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DR Congo signs new law to increase taxes on mining firms

DR Congo produces more than 60% of the world's cobalt

The Democratic Republic of Congo has moved to increase taxes on mining firms and increase government royalties from the industry despite fierce opposition from international mining companies. President Joseph Kabila signed a new mining code into law on Friday. The country is Africa’s biggest producer of copper and cobalt, a vital component in mobile phone batteries. Foreign mining firms strongly ...

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Ghana Battalion in DR Congo celebrate independence day

Reviewing officer giving his address

The Ghana Battalion (GHANBATT),  serving with the United Nations Stabilization Mission in the Democratic Republic of Congo (MONUSCO), under the command of Lieutenant Colonel BB Pantoah, marked Ghana’s 61st Independence Anniversary with a flag raising Ceremony at the Headquarters of the Ghana Battalion (INCAL Complex) in Kinshasa, Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) on 6 March 2018. The Guest of Honour ...

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Find lasting solution to DR Congo’s crisis – Nana Addo

President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo has called on the African Union (AU) to urgently find a lasting solution to the perennial conflict in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). He said the depressing news of the continuing and deepening crisis in the DRC, leading to the massive displacement of hundreds of thousands of innocent civilians, was “a test of the ...

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DR Congo: Several deaths in anti-Kabila protests

At least six people have been killed in widespread protests in the Democratic Republic of Congo, United Nations sources say. Protesters are demanding that President Joseph Kabila – whose expected term of office expired more than a year ago – should step down. Police have used tear gas to disperse protesters in Kinshasa, where UN peacekeepers have been deployed. Similar ...

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DR Congo: Anti-Kabila protests dispersed with tear gas

Police in the Democratic Republic of Congo have used teargas to disperse protesters, as a wave of demonstrations takes place across the country. Protesters are demanding that President Joseph Kabila – whose expected term of office expired more than a year ago – should step down. A number of people have been injured, and UN peacekeepers have reportedly been deployed ...

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DR Congo’s Kavumu child rape trial opens

Eighteen militiamen are on trial in the east of the Democratic Republic of Congo on charges of raping 46 children. Some of the victims from the village of Kavumu were just 18 months old. The men allegedly targeted young girls between 2013 and 2016 because a spiritual adviser told them that the blood of virgins would grant them supernatural protection. ...

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DR Congo’s Kavumu child rape trial opens

Eighteen militiamen are on trial in the east of the Democratic Republic of Congo on charges of raping 46 children. Some of the victims from the village of Kavumu were just 18 months old. The men allegedly targeted young girls between 2013 and 2016 because a spiritual adviser told them that their blood would grant them supernatural protection. The alleged ...

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DR Congo Kasai conflict: ‘Thousands dead’ in violence

More than 3,300 people have been killed in the violence in the Democratic Republic of Congo’s Kasai region since last October, the Catholic Church says. The figure, reported by Reuters, is from Church sources in the country. The deaths are the result of clashes between the army and a rebel group, but civilians have also been caught up in the ...

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DR Congo President warns against foreign interference

The Democratic Republic of Congo will not tolerate any foreign interference in the country’s electoral process, President Joseph Kabila has said. He told MPs in the capital, Kinshasa, that he will name an opposition prime minister within the next 48 hours to lead the country to the polls. He has been under pressure to salvage a political deal after it ...

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Floods in DR Congo kill at least 50

Floods triggered by heavy rains and a river bursting its banks have killed at least 50 people and left thousands more homeless in southwestern Congo, a provincial governor said Thursday. Torrential rains caused the Kalamu river, which flows through the city of Boma into the River Congo, to overflow for two hours before the waters receded, washing some of the ...

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