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14 UN peacekeepers killed, 53 hurt in Congo attack

14 UN peacekeepers killed, 53 hurt in Congo attackRebels attacked a United Nations peacekeeping base in eastern Congo, killing at least 14 peacekeepers and wounding 40 others in the worst violence against the mission in this Central African country in years.



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Five Congo rangers killed in joint army operation to rescue U.S. journalist

Five Congo rangers killed in joint army operation to rescue U.S. journalistFive park rangers were killed in a joint operation with the army to rescue an American journalist and three park rangers, who went missing in a wildlife reserve in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo, a local official said on Sunday. Unidentified gunmen attacked the group late on Friday in the Okapi Wildlife Reserve in Mambasa territory. Mambasa administrator Alfred Bongwalanga said security forces and park rangers had launched a rescue operation that located the missing members of the group.



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U.S. Journalist, 3 Security Guards Remain Missing After Attack in Congo

U.S. Journalist, 3 Security Guards Remain Missing After Attack in CongoAn American journalist and at least three security guards remain missing after an attack by the Mai Mai militia outside of Mambasa



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Congo militiamen free one French, three Congolese mine workers

Congo militiamen free one French, three Congolese mine workersPARIS/KINSHASA (Reuters) – Militiamen have a freed French national and three Congolese who were kidnapped in March during an attack on Banro Corp’s Namoya gold mine in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo, the Interior Ministry said on Sunday. “The president of the republic welcomes the news of the liberation of our compatriot kidnapped on March 1 in the east of Democratic Republic of Congo,” said a statement from the office of French President Emmanuel Macron. The militiamen had kidnapped five workers, including the French national, a Tanzanian and three Congolese.



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Heavy security as Congo opposition strikes over election delays

Heavy security as Congo opposition strikes over election delaysBy Amedee Mwarabu Kiboko KINSHASA (Reuters) – Congolese police deployed heavily across the capital Kinshasa on Monday as opposition calls for a general strike after a breakdown in talks with President Joseph Kabila’s allies last week raised fears of renewed violence. Security forces in Democratic Republic of Congo killed dozens in protests over election delays last year but the strike appeared to be peaceful on Monday morning as stores and banks were shuttered and streets quiet. With police deployed at bus stops and intersections, there were only a handful of cars on the central boulevard in Kinshasa, a city of more than 10 million people, and the normally bustling central market was shut.



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Bodies of American, Swedish UN experts found in Congo

Bodies of American, Swedish UN experts found in CongoBENI, Congo (AP) — The bodies of an American and a Swedish investigator with the United Nations and their Congolese interpreter were found in Central Kasai province, authorities said Tuesday, more than two weeks after they disappeared while looking into recent violence there.



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Bodies found in Congo likely those of U.N. investigators -government

Bodies found in Congo likely those of U.N. investigators -governmentThe remains of two U.N. investigators who went missing earlier this month are likely among bodies discovered by villagers in central Democratic Republic of Congo, the father of one victim and Congo’s government spokesman said on Tuesday Michael Sharp, a U.S. citizen, and Zaida Catalan, a Swedish national, had been part of a group of experts monitoring a sanctions regime imposed on Congo by the U.N. Security Council when they disappeared in an area engulfed by a violent uprising. “We have been informed that two Caucasian bodies have been found in shallow graves in the search area, one male and one female,” John Sharp, the father of Michael, wrote on his Facebook page. Congo Communications Minister Lambert Mende said villagers had discovered three bodies – two Caucasians and one Congolese – not far from where the experts group disappeared.



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