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Daily news – February 9, 2022

News from: Al Jazeera, Brookings, East Asia Forum, Global Times, Key4Biz, Reuters, RFE RL, The Jamestown Foundation, ThinkChina, US Department of State  AFRICA The criticality of climate finance for Africa. Amar Bhattacharya, Brookings: Climate finance will be critical for enabling Africa to adapt to the growing impacts of climate change and to ensure that its […]

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Daily news – February 8, 2022

News from: Al Jazeera, Astana Times, Atlantic Council, Brookings, Bruegel, Chatham House, CSIS, Defense News, Defense One, East Asia Forum, Foundation for Defense of Democracies, Global Times, Human Rights Watch, Japan Institute of International Affairs, Nextgov, Reuters, RFE RL, RUSI, StartMagazine, The Jamestown Foundation, Vatican  AFGHANISTAN – USA Where are the detailed Pentagon reports like […]

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Several killed as protests rock Goma in eastern DRC (Al Jazeera)

Several people have been reported dead as protesters clashed with security forces in the city of Goma, in the restive east of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC). Large rocks littered a street where crowds of demonstrators gathered on Monday for a standoff with police to protest against growing insecurity and what they believe […]

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Kidnapped Red Cross workers freed in eastern DRC (Al Jazeera)

Two staff members of the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) abducted last month in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo have been freed, the humanitarian organisation has said. The ICRC said in late November that one Congolese citizen and an international staff member had been kidnapped in North Kivu province, where dozens of armed […]

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How China wrested control of the Congo’s critical minerals (David Uren, The Strategist)

China’s system of bankrolling its state companies may be entrenching great inefficiency in its economy but has delivered it unchallenged dominance in the critical minerals required for advanced technologies. How China wrested control of the Congo’s critical minerals | The Strategist (aspistrategist.org.au)

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Who are Islamic State’s affiliates in Congo and Uganda? (Hereward Holland, Reuters)

Uganda and Democratic Republic of Congo have announced joint operations against an Islamic State-linked militia based in eastern Congo, which is blamed for a string of recent bombings in Kampala and killing hundreds of Congolese civilians. Explainer: Who are Islamic State’s affiliates in Congo and Uganda? | Reuters

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After air raids, Uganda sends troops into DRC to hunt ADF (Al Jazeera)

Ugandan troops have crossed into the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) as part of a joint operation against the Allied Democratic Forces (ADF), an armed group that both neighbouring countries accuse of massacring civilians. The two countries said early on Tuesday the group, the deadliest of dozens of militias plaguing the DRC’s mineral-rich east, […]

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DR Congo President Felix Tshisekedi orders mining licences audit (Al Jazeera)

Felix Tshisekedi, president of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), has demanded a ban on issuing and trading mining permits until the country’s mining registry has been audited, a measure aimed at combatting fraud within the sector. Tshisekedi told ministers he wanted to end the squandering of mining assets by unnamed political actors and […]

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Thousands protest in DR Congo to demand neutral poll body (Al Jazeera)

Police in the Democratic Republic of the Congo have fired tear gas as governing party members attempted to stop tens of thousands from marching to seek a neutral election commission. About 10,000 opposition demonstrators marched through the streets of Kinshasa on Saturday and tore down a statue of President Felix Tshisekedi. Thousands protest in DR […]

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DR Congo: Lack of sufficient funding means tough choices for humanitarians (UN News)

The conflict in the DRC is on “such a massive scale”, that the country has the highest number of internally displaced in Africa, a large refugee population of 500,000, and is experiencing multiple crises, including in education, funding and healthcare, said David McLachlan-Karr, UN Resident and Humanitarian Coordinator for DRC. He added that this had led to “repeated epidemics of cholera, measles and malaria — […]

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Violence, aid access, continues to obstruct humanitarian effort in DR Congo (UN News)

For Bintou Keita, the Secretary-General’s Special Representative and head of the UN Stabilization Mission in the DRC (MONUSCO), food insecurity and cyclical epidemics are major concerns. Attacks on schools and hospitals have also exacerbated humanitarian challenges in several parts of the east, particularly Ituri. With over 5 million internally displaced people, the country has the highest number of internally […]

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DEMOCRATIC REPUBLIC OF THE CONGO – DR Congo army says lost two soldiers, killed 14 ADF fighters (Al Jazeera)

The army has said it lost two soldiers but killed at least 14 militiamen while dislodging them from a village in the eastern Democratic Republic of the Congo following another massacre of civilians. https://www.aljazeera.com/news/2021/1/2/drcongo-army-says-lost-two-soldiers-killed-14-rebels