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UN peacekeepers probe reports of attacks on Congolese civilians

The United Nations peacekeeping mission in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) said today that it is sending a team to investigate attacks on civilians by a renegade Rwandan militia group, the most recent one having taken 18 lives Monday night.

5 experts named to monitor UN arms embargo on DR of Congo

United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan today named five experts to monitor the Security Council arms embargo against the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), with a mandate expiring at the end of July.

Annan hails adoption of draft constitution for Democratic Republic of Congo

United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan today welcomed the recent adoption of a draft constitution by the National Assembly of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) and called on all concerned to work towards holding elections in the country.

UN peacekeeper killed in ambush in eastern DR of Congo

A United Nations peacekeeper died today from injuries sustained when about 20 "armed elements" ambushed a convoy transporting 40 UN troops in the troubled Ituri district in the eastern Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), the UN peacekeeping mission said.

Nearly 12,000 ex-militiamen in DR of Congo disarmed, UN peacekeeping official says

With the number of former combatants taking part in disarmament programmes almost doubling in the past few weeks, nearly 12,000 ex-fighters have disarmed and the Democratic Republic of the Congo's (DRC) first national brigade incorporating former militiamen has been deployed, an official from the United Nations peacekeeping department said today.

UN transfers refugees to new sites away from congested Rwanda-DR of Congo border

The United Nations refugee agency has begun transferring thousands of Congolese away from camp sites along the border between the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) and Rwanda for safety reasons and to free up space for new arrivals in the transit centres.