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One prisoner killed, several hurt in attempt to escape from UN jail in DR of Congo

One prisoner was killed and four others injured when a United Nations peacekeeping sentinel opened fire during an attempted escape by militia members from a makeshift jail in northeast Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) late last week, the UN mission in the country said today.

Annan condemns murder of nine UN peacekeepers in DR of Congo

Secretary-General Kofi Annan today called on the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) to help the United Nations track down the unidentified militia members who ambushed and murdered nine Bangladeshi peacekeepers serving in the country's remote northeast – the worst-ever attack against the UN's forces in the DRC.

Eastern DR of Congo hit by less usual form of plague, UN says

A form of plague that infects humans from the air they breathe, pneumonic plague, has killed 61 diamond miners since late December in the northeastern Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), the United Nations public health agency said today.

UN welcomes Morocco's arrest of 6 of its peacekeepers for sexual assault in DR of Congo

The United Nations peacekeeping mission in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) has welcomed the Government of Morocco's decision to arrest six of its soldiers who were accused of sexual assault on civilians in the African Great Lakes country.

56,000 in eastern DR of Congo get emergency aid from UN relief agencies

As people fleeing fighting between Lendu and Hema militias in the eastern Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) gathered from Lake Albert northwards, humanitarian workers distributed emergency aid to 56,000 of them, the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) said today.

Militias clash in eastern DR of Congo, killing 52 civilians, UN mission says

More than 50 people were killed and thousands displaced in the latest clashes between Lendu and Hema ethnic groups in the eastern district of Ituri in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), according to the United Nations peacekeeping mission there.

Annan calls for Security Council support in fight against sexual exploitation in peacekeeping missions

Secretary-General Kofi Annan has written to the Security Council appealing for more police and French-speaking investigators to strengthen the United Nations peacekeeping mission in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), as an expanded investigation into allegations of sexual exploitation and misconduct continues, a UN spokesperson said today.

UN Children's Fund to feed and inoculate 10,000 families in DR of Congo

The United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) is providing food aid and other assistance to some 10,000 families, as well as measles inoculations and basic education for the children, in the strife-ridden eastern Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC).

UN says no Rwandan troops are serving in its DR of Congo peacekeeping mission

Countering what it said was disinformation being anonymously spread, the United Nations peacekeeping mission in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) today said there were no Rwandan soldiers serving with the UN in the country or anywhere else in the world.