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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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Kabila and the DRC's uncertain future

Supporters in their tens of thousands rallied in favour of President Kabila in July. Photo by Eduardo Soteras/AFPTensions that had been rising as the end of President Kabila’s final term drew close exploded after the government failed to announce elections on 19 September. Now Kabila and a small group from the opposition are trying to manage the transition but other oppositionists are putting up a fight.

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“Extreme risk” of violence in the DRC electoral crisis

John Bompengo/AP

The Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) is at “extreme risk” of sliding into violence, warns the United Nations (UN) envoy to the country.

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