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US sanctions Rwanda over rebel use of child soldiers

The United States slapped sanctions on Rwanda on Thursday over the use of child soldiers by rebels in the Democratic Republic of Congo which Kigali is accused of backing.

US sanctions Rwanda over rebel use of child soldiers
Early childhood deaths halved since 1990: report

Early childhood deaths around the world have been cut in half since 1990 but some 18,000 children under five still die every day.

Early childhood deaths halved since 1990: report
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US 'alarmed' by eastern DR Congo violence

The United States on Sunday condemned rebel attacks on civilians and UN peacekeepers in the Democratic Republic of Congo, hailing the world body's efforts to protect the population.

US 'alarmed' by eastern DR Congo violence
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82 child soldiers rescued in DR Congo: UN

More than 80 children, some as young as eight years old, have been rescued from an armed group in the southeastern Democratic Republic of Congo and are being reunited with their families.

82 child soldiers rescued in DR Congo: UN
UN troops patrol DR Congo zone as deadline to disarm ends

UN peacekeepers patrolled a new security zone in the volatile eastern Democratic Republic of Congo after a deadline for militia fighters to disarm passed.

UN troops patrol DR Congo zone as deadline to disarm ends
UN gives rebels 48 hours to disarm around DR Congo city

The United Nations on Tuesday threatened to use force against M23 rebel forces near Goma city, eastern Democratic Republic of Congo, if they do not disarm within 48 hours.

UN gives rebels 48 hours to disarm around DR Congo city
Children paying high price of DR Congo fighting: UN

The United Nations warned Friday it had "worrying" evidence that a growing number of children are being killed or injured in the renewed fighting in the Democratic Republic of Congo.

Children paying high price of DR Congo fighting: UN
UN says special force ready to fight Congo rebels

The United Nations said Thursday it is ready to send troops into battle against rebels in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo after demonstrators accused peacekeepers of being too weak.

UN says special force ready to fight Congo rebels
DR Congo says 130 dead in clashes between army, rebels

Fighting between troops and rebels in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo has killed at least 130 people including 10 soldiers, the government said Monday, the deadliest clashes in months.

DR Congo says 130 dead in clashes between army, rebels
DR Congo province in push to save child soldiers

Desperate to save children from being used as soldiers in Congo, residents of the notorious "Triangle of Death" launched the first wide-scale campaign to end the practice in the remote and volatile region.

DR Congo province in push to save child soldiers
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DRC named worst place to be mother

The Democratic Republic of Congo on Tuesday displaced fellow African nation Niger to gain the unenviable distinction of being the worst place in the world to be a mother.

DRC named worst place to be mother
UN refugee chief meets some of thousands who fled C.Africa

The UN high commissioner for refugees, Antonio Guterres, met some of the thousands of C. Africans who have fled to the DRC after rebels seized power in their home country.

UN refugee chief meets some of thousands who fled C.Africa
Most conflict-zone sex crimes are against children: charity

Save the Children on Wednesday urged action after releasing a report claiming that most rape and sexual abuse victims in many of the world's conflict zones were children.

Most conflict-zone sex crimes are against children: charity
China's Xi signs multi-million-dollar deals in Congo

China's new President Xi Jinping on Friday signed deals worth several million dollars with his Congolese counterpart in sectors as varied as banking and infrastructure, on the final leg of his three-nation Africa tour.

China's Xi signs multi-million-dollar deals in Congo
UN Under-Secretary General for Peacekeeping Herve Ladsous. ©REUTERS
UN gives DR Congo one week to act against 'rape' troops

The United Nations on Wednesday gave Democratic Republic of Congo a final one-week deadline to take action against two army battalions accused of carrying out at least 126 rapes.

UN gives DR Congo one week to act against 'rape' troops
China Vice-President Xi Jinping. ©REUTERS/David Moir
New China president to visit Russia, African countries

China's new president will pay a state visit to Russia, Tanzania, South Africa and the Republic of Congo.

New China president to visit Russia, African countries
Ruthless crime gangs driving global wildlife trade

Ruthless and heavily armed "criminal syndicates" linked to drug smugglers and militias are running the global wildlife trade and turning their guns on the park rangers tasked with protecting endangered species.

Ruthless crime gangs driving global wildlife trade
Toll in DR Congo plane crash much lower than feared: police

Fears of a major disaster were allayed late Monday when police said they found just five bodies near the wreckage of a plane that crashed into a residential area of Goma in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo.

Toll in DR Congo plane crash much lower than feared: police
Regional leaders sign peace deal for eastern DR Congo

Regional African leaders signed a deal to try to bring peace to the war-torn east of the Democratic Republic of Congo, with plans to reinforce a UN-led mission to combat rebels after years of unrest.

Regional leaders sign peace deal for eastern DR Congo
DRC peace agreement to be signed February 24: UN

UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon will attend a signing ceremony next week in Addis Ababa for an accord aimed at pacifying the eastern Democratic Republic of the Congo.

DRC peace agreement to be signed February 24: UN