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DR Congo: Security Council extends UN mission, intervention force for one year

The Security Council today extended for one year the United Nations Organization Stabilization Mission in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (MONUSCO) – along with its Intervention Brigade – noting the need for the Mission to strengthen its support so the Congolese Government can address security challenges in line with the aims of a regional peace and security accord.

Ban increasingly concerned about reported missile launches by DPR Korea

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon is increasingly concerned about the successive reports of new launches of ballistic missiles by the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK), according to his spokesperson.

UN agency shocked, saddened at drowning of Congolese refugees in western Uganda

The United Nations refugee agency said today it was shocked and saddened by the deaths of scores of refugees from the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), including children, who drowned when the boat carrying them back home from western Uganda capsized.

UN mission chief appeals to Security Council to help ‘build on momentum’ in DR Congo

The head of the United Nations peacekeeping mission in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (MONUSCO) today urged the international community as well as the Congolese Government to adopt concrete measures that will build on the current stability in the country, saying “it is now up to us to win the peace...with energy, conviction and persistence.”

DR Congo: UN envoy urges rebels to ‘break away’ from armed groups

The head of the United Nations peacekeeping mission in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) today warned rebel fighters in the country to ‘surrender without delay’ and join the disarmament process or face consequences.

UN welcomes International Criminal Court conviction of former DR Congo militia leader

The top United Nations office in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) today expressed strong appreciation to the International Criminal Court (ICC) which convicted former Congolese militia leader Germain Katanga of war crimes in relation to a deadly 2003 attack.

DPR Korea: Security Council extends expert panel assisting sanctions committee

The Security Council today extended for another 13 months the mandate of the panel of experts dealing with United Nations sanctions imposed on the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK) for testing nuclear arms.

DR Congo: with attack helicopters deployed, UN envoy urges rebels to lay down arms

After the intensification of United Nations support to the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) in joint operations against an armed group known as the Allied Democratic Forces, the world body’s envoy to the vast African nation today called on the rebels to lay down their weapons.

DR Congo: funding gap forces UN agency to scale back food rations

The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) announced today that a major funding gap is forcing the agency to scale back geographical coverage of its work in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) and to instead focus on what it describes as “acutely-insecure, conflict-affected areas” in the vast country.

Journey to the centre of the earth: UN peacekeepers aid volcanologists in DR Congo

Breaking through clouds of smoke, a United Nations helicopter flying a team of scientists over eastern Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) dipped near the mouth of Nyamuragira, one of Africa's most active yet least studied volcanoes, which threatens to potentially turn Goma into Pompeii.