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Marked ballot papers sit in piles at the Twalemishe school polling station in Kamalondo district of Lubumbashi on November 29, 2011.   Monitors reported widespread fraud in Democratic Republic of Congo elections and presidential rivals demanded an annulment as votes were counted Tuesday in polling marred by deadly violence. AFP PHOTO / PHIL MOORE (Photo credit should read PHIL MOORE/AFP/Getty Images)

How Ballots Are Being Used to Delay the Congolese Election

Elections cost too much, the government says. But the years-long delay is more likely a power grab.

President of the Democratic Republic of Congo Joseph Kabila looks on during a meeting with South African President Jacob Zuma at Sefako Makgatho Presidential Guest House in Pretoria on June 25, 2017. / AFP PHOTO / Phill Magakoe        (Photo credit should read PHILL MAGAKOE/AFP/Getty Images)

The Jig Is Up for Congo’s Embattled President

Instead of giving President Joseph Kabila a free pass to cling to power, world leaders should endorse a plan to replace him.

NEW YORK, NY - DECEMBER 12: Newly sworn-in Secretary General of the United Nations Antonio Guterres takes questions from reporters at UN Headquarters, December 12, 2016 in New York City. Guterres will replace Ban Ki-moon of South Korea on January. (Photo by Drew Angerer/Getty Images)

U.N. to Join Congolese Authorities in Hunt for Killers of U.N. Experts

But António Guterres avoids full-fledged independent inquiry into brutal March murder of U.S. and Swedish researchers.

RI-KWAMBA, SUDAN:  An armed fighter of the Lord's Resistance Army (LRA) stands guard 12 November 2006 during a meeting between the rebel group's leadership and United Nations Emergency Relief coordinator Jan Egeland in Ri-Kwamba, southern Sudan. The LRA is currently holding peace talks with the Ugandan government, which are being mediated by South Sudanese President Riek Machar in the capital Juba and are hoped to bring an end to 20 years of conflict. AFP PHOTO / STUART PRICE.  (Photo credit should read STUART PRICE/AFP/Getty Images)

$800 Million Later, Joseph Kony Is Still a Threat

The Pentagon says it won its war against the Lord’s Resistance Army. But the notorious rebel group is far from a spent force.

Passengers get their temperature measured as part of prophylactic measures against the spread of the Ebola virus upon their arrival at Boende's airport, on October 8, 2014. AFP PHOTO KATHY KATAYI         (Photo credit should read KATHY KATAYI/AFP/Getty Images)

Ebola Returns in Congo, a Test of ‘Next Time’

Is the global health community ready to stop another outbreak?

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The U.N. Uncovers Dozens of Mass Graves in Central Congo

Turmoil and violence threaten Joseph Kabila’s grip on power.

Felix Tshisekedi, the son of Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) late opposition leader Etienne Tshisekedi takes part in a funeral wake for her late husband, in Brussels on February 5, 2017. 
A three-day funeral wake in memory of Tshisekedi started on February 3, 2017 after the main DRC opposition leader died in Brussels aged 84 on February 1, 2017. / AFP / EMMANUEL DUNAND        (Photo credit should read EMMANUEL DUNAND/AFP/Getty Images)

The Man Who Would Be King of Congo

Can the scion of Congo’s second-most famous political dynasty shepherd the country to its first peaceful transition of power?

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Kony 2017: From Guerrilla Marketing to Guerrilla Warfare

Five years after its viral video broke the internet, Invisible Children is on the front line of a covert war against the Lord’s Resistance Army.

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While the Trump Team Fiddles, the World Burns

Across Africa and the Middle East, a vacuum of U.S. leadership is exacerbating crises and emboldening abusers.

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The Fate of the DRC Hangs on a Closed-Door Meeting

A last-ditch effort to avert what could be a massive political crisis came to an impasse on Friday — though the deal’s not dead yet.

A Congolese protester holds a book of the DRC's constitution in defiance against the President of the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Joseph Kabila, at a protest demanding him to step down on December 20, 2016 in Pretoria.
The United Nations voiced alarm over a wave of arrests in the Democratic Republic of Congo, where tensions were running high after President Joseph Kabila's term in office expired. Tuesday marked the end of the second and constitutionally-mandated final term for the 45-year-old, who inherited the presidency after the 2001 assassination of his father. But he is now refusing to leave the job that he began without much fanfare. 
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Congo’s Crackdown Is Just a Preview of Violence to Come

Joseph Kabila is taking advantage of the opposition's mistakes to extend his rule. But armed militias may be the eventual winners.

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Defusing a Ticking Time Bomb in Kinshasa

An opposition leader in exile, a group of Catholic bishops-turned-diplomats, and the ‘last best hope’ to avert the coming crisis in the Democratic Republic of Congo.

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Too Little, Too Late

International donors spent $70 million to shore up democracy in the DRC. Here’s why it made little difference.

WASHINGTON, DC - AUGUST 04:  President of the Democratic Republic of Congo Joseph Kabila listens to remarks before a bilateral meeting with U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry during the U.S.-Africa Leaders Summit at the Department of State August 4, 2014 in Washington, DC. President Barack Obama will promote business relationships between the United States and African countries while hosting the first-ever leaders summit, where 49 heads of state will be meeting in Washington over the next three days.  (Photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images)

Kabila’s Trump Card

The U.S. president-elect probably can’t find Congo on a map. For embattled President Joseph Kabila, that’s tremendous news.

DR Congo president Joseph Kabila attends a joint press conference during the closing session of the French-speaking nations 'Francophonie' summit in Kinshasa on October 14, 2012. 2012. PHOTO/ ISSOUF SANOGO        (Photo credit should read ISSOUF SANOGO/AFP/GettyImages)

Poll: Support for Congo’s Embattled President Kabila Slides to 7.8 Percent

As an overwhelming majority opposes amending the constitution so he can seek a third term.

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