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UN accuses Congo of killing, abusing protesters

Congo | Political instability has led to a culture of impunity in the country
by Onize Ohikere
Posted 3/02/17, 10:24 am

Security forces in the Democratic Republic of Congo used excessive force against political protesters, leading to the deaths of at least 40 people, the United Nations human rights agency said.

The report, released Wednesday, revealed the government deployed soldiers and military police to control protesting crowds in December. Hundreds of civilians had come out to protest Congo’s President Joseph Kabila’s move to stay in office beyond his term limit. The responding officials had no training in handling demonstrations and abused their power, the report said.

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Political turmoil triggers militia uprising in Congo

Africa | Government forces kill more than 100 people in clashes with militia group
by Onize Ohikere
Posted 2/15/17, 11:32 am

Clashes between soldiers and a militia group in the Democratic Republic of Congo have killed at least 101 people, the United Nations human rights group said Tuesday. Analysts warn fighting likely will continue as frustration over the country’s ongoing political turmoil triggers additional militia uprisings.

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Globe Trot: Trump’s Secretary of State–designee questioned on Capitol Hill

International | Rex Tillerson’s confirmation hearings have begun
by Mindy Belz
Posted 1/11/17, 03:00 pm

UNITED STATES: In New York President-elect Donald Trump held his first press conference since the election, and in Washington confirmation hearings are underway for his secretary of state nominee Rex Tillerson.

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