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  • FILE- In this file photo taken on Wednesday, Aug. 11,  2012,  Emmanuel de Merode, Virunga National Park director and chief warden, poses at the park headquarters in Rumangabo, some 60 kms (40 miles) north of Goma, eastern Congo. Park officials say the Belgian director of Africa's oldest national park, a reserve in conflict-ridden eastern Congo, has been shot and seriously wounded. Three gunmen ambushed de Merode on Tuesday, April 15 according spokeswoman Joanna Natasegara. A statement on the park's website said he was traveling between Goma, a main city in the east near Rwanda's border, and Rumangabo at the time Natasegara said Wednesday. (AP Photo/Jerome Delay,File)

    Protector of vast African park shot and wounded

    A Belgian royal who, as director of a vast national park in eastern Congo has defended endangered mountain gorillas and other animals from poachers and the forests from illegal logging, was shot and seriously wounded as he drove through the park, officials said Wednesday.

  • Rwanda's repression victim studies law in Mass.

    Jean Paul Turayishimye survived the genocide of Rwanda while serving in the opposition forces and escaped, ultimately to the United States.

  • Actor Ben Affleck, left, US Special Envoy for the Great Lakes Region of Africa Russ Feingold, center, and Secretary of State John Kerry talk during a photo opportunity before their meeting about Congo, Wednesday, Feb. 26, 2014, at the State Department in Washington. (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak)

    Affleck casts spotlight on situation in Congo

    Academy award-winner Ben Affleck understands that celebrity is a double-edged sword, helping him draw attention to the strife and suffering in the Congo while attracting skeptics dismissive of Hollywood stars and causes.

  • UN drone crashes at eastern Congo airport

    A United Nations drone was damaged on Wednesday after sliding off the runway into the grass while trying to land in the eastern Congo city of Goma, the U.N. special representative for the country said.

  • M23 rebels gather  in the eastern Congo town of Sake, some 27 kms west of Goma, Thursday Nov. 29, 2012. Rebels, who last week seized one of the most important cities in eastern Congo and advanced beyond, said Thursday that they had pulled back several miles (kilometers ) to the town of Sake and were on track to leave the key city of Goma by Friday, in accordance with a deadline imposed by the international community.(AP Photo/Jerome Delay)

    UN says Congo's defeated M23 rebels active again

    The top U.N. envoy in Congo said Monday there are "credible reports" that the M23 rebel group is recruiting fighters and resuming activities despite last month's peace agreement with the Congolese government following its military defeat.

  • This Dec. 7, 2013 photo provided by the family shows Mantuel family siblings, from left, Madeline, 6; Moses, 2, and Micah, 4, in Holly Springs, Ga. The Mauntels adopted Moses from the Democratic Republic of the Congo and were able to bring him home to Atlanta in October 2013. Until a suspension was announced in September 2013, the Congo had been viewed by adoption advocates in the U.S. as a promising option at a time when the overall number of international adoptions has been plummeting. (AP Photo/Mike Mantuel)

    US parents stuck in Congo with adopted children

    Justin Carroll is the proud dad of a 6-week-old daughter in Tennessee, but thus far he's done his doting via Facetime video phone calls from Africa. Since mid-November, Carroll has been living in Congo, unwilling to leave until he gets exit papers allowing two newly adopted sons to travel with him.

  • ** FILE ** A Congolese army soldier cools down in Jomba, Congo, during the army's advance toward Bunagana through rebel-held territory. Wednesday, Oct. 30, 2013. The Congolese army retook one of the last remaining strongholds of the M23 rebels Wednesday, with fighters heading for the hills as the military sought to extinguish the 18-month insurrection, officials said. (AP Photo/Joseph Kay)

    Official: 1,700 M23 rebels surrender to Uganda

    A Ugandan military official says at least 1,700 Congolese M23 rebels, including the top commander, have surrendered to Ugandan authorities.

  • Illustration by Greg Groesch for The Washington Times

    FISCHER: The case for corporate civil disobedience

    ''An Act to promote the financial stability of the United States," commonly known as the Dodd-Frank Act, contains, anomalously, a provision captioned, "Conflict minerals."

  • SCHAEFER: Maintain opposition to U.N. peace enforcement

    U.N. peacekeeping has had its share of successes, but its failures are more memorable. Two have been memorialized in the movies: the Somali debacle in "Black Hawk Down" and the Rwandan genocide in "Hotel Rwanda." After these disasters, the United Nations concluded it had been too ambitious. Two recent decisions, however, could represent a reversal and should raise concerns in Washington and Turtle Bay.

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