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Dec 17, 2012

Zambia loses almost $9 bln in capital flight in past decade -U.S. watchdog

JOHANNESBURG, Dec 17 (Reuters) – Almost $9 billion was
illicitly siphoned out of Zambia, Africa’s top copper producer
over the last decade, according to a report by a U.S. anti-graft
watchdog, which highlights how resource wealth is often
squandered in the developing world.

The amount is almost half the size of Zambia’s current gross
domestic product and much of the money would have been channeled
to offshore banks and tax havens, draining one of the world’s
poorest countries of badly needed capital.

Dec 12, 2012

S.Africa opens new inquiry into Samora Machel air crash

JOHANNESBURG, Dec 12 (Reuters) – South Africa has launched a
fresh investigation into the 1986 plane crash on its territory
that killed Samora Machel, the president of neighboring
Mozambique who was a fierce opponent of the white apartheid
government at the time.

Speculation has long persisted that apartheid-era security
agencies brought the plane down to rid Pretoria of a hostile
neighbouring president. But previous probes into the crash in
rugged terrain near the border between the two countries have
failed to bring to light conclusive evidence of this.

Dec 10, 2012

Insight: Congo army debacle at Goma raises specter of betrayal

GOMA, Democratic Republic of Congo (Reuters) – When Congo’s government army retreated in panic from the eastern city of Goma last month, many observers blamed the poor morale and leadership, ill discipline and corruption that have sapped its fighting capacity for years.

In the hours before Goma fell to M23 rebels on November 20, drunk and terrified Congolese soldiers roamed the streets or huddled in doorways before melting away, witnesses said.

Dec 10, 2012

Congo army debacle at Goma raises spectre of betrayal

GOMA, Democratic Republic of Congo, Dec 10 (Reuters) – When
Congo’s government army retreated in panic from the eastern city
of Goma last month, many observers blamed the poor morale and
leadership, ill discipline and corruption that have sapped its
fighting capacity for years.

In the hours before Goma fell to M23 rebels on Nov. 20,
drunk and terrified Congolese soldiers roamed the streets or
huddled in doorways before melting away, witnesses said.

Dec 4, 2012

In Goma, adversity brings opportunity, no prosperity

GOMA, Democratic Republic of Congo, Dec 4 (Reuters) – A
decade after this Congolese border city was covered by lava
spewed from the nearby Mount Nyiragongo volcano, Goma resident
Barwani Bwashi has found use for the dark debris.

“It’s very useful,” he said as he pointed to a makeshift
metre-high wall built from the volcanic rubble that marks off
the small yard in front of his modest, one-window house.

Dec 3, 2012

Congo back in charge of Goma, U.N. fingers Rwanda again

GOMA, Democratic Republic of Congo, Dec 3 (Reuters) -
C ongo’s government re-established control over the eastern city
of Goma on Monday after rebels withdrew, and U.N. experts made
new allegations that Rwandan soldiers took part in the
insurgents’ capture of the city.

The M23 rebel movement pulled its fighters out of the North
Kivu provincial capital in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo
(DRC) on Saturday after seizing it from fleeing U.N.-backed
government forces and holding it for 11 days.

Dec 3, 2012

Congo government back in Goma, says rebels still too close

GOMA, Democratic Republic of Congo (Reuters) – Government forces re-established control over Democratic Republic of Congo’s eastern city of Goma on Monday after rebels withdrew, but a senior official said the insurgents were only a few kilometers away and still posed a threat.

The M23 rebel movement pulled its fighters out of the North Kivu provincial capital on Saturday after seizing it from fleeing U.N.-backed government forces and holding it for 11 days.

Dec 2, 2012

Congo rebels quit Goma, saying it’s “for peace”

GOMA, Democratic Republic of Congo (Reuters) – Hundreds of rebel fighters, singing and brandishing weapons, pulled out of Congo’s eastern border city of Goma on Saturday, raising hopes for negotiations to end the insurgency.

The withdrawal of the M23 rebel movement from Goma on Lake Kivu, a strategic hub in Democratic Republic of Congo’s war-scarred east, was agreed in a deal brokered by presidents of the Great Lakes states under Uganda’s leadership a week ago.

Dec 1, 2012

Congo M23 rebels quit Goma in boost for peace hopes

GOMA, Democratic Republic of Congo, Dec 1 (Reuters) – Rebel
fighters, singing and brandishing weapons, pulled out of
Democratic Republic of Congo’s eastern border city of Goma on
Saturday, raising hopes regional peace efforts could advance
negotiations to end the insurgency.

The rebel withdrawal from Goma on Lake Kivu, a strategic hub
in the country’s war-scarred eastern borderlands, was agreed in
a deal brokered by presidents of the Great Lakes states under
Uganda’s leadership a week ago.

Nov 30, 2012

Congo rebel pullout from Goma runs into hitches

GOMA, Democratic Republic of Congo, Nov 30 (Reuters) – A
planned battlefield withdrawal by rebels in eastern Congo under
a deal brokered by regional governments ran into hitches on
Friday, including a dispute over abandoned army supplies that
the insurgents want to take with them.

Leaders of the Tutsi-led M23 rebel movement had agreed to
pull out by Saturday from Democratic Republic of Congo’s eastern
border city of Goma, which they seized on Nov. 20 when they
routed government troops backed by United Nations peacekeepers.

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      "I cover commodities in southerrn Africa, a region that I have returned to after spending over four years covering religion, politics and the Great Recession in America. I am a Canadian citizen and grew up in Nova Scotia."
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