The Congolese rebel group M23 marched into the strategic eastern city of Goma on Tuesday, declaring the city is "in our hands". Earlier, M23 captured Goma's airport after days of intense fighting with government troops.
M23 rebels in the Democratic Republic of Congo, who defected from the Congolese army in April, have entered the city of Goma in North Kivu province. Kinshasa accuses Rwanda of using the M23 army as a proxy force to destabilise the region and gain control of its mineral resources. Tensions are mounting between the two countries, threatening to worsen the humanitarian situation in eastern Congo.
The Congolese rebel group M23 continued their advance on the crucial provincial capital of Goma in eastern Congo on Monday. A government spokesman said negotiations were not an option with the Rwandan-backed group.
The UN demanded Saturday that foreign states stop supporting M23 rebels in the battle against government troops in the Democratic Republic of Congo. The warning came as UN attack helicopters fired on rebel troops but failed to prevent their advance.
Army soldiers from the Democratic Republic of Congo were involved in fresh clashes with M23 rebels in the east of the country on Saturday, with both sides blaming each other for the latest outbreak of violence.
Rwanda jails the main leader of the opposition for treason and denying the genocide which scourged the country in the 1990s. Next, there are urgent calls for a reform of South Sudan's use of the death penalty as activists warn justice is not being served. Finally, China's manufacturers begin gravitating towards Africa as the low production costs become an irresistible draw.
Rwanda’s high court sentenced Victoire Ingabire, a leading opposition politician, to eight years in prison Tuesday, in a case that was linked to the country's 1994 genocide and seen as a test of the judiciary's independence.
The UN Security Council said Friday that it intends to impose sanctions on the leaders of the Democratic Republic of Congo's M23 rebels and others violating an arms embargo on the country, implying Rwanda and Uganda.
Rwanda’s defence minister is pushing a bloody rebellion in the eastern Democratic Republic of Congo while both Rwanda and Uganda continue to arm the M23 rebels, according to a UN report obtained Tuesday by Reuters.