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Congo tells consortia to form joint bid for Inga 3 hydro project

People arrive by river boat, center rear, in Kinshasa, Democratic Republic of Congo, Tuesday, April 2014. Photo:John Bompengo/AP/SIPADemocratic Republic of Congo on Tuesday asked Chinese and Spanish consortia vying to develop a long-delayed $14 billion hydroelectric project to join together and submit a single bid.

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Congo businesses close as opposition strikes over election delays

Businesses shut down in the Congolese capital Kinshasa on Monday (April 3) as the opposition called a general strike after a breakdown in talks with President Joseph Kabila's allies last week raised fears of renewed violence.

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Carbon deposit in Congo swamp equal to 20 years of US gas emissions

In this image from August 1, 2013, male chimpanzee Opi is seen in Tongo, Virunga National Park, DRC. Photo: Jabruson/AP/SIPAScientists say a recently discovered area of peatland straddling the two Congos contains 30 billion tonnes of carbon dioxide, equivalent to 20 years of US greenhouse gas emissions, and must be protected to prevent major environmental damage.

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São Tomé's fight against illicit financial services

Patrice Trovoada Prime Minister, São Tomé e Príncipe. Photo by Vincent Fournier/JA

In looking for ways to develop the country’s economy after a long-promised oil boom didn’t happen, São Tomé's prime minister is adamant that opaque financial services will not play a part

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Freeport closes Congo mine sale; Trump's victory triggers rise of copper

Richard Adkerson, President and Chief Executive of Freeport-McMoRan Inc talks to Reuters, Lima, Peru, November 2016. Photo: Reuters/Mariana BazoFreeport-McMoRan Inc said on Wednesday it had wrapped up the $2.65bn sale of its stake in the Democratic Republic of Congo's Tenke mine, and the company's chief executive said he hopes negotiations will ease objections of Congo's state miner to the deal.

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Congo state miner gave royalties to Israeli billionaire

An excavator is used at the bottom of Congolese state mining company Gecamines' Kamfundwa open pit copper mine January 31, 2013. Photo: Reuters/Jonny HoggCongo state miner Gecamines signed over its royalty rights at one of the country's largest copper mines in January last year to an offshore company owned by Israeli billionaire Dan Gertler, according to a copy of the contract obtained by Global Witness.

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