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Chinese donation to AU will assist AMISOM (19.10.2016)

The African Union (AU) has been given “a donation of equipment and general supplies from the government of China” that will go to the AU Mission in Somalia (AMISOM).

France says ready to keep troops in West Africa for as long as needed (19.10.2016)

[…] France will next week seek to discuss Mali when it hosts a ministerial meeting on U.N. peacekeeping operations in French-speaking countries to see how to beef up and improve their efficiency.

ICC convicts DRC's former vice president Bemba of witness tampering (19.10.2016)

The International Criminal Court has found Jean-Pierre Bemba and several members of his legal team guilty of bribing witnesses during his ICC war crimes trial. It was the first such case in the court's history.

DR Congo – trouble in the east (19.10.2016)

As the government of the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) says it will push back next month’s presidential election to April 2018, over 50 armed rebel groups still roam across Eastern Congo’s porous borders. Uganda’s Allied Democratic Forces represent perhaps the biggest threat to distant...

DRC opposition rejects vote delay, calls for strike (19.10.2016)

The main opposition party of the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) has strongly rejected a decision to push back this year's election to April 2018, calling it a "flagrant violation" of the constitution.

UN beefs up peacekeeping force in DR Congo capital (19.10.2016)

The United Nations is moving hundreds of peacekeepers from eastern Democratic Republic of Congo to Kinshasa to help deal with a possible outbreak of violence over the postponement of a presidential election, UN officials said Tuesday.

South Sudan conflict: Ex-VP Machar 'has no role' in politics (18.10.2016)

South Sudan's sacked Vice-President Riek Machar no longer has a role to play as a political leader in the country, the presidency says. President Salva Kiir's spokesman told the BBC Mr Machar "has no space here", and should not return to the country before elections in 2018. Mr Machar, who had...

Somali militants attack key town near capital (18.10.2016)

There has been fierce fighting near the Somali capital, Mogadishu, after fighters from the Islamist militant group al-Shabab overran a key town.

Joseph Kabila party in deal to delay presidential vote (18.10.2016)

The ruling party in the Democratic Republic of Congo and one opposition faction have proposed delaying the presidential election until April 2018.

Machar: 'Committed to the peace agreement' (17.10.2016)

At least 60 people were killed in weekend fighting in Malakal, South Sudan. Rebel leader Riek Machar told DW he remains committed to the peace deal but bemoans a lack of assistance from the international community.