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Apple, Intel and others don’t want conflict minerals rule rolled back

Apple doesn’t want to see it scrapped. Neither does Intel or Tiffany & Co. But the U.S. conflict minerals law – which requires American public companies to avoid using minerals that fund war and human rights abuses in the Congo region – is widely seen today as facing its most serious threat since its passage in 2010.

Mediators want Congo political crisis solved by Christmas

Mediators urged Congo’s president and opposition parties Wednesday to reach an agreement before Christmas on a peaceful settlement to the country’s political crisis, saying dozens already have been killed this week amid protests over the president’s stay in power.

At least 17 dead amid opposition protests in Congo’s capital

Street clashes between security forces and demonstrators opposed to President Joseph Kabila left at least 17 dead in Congo’s capital Monday in a dramatic sign of mounting tensions after officials sought to delay the upcoming election until next year.

Republic of Congo’s president is re-elected

Republic of Congo’s Constitutional Court has published final election results showing that President Denis Sassou N’Guesso, who has ruled for more than 30 years, has won re-election.

Unusual Congolese coffee lands in Spokane

Deborah Di Bernardo can be passionate about coffee – but it’s not every day that she gets choked up talking about it. In the three years since Di Bernardo and her husband opened a tiny coffee roasting business in Spokane, they have been on the hunt for organic coffees that are grown sustainably by farmers who get fair prices for their crops. Late last year, she began looking into another layer of that good-works commitment – crops grown by women.

Congo park reports 10 baby gorillas

VIRUNGA NATIONAL PARK, Congo – The first census of critically endangered mountain gorillas carried out by government authorities since rebels seized the gorillas’ natural habitat shows that 10 babies have been born in the last 16 months, wildlife officials said Monday. The fragile habitat in the Central African highlands, which is home to some of the world’s last remaining mountain gorillas, was overrun in 2007 by rebels and transformed into an off-limits war zone.

Scores killed at church in Congo, witnesses say

KAMPALA, Uganda – Attackers hacked to death scores of people who sought refuge at a Catholic church in remote eastern Congo a day after Christmas, officials and witnesses said Monday, and the Ugandan army and a rebel group accused each other of carrying out the massacre. Survivors and witnesses said the killings occurred close to Congo’s border with Sudan, near where the armies of those two countries and Uganda began an offensive this month to root out the rebel Lord’s Resistance Army, according to Ugandan army spokesman Capt. Chris Magezi.