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Pope Francis slams 'brutal atrocities' of conflict during Congo visit
The pontiff also appealed to those who ‘plunder, scourge and destabilise’ the turbulent region to lay down their weapons.
Pope Francis denounces 'economic colonialism' in Africa on first day of tour
‘Stop choking Africa: It is not a mine to be stripped or a terrain to be plundered,’ the pope said.
All time
Ebola: WHO decides DRC outbreak is not a 'global' health emergency
The current Ebola crisis has recorded more than 2,000 cases.
Dublin man leading Concern team as they tackle major Ebola outbreak in DR Congo
The latest outbreak has so far infected 840 people and killed 537 in the Democratic Republic of the Congo.
Case Study: Being a gay woman in DRC and facing fears of 'punitive' rape
“One day, in 2007, I was surrounded by boys who told me they were going to rape me to give me a taste for men, that whatever I did I was still a woman.”
At least 57 dead, death toll still rising as train flies off rails in Congo swamp
The train crashed in the southeast of the Democratic Republic of Congo. Bodies are being being buried after being taken from the wreckage, as there is no morgue in the area….
"We hear of babies as young as five months being abducted and raped repeatedly"
An Irish consortium highlighted the issue of gender based violence in the Democratic Republic of Congo at a seminar in Dublin yesterday.
Two girls die as wave of child rapes hits province in DRC
Doctor in Democratic Republic of Congo speaks of the horror of flood of children coming to hospital in critical state.
80 killed in DR Congo clash: UN
A rebel militia in the Democratic Republic of Congo has seized control of an eastern town after days of fighting that have left more than 80 people dead, the UN has confirmed.
11 countries to sign DR Congo peace accord: UN
Eleven African countries have been invited to sign a UN-brokered accord aiming to end more than two decades of conflict in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo.
DR Congo's M23 rebels arrive for peace talks
Rebels are meeting with the Congolese government in Uganda for peace talks – in a bid to end the long-running conflict that has displaced hundreds of thousands of people.
Britain suspends aid to Rwanda over DR Congo rebel support
The UK is to withhold million in aid over concerns that Rwanda is supporting of rebels country, which is in the midst of an increasingly violent conflict.
Congo: Violence continues, M23 rebels press forward after gains
A rebel group seeking to overthrow the Congolese government makes gains, and millions of civilians are displaced by the conflict.
Civilians 'preyed upon' in DR Congo violence, say humanitarian workers
Aid workers say the deteriorating situation in the country has left millions of civilians displaced and vulnerable to exploitation and violence.
Up to 27 million people are living in slavery, says US report
US State Dept’s annual report on human trafficking shows progress being made in Burma, while Syria fell in the rankings.
UN mission 'failing to protect DRC civilians'
The International Crisis Group warns of risk of “serious escalation of violence” in the Democratic Republic of Congo.
Couple jailed for life over 'witchcraft' murder
A woman and her boyfriend have been sentenced for the “sadistic” killing of her 15-year-old brother, who the couple had accused of practising witchcraft.
18 people killed in Congo election, says rights group
At least 18 people have been killed and 100 seriously injured in election violence in Democratic Republic of Congo, according to Human Rights Watch.
DR Congo polls open after weekend of violence
The African country could be plunged into violence again if it is unable to agree on the results of the presidential and legislative election – the first government-led elections since the end of the last war.
Four dead after pre-election clashes in DR Congo
The election is almost certainly expected to return President Joseph Kibala to power, analysts say.
The Daily Fix: Friday
In today’s Fix: leaked NOTW audio; the end of an era for NASA’s shuttles; and no more casual Fridays at the Dáil…
The world's worst places to be a woman - survey
Global survey releases findings which show that Afghanistan is the most dangerous place for women, while the DRC comes a close second.
Congo army colonel sentenced to 20 years for ordering New Year's Day mass rape
A lieutenant colonel and his subordinates escaped the death penalty but received prison sentences in a landmark case.
53 men, women, children raped in DRC in three days, says MSF
Humanitarian aid agency says the already-volatile situation in eastern DRC has deteriorated further, as new reports of mass rape emerge.
Former DR Congo leader on trial for war crimes
Jean-Pierre Bemba faces charges of murder, rape and pillage during the most important trial at the International Criminal Court to date.
Crocodile blamed for plane crash
Twenty passengers died when the DRC plane crashed in August. The sole survivor blamed a loose crocdile.
UN: DRC government troops may have raped and murdered civilians
The same communities that were horrifically abused by rebels months ago may have been targeted again by the troops meant to protect them.
Leaked UN report calls DR Congo crimes genocide
Rwanda has dismissed accusations of war crimes in Democratic Republic of Congo, and pressures the UN to revise its report.
UN says it didn't know about mass rape in DR Congo
Sexual violence considered a weapon of war in DRC.
Over 130 killed in DRC boat accident