing, with rebels in the east now controlling at least two major centres.

05 Aug 1998 description

Security in the Democratic Republic of Congo is deteriorating rapidly with reports that the military rebellion against President Laurent Kabila's Government is spreading.

01 Dec 1997 description

The Democratic Republic of Congo says international media broadcasts in the country are to be blocked.

26 Oct 1997 description

(11:01am AEST)
A special American envoy Bill Richardson and Democratic Republic of Congo President Laurent Kabila reached agreement on allowing the deployment nationwide of a United Nations team investigating alleged massacres of Hutu refugees.
The agreement came after almost a full day of closed-door talks at Mr Kabila's offices in the capital Kinshasa.

06 Jun 1997 description

The new government in the Democratic Republic of Congo has acknowledged that some Rwandan refugees were killed during the recent civil war.

There have been consistent reports of massacres by troops fighting for Laurent Kabila who was leader of the successful rebel forces in what was Zaire.

Until now, officials in the new government have dismissed the allegations as absurd and accused humanitarian agencies of bias.

16 May 1997 description

Zaire's rebel leader Laurent Kabila has left South Africa in an airforce plane bound for an unknown foreign destination.

16 May 1997 description

The European Parliament has issued an urgent appeal to rebel leader Laurent Kabila and Zairean politicians to set up a transitional authority to run Zaire.

15 May 1997 description

(2:17pm AEST)

South African Government officials say the leader of Zairean rebels advancing on the capital, Kinshasa, has agreed to meet President Mandela in Capetown after the breakdown of a proposed meeting with Zairean President, Mobutu Sese Seko.

Ben Wilson reports, the talks were abandoned after the rebel leader refused to board the South African warship where the meeting was due to be held: