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Oct 24, 2010

Aid report cites abuses as Angola deports Congolese

KINSHASA (Reuters) – Angola has deported nearly 200 Congolese citizens, according to humanitarian reports, prompting fears of a new wave of mass expulsions that saw tens of thousands displaced last year.

Dozens of men, women and children have arrived in Congo’s southern Bandundu province, which lies on Angola’s northern border, stripped of their clothes and some badly beaten or raped, according to a humanitarian report obtained by Reuters.

Oct 22, 2010

Freeport finalizes Tenke contract for shares and cash

KINSHASA (Reuters) – Freeport-McMoRan Copper & Gold Inc (FCX.N: Quote, Profile, Research, Stock Buzz) has completed a protracted contract review with the Congolese government, allowing it to retain most of its controlling interest in the $2 billion Tenke Fungurume copper and cobalt project.

The agreement requires Arizona-based Freeport-McMoRan and Canadian partner Lundin Mining (LUN.TO: Quote, Profile, Research, Stock Buzz) to hand over a combined 2.5 percent interest in the project to state mining firm Gecamines, which increases its stake to 20 percent, and pay the Democratic Republic of Congo more than $70 million in fees.

Oct 22, 2010

Freeport confirms Tenke contract finalised in Congo

KINSHASA, Oct 22 (Reuters) – Freeport McMoRan (FCX.N: Quote, Profile, Research, Stock Buzz) said
on Friday that it has completed a protracted contract review
with the Congolese government over its $2 billion Tenke
Fungurume copper and cobalt project.

The agreement sees Freeport McMoRan and partner Lundin
Mining (LUN.TO: Quote, Profile, Research, Stock Buzz) slightly water down their share of the project
and ends a drawn-out process that began in 2007 to review 63
mining contracts in Democratic Republic of Congo.

Oct 21, 2010

DR Congo says clinches Tenke deal with Freeport

KINSHASA, Oct 21 (Reuters) – Democratic Republic of Congo
has reached a wide-ranging agreement with Freeport McMoRan
(FCX.N: Quote, Profile, Research, Stock Buzz) over its Tenke Fungurume mine that will see the state
mining company increase its stake in the copper and cobalt
project, a Congolese mines ministry official told Reuters.

“We have agreed everything, there are 12 points, everything
is concluded,” Dona Kampata, head of the Mines Ministry’s
technical committee for planning and coordination said by
telephone on Thursday.

Oct 13, 2010

U.N. must help arrest wanted Congo general: group

KINSHASA (Reuters) – A human rights group urged the United Nations on Wednesday to help immediately arrest indicted war criminal Bosco Ntaganda, who last week told Reuters he was a senior commander in U.N.-backed military operations in Congo.

Human Rights Watch (HRW) also said that unless the U.N. mission halts its support for operations in Congo’s conflict-wracked east, it will be in the “untenable position” of supporting a suspected war criminal wanted by the International Criminal Court (ICC).

Oct 8, 2010

Congo’s army left posts to mine gold and tin – U.N.

GOMA, Democratic Republic of Congo (Reuters) – Government soldiers are enriching themselves through Congo’s gold and other minerals, just as rebel groups are, a dereliction of their civilian protection duty which facilitated the mass rape of more than 300 women, according to documents and sources.

Congo’s conflict-wracked east has become the scene of a race for control of resources as the army ratchets up military operations even as a ruling by President Joseph Kabila forbids mining in three eastern provinces in an effort to end “mafia” groups destabilising the country.

Oct 6, 2010

Exclusive: Congo war indictee says directs U.N.-backed ops

GOMA, Democratic Republic of Congo (Reuters) – Indicted Congolese war criminal Bosco Ntaganda has told Reuters he is commanding troops within U.N.-backed government operations to oust Rwandan-led Hutu rebels, contradicting official statements that he has no role.

Interviews from separate locations in eastern Congo over two days are the first time he has publicly declared his involvement and will raise new questions about a U.N. mission already criticized for failure to stop widespread violence.

Oct 5, 2010

U.N. says captures rebel who led Congo rapes

GOMA, Democratic Republic of Congo (Reuters) – U.N. peacekeepers captured Tuesday a rebel commander they accuse of being behind the rape of hundreds of villagers in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo in August.

A U.N. report last month said a man it named only as “Colonel Mayele” led a coalition of militiamen that attacked the town of Luvungi on July 30 and held it until August 3, raping at least 303 people.

Oct 2, 2010

Tackling Congo rape seen vital to ending conflict

GOMA, Democratic Republic of Congo (Reuters) – Unlike many men in the Democratic Republic of Congo, Christian took his wife back after she was raped and became pregnant by a militia man in the country’s conflict-wracked east.

“Rape is so serious here — it can be everywhere,” said the 32-year old motor taxi driver gesturing over the green horizon. “When my wife was raped I didn’t know what to do, but now we live together with our four children, one of them from the rape, and I pray it never happens again.”

Oct 1, 2010

Tullow gets court injunction in Congo oil dispute

BUKAVU, Democratic Republic of Congo, Oct 1 (Reuters) –
Tullow Oil (TLW.L: Quote, Profile, Research) has obtained a court order aimed at stopping
rivals from working on two Congo oil sites it says it has rights
to develop, according to documents seen by Reuters.

The UK firm and the Congolese government have been in
dispute since the Democratic Reupublic of Congo this year handed
the promising Lake Albert blocks 1 and 2 to little-known
overseas concerns Caprikat and Foxwhelp, dismissing an accord
Tullow believed it had sealed with the government in 2006.