U.N. finds at least 15 mass graves in Congo after December violence

KINSHASA (Reuters) – At least 15 mass graves have been found in northwestern Democratic Republic of Congo in the wake of three days of ethnic bloodshed in December, a spokeswoman for the U.N.’s MONUSCO mission in Congo said on Tuesday. Earlier in January, the United Nations estimated that at least 890 were killed as a result of the violence, some […]

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Congo forces surround presidential runner-up's residence

KINSHASA (Reuters) – Republican Guard soldiers and police officers surrounded the residence of the runner-up in Democratic Republic of Congo’s presidential election on Saturday before he could leave to file a fraud complaint in court, witnesses said.     Dozens of supporters of Martin Fayulu, who had gathered outside his Kinshasa hotel and residence and were chanting slogans against outgoing President Joseph […]

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Tshisekedi win in Congo presidential election at odds with Catholic Church tallies: diplomats

KINSHASA (Reuters) – Vote tallies compiled by Democratic Republic of Congo’s Catholic Church contradict official presidential results released by the election commission on Thursday, two diplomats said.     The commission declared opposition leader, Felix Tshisekedi, the official winner early on Thursday in what could lead to Congo’s first democratic transfer of power. But an observer mission from the Church’s bishops […]

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Congo cuts internet for second day to avert 'chaos' before poll results

KINSHASA (Reuters) – Democratic Republic of Congo’s government cut internet connections and SMS services across the country for a second straight day on Tuesday as the country nervously awaited results from the weekend’s chaotic presidential election. Both the opposition and ruling coalition said on Monday they were on track to win after a turbulent election day on Sunday in which […]

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Congo election preparations shaky, monitors say, with opposition ahead

KINSHASA (Reuters) – Polling stations in Democratic Republic of Congo are ill-prepared for Sunday’s presidential election, diplomats and an observer mission said, as new polling showed opposition candidate Martin Fayulu favored to win. Frustration has mounted across the vast, shakily governed Central African country after repeated election delays and blunders as well as a decision this week to shelve voting […]

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Explainer: What's at stake in Congo's presidential election?

DAKAR (Reuters) – Democratic Republic of Congo will vote on Dec. 23 in a long-delayed election that could enable the vast Central African country’s first democratic transfer of power since independence from Belgium in 1960. President Joseph Kabila is due to step down after 18 years in the office he inherited from his assassinated father, and two years after his […]

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Bowing out as president, Congo's Kabila raises prospect of a return act

KINSHASA (Reuters) – A month before his scheduled departure after nearly two decades as Congo’s president, Joseph Kabila received a procession of foreign reporters at his heavily guarded riverside palace for a rare series of interviews. If the timing suggested a valedictory, the 47-year-old leader’s words indicated otherwise. He vowed to remain in politics and, in one interview after another, […]

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Belgium's Africa Museum reopens to confront its colonial demons

TERVUREN, Belgium (Reuters) – Belgium’s Africa Museum will reopen to the public on Sunday after five years of renovations designed to modernize the museum from an exhibition of pro-colonial propaganda to one that is critical of Belgium’s imperialist past. The museum, full of artefacts and stuffed wildlife, was often criticized for ignoring the brutalities of King Leopold II’s fiefdom, whose […]

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