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Wed, 10 Feb 2016 UPDATE 1-U.S. says political crisis building in Democratic Rep. of Congo
WASHINGTON, Feb 10 (Reuters) - A political crisis is growing in Democratic Republic of Congo over the possibility that President Joseph Kabila might seek a third term in office, a senior U.S. official warned on Wednesday.

Tue, 09 Feb 2016 REFILE-Chad president says will reintroduce constitutional term limits
N'DJAMENA, Feb 9 (Reuters) - Chad's President Idriss Deby, in power for more than a quarter of a century, said on Tuesday he would reintroduce constitutional term limits if he won a fifth term in an election slated for April.

Mon, 08 Feb 2016 BRIEF-Soco begins drilling at well offshore Republic of Congo
* Drilling commences on Baobab Marine-1 well on Mer Profonde Sud Block

Thu, 04 Feb 2016 UPDATE 2-U.N. peacekeepers linked to new Central Africa rape cases
* Soldiers from Congo and Republic of Congo blamed (Adds detail throughout, quote from victim in para 10)

Thu, 04 Feb 2016 U.N. mission to Central Africa reports new alleged sexual abuse cases
DAKAR, Feb 4 (Reuters) - The United Nations peacekeeping mission for Central African Republic said in a statement on Thursday it has identified seven possible new victims of sexual abuse and exploitation in the country by its peacekeepers, including at least five minors.

Sat, 30 Jan 2016 U.N. chief tells African leaders not to "cling to power"
ADDIS ABABA, Jan 30 (Reuters) - U.N. Secretary General Ban Ki-moon told African leaders on Saturday they should not use legal loopholes or undemocratic constitutional changes to "cling to power", and that they should respect term limits.

Mon, 25 Jan 2016 Congo ruling party greenlights Sassou Nguesso presidential run
BRAZZAVILLE, Jan 25 (Reuters) - Congo Republic's ruling party on Monday officially designated incumbent President Denis Sassou Nguesso as its candidate for a March election, bringing the veteran leader one step closer to extending his decades-long rule.

Tue, 19 Jan 2016 Randgold signs three new joint ventures in Congo
KINSHASA, Jan 19 (Reuters) - Randgold Resources has signed three joint venture agreements with junior miners to explore potential gold deposits in northeastern Democratic Republic of Congo, its chief executive Mark Bristow said on Tuesday.

Fri, 15 Jan 2016 Gabon's Ping chosen as main opposition candidate for 2016 polls
LIBREVILLE, Jan 15 (Reuters) - Former African Union chairman Jean Ping said on Friday Gabon's opposition had endorsed him to challenge President Ali Bongo in August polls and try to break the ruling PDG party's half-century grip on power.

Thu, 14 Jan 2016 Congo opposition to run against Sassou Nguesso in March polls
BRAZZAVILLE, Jan 14 (Reuters) - Congo Republic's opposition has conditionally agreed to run against President Denis Sassou Nguesso in an election in March, even though it is widely seen as unlikely to secure what would be the first change in leadership in nearly 20 years.