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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.

Big challenges remain to secure peace in DR of Congo, Security Council told

As the international community welcomed the inauguration of a new power-sharing government in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), top United Nations officials told the Security Council today that immense challenges remain as the volatile, war-torn central African country edges toward peace and reconciliation.

Annan hails new power-sharing government in DR of Congo

United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan today hailed the historic swearing-in of the four Vice-Presidents who will head up the Democratic Republic of the Congo's (DRC) new power-sharing transitional government as a "milestone" in the war-weary country's search for lasting peace.

UN welcomes 'historic' arrival of opposition leaders in DR of Congo capital

Two of the Democratic Republic of Congo's (DRC) main rebel leaders have arrived in the capital of Kinshasa ahead of tomorrow's swearing-in ceremony that will ultimately name four Vice-Presidents to a new power-sharing government, the United Nations reported today.

DR of Congo: first Bangladeshi troops to arrive in Bunia Monday

The first group of soldiers expected to take over for the Interim Multinational Force in the volatile northeastern Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) is set to arrive in war-torn Bunia on Monday, the United Nations reported today.