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DR Congo: UN experts outline sources of funding for armed rebels

Armed rebel groups active in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) derive their funds from several sources, notably trade in natural resources, but also ordinary commerce and illegal taxation, according to a report by a United Nations group of experts unveiled today.

Cholera outbreak in DR Congo near end in one area but ongoing in two others

The cholera outbreak that has infected thousands of people across the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) is almost over in the worst-affected province, but fresh cases are being recorded in two other areas, the United Nations humanitarian arm reports.

In wake of leader’s death, Ban says UN will continue to help people of DPR Korea

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon extended his sympathy today to the mourning citizens of the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK) upon learning of the passing of their leader, Kim Jong-il, who died on Saturday.

DPR Korea: UN Member States voice alarm at human rights, humanitarian situations

United Nations Member States today expressed deep concern at both persistent reports of “systematic, widespread and grave” human rights violations in the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK) and the precarious humanitarian situation inside the Asian country.

ICC orders release of Rwandan rebel leader after dismissing charges

Judges at the International Criminal Court (ICC) today ordered the release of a Rwandan rebel leader after dismissing war crimes charges related to deadly fighting in the far east of the neighbouring Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) in 2009.

DR Congo: UN mission urges review of issues raised by election observers

The United Nations peacekeeping mission in the Democratic Republic of the Congo today called on the country’s electoral authorities to review the issues raised by independent observers about the recent DRC presidential and parliamentary polls, saying there were “significant irregularities” in the results process.

DR Congo: Ban takes note of provisional results of presidential poll, calls for calm

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today took note of the release of the provisional results of the presidential elections in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), which indicate that incumbent Joseph Kabila garnered the most votes, and stressed that any differences over the polls be resolved peacefully.

Congolese post-election violence will not be tolerated, ICC prosecutor warns

As the people of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) await the results of last week’s presidential and legislative elections, the prosecutor of the International Criminal Court (ICC) warned today that any outbreak of poll-related violence will be investigated and those found responsible prosecuted.

DR Congo: Security Council welcomes holding of elections, urges calm

The Security Council today congratulated the people of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) for turning up in large numbers to cast their ballots in this week’s presidential and legislative elections, calling it a demonstration of their commitment to democracy.

Deploring election-related violence in DR Congo, top UN officials appeal for calm

Top United Nations officials today deplored the violence that marred this week’s elections in certain areas in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) and urged all sides to exercise restraint and to resolve any differences through peaceful means.