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Congolese head home from Burundi border under UN mission protection

The United Nations peacekeeping mission in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) today started escorting home hundreds of refugees who fled fighting in the eastern region in June, but who had returned to the country from Burundi despite continuing regional instability.

UN official in DR Congo to review how peacekeepers can do more with less

Following on a Security Council decision to expand the tasks of the United Nations operation in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), the senior UN peacekeeping official is in the country today reviewing the challenges ahead.

Waiting refugees allowed back into DR Congo - UN agency

After refusing to allow a group of refugees to return to the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), the country's authorities have reversed their position, opening the border and allowing the first group of 200 back in, the United Nations refugee agency (UNHCR) announced today.

DR of Congo and Rwanda agree to deploy teams to troubled border towns - UN

The Governments of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) and neighbouring Rwanda have agreed to deploy permanent teams later this month in two troubled border towns to monitor the situation there, a United Nations spokesman said today.

India, Pakistan preparing to send more troops to DR of Congo - UN

India and Pakistan are preparing to quickly deploy some 1,700 soldiers to the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) after the Security Council moved to bolster the United Nations peacekeeping operation there with an infusion of troops to conduct a range of new tasks, including protecting civilians from violence and enforcing an arms embargo in the east.

Mandate of UN mission in DR of Congo expanded, troops added

The Security Council today expanded the mandate United Nations Organization Mission in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (MONUC) and authorized an increase in its troop strength, but stopped short of raising levels to what Secretary-General Kofi Annan said would be needed in the war-torn central African country.

UN police in DR of Congo help arrest 10 suspected of involvement in killings

Civilian police from the United Nations peacekeeping mission in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) have helped arrest 10 people in connection with a massacre earlier this week in the country's Ituri region.

DR of Congo, Rwanda agree to new mechanism on border issues - Annan

The Governments of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) and neighbouring Rwanda have agreed to a joint mechanism to address border security issues, United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan announced today.

14 killed, scores of homes burned during attack in DR Congo – UN mission

An apparent dispute between two communities in the Ituri region of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) has left 14 people dead and 91 homes burned to the ground, according to the United Nations peacekeeping mission in the central African nation.

DR of Congo: Annan hails release of detained UN peacekeeper

Welcoming the release of a United Nations peacekeeper detained last week by one of the factions in the eastern Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), Secretary-General Kofi Annan today called on all sides to bring the peace process in the area back on track.