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Congolese president says fight against rebels not over

The Democratic Republic of Congo's President Joseph Kabila said Sunday the fight against insurgents in the country's conflict-torn east was not over despite the recent defeat of the M23 rebels. Delivering the keynote speech of a 1,200-kilometre (750-mile) tour of the mineral-rich but deeply unstable region, Kabila said the surrender of the M23 army mutineers was just one stage in an offensive against armed groups that have harrowed the east for decades.

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What's happening in Africa on Sunday: + France readies Central Africa Republic mission + Kabila holds security talks in eastern DR Congo BANGUI: France presses on with preparations for a military mission to the Central African Republic, with a vote on a UN mandate expected this week followed by a mini-summit in Paris on December 7 on the CAR crisis. Picture. Video. (CENTRAFRICA-UNREST)

Congo's Kabila pledges unity government, pressures rebels

By Pete Jones KINSHASA (Reuters) - President Joseph Kabila said on Wednesday he would create a national unity government in an attempt to end years of crisis in Democratic Republic of Congo, a move cautiously welcomed by some rivals but which analysts warned could disrupt reform. Kabila, presenting the findings of three weeks of national dialogue, ruled out a blanket amnesty for rebels operating in Congo's mineral-rich east and called for the insurgents to lay down their arms.

Congo police secure rebel territory, 'national dialogue' delayed

Police in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo moved in Tuesday to secure territory recently reclaimed from the M23 rebels, as the country postponed a "national dialogue" aimed at ending its political, social and military crises. The governor of the mineral-rich but chronically unstable province of North Kivu said police had been sent into areas recently abandoned by the rebels in the face of a week-long offensive by the military and a new United Nations combat force.

Congo government faces no-confidence vote

By Jonny Hogg KINSHASA (Reuters) - Congo's government will face a vote of no confidence by Monday after nearly a third of parliamentarians signed a motion to censure the prime minister, piling pressure on President Joseph Kabila's coalition. Democratic Republic of Congo has lurched from crisis to crisis since Kabila was re-elected in controversial polls in late 2011, and the motion is the latest sign of splits within a notoriously fractious governing elite.

Bail delayed for Congo coup accused

Twenty Congolese men who were arrested in South Africa for allegedly plotting to overthrow Democratic Republic of Congo President Joseph Kabila appeared in court Wednesday to hear their bail hearing has been delayed. Since the 19 accused last appeared in the dock in early February their numbers have increased following the arrest of Congolese President Joseph Kabila’s half-brother Etienne. "This case is a matter of interest in South Africa, Africa and internationally," said magistrate Solomon Mkhabela, ruling that television cameras will be allowed into the trial.

S.African police arrest suspected "mastermind" Congo rebel

JOHANNESBURG, Feb 10 (Reuters) - South African police said on Sunday they had arrested a Congolese man suspected of being the mastermind behind a rebel group's plot to overthrow the Kinshasa government. Nineteen other suspected Congolese rebels have been arrested and were charged in a South African court on Thursday with plotting such a coup which prosecutors said they planned to finance through mineral concessions. A 20th man was arrested in Cape Town on Friday.

S.Africa charges 19 Congo rebels with coup plot

A South African court on Thursday formally charged 19 Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) rebels with plotting to stage a coup in their home country. The group is accused of seeking weapons and military training to topple President Joseph Kabila and was subject to a special police sting operation. "They intended on unseating President Kabila unconstitutionally," government prosecutor Shaun Abrahams told the Pretoria Regional Court.

S.Africa charges 19 DR Congo rebels for coup plot

A South African court on Thursday formally charged 19 Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) rebels with plotting to stage a coup in their home country. The group is accused of preparing to receive military training to topple President Joseph Kabila and was subject to a special police sting operation. "They intended on unseating President Kabila unconstitutionally," government prosecutor Shaun Abrahams told the Pretoria Regional Court. Abrahams said they are members of the Union of Nationalists for the Renewal (UNR) of the DRCongo.

Alleged DRC rebels were to be trained to oust Kabila: S.Africa

The 19 alleged Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) rebels arrested in South Africa were to get training to oust President Joseph Kabila's government, the prosecution said on Wednesday. It said there was no indication at this stage that the group had any links to the M23 rebels who have been fighting the DRC government army since May last year in the country's volatile eastern Kivu region.
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