36 dead after heavy rain pounds DR Congo capital | AFP

People examine a damaged road in Congolese capital Kinshasa after torrential overnight rains which killed 36 people, with some swept away by landslides. IMAGES

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The International Criminal Court | AFP Animé

Videographic on the International Criminal Court. The International Criminal Court sentenced Congolese rebel chief Bosco “Terminator” Ntaganda to 30 years in jail for war crimes and crimes against humanity on Thursday, the highest ever penalty issued by the tribunal.VIDEOGRAPHICS

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FĂ©lix Tshisekedi meets Belgian Prime Minister Charles Michel in Brussels | AFP

Congolese President Felix Tshisekedi meets Belgian Prime Minister Charles Michel in Brussels as part of his first official visit to Europe. IMAGES

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Children on frontline of fight to stop spread of Ebola | AFP

At the Mpondwe border crossing between the Democratic Republic of Congo and Uganda, Congolese children are screened every morning for symptoms of Ebola virus that has taken over 1,900 lives in DRC before they can go over to the other side for school. Many Congolese young people attend school across the border where job and education opportunities are greater. A nine-year-old girl of Congolese origin who tested positive for Ebola at the border has recently died.

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The International Criminal Court | AFP Animé

Videographic on the International Criminal Court. International Criminal Court judges on Monday convicted Congolese rebel chief Bosco “Terminator” Ntaganda of war crimes including directing massacres of civilians and rape, in a badly-needed victory for prosecutors in The Hague.VIDEOGRAPHICS

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Former DR Congo VP Bemba returns to Kinshasa | AFP

Former Congolese vice-president and opposition leader Jean-Pierre Bemba makes his second comeback to Kinshasa since his conviction was overturned in June 2018 by the International Criminal Court, after spending over 10 years in prison. He will address his supporters during a political rally in the afternoon. IMAGES

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In Central African Republic, traumatised children draw for therapy | AFP

In a makeshift tent, 43-year-old Congolese psychologist Mamie Nouria Meniko analyses the drawings of children suffering from PTSD in the LazarĂ© displaced persons’ camp. Families from the region are squeezed together here, having fled the abuses of armed groups. For Meniko, this method helps bridge the gap between children and adults.

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Machete boys of Congo (RT Documentary)

There is no law or moral code for the youngsters of impoverished neighborhoods in the port city of Matadi. In their teenage years, they’ve already earned a reputation as ruthless outlaws who prowl streets, steal from locals, extort money from businesses and fight each other. They called, Kulunas – members of youth gangs infesting Congolese cities. RTD takes a risky trip to follow some of the young criminals to expose their world of violence and drugs.

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New DR Congo president feels unwell during inauguration

New Congolese president Felix Tshisekedi struggles during the speech of his swearing-in ceremony. State television interrupted its live broadcast of the historic event after Tshisekedi said, “I don’t feel well”, and sat down as family members came to his side. IMAGES of Felix Tshisekedi on stage feeling unwellCOMPLETES VID1294296_EN

DR Congo election: candidate Martin Fayulu casts his vote

Congolese opposition candidate Martin Fayulu casts his vote in a polling station in Kinshasa. One opinion poll has Fayulu as a clear favourite, garnering around 44 percent of voting intentions. Millions of Congolese citizens are choosing a successor to President Joseph Kabila, who is stepping down after nearly 18 years at the helm. IMAGES

DRC election: vote ongoing in Kinshasa polling stations

Congolese citizens vote in a polling station in the capital, Kinshasa. Millions of electors are choosing a successor to President Joseph Kabila, who is stepping down after nearly 18 years at the helm. The vote gives DR Congo the chance of its first peaceful transfer of power since it gained independence from Belgium in 1960.

DR Congo election: polling stations open in Kinshasa

Congolese citizens arrive to cast their vote as polling stations open in Kinshasa. Millions of electors are expected to turn out to choose a successor to President Joseph Kabila. The election’s credibility has already been strained by repeated delays, the risk of hitches on polling day and accusations that electronic voting machines will produced a rigged result.

DR Congo’s large youth population prepares to go to the polls

According to population estimates, two-thirds of the roughly 80 million Congolese citizens are under 25 years of age. This Sunday’s election will be the first time that the 18-25 age group has the chance to vote, as there have been no general elections since December 2011. In their manifestos, the candidates frequently make promises over access to jobs for young people, but it remains to be seen whether these pledges will convince the youth to turn out on 23 December.

DR Congo: vast agricultural potential remains largely untapped

The Democratic Republic of Congo has 80 million hectares of arable land, of which only 10% is said to be cultivated. As a result, this vast country is a net importer of foodstuffs, and six to seven million Congolese do not get enough to eat. Leading politicians, including Emmanuel Ramazani Shadary and Martin Fayulu, are incorporating promises around agricultural reform into their campaigning ahead of elections on December 23rd.

Congolese citizens-in-exile follow DRC election from afar

With less than two weeks to go until presidential elections are held in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, thousands of Congolese citizens will not be able to cast their vote. Many have fled the country’s conflict and war in the hope of finding refuge in neighbouring countries.

Nobel peace prize shines light on rape in conflict

Congolese doctor Denis Mukwege and Yazidi activist Nadia Murad, a survivor of ISIS sexual slavery, stand up against sexual violence in conflict, and challenge the world to combat rape as a weapon of war, ahead of receiving the Nobel Peace Prize.

DRC: huge crowds for Kinshasa return of Tshisekedi & Kamerhe

Tens of thousands of supporters turn out to welcome Congolese opposition scion Felix Tshisekedi as he returns to Kinshasa to kick off his campaign to replace President Joseph Kabila in next month’s election. His running mate Vital Kamerhe joined him and will be Tshisekedi’s campaign director ahead of the December 23 vote.

Paris welcomes “Also Known As Africa” contemporary art fair

A South African photographer, an Algerian painter, a Congolese sculptor: the third edition of the contemporary African art fair ‘Also Known As Africa’ lands in Paris, in the hopes of eliminating clichĂ©s surrounding works from the continent.

The Man Taking Voodoo Wrestling Worldwide (Preview) | VICE on HBO

Catch Fétiche — loosely translated, “voodoo wrestling” — is a uniquely Congolese fighting style: a combination of traditional African wrestling moves, old religious practices, and one man’s obsession with Hulk Hogan.

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Nobel Peace prize winner: Women carry humanity

(5 Oct 2018) The Congolese surgeon who shares this year’s Nobel Peace Prize on Friday said he is dedicating the award to “the women of all the countries of the world wounded by conflict and confronted by violence every day”. (Oct. 5)

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Pride on streets of Kinshasha following Peace Prize announcement

Residents of Kinshasha, DR Congo, tell of their pride following the awarding of the Nobel Peace Prize to Congolese doctor Denis Mukwege. The other recipient was Yazidi campaigner Nadia Murad. The pair won the award for their work in fighting sexual violence in conflicts around the world.

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DR Congo’s Dr Mukwege and Yazidi Murad win Nobel Peace Prize

Congolese doctor Denis Mukwege and Yazidi campaigner Nadia Murad win the 2018 Nobel Peace Prize for their work in fighting sexual violence in conflicts around the world. SOUNDBITE