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The Democratic Republic of the Congo, sometimes referred to as DR Congo, Congo-Kinshasa or the DRC, is a country located in Central Africa. It is the second largest country in Africa by area and the eleventh largest in the world. With a population of over 75 million, the Democratic Republic of the Congo is the nineteenth most populous nation in the world, the fourth most populous nation in Africa, as well as the most populous officially Francophone country.


It borders the Central African Republic and South Sudan to the north; Uganda, Rwanda, and Burundi in the east; Zambia and Angola to the south; The Republic of the Congo, the Angolan exclave of Cabinda, and the Atlantic Ocean to the west; and is separated from Tanzania by Lake Tanganyika in the east. The country has access to the ocean through a 40-kilometre (25 mi) stretch of Atlantic coastline at Muanda and the roughly 9 km wide mouth of the Congo River which opens into the gulf of Guinea. It has the second-highest total Christian population in Africa.




Since 1997 the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DROC; formerly called Zaire) has been rent by ethnic strife and civil war, touched off by a massive inflow in 1994 of refugees from the fighting in Rwanda and Burundi. The government of former president Mobutu Sese Seko was toppled by a rebellion led by Laurent Kabila in May 1997; his regime was subsequently challenged by a Rwanda- and Uganda-backed rebellion in August 1998. Troops from Zimbabwe, Angola, Namibia, Chad, and Sudan intervened to support the Kinshasa regime. A cease-fire was signed on 10 July 1999 by the DROC, Zimbabwe, Angola, Uganda, Namibia, Rwanda, and Congolese armed rebel groups, but sporadic fighting continued. KABILA was assassinated on 16 January 2001 and his son Joseph Kabila was named head of state ten days later. In October 2002, the new president was successful in getting occupying Rwandan forces to withdraw from eastern Congo; two months later, an agreement was signed by all remaining warring parties to end the fighting and set up a government of national unity.

