DR Congo political shake-up: Senate leader resigns as Kabila’s influence wanes
By Abiodun Ogundairo
08 February 2021 | 9:32 am
In this edition, the senate president in DR Congo resigns after colleagues file a motion of no confidence against him. He's the latest Kabila-era leader to step out of the picture. We bring you more from our correspondent. Also, Congolese and international rights groups urge the US to reinstate sanctions on Dan Gertler. An Israeli diamond tycoon accused of obtaining corrupt mining deals in the DR Congo. We speak to Margot Mollat du Jourdin from "Global Witness". And, the UN warns refugees in the Tigray are facing an "extremely alarming " situation.
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As Angola sends troops, Congo hopes new military alliances can stop violence in its eastern regions. Massacres are increasing, humanitarian aid is paralyzed and a new mass exodus seems inevitable.
The statement of the body's presidency was adopted only weeks after a Security Council delegation visited DRC. The eastern region of DR Congo is rife with dozens of rebel groups with conflicting goals and interests.
The CODECO rebel group has been blamed for the attacks on villages in DRC's Ituri province. The militant organization was once a peaceful agricultural cooperative.
Martin Kobler says the blue helmets in eastern DR Congo are not doing enough to stop new attacks by the M23 militia. The retired German envoy headed the MONUSCO peacekeeping mission in the DRC between 2013 and 2015.
Floods hit villages of the eastern Kalehe territory earlier this week, causing rivers to overflow. Villages were submerged, with landslides causing destruction.
Victims are still being recovered from two villages in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo where floods have killed more than 400 people in one of the country's deadliest disasters.
In DR Congo, the regional force deployed by East African nations to stop the M23 rebels' advance in the east of the country is coming under scrutiny. While the regional force maintains that the rebels are gradually withdrawing from the territories they conquered, dubious Congolese authorities are demanding a "truthful discussion" on the mandate of the East African Community's force.
The U.S. should require companies to be licensed by the government if they want to develop powerful artificial intelligence systems, the head of one the country's top AI companies said at a Senate committee hearing Tuesday.
OpenAI CEO Sam Altman said that AI will "address some of humanity's biggest challenges, like climate change and curing cancer," but admitted he was "anxious" about how it could change the way we live.
The UN peacekeeping mission in the Democratic Republic of Congo said militants attacked a camp it runs for internally displaced people in Ituri province, killing at least 45 civilians.
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