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Only two rape convictions in a mass trial of 39 soldiers on charges of rape and murder in DRC

Only two rape convictions in a mass trial of 39 soldiers on charges of rape and murder in DRC

A court in the Democratic Republic of Congo has acquitted dozens of soldiers who were facing rape charges after it was alleged that that they had sexually assaulted women in Minova, in the east of ...

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Saturday 14 September 2013
Members of the National Union of Metalworkers of South Africa (NUMSA) march through the Durban central business district, 12 September 2013.

South Africa's strikes lasting longer and more frequent

In South Africa, the strike season is in full swing, with construction, automobile and mine workers having all downed tools in recent weeks.These stoppages occur every year while management and union ...
Friday 13 September 2013
Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe addresses a news conference, after the swearing-in of ministers at the State House in Harare 11 September 2013.

Zimbabwe's Mugabe swears in loyalist cabinet

Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe has picked his new cabinet, leaving many questions regarding the future of the country, including who will suceed the 89-year-old.
Thursday 12 September 2013
Mountain gorillas in Virunga National Park DR Congo

DRCongo government's controversial new oil bill threatens Virunga National Park

In the Democratic Republic of Congo, the government has defended its right to explore the oil resources that might lie beneath the Virunga National Park.
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