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Thu, 15 Feb 2018 Congo defends right to explore for oil in national parks
DAKAR, Feb 15 (Reuters) - Democratic Republic of Congo's oil minister on Thursday defended the country's right to explore for oil anywhere on its territory after media reports that President Joseph Kabila approved drilling in Africa's largest tropical rainforest reserve.

Tue, 13 Feb 2018 REFILE-Congo violence forces over 22,000 to flee to Uganda
GENEVA, Feb 13 (Reuters) - Over 22,000 people fled Congo to Uganda last week following a surge of ethnic violence in the northeast, raising the total number of arrivals to about 34,000 since the start of the year, the U.N. Refugee Agency (UNHCR) said on Tuesday.

Mon, 12 Feb 2018 UPDATE 1-South African military investigates Congo torture reports
JOHANNESBURG, Feb 12 (Reuters) - South Africa's military has opened an investigation into reports that members of its 1,000-strong, U.N.-mandated peacekeeping contingent in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo assaulted and tortured locals.

Mon, 12 Feb 2018 On U.N. deaths, Haley asks Congo's Kabila: what happened to my list?
UNITED NATIONS, Feb 12 (Reuters) - U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley on Monday asked the Congolese foreign minister to deliver a message to President Joseph Kabila about the killing of two U.N. investigators: "Please ask Mr. Kabila what he did with my list."

Wed, 07 Feb 2018 UPDATE 3-Congo minister declines to say whether new mining code signed into law
CAPE TOWN, Feb 7 (Reuters) - The Minister of Mines for Democratic Republic of Congo, Martin Kabwelulu, declined on Wednesday to say whether President Joseph Kabila had signed a new mining code into law that the industry opposes because it will raise royalties and taxes.

Wed, 07 Feb 2018 Congo's 2017 copper output up 7 pct, cobalt by 15 pct -industry
CAPE TOWN, Feb 7 (Reuters) - Copper production in Democratic Republic of Congo, Africa's top producer, rose 6.9 percent in 2017 to 1.09 million tonnes, while output of cobalt surged 15.5 percent to 73,940 tonnes, the industry-led chamber of mines said on Wednesday.

Mon, 05 Feb 2018 UPDATE 1-Congo's Gecamines wants to revise contracts with mining partners
* Foreign investors raise concern about new mining law (Updates with comments from interview, Ivanhoe reaction)

Mon, 05 Feb 2018 Congo's Gecamines wants to revise contracts with mining partners
CAPE TOWN, Feb 5 (Reuters) - Democratic Republic of Congo's state mining company Gecamines said on Monday it wanted to renegotiate contracts with its international partners this year to give the state a bigger share of the revenues.

Mon, 05 Feb 2018 African Markets - Factors to watch on Feb. 5
The following company announcements, scheduled economic indicators, debt and currency market moves and political events may affect African markets on Monday. - - - - - EVENTS: *Kenya Tea Directorate releases tea production, earnings statistics for 2017 GLOBAL MARKETS Asian shares fell the most in over a year on Monday as fears of resurgent inflation battered bonds, toppled Wall Street from record highs and sparked speculation that central banks globally might be forced to tighten

Fri, 02 Feb 2018 UPDATE 2-Congo Republic plans to dissolve state power, water utilities
BRAZZAVILLE, Feb 2 (Reuters) - Debt-crippled Congo Republic's government approved a plan on Friday to dissolve its loss-making power and water utilities and replace them with three public limited companies.