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DR of Congo: Security Council authorizes multinational force to aid UN troops

Seeking to maintain stability in war-torn Bunia, the United Nations Security Council today authorized countries participating in the French-led force currently policing the tense northeastern Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) to assist UN peacekeepers during the upcoming handover of authority there.

Top UN refugee official meets DR of Congo President

The head of the United Nations refugee agency met today with President Joseph Kabila of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) to discuss the impending return of more than 300,000 Congolese refugees and the care of displaced people and other asylum seekers in the vast central African nation.

Chief UN refugee official kicks off 4-nation visit to Africa's Great Lakes region

The United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees, Rudd Lubbers, arrived today in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), kicking off a four-nation visit to review UN operations and various peace initiatives that could pave the way for the return of hundreds of thousands of refugees throughout the Great Lakes region.

UN envoy heads talks on assistance for electoral process in DR of Congo

The head of the United Nations mission in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) has just chaired the first-ever consultative meeting with major donors and UN agencies on efforts to coordinate international assistance for the country's electoral process.

DR of Congo: UNICEF envoy calls for an end to rape of women, children

Oscar®-award winning actress Jessica Lange, newly appointed Goodwill Ambassador for the United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF), has called on the international community to put an end to the widespread brutal rape of women and children in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC).

UN mission chief in DR of Congo meets with top Ugandan officials

The head of the United Nations mission in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) opened his first official visit with top authorities in neighbouring Uganda with an update on the overall Congolese peace process and progress of the new power-sharing government.

DR of Congo: UN mission continues rollout of Bangladeshi troops in northeast

The United Nations mission in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) continues to expand its security presence in the country's volatile northeast with the deployment of 250 Bangladeshi troops attached to its task force in Ituri.

DR of Congo: UN mission condemns latest round of violence in northeast

As a stronger United Nations force prepares to deploy in the Democratic Republic of the Congo's volatile northeast - where kidnappings and murders persist outside the flashpoint town of Bunia - the head of the UN mission in the country today strongly condemned the latest killings, which included several relief workers among the dead.

DR of Congo: UN mission investigates reports of fresh violence in northeast

The United Nations mission in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) and a contingent of the UN-authorized peacekeeping force in the country have dispatched a joint assessment team to Nyanda to investigate reports that fresh ethnic violence in the tiny northeastern village claimed the lives of at least nine people.

DR of Congo: UN welcomes first commercial barges along Congo River since 1998

A commercial cargo barge has arrived in northeastern Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) 1,300 kilometres from the capital, Kinshasa, marking the effective re-opening of the Congo River after four years of suspended civil river traffic due to war, according to the United Nations mission in the country.