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UN helicopter in DR of Congo fires at militias in self-defence

A United Nations helicopter on aerial patrol in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) shot in self-defence at a truck carrying armed militias to Bunia, hitting two of them, the UN mission in the country said today.

DR of Congo: thousands receive food aid following deployment of UN troops in Bunia

Thousands of people who had been cut-off from all humanitarian aid for many months because of inter-ethnic combat have been able to receive help this week following the deployment of United Nations peacekeeping troops in Bunia in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), the UN World Food Programme (WFP) said today.

DR of Congo: UN continues to boost troop strength in Bunia

The United Nations Ituri brigade, which has replaced the European Union emergency force policing the troubled northeast of the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), has now reached 2,500, more than half its total expected strength, according to the UN mission in the country.

Annan to continue consultations on Korean nuclear issue

United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan will continue to consult closely with all parties involved in the “critical” issue of the nuclear weapons programme of the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK), a statement issued by his spokesman said today.

DR of Congo: Security Council lauds European Union international force in Bunia

The United Nations Security Council today praised the European Union for deploying the French-led emergency force, which "helped avoid a humanitarian tragedy" in the troubled northeastern Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), and was instrumental in stabilizing the flashpoint town of Bunia.

Annan welcomes security handover to UN Mission in DR of Congo

United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan has welcomed the smooth changing of the guard in northeastern Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), where UN peacekeepers will now police the war-torn town of Bunia and its surroundings, taking over from the French-led interim force deployed there since June.

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.