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Violence rocks east DR Congo despite rebel pullout

A group of internally displaced Congolese collect food aid in the rain at the Mugunga III IDP camp in the east of the Democratic Republic of the Congo on Sunday. Photo: AFP

Authorities in Democratic Republic of Congo’s eastern city of Goma assumed gradual control of the mining hub on Sunday after a rebel pullout, but tensions were running high with clashes on Rwanda’s border.

Monday, 3 December, 2012, 12:04pm

M23 rebels pull out of Congo city of Goma

M23 rebels prepare to leave Goma in eastern Congo after holding the city for two weeks. Photo: EPA

Authorities in the Democratic Republic of Congo's eastern city of Goma assumed gradual control of the city yesterday after a rebel pullout, but tensions were running high, with gunmen attacking a nearby camp for displaced people.

3 Dec 2012 - 4:24am

DR Congo rebels withdraw from key city of Goma

A traffic jam is caused by trucks carrying the M23 rebel fighters out of the city of Goma on Saturday. Photo: EPA

Rebels in the volatile east of the Democratic Republic of Congo pulled out Saturday from the mining hub of Goma, the city they seized less than two weeks ago, sparking fears of a wider war.

2 Dec 2012 - 10:14am

DR Congo rebels begin Goma pull-out

Congolese M23 rebel fighters dismount as they look for FDLR (Force Democratique de Liberation du Rwanda) returning from an incursion into Rwanda on Tuesday. Photo: AP

Local residents in Goma on Wednesday said M23 rebel fighters have started trucking food and ammunition out of the key Congolese city, a local official said.

28 Nov 2012 - 9:29pm

DR Congo rebels to withdraw from Goma

M23 rebels patrol in Goma on Monday. Photo: AP

Rebels in the Democratic Republic of Congo said on Tuesday they would withdraw from Goma, a week after their capture of the key eastern city sparked fears of a new war in the volatile region.

Senior commander Colonel Antoine Manzi said the M23 fighters would comply with a request “to withdraw from Goma in order to start negotiations with the government”.

27 Nov 2012 - 5:27pm

UN chief urges M23 rebel group to leave Congo city of Goma

M23 rebels patrol around Congo's Central Bank in Goma, eastern Congo. Photo: AP

UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon urged M23 rebels in Congo to lay down their weapons and leave the city of Goma which they seized.

Ban said he welcomed a joint statement by the presidents of the former Zaire, Rwanda and Uganda making the same appeal at a summit during the weekend in the Ugandan capital, Kampala.

27 Nov 2012 - 6:02am

UN says Rwanda and Uganda backed rebel takeover of Goma

A crowd gathers around the body of a Congolese army soldier after M23 rebels took control of Goma in eastern Congo. Photo: EPA

The Rwandan military is commanding and supporting the rebel force that overtook a provincial capital in eastern Congo earlier this week, a United Nations report said.

Uganda is also providing more subtle, but nonetheless decisive backing to the M23 rebels, the report added.

23 Nov 2012 - 2:56am

Kabila, Kagame to attend DR Congo conflict summit

Uganda's President Yoweri Museveni (left) talks with his counterparts Paul Kagame of Rwanda (right) and Joseph Kabila of Congo during a meeting in Kampala, Uganda, on Wednesday. Photo: AP

The leaders of Democratic Republic of Congo and Rwanda will attend a regional summit in Uganda on Saturday after rebels seized the main eastern Congolese city of Goma, Ugandan officials said on Thursday.

22 Nov 2012 - 4:32pm

DRC rebels threaten advance, say Kabila must go

Spokesman of the M23 rebel group Lieutenant-Colonel Vianney Kazarama addresses a crowd at the Volcanoes Stadium in Goma on Wednesday. Photo: AFP

Rebels in the Democratic Republic of Congo warned on Wednesday they had the entire country in their sights after seizing the key eastern city of Goma.

21 Nov 2012 - 8:50pm

DR Congo, Rwanda leaders meet after rebels take Goma

Rwandan president Paul Kagame (left) and President of the Democratic Republic of Congo, Joseph Kabila. Photos: AP and AFP

Democratic Republic of Congo’s President Joseph Kabila and his Rwandan rival Paul Kagame have met for face-to-face talks over conflict in eastern Congo, where rebels have seized the key city of Goma.

21 Nov 2012 - 8:33pm

M23 rebels claim control of key Congolese city of Goma

A UN vehicle drives past M23 rebels in Goma;  a refugee camp. Photo: Reuters

Rebels widely believed to be backed by Rwanda claimed control of Goma in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo yesterday, parading through the frontier city of one million people past UN peacekeepers who did nothing to stop them.

21 Nov 2012 - 3:05am

Congo rebels claim control of city as Rwanda tensions rise

People flee as fighting erupts between the M23 rebels and Congolese army near the airport at Goma on Monday. Photo: AP

Rebels widely believed to be backed by Rwanda claimed control of Goma in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo on Tuesday, walking through the frontier city of one million people past UN peacekeepers who did nothing to stop them.

20 Nov 2012 - 9:40pm

Rwanda-backed Congo rebels advance on Goma city

M23 rebels stand outside a small wooden shack in the village of Kanyarucinya, some 6km from Goma, a crucial provincial capital in eastern Congo. Photo: AFP

A Rwandan-backed rebel group advanced to within 4 kilometres of Goma, a crucial provincial capital in eastern Congo, marking the first time that rebels have come this close since 2008.

Congolese army spokesman Colonel Olivier Hamuli said the fighting had been going on since 6am yesterday and the front line had moved to just a few kilometres outside the city.

19 Nov 2012 - 3:39am

Body of HK woman who died in volcano to be flown home

The body of a Hong Kong woman who plunged to her death in an active volcano in the Democratic Republic of Congo will be flown home.

Cecilia Cheng Siu-yan was confirmed dead by UN troops on July 7 after they mounted a hazardous mission to retrieve her from Mount Nyiragongo in remote Virunga National Park.

15 Jul 2007 - 12:00am

Cremation taboo may see volcano victim buried in Africa

The body of a Hong Kong woman who plunged to her death in an active volcano in the Democratic Republic of Congo may have to be buried in the country if Kinshasa forbids cremation.

The Chinese embassy in the capital said Mount Nyiragongo, where the accident happened, was 1,600km from the city and there were no rail, road or flights available to transport the body.

9 Jul 2007 - 12:00am

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