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United Nations deploys drones to Congo

The United Nations has sent out unmanned aerial vehicles to patrol the restive border that Congo shares with Uganda and Rwanda.

M23 rebels in Congo: What a difference a year makes

NAIROBI, Kenya — A rebel group that less than a year ago seized control of the largest city in the east of the Democratic Republic of Congo has suffered a string of military defeats during an unusually effective offensive by the Congolese army, backed by United Nations peacekeepers.

M23 rebels: All we are saying is 'give peace a chance'

Congo's M23 rebels declared a unilateral ceasefire on Friday after days of heavy fighting.

There may yet be hope for Congo

VITSHUMBI, Democratic Republic of Congo —  Vitshumbi is a typical contemporary Congolese town: there is no running water, no electricity and no paved roads. At first glance, it might seem that Vitshumbi has been stuck in reverse since the end of colonialism. But nothing could be further from the truth.

Will the oil curse come to Congo? (VIDEO)

Congolese living in the Virunga National Park worry oil speculators have little interest in supporting locals.

In Congo: oil, guns and power (IN-DEPTH SERIES)

Vicious rebel forces, a corrupt government and oil speculators are an explosive mix in eastern Congo. And they are all threatening Africa’s oldest national park.

Africa’s oldest park is under attack

RUMANGABO, Democratic Republic of Congo — The task of protecting the gorillas of Virunga National Park might be the toughest job in conservation. A force of 270 rangers, a well-equipped paramilitary outfit trained over the years by British and Belgian Special Forces, patrols the 3,000-square mile expanse. These are no Yogi Bear-style Ranger Smiths. They carry AK-47s, belt-fed machine guns and rocket-propelled grenade launchers.

The horrors of eastern Congo

RUTSHURU, Democratic Republic of Congo — The figure in military fatigues and rubber boots stood on the rutted road, framed between green walls of tangled equatorial forest. He leveled his assault rifle at a small huddle of people kneeling in the mud next to their truck.  Around them were their scattered, meager belongings: burlap sacks of grain, cooking pots and small suitcases of clothes.

Virunga National Park has a new enemy: Oil

LAKE EDWARD, Democratic Republic of Congo — It is not just war threatening the future of Africa’s oldest and most diverse park. Oil is too.

UN Security Council slaps sanctions on Congo rebel groups

The United Nations Security Council has imposed tough sanctions on Congo's M23 rebel group along with a Rwanda-backed rebel group FDLR.
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