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militia leader to pay victims orders ICC The International Criminal Court (ICC) on Friday found Congolese former militia leader Germain Katanga liable for $1 million in damages to his victims, in a landmark ruling for the permanent war crimes tribunal.
DR Congo assistant coach Zahera Mwinyi has faulted referee decisions and poor pitch as the reason behind the team's defeat.
Sunday brought some major news for Wisconsin fans hoping former Notre Dame quarterback Malik Zaire lands in Madison this fall.
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Kinshasa - militia fighters in central Democratic Republic of Congo decapitated about 40 police officers in an ambush, local officials said on Saturday, the deadliest attack on security forces since an insurrection in the region began last August.
Kinshasa, March 25 (Reuters) - militia fighters decapitated about 40 police officers after an ambush in central Democratic Republic of Congo, local officials said on Saturday, the deadliest attack on security forces since an insurgency erupted in the ...
militia fighters in the central Democratic Republic of Congo reportedly decapitated 40 police officers in the deadliest attack on authorities since an insurrection began in the region in August.
Harambee Stars face the Democratic Republic of Congo in an international friendly match at Machakos Stadium tomorrow, with head coach Stanley Okumbi's 9-match unbeaten run being put to test by the 2017 Afcon quarter finalists.
The mission aims to assess the needs of those who have been affected bythe violence that has ravaged the area in the past few months.
... newness of the pest to the region, its resistance to commonly used pest control chemicals, and the rainy season, which reduces the effectiveness of chemical operations (FEWSNET 20/02/2017).
London, March 23 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Sexual violence against men in conflict-torn countries from Syria to the Democratic Republic of Congo is ...
In this week's Travel segment we take a look at the scenic and beautiful wonders that make Congo. The Republic of Congo has a population of less than five million, most concentrated in the capital, Brazzaville, and second city Pointe Noire. The country ...
[JURIST] Former vice president of the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), Jean-Pierre Bemba Gombo, was sentenced [decision, PDF] on Wednesday by the International Criminal Court (ICC) [official website] to an additional year in prison and fined ...
The latest news is as grim as any emanating from the bloody battlefields of the Middle East currently dominating airtime with the international media.
MBANZA-NGUNGU, Congo, March 23 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - As a nurse in rural Democratic Republic of Congo where health facilities are scarce and ...
In late February, Sky News aired an investigative report centered on the utilization of child labor in cobalt mines in the Democratic Republic of the Congo. The investigation shed light on a vastly complex apparatus of the most brutal forms of ...
armed forces of the Democratic Republic of Congo (FARDC) soldiers sitting at the back of a pick-up truck in Rutshuru on November 4, 2013.
Skulls suspected of belonging to victims of combat between soldiers and a rebel militia in Kasai-Central Province in the Democratic Republic of Congo.
(Business in Cameroon) - As issues with owners from whom they lease lands to produce persist, Congolese farmers are calling unto the government for help.
Every year on March 22, people around the globe celebrate World Water Day: an opportunity to spotlight and take meaningful action to tackle the solvable water problems that millions of people around the world experience each day.
Sassou Nguesso has ruled Congo for all but five years since 1979, and was re-elected in March 2016 after the referendum passed.
Moscow, March 22. /TASS/. Russia and the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) are interested in bringing the trade and economic cooperation between the two countries to a new level, Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov told a news conference ...
The United Nations said Tuesday that nearly three months after a political agreement was signed in the Democratic Republic of Congo, its implementation remains stalled, threatening security and stability. "As long as political dialogue remains in a ...
The Kamuina Nsapu insurgency arose last year as a locally rooted conflict in the Kasai-Central province of the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), but has since gained intensity and is spreading to neighbouring provinces. By January, 216,000 people had ...
marijuana is illegal in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, which occupies the bullseye of Africa. But after a brutal colonial regime, decades of dictatorship, and more than 20 years of civil war that left 6 million dead, there are few laws that can ...
FILE - Jean-Pierre Bemba Gombo of the Democratic Republic of the Congo sits in the courtroom of the International Criminal Court (ICC) in The Hague, June 21, 2016.
The Seventh-day Adventist Church added one more university to its growing list of over 100 institutions of higher learning around the world, with the official inauguration of the Adventist University of West Congo, in the Democratic Republic of Congo ...
22 March 2017 - Intercommunal violence in south-eastern Democratic Republic of the Congo has forced hundreds of thousands of people from their homes, a top United Nations aid official in the country has said, warning that the current response is being ...
Following new armed groups clashes in the Haut-Katanga region, 2 000 households have been displaced in Mitwaba territory. In addition, villages have been looted, houses burnt and 10 people kidnapped.
France's U.N. ambassador warned Tuesday against cuts to the U.N. peacekeeping force in Congo when the country is heading toward elections and facing an upsurge in violence and deteriorating security.
Muscat: Three people have died and six other treated for Crimean-Congo Haemorrhagic Fever (CCHF) in Oman since the beginning of 2017, the Ministry of ...
Bangui (FIBA AfroBasket 2017) - Ten years on, and the Democratic Republic of Congo sealed their ticket to the FIBA AfroBasket on Monday thanks to a successful FIBA Africa Zone 4 Group D campaign against the Republic Central Africa (CAF).
Kalemie/Kinshasa, 20 March 2017: The violence that has engulfed the southeastern province of Tanganyika since July 2016 and forced over 370,000 people into displacement places it firmly among "the most urgent humanitarian hotspots in a country ...
Congolese military auditor general Joseph Ponde Isambwa said that all seven arrested soldiers were members of the armed forces of the Democratic Republic of Congo, or FARDC. Ponde said the charges against the officers include "war crime by murder, ...
The new leader of the Democratic Republic of Congo's opposition coalition demanded Monday that he be appointed prime minister without delay under a deal reached after President Joseph Kabila refused to leave office.
Congo (Reuters) - These mass graves recently found in the Democratic Republic of Congo bear witness to the increasing brutality of several conflicts in the country.
Congolese displaced residents from the southern districts of Brazzaville take shelter in a church after fleeing intense clashes between security forces and unknown assailants on 4 April, 2016.
Wren spent time in the Congo trying to help the water crisis and aid the Pygmies, who are hunted like animals. The professional mixed martial arts (MMA) heavyweight competed against Roman Pizzolato at Bellator 174.
Muscat: Three people have died and another six were treated for Crimean-Congo Haemorrhagic Fever (CCHF) during the first months of 2017, the Ministry of Health has revealed.
Democratic Republic of Congo's army is carrying out operations against the Kamuina Nsapu militia. Clashes between the military and the insurgents have killed hundreds of people and displaced hundreds of thousands since last August.
Human skulls suspected to belong to victims of a recent combat between government army and Kamuina Nsapu militia are seen on the roadside in Tshienke near Kananga, the capital of Kasai-central province of the Democratic Republic of Congo, March 12, ...
tantalum, tin, tungsten (the 3Ts) and gold - heavily mined in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) - are referred to as conflict minerals because of the immense profits they bring in help warlords finance their wars with rival armies and the ...
Security forces in Congo Republic have killed around 15 rebel fighters during a military operation in the central African oil producer's restive Pool region, authorities said.
Kinshasa, Democratic Republic of Congo - Seven Congolese army officers have been arrested and charged with war crimes after a video surfaced last month that appeared to show uniformed soldiers opening fire on a group of civilians in a massacre that ...
On the night of March 18-19, 2015, security forces in the Democratic Republic of Congo secretly dug a mass grave on the edge of a cemetery near the capital, Kinshasa, and dumped several hundred bodies inside.


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