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UN Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon to visit DRC at the end of January

Monuc - January 18, 2007

Ban Ki-MoonNewly appointed UN Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon will visit the DRC for the first time at the end of January 2007, as part of his first overseas trip as UN Secretary General.
Congo Rebels Shoot Silverback Gorilla For Food

Wildlife Extra/Congo Rangers - January 18, 2007

Congo gorilla in Virunga National ParkRebel soldiers commanded by local warlord, Laurent Nkunda, shot and killed a silverback Mountain Gorilla in the Southern Sector of Virunga National Park, in the war torn eastern Democratic Republic of Congo. It has also been confirmed that a second gorilla has also been killed, while unconfirmed reports indicate that possibly several more have been shot
Renegade General's Forces to Rejoin Congo Army

VOA News - January 18, 2007

Laurent NkundaDemocratic Republic of Congo's renegade General Laurent Nkunda has said his forces are reintegrating into the country's national army, following an informal peace deal struck in neighboring Rwanda. Nkunda, who led troops loyal to him into rebellion in 2004, is being sought under an international arrest warrant for war crimes.
The 11 permanent offices of the Provincial Assemblies have been installed

Monuc - January 15, 2007

Elections - CongoThe permanent offices of the provincial Assemblies have been installed on Sunday 14 January 2007 in accordance with the rearranged calendar of the Independent Electoral Commission (IEC). Jean-Pierre Bemba's platform is controlling four of the eleven provincial offices.
Cardinal Frederic Etsou laid to rest as nation mourns

Congo Planet - January 15, 2007

Cardinal Frederick Etsou memorial mass at the Martyrs' Stadium in KinshasaCardinal Frederic Etsou was laid to rest today in the Notre-Dame Cathedral in Kinshasa. Today's ceremony marked the final moments of a week-long emotional commemoration of only the second post-colonial prelate of the Catholic Church in the Democratic Republic of Congo.
Pit Collapse Exposes DRC's Shaky Mining Structure

VOA News - January 14, 2007

Congo minersThe collapse of a diamond pit mine in the Democratic Republic of Congo earlier this month, in which 15 people were reported killed, has highlighted the dangers of primitive, open pit mining.
Provincial governor gets newspaper suspended and editor imprisoned

Reporters Without Borders - January 12, 2007

Reporters Without BordersReporters Without Borders today condemned the jailing of Rigobert Kakwala Kash, the editor of the privately-owned weekly Le Moniteur, yesterday in Kinshasa and the 11-month prison sentence he has received as a result of a libel suit by the governor of the western province of Bas-Congo. He is the first journalist to be imprisoned since Joseph Kabila's election as president.
Congolese Mourn Politically-Charged Cardinal

VOA News - January 12, 2007

Cardinal Frédéric Etsou-Nzabi-BamungwabiCitizens in the Democratic Republic of Congo are mourning the death of Cardinal Frederic Etsou-Nzabi-Bamungwabi, the country's top Roman Catholic prelate. Cardinal Etsou died on January 6 of pneumonia in Belgium. As his body was returned for a scheduled burial in the Congo on Monday, mourners remembered him as a religious and political leader.
Anvil to Move to 95% Interest in Kinsevere-Nambulwa Copper-Cobalt Joint Venture

Anvil - Press Release - January 11, 2007

Anvil MiningAnvil Mining Limited (TSX, ASX: AVM) ("Anvil") is pleased to announce it has entered into an agreement to acquire an additional 15% interest in the mining rights for the Kinsevere-Nambulwa copper-cobalt deposits located 27km north of Lubumbashi, the provincial capital of the Katanga Province of the Democratic Republic of the Congo ("DRC").
International support vital to new government

IRIN - January 10, 2007

Joseph KabilaThe international community should continue its support for the new government in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) to help it overcome serious security and political challenges, the International Crisis Group (ICG), a Brussels-based think-tank, said on Wednesday.



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