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Jul 5, 2010

Congo risks more killer fuel accidents: expert

KINSHASA (Reuters) – The Democratic Republic of Congo risks another fuel explosion like that which killed some 230 people at the weekend unless it boosts safety in the chaotic east and south of the country, a sector expert said on Monday.

More than 60 children, many of them watching football in makeshift cinema halls, were among those killed in the blast after an oil tanker toppled, and leaking petrol later ignited with the force equivalent to 343 kg (756 lb) of dynamite.

Jul 3, 2010

Fuel tanker explosion kills over 230 in Congo

KINSHASA (Reuters) – At least 230 people were killed when a fuel tanker overturned and exploded in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo, unleashing a fire ball that tore through homes and cinemas packed with people watching World Cup soccer.

Officials said on Saturday the explosion late on Friday also injured 196 people, adding that the death toll could rise.

Jul 3, 2010

Fuel tanker explosion kills 200 in Congo – governor

KINSHASA (Reuters) – More than 200 people were killed and 100 injured when a fuel tanker overturned and exploded in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo late on Friday, a local governor said on Saturday.

Some died while trying to collect fuel leaking from the tanker, but authorities said most were killed by the fire that tore through nearby houses after the vehicle exploded.

Jul 2, 2010

Congo tells SacOil to pay $2 mln more for block

KINSHASA, July 2 (Reuters) – Congo wants a South African
consortium led by a subsidiary of JSE-listed SacOil Holdings to
pay an extra $2 million signature bonus for a newly ratified oil
block in its eastern Lake Albert region, the company said.

Congo ratified four blocks along the oil-rich Albertine
Graben, which straddles the border with Uganda, last month.
Among those given go-ahead for exploration is Block 3, held by a
South African consortium led by SacOil Pty Ltd, which is split
between Divine Inspiration Group (DIG) and Encha Group.

Jul 2, 2010

Tullow looks to counter Congo “smash-and-grab”

KINSHASA, July 2 (Reuters) – Britain’s Tullow Oil (TLW.L: Quote, Profile, Research) is
studying how to counter what it called Congo’s “smash-and-grab”
move to strip it of rights to two oil licence blocks, including
possible legal recourse, its chief for Africa said on Friday.

Tullow, which signed a deal in 2006 for Blocks 1 and 2 on
Congo’s side of Lake Albert, which straddles the border with
oil-rich Uganda, was dealt a blow last month when a presidential
decree handed the blocks to two little-known companies.

Jul 1, 2010

DR Congo wins debt relief despite Canadian concerns

WASHINGTON/KINSHASA, July 1 (Reuters) – The World Bank on
Thursday approved debt relief for the Democratic Republic of
Congo without the backing from Canada and Switzerland, which
both cited governance concerns in the country.

The estimated $8 billion debt relief deal is the largest
debt write-off by the World Bank and the International Monetary
Fund under global programs launched in 1996 to ease the debt
burdens of the world’s poorest countries.

Jul 1, 2010

Key political risks to watch in DR Congo

KINSHASA, July 1 (Reuters) – Democratic Republic of Congo
this week celebrates 50 years of independence from Belgium but
attention will soon turn to elections due next year.

The polls will be the second since the end of the war of
1998-2003 which drew in six foreign armies and resulted in the
deaths of five million. But the country is still seeking
political stability, battling economic woes and must decide on
the future role of United Nations peacekeepers in ending
simmering conflicts.

Jul 1, 2010

No reason for Sri Lanka anger at U.N. war panel – Ban

KINSHASA (Reuters) – There is no reason for the Sri Lankan government’s angry reaction to the formation of a U.N. advisory panel on possible war crimes at the end of Sri Lanka’s war against rebels, the U.N. chief said on Wednesday.

Last week U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon named a three-member panel chaired by Indonesia’s former attorney general, Marzuki Darusman, to advise him whether war crimes were committed in the final months of Sri Lanka’s war against the separatists Tamil Tigers, which it won in May 2009.

Jul 1, 2010

Canada blocks debt relief as Congo marks jubilee

KINSHASA, June 30 (Reuters) – Canada delayed an $8 billion
debt relief deal for Democratic Republic of Congo in a dispute
over mining rights, depriving the Central African country of a
chance to mark the 50th anniversary of its independence on
Wednesday with the accord.

Congolese President Joseph Kabila had pushed for the relief
to be finalized in time for the celebration to show the world
his country was putting its painful past behind it, following
the 1998-2003 war in which some five million people died.

Jun 30, 2010

Congo fetes jubilee without debt relief deal

KINSHASA, June 30 (Reuters) – Canada deprived Democratic
Republic of Congo the chance to celebrate its 50th independence
anniversary with an $8 billion debt relief deal on Wednesday by
delaying the accord over a dispute about mining rights.

Congolese President Joseph Kabila had pushed for the relief
to be finalised in time for the celebration to show the world
his country was putting its painful past behind it following
the war of 1998-2003 in which some five million people died.