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Trial opens for Norwegian accused of killing cellmate in DRC

A Norwegian national accused of killing his cellmate in a prison in the Democratic Republic of Congo, went on trial on Friday in Kinshasa, his lawyer said. Joshua French, who also holds British citizenship, is accused of murdering his friend and fellow Norwegian Tjostolv Moland, whose body was found at…

Bloodhounds deployed to fight elephant poaching in DR Congo

KINSHASA — The Democratic Republic of Congo’s famed Virunga National Park has deployed bloodhounds to track down elephant poachers, a park official said Monday. “The first operation of the specially-trained bloodhounds was launched after a succession of elephant-poaching incidents,” LuAnne Cadd, the park’s public relations officer, told AFP. “The operation…

Opposition MP shot dead in DR. Congo: police

Gunmen shot dead an opposition lawmaker in Kinshasa in the latest violent episode ahead of the Democratic Republic of Congo’s weekend elections, police said Wednesday. Marius Gangale of the Movement for the Liberation of Congo was attacked as he was stuck in a traffic jam late Tuesday, Kinshasa police chief Jean de Dieu Oleko told AFP. “We have opened…

Heineken profits up despite bad beer season for Europe

Dutch brewer Heineken published a one percent climb in net profitfor the third quarter Wednesday, saying strong sales in Africa and elsewhere offset the impact of poor summer weather in Europe. Net profit reached 525 million euros (U$731 million) in the July-September period, while sales grew slightly by 0.6 percent from last year to 4.65 billion…

White House marks World Humanitarian Day

WASHINGTON — The White House on Friday honored relief workers from Somalia to Sudan and Afghanistan to Yemen to mark the third United Nations-sponsored World Humanitarian Day. “The United States joins with the international community in honoring the courage and commitment of dedicated aid workers like these who devote their…

DR.Congo tanker fire kills 200: Red Cross

KINSHASA (AFP) – At least 200 people died and dozens were injured when a tanker truck filled with oil exploded and set fire to a village in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo, the Red Cross said Saturday. “So far, the accident has left 200 dead. It is a provisional toll.…

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