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U.S., allies pressure Congo leaders to step down

Congo | New sanctions aim to promote a democratic transfer of power
by Onize Ohikere
Posted 12/14/16, 11:20 am

The United States has imposed more sanctions on two top officials in the Democratic Republic of Congo in an attempt to pressure the government to step down on the expected day next week.

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Militia in Congo kills 37 in ethnic attack

Africa | Rising ethnic violence raises concerns of a possible widespread conflict
by Onize Ohikere
Posted 11/28/16, 10:58 am

A local militia in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo killed at least 37 people on Sunday amid tensions between warring groups. Escalating ethnic clashes and Congo’s ongoing political unrest have triggered concerns of a looming large-scale conflict.

Joy Beleke, a local administrator in the North Kivu province, said the Mai Mai Mazembe militia carried out the attack on a displaced persons camp of mostly ethnic Hutus in the village of Luhanga. The militia’s attack on the village began at about 5 a.m., she said.

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UN calls for peaceful transfer of power in Congo

Africa | Ongoing dispute over elections has raised fears of another civil war
by Onize Ohikere
Posted 11/14/16, 01:47 pm

The United Nations Security Council has called for a peaceful transition to a new government in the Democratic Republic of Congo when the president’s term runs out Dec. 19. A UN delegation visited the country over the weekend and said a peaceful process is possible if the government ensures the people’s freedom of opinion and assembly.

“The DRC is at a pivotal moment in its history,” French Ambassador to the UN Francois Delattre said during the visit. “For the first time, a peaceful transition of power at the end of the president’s mandate is possible.”

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